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Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

Amber Cove Cruise Center located in the Dominican Republic on the Bay of

Maimon

near Puerto Plata is the Caribbeans newest cruise destination. It was opened in October 2015 by Carnival Cruise Line and cost it $85 million. 
Located on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, Amber Cove features numerous bars, shops, a pool area with waterslides, and many other attractions.
Besides, Amber Cove is a gateway to Puerto Plata.
Puerto Plata or San Felipe de Puerto Plata is a city in the Dominican Republic with a population of about 130,000. It is capital of the province of Puerto Plata.
Known for its pretty sandy beaches, Puerto Plata is a popular resort destination as well as a great place to meet Dominican... Read more

Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

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Amber Cove Cruise Center located in the Dominican Republic on the Bay of

Maimon

near Puerto Plata is the Caribbeans newest cruise destination. It was opened in October 2015 by Carnival Cruise Line and cost it $85 million. 
Located on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, Amber Cove features numerous bars, shops, a pool area with waterslides, and many other attractions.
Besides, Amber Cove is a gateway to Puerto Plata.
Puerto Plata or San Felipe de Puerto Plata is a city in the Dominican Republic with a population of about 130,000. It is capital of the province of Puerto Plata.
Known for its pretty sandy beaches, Puerto Plata is a popular resort destination as well as a great place to meet Dominican people and to shop in local commerce.

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Amber Cove, Dominican Republic: Port Information


Cruise ships dock at the two-berth Amber Cove Cruise Center. Everything is within walking distance.

Get around Amber Cove, Dominican Republic


Easy transportation was among the main things to provide when planning this cruise port. 
You can take a taxi, rent a car, or book an organized tour to get to Puerto Plata or other attractions in the surroundings. 
As for Amber Cove itself, everything is within walking distance. 

What to see in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic


Puerto Plata has many world's famous attractions to see, such as:

  • Christo Redentor (Monument at the top of​ Parc Nacionale de Isabella de Torres), Parc Nacionale de Isabella de Torres. 8-17 (known for opening late and closing early). Take a funicular (teleférico) to the top of the mountain that sits behind Puerto Plata to see a replica of the original located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There is also short path to follow with nice views, a cave, and a lagoon which is really just a pool. A guide will try to join you when entering the teleférico lobby even if it may seem like he's just showing you where to go. He works for tips so tell him if you're not interested. 

  • Fortaleza San Felipe (Fort San Felipe), Avenida General Gregorio Luperón (On a peninsula on the northwest corner of the city). Historical fort located by the main bay of Puerto Plata. The smell of diesel exhaust is pervasive since it's right next to the main electric generator for the city, which burns diesel. There are many local vendors who are quite persistent at trying to sell you goods at exorbitant prices, and children also asking for money in their limited English. In front of the fort is a nice grassy area that's good for a picnic overlooking the water.  
  • Live Music (In central park), Central Park, Purto Plata downtown. Live musicians play in the park on Sundays. $FREE.   
  • Museo Del Amber (Amber Museum), Calle Duarte 61 (About 100 meters from Parque Central). Amber gems in a nice villa. 

What to do in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic


If you stay in Amber Cove, you can spend your day relaxing, swimming, sunbathing, riding waterslides, swimming with dolphins, doing sports, and having fun.
If you decide to visit Puerto Plata, you can do:
  • The beach (generic). Rent a lounge chair if you really want to appreciate it. If you don't, the Dominican people will ask you all day long if you want to rent a chair from them. The only advantage to being extremely patient and tolerant is their prices drop down with the time! But as everything else, chair rental prices are also negotiable.   
  • Public beach Puerto Plata (lay out in the sun). This beach is very close to the entertaining Wal-Mart of Puerto Plata (La Sirena).    
  • Private RIU beach (layout in the sun), RIU Hotel (15 minutes west of the city center of Puerto Plata). This all-inclusive resort has man-cleared beaches. You can get in through the "guarded" gate. It's said that they require a room key as proof that you are staying there, but if you dress like a tourist they probably won't ask any questions.    
  • Water sports and excursions. There are countless excursion companies, both local and foreign-based offering water sports (water-skiing, banana boat rides, windsurfing, catamaran cruises, etc.) and land excursions ('safari' trips, horseback riding) 
  • Catamaran tour. Sail on a catamaran
  • City tour (Take a city tour), depart from most hotels. You will find that many "vendors" are selling generic "city tours", mostly to visitors of all-inclusive resorts who want to get a more authentic tour of local life and locales. A tour of Puerto Plata, a ride on the funicular to the top of the mount Isabelle de Torres for a tour of the park and a stop at Christo le Redentor, a stop at a local produce market, a local supermarket, a tour of a jewelry factory or cigar factory, and the Fort de San Felipe should not be more than $60USD including tip and taxi transportation.
  • Scuba diving. There are many scuba diving outfits, but the pollution in the area has decimated the underwater environment. Puerto Plata is not the place to scuba dive for this reason. The dive shops operate from Sosua and will pick you up from your hotel. If you're going to be diving more it's better to stay closer to Sosua as it may be an hour and a half drive from the resorts in Puerto Plata and Cofresí to the dive shop.   
  • Charcos de Damajagua (27 waterfalls), Highway 5 past Imbert heading west (Take Highway 5 heading towards Santiago. Continue on the highway for about 20 minutes before passing by Imbert (do not turn left at Imbert!). Stay on the main highway and you will pass over one bridge on your way out of town before climbing a hill. On your way down the hill you'll pass a sign for Ingenio Amistad on your left and will cross another bridge. The road will then turn left and a large sugar cane field will open to your left. Up ahead you will see a large Brugal billboard. Just before the billboard you will see the AGRD kiosk on your right immediately opposite the dirt road entrance to the waterfalls.), (saltosdamajagua@gmail.com). 27 levels of waterfalls, elect to do as many as you like, it costs more to do more. You will be provided with guide(s) to help you out. They provide life vests and helmets. On the way back down you'll slide down the chutes or jump into the pools. It's a protected area, and many tour companies come here, but you can also get there yourself.   
  • Ocean World, Calle Principal 3, Cofresí (Go west to Lifestyle Resorts, Cofresí, take the left road.). 9-18. The day pass includes a pickup from nearby hotels, the shows (dolphin, sea lion, shark, and bird), some other animal attractions (birds, tigers, iguanas in a terrarium), and lunch. It is a bit pricey but the shows are quite good. You can upgrade to animal encounters, dolphin swims and such.  
  • Malecón (Avenida General Luperón and Avenida Circunvalación Norte). Walk along the Malecón, ie. the 3km beach strip.   
  • Self-Drive the Ruta Panoramica, (Juntion located 7 kms west of Puerto Plata Airport) La Ruta Panoramica is a scenic mountain road that connects Puerto Plata on the north coast and Santiago City in the Cibao Valley. On a two hour drive enjoy stops for organic produce, local cheeses and yogurt. Visit an amber mine where you can buy amber direct from miners, stop in at the coffee producing town of Pedro Garcia. Download a free route guide from the website.

What to eat and drink in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic


Amber Cove has cozy bars and restaurant. As for Puerto Plata:

Eat

  • Entre Amigos, located along the Malecon, which is the road that parallels the ocean in Puerto Plata. It's an excellent restaurant, frequented by tourists.   
  • La Pescada, on the south side of highway 5 (1km west of RIU hotel). This small fish restaurant specializes in sopa del pescado, or fish soup. Have a bowl and put some of their home-made citrus & lime sauce. The owner looks about 18 years old and he's rather friendly and eager to please tourists.  
  • Casa de Queso, (about 3km west of RIU hotel). This small shop makes their own cowsmilk cheese. A round of Danish-style cheese is a good bet, professionally wrapped with a sticker as a label. They also offer a soft cheese they'll put in a plastic bag for you, and a firm, orange, cheddar style one as well. 

Drink

The local brands of alcohol are Brugal (for rum) and Presidente (for beer).

Shopping in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic


Amber Cove has shops with nice souvenirs.
If you are looking for tourist stuff (paints, rum, cigars, t-shirts, etc.) the best place to go is Sosua, about 10-15 minutes from Puerto Plata.
Also good for vanilla and coffee.
  • La Sirena Market (Supermarket), Avenida del Malecón (Avenida General Gregorio Luperón). Get your fix of a Wal-Mart away from home. La Sirena has a very North American feel, and a wide selection of products that may be difficult to find in other small shops.   
  • Souvenirs Market, Calle Beller (About a block northwest from Parque Central). Many souvenirs available, none with price tags. 

Safety in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic


The Dominican Republic is generally a safe country. Although the major cities of Santo Domingo and Santiago have experienced the growth of a thriving middle class, construction booms and reached a high level of cosmopolitanism, the Dominican Republic remains a third world country and poverty is still rampant so you need to take common-sense precautions:
  • Try to avoid being alone in cities as muggings are fairly common.
  • Very few streets are lit after dark, even in the capital of Santo Domingo. Those that are lit are subject to routine power outages.
  • Wild dogs are common throughout the country but largely ignore people (feeding these dogs is not recommended as this may induce aggressive behavior).
  • Western travelers should dress casually and remove rings and other jewelry when away from tourist destinations, but common tourist destinations, particularly the more expensive and the luxury hotels and areas, are very safe.
  • Sex tourism is prevalent in the Puerto Plata province of the country, so you may be hassled by young men or women trying to offer you 'services'. A firm 'No' is good enough. The age of consent is 18, and tourists who have sex with minors may also be prosecuted by their home country.
  • There are no laws dictating the maximum amount of alcohol that can be drunk prior to driving. However, there is a 0.05% limit for professional drivers. Be wary of vehicles, especially during the late evening, as there is a much higher possibility at that time that the driver is intoxicated. It is illegal for tourists and visitors to drink and drive and besides it being a bad idea you may be penalized for doing so.
  • The level of professionalism of the National Police is somewhat debatable. To protect income from tourism, the government has established the Politur or "tourist police" for the safety of foreign tourists. Travelers should contact this agency if any problems are encountered as they will have a much more positive response than with the national police.

Stay healthy

Malaria can be a rare issue around rainforests if travelers don't take protective measures such as repellents against mosquito bites. No cases have been reported over the past 8 years within the tourist areas. Be sure to consult with a physician before departure.

There is a risk of dengue fever and chikungunya fever which is contracted through mosquitoes that bite during the day and during some seasons of the year. No vaccine is available, so again using mosquito repellent is advisable.

Many of the local foods are safe to eat including the meats, fruits, and vegetables.

Visitors, however, should not drink any of the local water and should stay with bottled water or other beverages. It is important for visitors to stay hydrated in the hot, humid climate.

Sunburn and sun poisoning are a great risk. The sun is very bright here. Use at least SPF30 sunblock. Limit sun exposure.

The country's adult HIV/AIDS prevalence is reaching 2.0% or 1 in 50 adults, which is almost 3 times higher than the USA.

Respect

Dominicans are kind and peaceful people. Attempts at speaking Spanish are a good sign of respect for the local people. Be polite, show respect, and do your best to speak the language, and you will be treated with kindness.

Avoid talking about Haiti. Although relations have improved, many Dominicans, particularly of the older generations, harbor resentment towards Haitians. Santo Domingo was invaded and occupied by Haiti for a good part of the 19th century, and the Dominican Republic actually fought its first war of independence against Haiti, not Spain, after which the Dominican Republic faced several other invasions from its neighbor.

Trujillo's dictatorship massacred tens of thousands of Haitians in the 1930s, which fueled the resentment between both nations. Nowadays, about a million Haitians (which is a lot considering the small populations of either country) live in the Dominican Republic, most of them illegally. Some Dominicans' opinions towards illegal immigrants from Haiti are similar to some Americans' attitudes towards Mexican illegal immigrants, with the major difference that, unlike the US, the Dominican Republic is a small and poor country by world standards, but still much much richer and more stable than Haiti. Gang wars can erupt along the border, so stay cautious and be sensitive.

Still, the issues remain very complex and Dominicans often find their position to be misunderstood by foreigners. For example, the Dominican Republic was the first country to come to Haiti's aid in the 2010 Haitian earthquake and has made impressive efforts to help its neighbor during this crisis. This shows that despite their historical, linguistic, religious, cultural and ethnic differences, Haitians and Dominicans still consider each other to be brotherly, yet proudly independent, nations.

The Dominican Republic is still a fairly poor country and tipping the people who serve you helps them better their sometimes dire economic situation.
 

Language spoken in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic


The official language of the Dominican Republic is Spanish. You will find some Spanish-English bilingual locals in tourist areas. If you speak some Spanish, most Dominicans will try hard to meet you half way and communicate. If you have a problem, you can probably find someone who speaks sufficient English (or probably French and possibly German, Italian or Russian) to help you out. Dominicans are quite friendly and will be quite helpful if you are polite and respectful. Haitians living in the DR may speak Haitian Creole and you may hear a few African and Arawakan words interspersed with the Spanish, especially in rural areas. Communication should not be a problem even for those who speak only a minimum of Spanish. 

LOCAL TIME

10:31 pm
August 24, 2019
America/Santo_Domingo

CURRENT WEATHER

27.78 °C / 82.004 °F
overcast clouds
Sun

28.95 °C/84 °F
light rain
Mon

29.15 °C/84 °F
few clouds
Tue

28.62 °C/84 °F
sky is clear
Wed

28.46 °C/83 °F
broken clouds

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