(Closed) Dominican Republic

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Uh Oh! I’m going there for my honeymoon and haven’t even thought of this!!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@88whitney:  majestic elegance also!! we got the cheapest room in elegance club

Post # 7
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Newbee

I was there for a week (Santa Domingo area) a couple of years ago for a wedding. The resorts are really nice, the beaches are nice, and the weather is generally good.

I looked into the antimalaria shots and all of that with a travel doctor in my area. After speaking with him about where I was traveling he said I didn’t need to get any shots or take any meds beforehand. He explained that the CDC precautions are more for people that are going out into the jungle or into isolated areas. HOWEVER, I still advise anyone traveling to this part of the world to check with a doctor to be sure you are up to date on your vaccines and determine your own personal health risks.

I would also advise anyone, no matter where they are traveling outside of the States, to register with the American Embassy, letting them know where you’re going, how long you’re going to be there, and how they can reach you while you’re there. This is smart because if you are in the Dominican Republic and there is some sort of issue (hurricanes, riots, a war breaks out), the Embassy will know how to find you to advise you on what to do/where to go. Iin certain situations, they will actually come and collect you in person for your own safety. But they can only do this if they know where you are!

Also – DO NOT DRINK THE WATER!! Do NOT use ICE CUBES!!  Even at the upscale resorts, a bunch of people in the wedding party got horrible stomach viruses and spent the majority of their time laying in bed wishing they were dead.  ๐Ÿ™

Also, if you do venture outside of the tourist areas, do not expect anyone to speak a lick of English. Also, beware of your personal belongings at all times. My boyfriend was pickpocketed – they stole his wallet right out of his back pocket and he never even felt it. –

There are no traditional driving laws the way there are in America. Drinking and driving is allowed. Driving on sidewalks is allowed. Driving on a motorbike with a kid strapped to your back is allowed. Driving the wrong way in traffic is allowed and no one pays attention to the few traffic lights that exist. They just ignore them.

The Dominican Republic was a beautiful country, but venturing outside the designated tourist areas wasn’t as fun for me. The country is kind of run down and there were a lot of beggars. It made me feel terrible for being a rich, white American sitting in an airconditioned bus while kids on the sidewalk were begging for food. It definitely spoiled the mood of wanting to relax and have fun.  ๐Ÿ™

 

Post # 9
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Newbee

@88whitney:  I’ve never been to Mexico but people have told me it’s similar.  ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

DR is one of the poorest countries in the Caribbean… so there are issues if you venture outside of the walls of an All-Inclusive.

There is a reason that such Destinations are “bargains” when you look at travel to the Caribbean (DR – Mexico – Cuba – Jamaica).

They aren’t even close to what you find in your normal life here in the USA or Canada… you need to read up on the Travel Advisories put out by the Government for more info on Warnings, what to expect, safety etc.

If you go into the situation with your eyes wide open it is one thing… otherwise it can be a DANGEROUS situation.

Personally, I prefer to donate money to these poorer less developed countries via the big International Registered Charities (UNICEF – Doctors without Borders – Red Cross) etc vs being a tourist in them when they are “unstable”… for my own safety and well-being.  Also, I think it is icky to be the affluent white person who is spending oodles of money per day on my vacation, while the resorts are paying such meagre salaries to the staff, and the “locals” go without basic human needs outside the walls.

I for one don’t want to support an HUGE corporation in their efforts of getting MEGA-RICH off the backs of those who cannot help themselves due to their personal circumstances… that is blatently taking advantage of others.  So I vacation elsewhere when I go to the Caribbean (not places with such gross political, economic or social problems)

 

Post # 11
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Newbee

It is up to you if you follow the CDC recommendations or not.  Check with your dr. The Dominican Republic is a fairly large island and it’s boarder is shared by Haiti, thus the need for many of the recommendations.  Most people that go to Punta Cana, do not adhere to the recommendation for shots.  It is always a good idea to pack the following: bug spray, anti itch cream, anti dhiarea medication, cold medicine, pain reliever, triple anti biotic cream, benadryl, bandaids. You can get all of these things in small packages, place them in a ziploc bag. I have these in my suit case at all times. You never know! 

P.S.  The Majestic Elegance is lovely! Enjoy. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We went to the DR?at Chrustmas. if you’re planning on mainly staying at your resort, you’ll be fine. We did some day trips too but never evon considered taking anti malarial drugs. I think the recommendations from CDC are if you’re venturing into the bush. The DR can be very dangerous so it’s probably best to not get too adventurous anyway.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’ve been to the Dominican and Mexico and I’d say the water issues are the same. Dont drink if you’re on your own in the city, but any resort will have filtered water and ice cubes – you could always ask if you’re unsure.

As for the shots, most people get the hep A & B shots when they’re younger, which I had so I didn’t worry about those. For the Anti-Malaria I REALLY didn’t want to do it, but everyone was telling me to. I went with a large group for a wedding and out of 28 people, all except 2 people got the shot, and did the follow up pills you’re supposed to take. All 26 that got the shot got sick on the vacation and never followed through with the pills. The only 2 people that didn’t get sick was myself and the other guy that did get the Anti-Malaria shot and I came out just fine. I did however always wear bug repellent and left with no bits, and I should mention the bug repellent gave my legs a great shine, which was an added bonus ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol

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