- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
has anyone been here??
has anyone been here??
I have not been, but the husband and I are going in June. Our travel agent raved about it.
We went there for our honeymoon and won’t go back. I think we could have spent $500-1000 more and would have had a way better time somewhere else. It wasn’t as safe as we thought and it rains quite a bit there. I also got severe food poisoning for half our trip. We’ll probably go to the virgin islands next.
I just went this past January and it was lovely! The weather was excellent, the food good and the beach was gorgeous! I would reccommend going for sure. We stayed at the Gran Bahia Principe. I had no complaints
going end of june/july!
We were choosing between there and Jamaica and ultimately chose Jamaica. Just sounded safer and the water seems to be cleaner.
I’ve done a lot of research on staying in Punta Cana (before I booked) and I think as long as you stay clear of tap water (use bottled water to brush teeth, etc.) and don’t eat food that looks like it has been sitting out for hours at a buffet, it should be fine. At least I hope so!
@Irishb: We stayed at Dreams Punta Cana–it was just really moldy and big infested…if it weren’t for that and food poisoning I think we could have enjoyed ourselves. Oh and beware of the coral reef in the water, we couldn’t go in past our knee’s without getting cut.
I ate bad sushi by the way that caused the food poisoning but none of the fish was raw.
I was at the Grand Paradise Bavaro in Punta Cana over Christmas.
My family does an all inclusive Carribean vacation every year for the holidays. We have been to Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and Panama as well as Punta Cana.
From my experience, I found that Punta Cana was my most relaxing vacation. The beaches were outstanding, the staff and food at the resort were wonderful. I was nervous as there were a lot of bad reviews on Trip Advisor, but we found as long as you respect the staff, they will treat you like royalty. We noticed several guests were really rude to the staff, and you could definately see the difference in service you got by being pleasant (not even tipping, just being polite)
There wasn’t a lot to do off the resort, so we spent the majority of our time hanging out on the beach, swimming, snorkelling and eating. The food was fantastic. A lot of seafood, tropical fruits and local vegetables, cooked with a variety of fresh spices.
The airport is really sketchy, not much more than a grass hut. As we were leaving, it started to rain, and they made the full plane load of us stand under a leaky grass roof for about half an hour until the rain subsided and we could walk across the tarmac to our plane. That was really my only complaint, and all in all, that’s not too bad!
I also have to say that I did not enjoy DR. I actually called my brother halfway through the trip and told him to come pick me up at JFK three days early. The water is “hard”, the beaches were not very nice, some are man made, since DR’s shoreline is naturally very precipitous. There is not much to do in Punta Cana and I’m not the type of person who can sit on the beach EVERY single day so I actually did make the trip into Santo Domingo. I remember that they were in the process of building a canal through Santo Domingo, so running through the length of the area was a GIANT ditch hundreds of feet deep! People were using rickety ladders to climb down the ditch to cross to the other side of the road. Also, not sure if there is sanitation throughout the country, but I saw a lot of folks burning garbage on the side of the roads. Also, everyone wanted a handout, “tip?”. I found the locals to be kind of pushy and had some gross comments made to me, I speak spanish too, by the way, so I heard ALL of it. I had one guy ask me straight out “why are you so covered up?”. We also experienced some power outages, which from what I understand are kind of commonplace there. Honestly, I was kind of scarred from the whole trip. I would NOT return to the DR by any means. There are way nicer destinations is the Caribbean if you are looking to just sit by the beach and drink cocktails. I want to preface the above by saying I travel all over for business, BY MYSELF and am fine navigating foreign cities AND I’ve been to most Caribbean destinations. DR was not for this chica…
@missashley884: Iberostar Grand Bavaro! We stayed a little over a week in December. It was GORGEOUS. There are two other Iberostars (that you have free access to if you stay at the Grand Bavaro), but they weren’t very nice. The Grand has incredible restaurants/bars, each room has its own private butler, all inclusive (even room service!), and there is a jacuzzi in every room that they’ll set up with rose petals, bubbles, champagne, and chocolates (for free!) if you ask your butler.
Punta Cana had a lot of activities that seemed very fairly priced compared to our last trip to Jamaica.
DH wanted me to add, make sure you bring one’s because no one ever has change for less than a 10… we ended up tipping a few people $20 since that was all we had and some locals seemed extremely aggressive if we didn’t tip for every service possible.
Watch your baggage at the airport. DH had one of his carry on’s stolen.
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