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The Dominican Republic's north coast is known as the “Amber Coast” because of the large amount of amber that is mined here. There are about 16 mines found between Puerto Plata and Santiago.
Found in small quantities, amber is a semiprecious stone, and Dominican amber is famous for being the most transparent in the world. Generally known for its warm golden color, it also comes in other colors, including hazel, red, green, and a type of blue amber found exclusively in the Dominican Republic.
The Amber Museum is housed in the Villa Bentz in Puerto Plata; this house is an excellent example of Victorian architecture. Inside the visitor will see specimens of amber that were mined in the northern mountains.
A guide will explain the different kinds of amber, some of which contain fossilized plants and insects perfectly frozen forever in the golden resin of amber.
The tour concludes at the first floor gift shop where amber, as well as larimar, jewelry set in gold and silver is sold at affordable prices.
There is a small admission fee and the museum is open Mondays to Saturdays from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.