What to expect on a Fathom Cruise to the Dominican Republic

 In Caribbean and Mexico

Amber Cove

Fathom Travel proudly pulls into port at Amber Cove, just outside of Puerto Plata on the north side of the Dominican Republic. This port is brand new and it shows. Oddly enough, there is no beach, even though you have traveled to the Caribbean to enjoy those cool blue waters. There are a few bungalows over the water that you can rent for a premium price, but outside of these bungalows, you have to go out of the port, hire a taxi and head to a beach farther down the road.

Amber Cove Fathom Travel Guide

Shops. Amber Cove is essentially a shopping center. You can grab freshly ground coffee from the Italian coffee shop (actually owned by an Italian man living in the Dominican Republic), or stock up on souvenirs at one of the many shops offering wears from all over the country. There is a small pharmacy if you need soap, shampoo, chips, diapers or a few minor medications. If you want to do some serious shopping though, hire a taxi just outside of the port gates that can take you into Puerto Plata.

Amber Cove Fathom Travel Guide

Pool Area. The Amber Cove pool is worth a few hours, if not more, especially if you have kids. The pool and water slides are a welcome relief from the tropical heat. Pull up a chaise lounge to relax and read your book, or take advantage of the excellent Wi-Fi signal you can get in the hammocks by the kid play area. For a fee of about $12 you can zip line all day. The pool is home to a swim-up bar and waiters regularly walk around the lounge chairs to grab your food and beverage order.


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  • Mama Munchkin

    I was really curious to see how you enjoyed your trip and what the experience on board was. The cultural aspect is really intriguing especially as my older ones are hitting their teen years and I have always said I wanted them serving on mission trips or helping the world in someway during the time in their life where they are self absorbed and entitled by nature. And, WHOA did you give me a peek inside. LOVE it!!!

    • Keryn Means

      So glad it helped! This was definitely more of a cultural education opportunity than pure volunteerism, but I think it was a nice intro for kids.

  • Lisa Niver

    Keryn, What a great article. Thanks for sharing all your tips from the trip!
    Lisa Niver

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