Taino Bay FAQ

Taino Bay Port, Puerto Plata

Taino Bay Port Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where’s Taino Bay located??

A: Taino Bay Port is located in Puerto Plata, the most important city in the North Coast of the island of Dominican Republic. This region is famous for its endless golden sand beaches, lush forests waterfalls, rivers and historic attractions that draw millions of tourists every year. The Taino Bay FAQ has lots of information on the port, see below.

Q: Which cruises visit Taino Bay?

A: Major cruise lines visit Taino Bay port in Puerto Plata, here a few examples:

  • Norwegian Cruise Line.
  • Celebrity Cruise Line.
  • Virgin Voyages.
  • Royal Caribbean.
  • MSC Cruises.

Q: Is there a beach on Taino Bay?

A: The Taino Bay Beach is a beautiful sandy beach lounge with a lazy river pool,  restaurants and bars; it includes a hammocks area, a shaded area and beautiful tropical scenery with views of the Atlantic Ocean, the pier where the ships dock and the mountain landscape of Puerto Plata. Other local beaches are less than a 5 minute drive away, many great ones including Playa Dorada and Cosita Rica.

Hammock areas
Taino Bay beach lounge and lazy river pool.

Q: How far is the port from town?

A: The Taino Bay port is located within walking distance to the heart of Puerto Plata’s historic district, pretty close to many landmarks and interesting spots.

Q: Is there a list of available shore excursions?

A: Yes, you can book any of a long list of available Taino Bay shore excursions that include city tours, local beaches, museums, eco tours, catamaran charters and much more.

Q: What type of activities does the port have?

A: The port has several bars and restaurants, also swimming pools for everyone; a lazy river pool, beach lounge, shopping areas, and attractions such as Monkey Island. See the Taino Bay amenities page for a complete list.

Juracan Bar is a pool bar at Taino Bay
Dom Dom pool bar and the main swimming pool at the port.

Q: Can anyone visit Taino Bay?

A: Yes, cruise passengers scheduled with ships that stop at the port when cruising in the Caribbean will have access to the port facilities. Royal Caribbean, Virgin Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and many other cruise operators include the port in their Western Caribbean trips. As of this writing, the port is not open to the general public which has not booked a cruise coming to this port.

Q:  What about food and drinks at the port?

A: Taino Bay has several restaurants and bars, including one dedicated to local Dominican cuisine ( San Mangu ), also Mexican such as Casa Palapa and Taco Lover. The variety of bars is comprehensive, including places such as the Blue Parrot, and pool bars such as Dom Dom. See the full list of Taino Bay bars in this guide.

Taino Bay Blue Parrot Bar
Blue Parrot bar at Taino Bay.

Q: Is there transportation available at Taino Bay?

A: Yes, the port has taxi service for transfers to and from the city, also for excursions. You can also step outside and get taxi service from anywhere in the city.

Q: How far is the port from Sosua and Cabarete?

A: Taino Bay is about 35 minutes away driving time from Sosua and 5 more minutes towards Cabarete, it does takes longer at peak hours.

Q: Is there access to private catamaran charters?

A: Yes, there are private catamaran charters available in Puerto Plata, please visit the Taino Bay Shore excursions page to view the available catamarans.puerto plata catamaran

Q: Is there a full list of amenities available?

A: yes, there is a complete list of amenities available at the port, please visit the Taino Bay amenities page to see it.

Q: Is there an interactive map of Taino Bay?

A: Please visit the Taino Bay interactive map to pinpoint all the locations in the port, and get video and photos of every location within the port. This map is updated every week with new information as it comes in.

Q: Can we find a good list of video reviews of the port?

A: Yes, visit the Taino Bay video review page to get a list of hand picked video reviews we screened for accuracy and content. We want to save you time from scrolling through dozens of videos, listing here the very best ones.

Q: Can we find more information on the Dominican Republic?

A: Yes, visit the Dominican Republic page in this cruise ports guide, where you find information on local rum, cigars, food, amber, the Taino, and other interesting articles about cultural aspects of the DR. This Taino Bay FAQ will be updated as needed.