(Closed) Dominican Republic–Hard Rock??

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I stayed there November 18-21rst. I have to be honest with you, I didn’t enjoy it, and wouldn’t recommend it for a honeymoon.

 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I didn’t enjoy the DR because it is a developing country, and as such- to be quite frank- a little depressing. It’s still a relatively poor country and there are very young prostitutes who run around with much older men. Granted, for the first two days I stayed really close to Santo Domingo, which is (I think) the only place where you would see the dilapitated buildings, old men with teenage girlfriends, and massively littered beaches (though to be fair, Old Santo Domingo was quite beautiful in a rustic way and the historical sites were interesting), but it was also incredibly humid and unpleasant. I was there in late May this year.

I also stayed in an all inclusive resort after I left Santo Domingo. It wasn’t very upscale, but I enjoyed the DR a lot more when I was just exposed to the beaches and the pool.

I would like to add that ATMS in the DR seem to have only functioned for about half the time, which was quite annoying.

If you haven’t booked anything yet, I would consider other beach honeymoon destinations. Keep in mind though that I didn’t get the quintissential resort experience in the DR and my opinion about the country is likely to be very different from people who steered clear from the city.

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

To the above posters: Let’s get real.  It’s the Caribbean.  With very few exceptions, it is the third world.  Unlike this country, most of the world lives in poverty.  It is the REAL WORLD.  Sorry that you have a difficult time accepting that.

Nonetheless, in DR and the rest of the Caribbean, they make their money off of tourism and you can find some amazingly beautiful places pn these island nations.  Do your own research on tripadvisor.com and make an informed decision about the resort and what you want out of your honeymoon.  One thing I will say about DR: you can get some amazing values.  Check cheapcaribbean.com for specials all the time.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

ive been there a few times paradisus punta cana but stay in the upgraded section its a little more money but worth it specially if iyour not going with kids i forget what they call it its more adult nicer quiet pool nicer everything all inclusive.. its nice for a cheap vaca but to leave leave the resort no thanks 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

i looked it up its called paradisus RESERVE punta cana they run sales alot its the best resort in dr i think and its brand new and good food .. im from new york n picky so for me to say the food is good at an all inclusive resort its good its good 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@heather25: Just to be clear, I wasn’t having a hard time accepting the poverty in the DR. I’m not sure why you read my post as me having a heart attack over how bad conditions can be there.  I work in Egypt often, which is overall, a very poor country as well.

The main problem I had with the DR was the weather and the out of control prostitution in the city. I  think that if you’re going on a honeymoon to the DR expecting it to be a tropical paradise, one should also be aware that it’s also a developing country that may come with sights that you don’t care to see when you’re trying to have a romantic, idyllic setting. That’s all I was saying.

 

And to reiterate: humidity. ick. (just avoid the wet season if you can)

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hello! Quite often when we left our resort in punta cana we had to pick up others at the Hard Rock resort — it looks nice!!!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I suggest also looking at the pics of the resort of tripadvisor and browsing their forums for ideas on things to do. (if you haven’t already)

I’ve been to Punta Cana. The beaches are beautiful, but there isn’t much else to do.  You’re not going to find the type of nightlife you would find in Cancun or Puerto Rico.  If your resort has a good disco, that’s a start.  There are a few other clubs/bars that are recommended, but it’s limited.

If you are interested in mainly relaxing and walking along the beach, I think Punta Cana is wonderful!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I got married and honeymooned Nov. 3-10 and loved it. The beaches were gorgeous, our resort (Melia) was gorgeous, people were nice, food was great. We were looking for a relaxing atmosphere with beautiful beaches, huge pools (and pool bars), and to basically get away and not be bothered. We got all that and more. Will definitely return. I can send you pictures of our trip if you’re interested, just PM me.

By the way, I never saw any prostitution or crime, as I was at the resort the entire time. I felt very safe the ENTIRE time I was in the DR. There are crime and depressed areas anywhere you go- even right here in America (where I am). If you walked around being scared of any and everything, you’d never leave your house, and you’d miss out on a lot of really great adventures. Just be aware of your surroundings- as I’m sure you always are.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

@jmb584: “I didn’t enjoy the DR because it is a developing country, and as such- to be quite frank- a little depressing.”  Very next sentence: “It’s still a relatively poor country.” 

I think it’s quite clear why I wrote what I did.  The first thing you mentioned about not enjoying DR was the poverty, and that you had to experience it, albeit for a brief period before you were swept into paradise.  Now, if that’s not what you meant, fine, but the post doesn’t lend itself to that interpretation.

As for not caring to see the reality of poverty on your honeymoon, fine.  Difficult, if not impossible, but fine.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@heather25: 

I’m sorry if I didn’t represent myself more clearly. Most people who go to the DR expect it to be an ideal island paradise, and for most people that’s what it is because they never leave the confines of their resort. I did in fact leave my hotel and frequented the local establishments and sights in the capital, and since the op asked about how we felt about the DR, I thought I would share my experiences (esp since I was unsure as to whether she was just planning on staying in her resort or if she was interested in seeing Santo Domingo)

You misquoted me btw, I wrote “It’s still a relatively poor country and there are very young prostitutes who run around with much older men.” The fact that I continued that sentence is important, because I was trying to qualify what I meant when I called it a poor country and to show that the problem I had with it wasn’t necessarily only because it was poor. I believe I also mentioned how disgusting and littered *some* of the beaches are. I didn’t even mention the clearly diseased pigeons  (there were growths all over their bodies) that were walking around the streets of the city.

I was also by no means “swept into paradise” when I went to the resort in  the DR. I stayed in a medium range priced resort (paid for by Jet Blue since our flight was canceled) where the beach was man made and the clientele had a very “spring break” mentality- but it was at least more of what I was expecting based on how everyone had described the DR to me. Punta Cana, however, I think is different. I have a feeling more couples and honeymooners are there, so I suppose if you’re looking for a decent beachy honeymoon spot, that would be it. As for the Hard Rock resort, I don’t know anything about it, but I would probably look into the types of people who go there (young, old, honeymooners, single people looking to hook up, etc.). Your fellow resort mates can make or break your experience, especially if you’re not planning on leaving the area.

 

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