Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
The disabled cruiser visiting Amber Cove will encounter a passenger friendly layout that allows you to move freely without any congestion. It is probably a 5 minutes’ walk over the pier to get from your ship to the information center, but for those with mobility issues you can take a free ride with the guys that drive carts and will be happily take you around to almost all the areas of Amber Cove.
The path at Amber Cove is flat with mild brick pavers for easy walking/rolling. The Amber Cove swimming pool has a handicap chair for disabled access into the pool.
To assist the Disabled Cruiser in their adventures, Punta Cana has taxi service for those who have physical disabilities and want to travel to Dominican Republic. Dominican Limousine offers a comfortable wheelchair bus with accessible hydraulic ramp, specially designed to help travelers with physical disabilities.
There is no beach at Amber Cove. The closest one is roughly 15 minutes away and requires a taxi.
Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
Amber Cove is an $85 million port in the Dominican Republic developed for cruise passengers by Carnival Corporation. When Amber Cove opened in 2015, it was the first time since the 1980s that a cruise ship stopped at what is known as the Amber Coast, so called for its abundance of the translucent, burnt-orange stone. Located along the Bay of Maimon on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.
The Malecon is a 3 mile long boardwalk in Puerto Plata, with great views of the sea, dotted with bars and restaurants.
Local attractions include the Brugal Rum factory, San Felipe Fortress and San Felipe Cathedral.
Take the cable car to the top of the flat-topped Pico Isabel de Torres, where on clear days, spectacular views of the city and coastline can be seen. At the top is a botanical gardens, and a large statue of Christ the Redeemer.
Enjoy a trip to nearby Paradise Island, where you can snorkel and explore the coral reef which surrounds it, or swim and relax on unspoilt beaches.
Explore the historical town of La Isabela where you also visit the museum or go on a jeep safari.
For families and nature lovers, Ocean World Adventure Park, Fun City Action Park and zip lining at Country World Adventure Park are possible options.
The beach towns of Sosua and Cabarete, famous for its windsurfing and kiteboarding, are around 30 minutes drive away.
Activities here include deep sea fishing, horse riding, golf and diving. Adventure seekers may also enjoy Rio Damajagua, home of 27 waterfalls.
Where You’re Docked
The port has two berths, designed to accommodate up to 10,000 passengers. As you walk towards Amber Cove you will go through an extensive duty free area, after which you will find the information center kiosk offering Puerto Plata Tours and lots of interesting information about the island.
Facilities include refreshments, local vendors, car hire and taxi services.
Good to Know
Sidewalks in Old San Juan are narrow and uneven. When more than one ship is in town, they’re almost impassible. Also, beware that crowds do inspire pickpockets; keep an eye on your wallet.
There are plenty of taxis at Amber Cove to take you around, but there is no public transportation that goes there.
Cigars, local handicrafts, artwork and amber jewelry make good gifts, along with Mamajuana, a local drink made from rum, red wine and honey, soaked in a bottle with tree bark and herbs.
Fish and seafood (shrimp, marlin, mahi-mahi and lobster) options can be found in most restaurants, along with international favorites such as Italian, Mexican and American. Rice, red beans and meat (beef, chicken, pork, or fish), with a side salad is a traditional local dish.
Points of Interest
- Puerto Plata – Famed for its sun-swept beaches, the resort destination of Puerto Plata also boasts a colonial-era center anchored by the 16th-century Spanish fortress Fortaleza San Felipe and the Amber Museum, where you can view specimens of the jewel.
- Santiago – Dating back to the late 15th century, Santiago is the economic and cultural hub of the Dominican Republic. Admire the Caribbean Spanish architecture, photograph the Monument of Santiago and stroll Calle del Sol, the city’s shopping district.
- Ocean World – This must-see marine adventure park showcases the largest man-made dolphin habitat in the world. Here you can snorkel in the Reef Aquarium, feed exotic birds, walk through a tropical rainforest, watch a sea lion show, and much more.
- Cultural Experience – The world’s oldest cigar factory, visit a picturesque coffee plantation and explore a rum distillery. Photograph the 19th-century Cast Iron Lighthouse and admire the Victorian homes in Puerto Plata.
- Beaches – Enjoy a myriad of activities at the public beach next to port or travel to one of several idyllic resorts and beach clubs with ample amenities.
- Snorkeling – The North Coast of this beautiful island paradise is the perfect place to experience the dazzling world under the sea. Suited to snorkelers of all ages, this swim among colorful marine life allows you to snap incredible underwater photos.
- Outdoor Adventure – Nature lovers and thrill seekers will enjoy Amber Cove’s diverse landscapes, which offer a variety of outdoor adventures – from a rainforest zipline, kayaking down a tropical to an outback country terracross excursion.
- Amber Cove – Tucked on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, Amber Cove Cruise Center offers visitors various shopping and dining opportunities. Guests can unwind by the pool or enhance their relaxation experience in the various private cabanas on property which offer upgraded amenities.
Amber Cove Accessible Excursions
There are no organized accessible shore excursions in Amber Cove.