Just got back from a cruise on the Equinox last week, and we were in Punta Cana on Nov 28. The weather was great - 85 and sunny. The tender boat ride to the island was smooth. There is really not much to do at the actual port. Celebrity offers excursions, but they seemed overpriced, so we just took a shuttle ride from the cruise port over to Api Beach, which is on the left side of the marina from where the tender boats go in and out. It was $15 round trip per person; about a 10 minute drive; you cannot walk there even though it looks close. The beach was very small but clean and beautiful and was not crowded at all and had some shady places to relax. There is no cost to go to the beach resort, but we bought two cocktails, which were very expensive ($26 for two frozen drinks). There were almost no shops on that side, just lots of new-ish empty/boarded up buildings; it’s kinda like a weird tropical ghost town. Our tender boat ride back to the ship was a little choppy and by the end of the day it was getting hard for the tenders to dock at the ship.