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Cabanas on the water in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

Amber Cove, Dominican Republic: Everything You Need to Know

Gracing the picturesque shores of the Dominican Republic, Amber Cove offers visitors an enchanting blend of adventure and relaxation. Here, crystal-clear waters meet lush landscapes, creating an alluring haven for cruise passengers in search of a tropical retreat. Here’s your complete guide to the Dominican Republic’s newest cruise port.

Old wooden fishing boat on a white sand beach

How Do I Get to Amber Cove?

Amber Cove is located on the Dominican Republic’s north coast, near Puerto Plata. As a private cruise port destination, Amber Cove is exclusively accessible to cruise passengers. To get to Amber Cove, you’ll need to book a cruise that includes Amber Cove as a port of call on your itinerary. Once the cruise ship docks, this private gem is yours to explore.

Tropical Caribbean island surf with palm tree on the beach.

When is the Best Time to Visit Amber Cove?

With a tropical climate, Amber Cove enjoys plenty of warm, sunny days year-round. Weather-wise, the best time to visit Amber Cove is between December and April, when temperatures are pleasant and rainfall is low. During this time, temps typically range from the low 70s to the high 80s. However, this is also peak tourist season, with travelers flocking to the Caribbean to escape the cold—especially during the winter holidays and spring break.

If you’re looking to avoid crowds, consider cruising to Amber Cove during the late spring or fall (May or late October-November), when beaches and roads tend to be quieter. Keep in mind that hurricane season in the Caribbean generally runs from June to November, typically peaking in August and September, so plan accordingly to enjoy a safe and enjoyable journey.

A woman swimming with dolphins gets a kiss on the cheek.

What Activities Can I Do in Amber Cove?

Amber Cove is a hub of exciting activities suitable for guests of all ages. While the port itself doesn't have a beach, the surrounding area boasts some of the Caribbean's most pristine beaches, easily accessible through our shore excursions.

Looking for things to do in and around Amber Cove? Here are a few experiences you won’t want to miss:

  • Enjoy genuine Dominican hospitality at Amber Beach Club: Relax and unwind at the stunning Amber Beach Club, conveniently located just a 12-minute drive from the Amber Cove cruise port. Kick back in comfy lounge chairs, take a dip in crystal-clear waters, or try your hand at dance lessons on this exclusive north-coast stretch of golden sand.
  • Swim with dolphins at Ocean World: Get up close and personal with friendly dolphins! In this fun and immersive experience, you’ll get to hug, feed, and splash around with these playful mammals. After your dolphin encounter, you can spend the rest of your day exploring the marvels of Ocean World, including a tropical rainforest, sea lion show, and more.
  • Explore the thrills of Damajagua National Park: Exhilarating adventures await in the natural wonder that is Damajagua National Park. With the help of local guides, you can hike through lush landscapes, navigate rushing river canyons, slide down natural waterslides, and explore enchanting caverns.
  • Zipline through the Dominican countryside: Head to Puerto Plata for a scenic ziplining adventure, where you can glide over lush landscapes and take in spectacular views on some of the longest lines in the Dominican Republic.

Explore More Shore Excursions in Amber Cove

These are just a glimpse of the unforgettable experiences that await you in Amber Cove. Dive deeper into the locale, its traditions, and natural beauty by exploring more of our carefully curated experiences in this Caribbean haven.

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Book the Cruise of a Lifetime

Your passage to paradise awaits. Dive into the captivating allure of Amber Cove and craft memories to last a lifetime. Browse our Amber Cove cruise itineraries and book your dream cruise with Holland America today.