Dominican Republic

Explore Puerto Plata's Best with Cable Car - Shore Excursion

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Amber Cove Shore Excursion Explore Puerto Plata with Cable Car Ride and Open Bar

From USD 89.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 to 30 minutes
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


From historic attractions to scenic vista points, Puerto Plata has plenty to keep visitors entertained. See the best of the city in a short time frame on this Puerto Plata shore excursion, which includes top area attractions such as the grounds of San Felipe Fortress and the historic Victorian district. A small-group limit keeps the tour more personal, while unlimited rum punch, bottled water, and fresh fruit keep you feeling like you’re on vacation.
  • Tour the San Felipe Fortress, Mt. Isabela, and more
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
  • All entrance fees included
  • Port pickup and drop-off included

What's Included

  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan OR mini-bus
  • Live commentary on board
  • National Park fees
  • Complimentary Rum Punch, sodas and snacks
  • Luperon Museum may be substituted if the cable car is not operating due to maintenance/high winds
  • Additional food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

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Opening hours

  • 2/1/2023 - 12/31/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 07:00 am - 01:00 pm

Pickup details

PLEASE READ ALL: TOUR DEPARTURE TIME IS 45-MINUTES AFTER THE SHIP'S ACTUAL ARRIVAL. IF THE SHIP IS EARLY OR LATE THE DEPARTURE TIME REMAINS THE SAME (45-MINUTES AFTER THE SHIP'S ACTUAL ARRIVAL). Port of Puerto Plata, Taino Bay. Outside the main gates of the port of Puerto Plata (Taino Bay). Port of Amber Cove Outside the main gates. Important Note: there are two (2) ports in Puerto Plata - Taino Bay, Puerto Plata AND Amber Cove (less than 15-minutes apart by car. If your ship announces an "itinerary change" to either port - we will be there. We will provide you with the new map and meet instructions. There is no need to cancel your excursion! Look for our Welcome Team with signs that read, "Puerto Plata Adventures". It is important that you be with the first groups to leave the ship as we aim to depart 45-minutes after your ship’s actual arrival (or when the gangway is in place). TOUR DEPARTURE TIME IS 45-MINUTES AFTER THE SHIP'S ACTUAL ARRIVAL. IF THE SHIP IS EARLY OR LATE THE DEPARTURE TIME REMAINS THE SAME (45-MINUTES AFTER THE SHIP'S ACTUAL ARRIVAL).

What To Expect

Puerto Plata (Pass By)

Teleferico Puerto Plata Cable Car

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Parque Central Independencia

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Fortaleza San Felipe

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Malecon Puerto Plata (Pass By)

Umbrella Street

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Malecon Puerto Plata

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Terrain can be uneven with narrow streets
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Guests should wear comfortable clothing, sensible footwear, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The minimum age to participate is 10 years old
  • Not recommended for those with limited mobilty, cane or walker users
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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101 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Fun time in Puerto Plata
Brad_P, Sept 2023
Alex was a great tour guide. This was a fun and educational tour. Beautiful views and nice ride in an air conditioned vehicle. Would do again. Caution that the van is located outside the port gates. It is a long walk from the ship. I recommend taking a taxi from port to the meeting point.
Nice view. However understand what could be in front of you.
Lori_H, June 2023
You walk forever from the boat with no signs until you get outside the cruise ship gate! Then you still really have to look, and ask. Then you walk further. It isn't written how far you must ware! My wife and I hustled and got there early, and on time. Then we had to wait, over 40 minutes for people who were late and didn't show. ( no respect for others ). Giving them a couple of minutes is one thing, however that long of a wait hurt OUR shopping and excursion time, absolutely. I'm sure the tour company didn't return any body's money. I'm sure the guide lost tips as well. I didn't like the idea that we were told that we shouldn't go to the gift shop at the top of the hill / cable car. I'm sure this company and the tour guide wanted us to spend money in their approved shops for VARIOUS reasons. We did any way. It isn't explained in your brochure that you ONLY ride down the hill on the cable car either. The ride up the hill was ok. Again, waiting way, way to long for the five no shows was absolutely wrong customer service. Our tour guide was nice and pleasant. I'd go again, but I'm much wiser now. I would ask much more detailed questions. Also, id demand my money back for that extensive wait.
Response from Host, June 2023
Thank you for taking time to provide your comments. Firstly, we provide all guest orders with very detailed instructions and a map (drone shot) to our meet location. In our initial message to you we explain that the map and instructions should be with you when you leave the ship. Our tours depart 45-minutes after your ship’s actual arrival (so if the ship is early or late – the departure time remains the same). We allow a 5-minute grace period where we call late guests and then we depart for the benefit of our on-time guests. Secondly, we do not operate shopping tours. Our company and team do not promote or encourage shopping and we do not solicit or accept commissions. This practice is damaging to the experience in our opinion. Again – we and our lovely team do not compromise our experiences with commissioned shopping. At the mountain top after extensive touring of the botanical gardens, the representation of the typical house and the Christ the Redeemer statue, we must make our way to the cable car line. There is simply no time for shopping nor is shopping indicated in our description. That said, there is a small bit of free-time in the historic town if our guests wish to step into a shop. We also invite you to review the tour description – we make our way through small villages to the summit enjoying fabulous views and we descend by cable car. These two elements add to the experience and shortens the wait time for the cable car. We are glad to see that you would do this excursion again. Happy Sailing!
Worth the tour
Kimberly_t, Mar 2023
Tour was worth it. Unfortunately while on the tour it rained so we did not get a good look from the cable car. However when asked at the end of our vacation what was the best part, my husband and daughter, who took the tour, said this tour was the best part. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
This review is so kind. We do our very best to ensure a great time :-) Knowing our experience and our team was the "best part" of your vacation - means a lot. Hope to see you again on a bright and sunny day!
Stay away from this tour.
James_S, Feb 2023
The pickup location was outside the port gates (the only one outside the gates) and was a VERY LONG WALK. All four of us are in our late 70's with infirmities and we had no idea how far we needed to walk when we booked. Therefore, we weren't able to participate. The tour provided a 10% refund which is unacceptable.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hi James! We regret that you were unable to participate in this wonderful and highly rated excursion. We provide all guests with information and instructions that will get you to us with less walking. We are confident you would have enjoyed the breathtaking views from the highest point on the north coast, the pretty historic town and our exceptional service had you joined us.
Must see!!
Theresa_C, Feb 2023
Our tour guides Alex and Angel were great! They were very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions about the area.
Awesome Adventure!!
Doug_C, Jan 2023
Great time as my wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. Our guide, Alex, was great and very knowledgeable about his city and country and delivered this knowledge with passion. The only reason this was not given 5 stars was because the cable cars were shut down for maintenance and we couldn't ride them.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi! Alex will be pleased as are we all that you had a great time...HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Regarding the cable car - we are notified of regular maintenance but in this case, the international certification agency made the decision to close the operation while they made a very thorough assessment. If even the tiniest issue is present - the cable car stops until the issue is resolved. Safety is our #1 concern. Hopefully you will be back and will experience this awesome attraction!
Amazing! Beautiful country!
Tracy_B, Jan 2023
This excursion is amazing! Mind you - people try to do the cable car without booking the excursion and get stuck waiting- this excursion is perfectly planned to the cruise arrival and gets you back to the ship in plenty of time. You will tour the city, have time to shop at a few stops along the way and see the beautiful sights along the way. Our guide was Winston- he was amazing and a wealth of information. The beauty as you ride the cable car up the mountain is amazing! The flowers are so beautiful along the way and the views- stunning! I cannot recommend this trip enough- the only bad part is that it is not a cruise ship designated excursion so it IS OUTSIDE THE TERMINAL-OUTSIDE THE PORT GATES- and down the road. If you are alone, you may feel uncomfortable taking the trek out there, you do not need your passport. Just your cruise ID and your regular ID. The directions was a little confusing and it is a WALK but once you get to the vans- they were easy to find.
More to Puerto Plata than a beach
James_Y, Dec 2022
Enjoyed the road trip up to Christ the Redeemer, the view from its peak and the ride on cable car back to Puerto Plata. Saw the highlights in Puerto Plata without overstaying our time there. Our guide was knowledgeable, attentive, friendly and very well informed. It's a long trek from the ship to the meeting point, but well worth the effort.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you! Our slogan: "It's Worth the Walk" :-) We are so happy you enjoyed your visit to the highest point on the north coast of Puerto Plata. The mountain summit is lovely with the botanical gardens and the statue. The finishing touch is the visit to the historic town - we strive for an all-around great experience. All the best and happy sailing always!
Colorful History of Puerto Plata
Paula_S, Dec 2022
I really enjoyed this excursion! I enjoy hearing about the culture and history of another country that I am visiting. Alex was a wonderful, knowledgeable, guide who was very happy to share his culture with us. He was engaging and always concerned about keeping our safety. I felt very comfortable under his watch. His genuine enthusiasm in sharing the history of the various places we visited made the trip thoroughly enjoyable. This was my second time in DR, and it was a good way for me to experience what I didn’t get to do the first time around. I would highly recommend this excursion.
Incredible view from cable car!!! A must see and do!
Gina_F, Nov 2022
We did a city tour which included the square, Catholic cathedral, Pink Street, Umbrella Street, the fort used against pirates, botanical garden with turtles and fish, Statue of Jesus (replica given by Brazil half the size of theirs) and an amazing cable car ( only one in the Caribbean) ride 3000 m in the air with an exceptional view!!! Alex was an outstanding tour guide of it all. And we ended the tour with a rum punch. Definitely a must do while in puerto plata.
Awesome Time
Sheila_M, July 2022
Our guide Alex was fabulous. He showed us all of the listed places in the description. He was always happy to take photos. He even made stop for empanadas before we finished our tour!
Wonderful memories
Tyoshee_B, July 2022
This definitely was an excursion that will always be remembered. Our tour guide Alex was very knowledgeable and made the experience better. The cable car was fun with beautiful sights. Thanks again, Alex!
God tour for non-beach people.
Sehwong, May 2022
Winston was a great tour guide. We enjoyed the tour stops in the city’s as well as up on the mountain. Nice air conditioned bus with WiFi. We are not beach people so this was a nice alternative for us. Moderately strenuous walking. Great views. God history of Hispaniola and the Dominican Republic.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our company and team (we love Winston). We are so happy you enjoyed the views. The highest point on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is such a pleasant place to be with the beautiful gardens and statue. Hope you enjoyed Umbrella Street, Pink Street and Parque Independencia (and our famous rum punch) as well :-)
Puerto Plata adventures tour
RobertM_K, May 2022
We had a great tour director in Winston of Puerto Plata Adventures. He was extremely knowledgeable and worked at a slow pace to accommodate our group who were somewhat elderly. Fun time!!
Gondola ride and city tour.
Edward_K, Feb 2020
The bus ride to the top of the mountain and gondola ride back down was very senic. The fort and city tour was interesting.
Excellent Day Trip
Carol, Feb 2020
Henry did a fantastic job in giving a us a detailed narration and understanding of his country. Really enjoyed it! Carol & John Niagara Falls
Great shore excursion tour.
Cohrtlinda, Feb 2020
This tour exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Henry, was very informative and spoke fluent English. Because of a recent rain, we rode the gondola both ways. The views from the gondola were magnificent. Henry, who is a Tiger Woods look alike, made several stops for photos. Henry guided us through the gardens at the top of the mountain, pointing out all the many flowers and plants. I saw a poinsettia tree. On our return, Henry made a special stop to grab fresh bananas for all of us. We booked this as a shore excursion, knowing we would return to the ship on time. It is a long walk from the cruise port. I would definitely recommend this tour. It is small group, which is ideal
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Henry will cherish the Tiger Woods reference...FOREVER (and we will all hear about it again and again lol). Henry is a great host, talented guide and a fun team-member. We are so happy you enjoyed the experience. Thank you for the review and recommendation so that future guests know "It's Worth the Walk"!
Nice day in Amber Cove
Ted C, Nov 2019
We had a very pleasant tour thru the countryside and the historic city center. Our tour guide was pleasant and well informed....having grown up in the Dominican Republic. The gondola ride and views were the highlight
Port Stop
Sharon_R, Nov 2019
At first nervous to book a non cruise ship excursion but really wanted to do Cable Car while in Dominican Republic. I happened across this excursion while surfing around and contacted the company that operates this tour. I was put in touch with Amber Cove Adventures through Viator and they put my fears at ease. She said they deal with cruise ship passengers and guarantee to get us back to the ship. The day of the excursion our stop was shorted by 1 hour but when we arrived at the pick up point they already were aware of the change.. They track the ships via GPS and follow all the time schedules. Only negative to this tour was that you had to walk from the ship to the area outside the gates which might be a hike if you have difficulty in waking. They are not allowed in gates since it was not a Carnival excursion. Once we got to area there was a tiny bit of confusion on what bus we needed to get on. They have multiple tours going different areas. But that was solved quickly and on the bus we went. Our group was guided by Henry and he was awesome! Very kind and quite a sense of humor. Rum punch was provided during the intervals between stops. Would we do this excursion again? Absolutely! Thanks Amber Cove Adventures for a great time !
Nice excutsion
Susan M, Nov 2019
This was a nice trip. Our guide Henry was very informative about the history of his country. He pointed out a lot of things you would not see on your own.
Response from Host, Nov 2019
Thank you, Susan M! Henry will be very happy to read your kind review. We hope to see you again someday :-)

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