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Private Amber Cove Highlights And History

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In 1493, Christopher Columbus reached the bay of modern-day Puerto Plata. Drawn by the sight of clouds shimmering over Mount Isabel de Torres, he named the area the "Silver Port" and built the first church and his first home in the Americas.

Private Amber Cove Highlights and History

Take advantage of this private tour while on this beautiful island to sightsee and gain insight into its rich and storied history.

You will be greeted by your friendly local host, who will whisk you away in a comfortable private vehicle to the highest point on the north coast, Mount Isabela de Torres.

Your guide will provide you with historical, cultural and geographic information as you make your way around the island. Puerto Plata became a staging point for galleons heading back to Spain until the early 1600s when pirates became a problem.

Once you have arrived at Mount Isabel de Torres, discover the mountain top is flanked by a giant statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the province's iconic landmarks, standing 793 meters (2,600 feet) above Puerto Plata and similar to the one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. You will stroll the well-appointed gardens and enjoy the many photo opportunities including the statue located at the peak. A visit allows for breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, mountains and Puerto Plata, while also enjoying refreshing breezes, and the beautiful surrounding of tropical gardens. Mt. Isabel de Torres has been declared a protected Nature Reserve, due to the great variety of wildlife and flora.

Next, make your way to the historic district featuring neo-classic and Victorian architecture. The Neoclassical and Victorian-style houses from the late 19th century give downtown Puerto Plata its unmistakable charm. A campaign to improve signage is helping tourists discover the leading historical monuments in Puerto Plata, especially in and around the main square, including the San Felipe Cathedral, the Club de Comercio, Ayuntamiento, Club Fe en el Porvenir and the central gazebo.

You will also make photo stops at the Neptune Statue and Ft. San Felipe as well as visit the lovely Luperon Home and Museum and the Cathedral in the historic center. The city's old colonial-era center is dominated by the 16th-century Fortaleza San Felipe, a Spanish fortress that now houses historical and military artifacts. One of the most important colonial military structures in the Caribbean turned museum, built by Spaniards in the 16th century to defend the DR's north coast from pirates. The fort still holds the original canons facing the Atlantic, ancient weapons, and numerous hidden chambers.

You will then be returned to the port area and your waiting ship all while in style and comfort.

Please Note: Vehicles available for this tour accommodate groups of up to 17 passengers maximum. Please take this information into consideration when booking.

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memorie ...
from $54.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic
Tour Duration
4.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 15 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable, casual seasonal clothing and walking shoes.
Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.