Our first stop on the cruise was Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic, which is a port built by Carnival on the northern coast. I was excited to visit the Dominican Republic because they share the same island as Haiti, where we were with Newstory Charity earlier in the year. It's so crazy how one island can be two totally different worlds: the Dominican Republic is so lush and green filled with tourists, while Haiti is one of the poorest counties in the world.
Amber Cove was the only place we did an excursion all together as a family. We chose La Casa En La Playa, which was a little house on the beach with authentic Dominican food, a bartender and music. We took a bus about 25 minutes through some rough back roads to the house. They had kayaks, snorkel gear, and paddle boards that we got to take out and enjoy the water. Overall, the excursion was nice because we got to spend time together - it's never easy getting a large group of 15 together!