Amber Coast & Emerald Coast
An Amazing Journey
Dominican Republic is a tropical island filled with beautiful places. Every corner of this country boasts a different kind of natural magnificence.
The Amber Coast, named for the rich deposits of lustrous semiprecious amber found throughout the region, runs along the northern Atlantic coast from Cofresi to Nagua and boasts an assortment of seaside towns and resorts. Among this Coast’s top destinations are Puerto Plata, Cabarete, Sea-Horse Ranch, Playa Grande, and Cabrera.
Like any part of Dominican Republic, the Amber & Emerald Coast abounds with all the ecological richness that Mother Earth can provide. The region is blessed with stunning beaches and is considered a prime beach destination for tourists wanting to experience the perfect summer holiday.
If there is one constant to be found throughout the area, it is amber. This semiprecious jewel is actually a type of tree resin native to the area that has hardened over the millennia. When extracted, the result is an earthy, romantic stone ranging in color from vivid yellow to a more opaque burnt orange.
The Amber Coast is the traditional center of the Dominican tourism industry. Forests, mountains, and miles of golden beach provide a playground for adventurous sports enthusiasts with such activities as mountain biking and horse riding available, as well as a host of watersports like diving, windsurfing, and kitesurfing.
The Amber & Emerald Coast has an Edenic quality, with remote areas containing pristine beaches and rich, tropical vegetation that grows up hillsides to rocky cliffs. Cabrera is a new hot spot, and is helping to redefine the Dominican vacation with its upscale rental villas. In addition, visitors are now beginning to discover the glorious, often-unpopulated beaches between Rio San Juan and Cabrera.
The port city of Puerta Plata is the region’s capital and the main tourism enclave. On the outskirts of Puerto Plata is the major Playa Dorada complex of low-rise hotels, surrounded by a country club setting of gardens and beautiful beaches and centered on the 18-hole Robert Trent Jones–designed golf course. Seaside towns and communities that are also popular with visitors include Sosua and Cabarete to the east of Puerto Plata, and Cofresi to the west.
Within a 45- to 90-minute drive from the international airport in Puerto Plata, communities such as Cabarete, Sea Horse Ranch, and Playa Grande are fast becoming the darlings of the Dominican Republic. To the west, there is a varied mix of intriguing and beach towns, where amber resin and windsurfing are just two of the region’s signature attractions.