Amber Cove has only been opened since October 2015. While it is a fairly new cruise port, it’s become pretty popular among travelers as it allows them to easily access some of the Dominican Republic. If your cruise ship will be spending just a day in Amber Cove, here’s what you need to know.
Tourists are generally surprised at how easy it is to get around once they dock at Amber Cove. There is a hub where you can find taxis or even rent a car. There are also a list of shore excursions that you can book if you aren’t sure what to do while here.
At The Port
If you don’t want to leave the port or are looking for organized activities you will be pleasantly surprised to find that there is plenty to do. There are quite a few shore excursions to choose from like a helicopter tour, or a buggy expedition. One of the most popular things to do is Ocean World’s Dolphin Encounter. One of the nice things about this dolphin encounter is that the water is only waist deep so even children can enjoy it. Those that don’t want to partake in any activities and just want to relax can rent an over the . water cabana and enjoy air conditioning, wireless internet, a television and someone to wait on you. The AquaZone, which is complimentary for cruise ship passengers, features waterslides, a swim up bar, a lazy river and plenty of lounge chairs.
What To See
There are plenty of attractions to see in Amber Cover. If you can, take a cab over to Puerto Plata. This beach town has a lot to see and it tends to be a good place to go on a walking tour and see some of the highlights of its Spanish colonial past. The weather tends to be pleasant at around 75-80 degrees dependent on the season which makes it nice to be able to explore and not be too hot or too cold. While in the area, make sure you visit the Brugal Rum Factor or head to Malecon to go on the three mile boardwalk that provides amazing views of the ocean. Nearby the port you can also visit Damajagua Falls or Fort San Felipe.
Passengers that just want to shop will find plenty of opportunities to do that here. Amber Cove has a variety of shops and stalls right at the port. Many of them offer authentic Dominican items that are handcrafted by the locals. Nearby Puerto Plata also offers a lot of local offerings including amber, chocolate and coffee.