Amber Cove Cruises, Dominican Republic
- It’s a little-known fact that the Dominican Republic is famous for producing amber. And Puerto Plata’s Amber Museum has a claim to fame – it’s home to the fossilised mosquito from Jurassic Park.
- For Facebook-worthy views of the coastline, take the Caribbean’s only cable car up Isabel de Torres. At the top, you’ll also find a replica of Rio’s iconic Christ statue and botanical gardens.
- Make a trip to Cabarete Beach to take advantage of the reliable breeze and gentle swells. It’s a world-famous spot for windsurfing, kiteboarding and surfing.
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It’s wall-to-wall culture on this tour’s agenda, so it’s perfect if you like discovering the story behind a place. First up is the Macorix Rum Factory, for a brief education on how the popular Caribbean spirit is made. Then, it’s on to the Gregorio Luperon Museum, which tells the story of a former President of the Dominican Republic. San Felipe Fortress is next on the agenda. It was built in 1564 to defend the city from pirate raids. From here, you’ll stroll to the palm tree-lined Plaza Independencia to visit San Felipe Cathedral, with its impressive towers. After freshening up with a taste of coconut water, you’ll make a beeline for an art gallery, where you’ll sit down to lunch.
This tour takes in a clutch of Puerto Plata’s top sights, starting with a panoramic drive down the tree-lined Malecon. It snakes along the seafront for over a mile, hugging the city’s caramel-coloured beach. Your first drive-by viewing will be of the San Felipe Fortress, which was built in 1564 to defend the city from pirate raids. From here, you’ll move on to the San Felipe Cathedral. It’s built in a modern Victorian style, so architecture fans might spot some similarities to British landmarks, like Big Ben’s lofty steeple. The day will round off with half an hour of free time in the Plaza Independencia. This pretty town square is home to a mix of shops and eateries, so it’s the ideal opportunity to pick up souvenirs, or sip a coffee and people-watch.
Today’s a treat for the senses, and there’ll be plenty of samplers on the menu, too. For starters, you’ll head to the Del Oro Chocolate Factory, in Puerto Plata’s town centre, to learn all about how the sweet stuff’s made. After following the cocoa’s journey from tree to bar, it’s time to nibble on a taster. Afterwards, you’ll move on to a cigar-making demo, where nips of fresh organic coffee will be primed for sampling as you browse the handmade cigars. As you drive down the Malecon on the way, keep your eyes peeled for the 16th-century San Felipe Fortress and the Plaza Independencia. Later, you’ll take a turn though Don Fernando’s Ranch – home to banana, mango and sugar cane plantations. Finally, round things off with a visit to a rum museum, where you’ll sip snifters of the traditional Dominican spirit and tuck in to lunch.