Dominican Amber: a treasure on the beach

Dominican Amber: a treasure on the beach

Did you know that Dominican amber can be found in spades on our beaches? After a heavy downpour, this treasure tends to wash up on our shores, when huge waves break them into pieces in the seabed. So whether you’re swimming or surfing, look out for these precious souvenirs.

Are you ready to go treasure hunting?

All about Dominican Amber

Eons ago, resin from the Hymenaea protera tree trickled down into streams and rivers until it ended up in the ocean, among the layers of silt, sand and clay that form sedimentary rock. Most amber is found inside sedimentary rock. Over time, the resin crystallized into a hard fossil. And amber was born.

If you happen to find fossilized amber pieces on the beach, you would be really lucky. They are incredibly valuable.

How to identify Dominican amber

The DR has the second largest known amber deposit in the world. It’s no wonder that the North Shore of the Dominican Republic is known as the Amber Coast. Dominican Amber tends to be more transparent and glassy. Also, it’s not unusual to find fossilized creatures in our amber.

How else can you identify Dominican Amber? Look out for the traditional yellow and honey varieties, as well as ones with red and green shades. The rarest amber is blue and fluorescent, and looks absolutely ethereal.

Go amber hunting

Now that you know the history of Dominican amber and what it looks like, how about going on an amber treasure hunt?

After you’ve spent part of the morning, swimming, snorkeling, or surfing, grab some friends and look for these beautiful gems on our beach in Cabarete. You’ll need to be patient, but we’re sure it will be rewarded.

Wrapping Up

When you leave the DR to return home, and you wear a piece of beautiful amber jewelry, you’ll have a part of the DR with you, one that goes back to a time before time as we know it.