Essential guide to Amber Cove Cruise Center Terminal: the pool, watersports, fun activities, zip line, cabanas, bars, dining, shopping, and basic services.
Around 0.3 mile (480 meters) from the cruise ship gangway, passengers will enter a large open-air complex known as Amber Cove Cruise Center. A considerable number of frequent visitors enjoy this area so much that they don't venture outside the gates to explore the numerous attractions of the historical Puerto Plata region.
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- The pool
- Watersports and fun activities
- cabanas by the pool, on the hill, and by the ocean
- Coco Cana Sky Bar
- Services and amenities
- Restaurants, cafes, and bars
Top activities and what's
in the Amber Cove Cruise Center
Once passed the entrance of the Cruise Center, the Aqua Zone is on the right-side , and where cruise passengers find the most relaxing spaces and fun activities.
The service area of the Amber Cove Cruise Center is on the left side, where shore-excursion buses, private taxis, car rentals, and unique shops are conveniently located.
Good to know: for those with walking difficulties, there are bicycle rickshaws for two (free but tipping is more than welcomed and deserved); wi-fi is available at the Amber Cove Cruise Center for $8.00 for the full day.
Aqua Zone features and activities
The Aqua Zone is a favorite spot for a considerable majority of cruise passengers. After all, this is where you will find a massive pool and many secluded areas. If looking for some fun there is the Dueling Waterslides, a Zipline, Water Sports and more:
- Pool with loungers
- Coco Cana poolside bar
- Children's splash area
- Duel waterslides
- Watersport rental
- Exclusive areas: cabanas
- Sky Bar
Relaxing by the pool
If basking in the sun is what you are looking for, the pool in the Aqua Zone is lined by free loungers, and it has a Coco Cana Bar for your sipping pleasure. For those traveling with children, there is a dedicated Splash Area. You can rent a Pool Float for $10 or a package of 4 Pool Noodles for $5. Umbrellas cost $20.
Watersports and fun activities
The dueling waterslides, next to the pool, are free and a much talked about feature of the Aqua Zone. The Zip Line is the other thrilling pursuit and costs $20 (unlimited rides) for adults and $10 for kids. Aquaboats (a cycle type of boat) start at $26 for a half-hour for 2. Stand-up paddleboard for half-hour costs $20. Half-hour Kayak rent costs $19 for 1 person and $34 for 2. Ping-pong, Basket and Volley Court are free of charge.
Exclusive areas: cabanas by the pool, on the hill, and by the ocean
In the Aqua Zone, there are private cabanas for those that enjoy some peaceful seclusion. These cabanas are a good deal unless you are not planning to spend any money on any rentals and just stay by the pool. There are two standard sizes cabanas: for groups up to 8 guests and the Grand Cabana for up to 20 passengers. The smaller cabanas are in 3 prime locations: by the ocean, by the pool, and on the hillside.
Cabanas services and amenities
Cabana prices vary slightly depending on the specific location: Ocean Cabanas ($344.99), Poolside Cabanas ($324.99), and Hillside Cabanas prices ($309.99) but all include an unlimited Zip Line day pass, bottles of water, 8 sodas and 1 basket of local goodies. All these cabanas invariably have mini-refrigerator, air conditioning, wi-fi, cable tv, table, and chairs inside, as well as deck chairs and outdoor shower. For a group of 8, planning to Zip Line, paying $344.99 ($43.12 per person) for an Ocean Cabana, is quite good considering that the Zip Line pass costs $20 per person and Wi-Fi costs $8. However, be aware that the minimum age is 14 years.
The grand cabana
This large cabana, costing $1,169.99, is a 1,000 square foot bungalow over the ocean for groups up to 20 guests ($58.49 per person), has a large deck, a personal hot tub, and all the services and amenities offered on the smaller ones. In addition to the unlimited zip line pass for all guests, the price includes 2 water sports (kayak, stand-up paddleboard or aqua cycle) for 1 hour.
Coco Cana Sky Bar
The Sky Bar is another talked about feature of Amber Cove Cruise Center. On a prominent hill, the bar offers 360-degree panoramic views of the port, the Aqua Zone, and the majestic mountains around.
Services and amenities
in the Amber Cove Cruise Center
Cruise travelers planning to explore the highlights and many attractions of the Puerto Plata region will find all needed in the service area of the Amber Cove Cruise Center. If booked on a shore excursion, this is where you need to invariably go to board buses. There is a shorex booth for last-minute bookings.
For those exploring on your own or independently there is a local Tourism Information office, Taxis, 2 car rentals (National and Alamo), and an ATM. In the service area, you will also find a pharmacy, restrooms, and a dedicated booth if you wish to stamp your passport.
Keep in mind that most independent online tour operators are not allowed in the Amber Cove Cruise Center. This means you will need to exit the gates around 0.6 mile (ca 1 km) from the gangway. Usually, tour operators will park on the left side (East) of the main road (Carretera General Gregorio Luperon).
Shops and shopping
Cruise travelers who typically want to take advantage of duty-free shopping, that enjoy buying local souvenirs and gifts, or like to check out a good deal in jewelry or watches, will come across a few renowned names in the Amber Cove Cruise Center.
Shops in the Amber Cove Cruise Center:
- Diamonds International
- Effy Jewelers
- TI Watch & Design
- Dominican Things
- Elements Dichroic Glass - Jewelry
- Pareos House - Clothes & Souvenirs
- Wild Play Clothes & Gifts
- Ocean World Gift Shop
- Yvon International Art Gallery
- Blue Mine Larimar & Amber
- Atantza Beach Clothes & Gifts
- Amber Coast Larimar
- All Leather
Restaurants, cafes, and bars
Whilst on a shopping spree, on the way back from a shore excursion, or just to taste local flavors, you may wish to stop by the Cafe El Cibao, or the Coco Cana Bar and Restaurant.
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