Post # 1
We’re debating on honeymoon locations and I think we’ve got it narrowed down to Aruba or Punta Cana, DR. We’d like to do all-inclusive as well. I am having a hard time finding all-inclusive resorts in Aruba that cater to adults/couples and not families. Any suggestions, bees?
I’d love to hear from anyone who has honeymooned/will be honeymooning in either place.
Post # 3
We’ll be honeymooning here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147293-d1068246-Reviews-Majestic_Elegance_Punta_Cana-Punta_Cana_Dominican_Republic.html
It’s all inclusive and there is an adults-only section (that includes a bunch of upgrades). You also get full access to the neighbouring resort and restaurants. I’m looking forward to it!
Post # 4
@Juliepants: That’s actually the resort we’re considering for Punta Cana. I’m just concerned about a few things I have heard from friends about traveling to Punta Cana. But the Majestic Elegance looks like an amazing resort and is definitely geared toward honeymooners! I am sure you will have a great time!
Post # 5
@oneheartoneway: i’ve been to the majestic in punta cana. it’s great. i would totally go back.
Post # 6
The Dominican Republic is a very very poor country (and shares the other half of the Island with Haiti).
Aruba on the other hand is a lot better off financially, and part of The Netherlands (the grouping known as the ABC Islands)
You will find more All-Inclusive Resorts on Caribbean Islands that have “issues” be they political or financial issues… than those that don’t… this is because All-Inclusives are one way of keeping tourists grouped together in one spot for their safety. (Cuba – Mexico – DR – Jamaica etc). All of these countries have Travel Advisories concerning travel to them as well (another reason that going there is cheap vs other Destinations)
These are also Destinations that tend to be a lot cheaper than others to visit… because of the issues that they have (ie in many of these countries, you DO NOT want to leave the resorts… and venture into towns / villages)
Personally, I have a lot of problems with the amount of poverty in these countries… even if I am in an All-Inclusive Resort, and feel safe, I do feel it is wrong that I am in a situation where someone on the other side of the wall is pretty much going without the basic necessities of life. The Resorts are primarily owned by non-nationals, so the Rich Off-Shore Business Types Get Richer, and the Poor Locals work away at menial jobs for pennies a day (when I am paying top dollar to be there). It makes me feel extremely uncomfortable in my own skin… so I don’t visit these places… I prefer to find other ways to “help” these developing countries… there are lots of charities that do great work in these countries that truly benefits the residents.
If I am going to go the the Carribean on vacation now, I go to some of the bigger safer countries.
Also, I make a point of checking out the Travel Advisories for any countries I might be considering BEFORE I make any finalized plans for travel. TA’s are issued by one’s own Country Government advising it’s citizens on any concerns that residents may have while travelling abroad (in Canada it is The Department of Foreign Affiairs, in the USA it is the Secreatary of State… typically it is the governing body that issues one’s passport).
I personally haven’t been to Aruba, although I have many friends who have… they all said it was a beautiful island and had a wonderful time there, albeit quite expensive.
Hope this info is helpful in your research.
Post # 7
@This Time Round – Well said! I went to Punta Cana a few years ago- I’m not a person who can sit in a resort and lay on the beach for five days straight. I insisted on visiting Santo Domingo. The country is very poor, there were a lot of people asking for money, at every turn. I remember they were in the process of building a canal in the city and running through the length of the outskirts of the city was a 30 foot deep unfinished canal, with mothers and children climbing down rickety ladders to cross to the other side! There was also a lack of a sanitation system, ie. people burning their garbage everywhere, electrical issues, constant blackouts, packs of stray dogs. Alot of these resorts want you to stay put for a reason. For me, I’m glad I did see the rest of the country, but I haven’t been back to DR since and have no plans on returning. I’m much like you where if I’m going to do the Caribbean or South America/Latin America, I stick with destinations I know to be safe.
Post # 8
I’m getting married six days before you, and we’re headed to Aruba! We had originally planned a Destination Wedding to Punta Cana in July, but that sort of fell apart after 1) problems we heard at the all-inclusive, and 2) family issues.
For our honeymoon, I originally wanted an all inclusive, too, but Aruba has such good food and restaurants, that its not really worth it. People walk up and down the high rise district, trying different casinos, bars and restaurants. Its totally safe to be around (most people I know that have been there go back all the time and one’s bringing their baby). We’ll be staying at the Radisson with a honeymoon package (breakfast included, sunset sail, torchlight dinner, massage, etc). I can’t wait to go!
Also, don’t forget its huricaine season in the caribbean, especially in september, but that does NOT affect aruba (its farther south).
Post # 9
This Time Round
smh….yes the country does have some poor parts but places here in America that are poor too and you think it should keep tourists from coming here and spending in this country?….if you think a country has poor neighborhoods and bad economy wouldnt you feel better going there and spending there to help their situation a little even though most of those poor poeople wont see that money but it still be spent on that country?
ddavila2001 ^ not all places in DR are bad, and unsanitary etc….
Anyways i say Punta Cana, that is where we’re leaning towards Aruba also is a great choice but i think you should look a little more into the reviews i’m pretty sure they both have their goods and their bads…
Post # 10
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Post # 11
@Romantigua: You are kidding right…
smh….yes the country does have some poor parts but places here in America that are poor too and you think it should keep tourists from coming here and spending in this country?….if you think a country has poor neighborhoods and bad economy wouldnt you feel better going there and spending there to help their situation a little even though most of those poor poeople wont see that money but it still be spent on that country
Poor by US Standards a first world country… is NOTHING like poor on a Third World Country scale.
Both the USA and The Netherlands (Aruba) are ranked within the Top 10 by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank… meanwhile the Dominican Republic comes in at # 86 or # 87 depending which list you look at.
There is USA POOR … and there is DESPERATE POOR… whole other ball of wax.
It is admirable to want to help out poor countries, but there are ways that work and ways that don’t. These All-Inclusive Resorts are owned by LARGE Corporations (International) that ship all their profits off-shore… they don’t necessarily reinvest in the country, or help out the individuals other than perhaps providing a job with a meagre wage (you are charged $ 100s of Dollars per day, and the employees don’t even make that in a year). The MEGA RICH just get richer as they take the profits off-shore
There are far better ways to help out Third World & Developing Countries. To get things into the hands of those that truly need it… Food, Medicine, Housing, Education, Clean Water, Sanitary Conditions etc… there are many great charities doing good work in these countries as well as the UN. If you really want to help make a difference, research / support them.