Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
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Approximately 5½ Hours
A panoramic drive takes you along the waterfront, passing some of Puerto Plata's most important sites. Watch for the San Felipe Fortress, built in 1564 to protect the city from pirates. Visit the San Felipe Cathedral and Plaza Independencia -- the city's central park -- make for a pretty cityscape.
For cigar aficionados, the Dominican Republic is nirvana. Tobacco cultivation here dates back to the time of the Taíno -- the indigenous people of the Caribbean. Cuban tobacco growers settled here in the 20th century, taking the quality to the next level. One of the finest places to sample cigars is at a local Cigar Club in Puerto Plata, where you will take a behind-the-scenes peek at the manufacturing process.
Enjoy a taste of Dominican chocolate while visiting the organic chocolate factory, where you can watch a video showing the production process from the tree to the final delicious product.
Visit Hacienda La Huerta with its beautiful trails to walk through more than 50 tropical plant species. Step inside the Brugal Rum Museum to learn about the elaborate process of creating one of the most popular rums in the country. Enjoy a rum tasting and a typical Dominican lunch.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.