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My cruise stopped at the Amber cove port, but I'm glad we took a little bit of time to do something fun within the city of Puerta Plata. We got a taxi (van) very easily to the Teleferico Cable Car. It was about 15 minutes away and cost the 3 of us $60 round trip. It was worth it, the driver was very nice and waited for us to finish whenever and drove us back. It was an organized operation with drivers all in the same outfits. You didn't feel like you were getting ripped off. The cable car was a really neat thing to do and only $10. It went up this gorgeous Green Mountain where you had views of the coast and ocean. Once you get up to the top of the mountain there were so many paths you could spend a couple hours walking around if you wanted. It was definitely a workout with lots of hills and steps. There was a snack bar and a sit down restaurant if you wanted to eat, we did not. The shop was a little bit annoying because it was all local people trying to pull you into their place and sell you. Still I recommend going here.
Are there any good shopping spots? Will be going here next December. Have plans for my others ports but nothing for here. Will be my first cruise. Thanks 😊
Our first time here and spent the day by ourselves on the beach at the port. And when I say by ourselves, it was seriously just my husband and I. Our waiter, Junior, was wonderful and took very good care of us. Beautiful, clean, and everyone was super friendly!
Switched to Costa Maya.
We did not book an excursion here. We got off the ship and bought a few things in the shops at the end of the pier. The town looked nice, but we felt safer staying near the ship. We also did not have anything that we were looking to buy, so we used the time to enjoy extra time in the uncrowded Thermal Spa.
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