We just returned from our cruise (1/29/22) and I wanted to give a summary of Amber Cove. It is a cruise passenger only (owned by Carnival I believe) stop. We did dock (not tender) and the dock is medium in length - 5-10 minute walk depending on speed. There is not much at the port itself. There are, of course, the usual shops and a couple of bars. There is a large pool with a couple small slides and plenty of free lounge chairs, but not much shade. There is NO beach - not even for walking or snorkeling / swimming. The water is lined on all sides by large boulders with no access. There was even a guard making sure no one tried to climb on or over the boulders. There were some taxis on the road if you exited the protected cruise port area, but nothing within walking distance. It is about a 25 minute ride into the nearest town - Puerto Plata. We however, went on a Carnival excursion and were very happy we did. We usually avoid the ship's excursions, but here you really need to plan something to do if you don't want to sit by a pool all day. We did the Mountain Views and City Sights tour. It was great. It was only $50/pp - it says 3.5 hours, but ours was 5 hours. We were on an open air mini bus that was only half full (14 people on tour). We had a great guide. It is a beautiful, lush, mountainous island and I definitely recommend you try to see some of the island. Our tour went to the top of a mountain where there is a beautiful botanical garden and the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. After about 90 minutes on the mountain, we headed back down and into Puerta Plata where we did a nice drive beside the beach promenade, a walking tour of Plaza Independencia including the cathedral, and walked down Umbrella Street with a stop for local chocolate and homemade ice cream. We also did a drive by of Fort San Felipe. It was a great time. We were back to the ship for lunch (1:00) and then still had time to get back off and walk around the Amber Cove port area before our all aboard at 3:30.