Hello everyone! Today we’re going to talk about Amber Cove, a wonderful little cruise ship port in the Dominican Republic. Amber Cove is owned by Carnival Corporation and is one of many cruise ports in the Dominican Republic. It was developed by Carnival Corporation (which invested around $85 million) to create a warm and welcoming spot in the Caribbean in which to offload their cruise passengers for the day. In my opinion, Amber Cove is one of the most enjoyable cruise-ship stops because of the amenities available on site. Personally, I find that these ports, whether owned by Carnival, Virgin, or Royal Caribbean, offer some of the most memorable experiences during a cruise. The abundance of activities in one spot makes these places truly exceptional – and Amber Cove is no exception.
Exploring Amber Cove on A Budget
When planning a seven-night cruise with multiple destinations, budget is an important factor. If you can afford excursions at every port, that’s great. But if you’re limited in budget and can only do paid excursions at one or two ports, Amber Cove is great since it many offers enjoyable activities within walking distance of the cruise ship – no need for expensive trips outside the port! Check out the excursion packages offered by the cruise line, especially with Carnival, as there are various options available in a bunch of price ranges.
On your first visit to Amber Cove, disembark the ship, bring your cruise ship towel, and explore the village area with its shops. Don’t forget to take a photo near the Amber Cove sign, which is a popular spot for pictures. You can also spend some time mingling and enjoying the surroundings in the safe confines of the cove.
Our Favorite Sightseeing Spot in Amber Cove
After exploring the village and taking photos near the Amber Cove sign, we always head towards the lookout point. I can’t recall the exact name, but it’s a bar with a breathtaking view of Amber Cove and its surroundings. If you search on Google Maps, you’ll find a white-roofed octagon labeled as Puerto Plata (although that may not be the correct name). The bar features a 360-degree platform where you can walk around, capturing stunning photos. It’s definitely worth visiting and offers an opportunity to take some fabulous shots.
Going on Excursions VS Staying at the Pool
If going on an excursion is a priority for you, consider shorter options of around three or four hours. Check the excursion choices offered by your cruise line and select something that allows you to experience a glimpse of what the Dominican Republic has to offer while still leaving time to enjoy Amber Cove itself. For first-time visitors, there’s nothing wrong with staying within the Amber Cove property. There are plenty of activities available. We found it particularly enjoyable with the kids due to the water slides, zip-lining (which requires an additional fee), a small kids’ water park area, and a swim-up bar. Find a central spot where you can relax, keep an eye on everything, and unwind by the pool. Our family has cherished our time there.
Considering your budget, it may be worth saving money on excursions at Amber Cove and using it for another destination. For instance, if you’re visiting St. Thomas or St. Martin, it might be more worthwhile to hire a driver, rent a van, or take an excursion that allows you to explore the entire island. However, keep in mind that there is plenty to do within walking distance at Amber Cove, so if it’s your first time, take advantage of the amenities and experiences available within that area.
Ultimately, the choice between excursions and staying within Amber Cove depends on your preferences and the other ports you’ll be visiting. Carefully consider your options and make the decision that will provide the most fulfilling and enjoyable experience for your given budget and time.
Security in Amber Cove and the Dominican Republic
If you are worried about safety, the Dominican Republic is like any other Caribbean destination. As long as you stay within the tourist areas, you’ll be perfectly safe. Amber Cove, being owned by Carnival Corporation, prioritizes security, and you won’t encounter any issues within the confines of the port/resort area. It is a secure and safe environment where you’ll primarily find cruise ship passengers and staff within the facilities.
Amber Cove Cabana Rentals
Another cool thing I like about Amber Cove are the Cabanas rentals that provide a special experience for those willing to spend a little extra. They have Hillside Cabanas, accommodating up to eight people, for around $500. Additionally, there are ocean Cabanas, also priced at $500, situated right above the ocean with direct access via a ladder. These Cabanas give off a Tahiti-like vibe, although the water isn’t as crystal clear. For larger groups, the grand Cabana in the center can accommodate up to 20 people but comes with a higher price tag of $2,000. While it may be a bit expensive, if you’re in a larger group looking for privacy and exclusivity, along with access to water sports, snacks, and drinks, it could be a cool option to consider.
Ride a Catamaran
Since we’ve visited Amber Cove a number of times, we’ve decided to try something different for our latest excursion. We went on a catamaran excursion, exploring the beautiful tropical waters around the port. You can conveniently book the catamaran tours through the cruise line and I highly recommend it – the feeling of gliding across the Caribbean is particularly amazing. Schedule it for the early part of the day, this way you still have enough time to return to Amber Cove afterward and spend a couple of hours relaxing by the pool in the afternoon.
These are just a few options to consider if you’re looking for things to do in Amber Cove. I hope this information proves helpful. One my main motivations for creating this blog and our YouTube channel is to help everyone make the most of their vacations since cruising involves a significant investment. Take some time for planning and preparation in advance to maximize your time in the cruise port. It’s better to have a plan before disembarking rather than figuring things out on the spot amidst the commotion and overwhelming number of vendors. From my personal experience, planning in advance will make everything smoother, less stressful, and more enjoyable. I hope this advice proves valuable, and I wish you a fantastic cruise. We’ll be back with another blog post soon!