The Puerto Plata Cruise Ports guide Launch has finally been published in this travel guide, to bring cruise passengers all the relevant information on the two main  cruise ports of the North Dominican Republic. These two hubs serve as entry points for over 1 million cruise travelers every year, offering them a world of experiences within and beyond their confines.

Puerto Plata has long been has been a favored Caribbean destination for travelers, luring them with its crystal-clear waters, balmy weather, and rich history; also due to its two premier ports: Amber Cove and Taino Bay. The Puerto Plata cruise ports guide provides updated information on the ports amenities, things to do, free attractions, shore excursions, transfers, restaurants, bars, shopping, swimming pools, and more.

Puerto Plata cruise ports guide cover
Cover of the Puerto Plata Cruise Ports guide.

When you click the link in the Puerto Plata Travel guide, you will be entering the ports guide with its own navigation featuring a menu for each port as seen below. The red anchor below the Puerto Plata logo indicates you are within the cruise ship ports section.

Taino Bay

Location: Located in the heart of Puerto Plata, Taino Bay provides a scenic coastal experience with its own unique charm, featuring many amenities and a layout design that makes some call it the most beautiful cruise port in the Caribbean. Among some of the navigation pages found in the Ports Guide:

The Interactive map is an easy way to view information on a given spot location and photos, and includes a link to a page of that particular amenity in the guide. It helps organize a tour around your favorite attractions in the port, the map is fully expandable to full screen on mobile and computer.

Amber Cove Coco Cana pool lounge
Amber Cove Coco Cana Pool Lounge

The Port amenities section is a long article featuring “jump links” that allow you to visit a particular amenity without having to scroll down an entire page to find it. It lists virtually every aspect of each port, with a link to more information on each one.

The Port Bars, as well as the Restaurants page list every such establishments in each port. An FAQ for each of the ports includes the frequently asked questions for Taino Bay and Amber Cove, and will be updated as new questions become relevant enough. The Video Reviews page of each port has a list of hand picked videos by the top reviewers, to save you time by listing the vest video reviews of each port in Puerto Plata.

The Guide also has a page listing the cruise ships that visit Puerto Plata, both the Carnival Cruises and all the other major cruise lines in the market including Norwegian Cruise Lines, MSC, Celebrity, Virgin, etc. The most extended articles also include a podcast version so those needing to rely on audio can listen to it.

Taino Bay shopping
Taino Bay shopping

Things to do listed in the ports guide section of Taino Bay:

Shore Excursions: Delve into the rich history of the island with a visit to the Amber Museum, or take a thrilling dune buggy ride through the scenic landscapes. Tours to the enchanting Damajagua Waterfalls are also a popular choice.

Amenities: Besides the modern amenities one expects, Taino Bay also has an extensive shopping area, ideal for picking up souvenirs or artisanal products.

Pools: The port features an array of pools, perfect for cooling down after a day of exploring. Some even come with their own thematic elements, adding to the overall experience.

Bars and Restaurants: Relish the taste of traditional Dominican cuisine or opt for international flavors at the numerous restaurants around. Grab a drink from the beachside bars to truly feel the vacation vibes.

Live Entertainment: Taino Bay often hosts live bands, dance performances, and other entertainment activities to keep visitors entertained.

Both Amber Cove and Taino Bay also serve as gateways to Puerto Plata, a city that’s brimming with history, culture, and natural beauty. While the ports themselves offer a wealth of experiences, venturing out into the city and its surroundings will only enrich your trip.

Dahao pool at Taino Bay
The Dahao Pool at Taino Bay

Amber Cove

Location: Just a short drive away from Puerto Plata’s main city, Amber Cove lies on the Bay of Maimon, about a 10 minute drive from the heart of town. It offers stunning views of the lush, mountainous backdrop, and the Atlantic coast. The Puerto Plata ports information guide has a dedicated menu to all the amenities in this port too:

Things to do listed in the ports guide section of Amber Cove:

Shore Excursions: The port offers a wide variety of excursions. From history-filled tours of the nearby Fort San Felipe to adventurous outings such as zip-lining or snorkeling, there’s something for everyone.

Amenities: Amber Cove boasts a plethora of amenities such as free Wi-Fi, cabanas for rent, and a transportation hub for taxis and buses, making exploring the surrounding areas more accessible.

Pools: A large pool area is a central attraction here, complete with water slides and a swim-up bar.

Bars and Restaurants: Try the Sky Bar for panoramic views of the ocean or indulge in local flavors at the various food outlets spread around the port.

Live Entertainment: Regularly scheduled dance and music performances showcase the Dominican Republic’s vibrant culture.

Whether you’re looking to relax by the pool, embark on a thrilling adventure, or immerse yourself in the Dominican culture, Amber Cove and Taino Bay provide all the ingredients for an unforgettable Caribbean experience.

So, the next time you set sail to the Dominican Republic, make sure to have these two ports on your itinerary. The Puerto Plata port schedule for Amber Cove and Taino Bay is available in the guide too. This Puerto Plata Ports Guide Launch is sponsored by Golden Treasures Tours & Travel.