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After meeting your guides outside the Amber Cove Cruise Terminal, you will board an air-conditioned vehicle for the 15 minute ride to the first stop: Puerto Plata’s spectacular Teleferico (the only cable car in the Caribbean). It reveals incredibly panoramic ocean and city views as you ascend to the summit of Mount Isabel, extremely high above sea level. At the top of the mountain you’ll find beautiful tropical gardens and a statue of Christ (a smaller replica of the one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and of course, the breathtaking views of Puerto Plata and the Atlantic ocean. Duration in this spot is approximately 90 minutes.

After riding the cable car back down the mountain we board back on the bus and head to Macorix House of Rum! Here you'll learn the history of rum on the island, tour the plant and of course... sample all of their delicious rum products!  Ask for seconds of your favorite!  If there is time we make a quick stop at Fortaleza San Felipe, an authentic and historic Spanish fortress, also known as El Morro de San Felipe, that was built in 1577 to protect the city of Puerto Plata from pirates and corsairs! The Dominican Republic was an integral stop on the Spanish Main and was terrorized by many notorious pirates for years, including the famous British pirate Henry Morgan.

From the fort we'll take a short drive down the beautiful Malecon (Ocean Drive) to a vibrant courtyard cafe for lunch. When you book this tour, we’ll provide you with the menu ahead of time so we can order your meal and drink selections. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is simply relaxed and charming!

After lunch we’ll board the bus for a short ride to Puerto Plata's town square, where we'll stop for a quick look at the Victorian architecture and then walk down the street to Espigon Cigars, an authentic cigar factory and humidor. Here, you’ll learn about the history of tobacco on the island, roll your own cigar and sample the famous local rum and mamajuana!

But we're not done yet! In the Dominican Republic, music is as important as the air we breathe and no visit to the island is complete until you've danced! Local "taxi” dancers will first dance for you and then, teach you a few basic steps and you'll "fiesta and bachata like a Dominican with Dominicans" until it’s time to return to the ship!
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Get a true taste of Dominican life on this tour of Puerto Plata from Amber Cove. Make the most of your time in port and book your shore excursion in advance, knowing that this tour will give you a full picture of Dominican history, culture, and folklore. With all transportation included and commentary from your guides, you'll learn about the city and additionally get to taste some of its best food and drinks.
  • Lunch, snacks, and rum drinks means passengers won't go hungry or thirsty
  • Round-trip transportation from the Amber Cove cruise port makes for a stress-free experience
  • Get a full picture of Dominican life through the tour's stops and guided commentary
  • Small group ensures personalized attention and a flexible itinerary
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked this tour through Viator, and could not have been more pleased. Alexander "The Great", and Daniel took amazing care of us - we ended up being the only ones on the tour, so we had great, personal attention. We felt like VIP's the...More

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LidiaSophia, Owner at Iguana Mama Adventure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hola Conniescruisestours! Wow! Thank you so very much for choosing our Eat Drink & Be Merry City Tour and this amazing review and recommendation! I'm so pleased to read you had a wonderful experience! It really is a fun tour and the guides love to...More

Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile
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If you are on a cruise, take this trip! There is not much to do in the Amber Cove cruise terminal. I feel like you get the most out of your short time in Puerto Plata on this excursion. My daughter & I took this...More

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LidiaSophia, Owner at Iguana Mama Adventure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hola Valerie! Wow... thanks so very much for this super heartfelt review and recommendation of our city tour shore excursion! Truly appreciated and I am so very pleased to read you and your daughter had a great time! Alex is one of our gems and...More

Reviewed 17 May 2018
UNFORGETTABLE!! Ditch the ship

I traveled on Carnival here and found this excursion on my own. Carnival offered a tour of Puerta Plata that was NOTHING compared to this one and much more expensive! From the second we met our tour guides to the time we were dropped back...More

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LidiaSophia, Owner at Iguana Mama Adventure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

Hola Nickie K! Thank you so very much! This review is in my top 10 all time favourites! I'm so pleased you had a "non stop blast" and thanks for the amazing description and recommendation! I'll be sure to share your kind comments and compliments...More

Reviewed 19 April 2018
Skip the ship

We could not find an acceptable shore excursion thru the ship and decided to look elsewhere. Found Eat, Drink and Be Merry and WOW, great find. Alexander "the great" as he explained to us was a super host. Small, intimate group of 4 visited the...More

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LidiaSophia, General Manager at Iguana Mama Adventure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Hola dg2518! Thanks so much for choosing our Eat Drink & Be Merry Puerto Plata City Tour and this wonderful review and recommendation! The walk to the pick up location was about 12 minutes until 2 weeks ago when Carnival Officials (who really dislike all...More

Reviewed 16 April 2018
This was a great time.

Alex was one of the best tour guides we have ever had. He made the trip so enjoyable and was also very insightful on the history of the island. The tram ride was very cool with beautiful views from up top. The Rum factory was...More

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LidiaSophia, General Manager at Iguana Mama Adventure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Hola Mark/Shelly! Many thanks for taking the city tour with us and this wonderful review! Glad you had fun and we certainly hope you'll join us on another tour in the future! Cheers Lidia / Iguana Mama

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It’s not a long walk. And you can’t get a cab. You are literally just walking down sidewalks until you get out of the terminal gates. Then Mama Iguana vans are right there
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