(Closed) Advice on the Dominican Republic for honeymoon?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had friends who went to the Excellence resort in Punta Cana and they loved it!  They said it was well worth the extra cost to do the Excellence club which gets you some extra perks 🙂  Look into it, it sounds wonderful!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I just went to Punta Cana last year. It was beautiful! I would however not go back. I am really into traveling and have been to a lot of the other islands in the West Indies. Compared to all of the other islands I’ve been to, The DR would be on the lower end. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful and the resorts there are awesome. We stayed at the IFA Bavaro Village. There were various excursions but they were mediocre. We went on a snorkeling trip where you could get your picture taken holding a sting ray. The snorkeling isn’t that great in the DR. If you want good snorkeling, i would recommend the Cayman Islands. But I know there are a lot of people who don’t snorkel. If you’re looking for sun, sand, and good food and a cold drink then you will not be disappointed! Have fun! 🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We just went on our honeymoon to The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana and loved it! It rained a good bit while we were there but it was 5 star all the way! We went on some excursions on the island and it was great to see how other people live! The resort was all inclusive and we took full advantage of all the food and drinks as well as snorkeling and scuba diving! Highly Recommend it for honeymooners! We made lots of friends that were also honeymooning!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Definately somewhere in Punta Cana. Avoid Puerto Plata. I’ve been to both and Punta Cana is a million times nicer.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I would either go with Zoetry or Excellence. And the new Secrets is very nice as well.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We went! We stayed at the Excellence and the food BLEW. Everybody we met (all newly married) got food poisoning, either the husband or the wife, or both. My husband got sick on day 4 and had diahhrea and spent all day inside b/c he couldn’t take the heat. Probably the semi-cooked eggs (definitely a problem) or the warm milk or yogurt (both of which we avoided).

We liked our resort (the excellence is fabulous) but the quality of food available to that region (we spoke to a travel agent on our way home during a layover who said many of her clients come home with the same problems–it’s that they can’t fly in food fresh enough) simply was enough for us to never want to return. I’d love to try an Excellence elsewhere, though, as the service and style of the hotel was grand.

I dunno, we’re foodies and I did not enjoy. The “filet” was the toughest, cheapest, crappies piece of meat i”ve eaten in a long time and Darling Husband said the burger “tasted weird”. I ate fruit+bread for breakfast every day and chips+guac for lunch and a sub-par dinner at a restaurant every evening.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I went. In the DR, definitely go to Punta Cana. Best beaches. We went to the Melia Caribe Tropical and it was awesome. The food was to die for and the service is great. We were in the Royal Service and it was well worth it.
I would not recommend the excursions though, too pricey for what they are (that’s not just at this resort, but everywhere..)

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would not recommend the DR for a honeymoon.  My family & I stayed at one of the ‘nicest’ resorts in Punta Cana and couldn’t eat anything but the fruit (everything else was just disgusting). My mother got food poisioning. We were warned not to leave the resort because of the safety issues.  If you are looking for a carribean honeymoon and liked the prices you are getting for the DR- then you should look into the Bahamas or Mexico.  For the same price you can find better accommodations.

 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The beaches in Punta Cana are the best in the Caribbean, for sure. This destination should be on your Honeymoon short list. I LOVED my stay at Secrets Cap Cana the best – this has got to be one of the best hotels in Punta Cana. It’s Spanish colonial style with amazing rooms and the all-inclusive was so good. Totally recommend it.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We are doing the Majestic Colonial in Punta Cana for 7 days, all inclusive. My sister went last year and LOVED it!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If you go to DR, make sure your resort is on Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana.  You can walk up and down the beach for miles (or at least it seems).  The sand and water are beautiful. 

If you are not the type of person that can lay on the beach/pool all day, I wouldn’t recommend DR.  There aren’t many excursions off the resort, and it’s not really advisable to rent a car and go exploring on your own.  Punta Cana isn’t much of a city or town.  So you basically stay on the resort the whole time.  Some people prefer this, others not so much.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

I like Puerto Plata better the beach is called Playa Dorada. Its gorgeous and lots of stuff to do great food. I went years ago so can’t say an actual hotel, but its great. We got on a bus and went away from the resort not too far to go horseback riding on trails. DR is a great place to go it is a lot safer then Mexico and has always been. If you do travel out of resort, you just have to be sure to not wear expensive jewlery and call attention to yourself, which is pretty general advice for where ever you travel. I’ve never had a problem at a resort. What Angela says is true Bavaro isn’t much of a city, and if you decide to look around go to Higuey a city maybe an hour away there is a great big church the Basiclia De La Virgen De Altagracia patron Virgin of DR, which is named as one of the most beautiful churches. I’ve been at it is gorgeous. Even if you aren’t Catholic you can appreciate the beautiful architecture.

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