Named for the rich deposits of lustrous semi-precious amber found throughout the region, the Amber Coast runs along the northern Atlantic coast from Cofresi to Nagua, and boasts an assortment of seaside towns and resorts. Forests, mountains and miles of golden beach provide a playground for adventure sports seekers, with activities such as mountain biking and horse riding available, as well as a host of watersports such as diving, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
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. Located in a country club setting of gardens and beautiful beaches, it's centred on an 18-hole golf course designed by the renowned golf-course architect, Robert Trent Jones. 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.