Nestled in the Dominican Republic’s Bay of Maimon, the relatively new cruise port of Amber Cove welcomes its visitors into a Caribbean dream. Bursting with unique architecture, guided tours, water sports and plenty of shopping, this port is an amazing destination for Carnival cruises. If you’re planning to visit Amber Cove for the first time, here are the top 10 things you won’t want to miss.
1. Go on an Adventure
Amber Cove offers its visitors an array of adventures that will take them happily outside their comfort zone. From riding on horseback down the sparkling beach to hiking and canyoneering through the majestic waterfalls of Rio de Damajagua, Amber Cove will certainly feed your inner explorer. For the ultimate adventure, check out this shore excursion with horseback riding, zip lining and a mega-truck tour all in one.
2. See the Sights
Of course, one of the best parts of a cruise to Amber Cove is the chance to explore this unique and vibrant port-of-call area. Guided city tours will introduce you to the spirited town, while outback adventures will take you off the beaten path and into the unique wilderness of the Dominican Republic. Either way, you’ll be certain to appreciate all Puerto Plata and Amber Cove have to offer.
3. Enjoy the Shore
Take in the bright sea air with beach adventures the whole family can enjoy. Sit down to lunch and watch the wind surfers on Cabarete Beach, jump into family-friendly activities at Sunscape Resort, or take a break at Coconut Cove for a refreshing beverage with friends.
4. Hit the Waves
What Caribbean cruise would be complete without some sports on the crystal blue water? Amber Cove has a lot to offer a fan of water sports, from windsurfing to fishing. Hop aboard a catamaran or go on a high-tech snorkeling adventure for some fun in the bay. If you really enjoy snorkeling, you can spend even more time in Sosua Bay on a magical, all-inclusive shore excursion. Or, simply enjoy some relaxing swimming outside your own poolside cabana.
5. Explore the Culture
Amber Cove and the surrounding area of Puerto Plata are alive with a rich history and vibrant culture. In fact, you can take in the works at the Plastic Artists Art Galleries, check out the local rum factory and explore an historic fortress, all in one adventure. Want to learn about the community? Spend a day helping female entrepreneurs at a cacao farm or take a community tour. The culture of Puerto Plata and Amber Cove is one you won’t want to miss during your travels.
6. Have a Rest
One of the best parts of any cruise vacation is the chance to rest and relax on (and off) the open seas. Amber Cove has a lot to offer the weary traveler. If you want some peace and quiet, book a private Tahitian-style cabana over the bay, a Dominican beach house on the shore or a luxury villa on the coast for some secluded rest and relaxation. The Serenity VIP Resort Beach is a truly exclusive experience, with its own crepe and oyster bars, and hammocks swinging gently over the golden sand.
7. Go Wild!
Of course, you won’t be the only living thing on Amber Cove. The port city also has an active and exciting wildlife scene, which you can explore on any number of adventures. From swimming with dolphins to adventuring through a monkey jungle, animal lovers will have plenty of options to get up close and personal with the local wildlife.
8. Take a Ride
Do you enjoy land-based travel alongside your cruises? Climb aboard a mega-truck to be taken through incredible villages and off the road, into the countryside. Steer your own ATV through the Dominican backcountry, or enjoy a wild ride on a two-person terracross buggy.
9. Challenge Yourself
If you’re up for a true adventure, look into some of Amber Cove’s especially exciting opportunities. Get high and mighty at the challenge course or fly through the tropical air on the zipline at Country World Adventure Park. The best memories are made when you step outside your comfort zone, so why not challenge yourself if you want an especially memorable cruise experience?
10. Test Your Taste Buds
If you’re going on a cruise to the Dominican Republic, you’ll want to take in all of the local flavors while you have the chance. Luckily, many of Carnival’s port city experiences include adventures for your taste buds. Enjoy an authentic lunch at Coconut Cove, or give back to the community before enjoying a meal at a traditional restaurant. Whatever you choose to do, your belly will thank you.
Bright and active, Amber Cove is one of the Dominican Republic’s most interesting port cities. With so many exciting adventures to go on and sights to explore, it’s truly one of the must-see cruise destinations. Whether you’re looking for a family cruise or hoping to spend some time on the incredible beaches off the Bay of Maimon, Amber Cove has a little bit of something for everyone.
Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.