Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
Flavors & Traditions of Puerto Plata: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
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Approximately 5¾ Hours
Christopher Columbus landed in Puerto Plata in 1492, naming it Port Silver because of its shimmering coastline. Before Columbus arrived, food played a major role in the enjoyment of life on this beautiful coastline and, thankfully, little has changed in this regard. Today, you'll explore a realm of historic landmarks, breathtaking views, legendary cigars and delicious, straightforward food.
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. 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 Shop located in Puerto Plata. Take a behind-the-scenes peek at the manufacturing process and enjoy a special coffee and cigar tasting.
Don Fernando's Ranch welcomes you next. Stroll along lush pathways lined with sugarcane, exotic flowers, and trees that produce coffee, cacao, bananas and mangoes. You'll learn about the elaborate process of making local coffee, chocolate and rum. Tasting these traditional Dominican flavors is a memorable occasion.
A farm-to-table lunch made with local specialties is the perfect way to end this flavorsome outing.