(Closed) Going to Dominican Republic.. suggestions?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
746 posts
Busy bee

I am leaving for Punta Cana on Thursday! I will try to post some suggestions when I return.

Post # 4
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Punta Cana has an absolutely beautiful beach that you can walk on for miles.  For the most part, people generally don’t leave the resort.

Your resort will have some excursions you can book.  We did a Jeep Safari tour when we were there.  It was fun, we got to see a bit of the countryside, and drank tons of rum.

Be careful about swimming with the dolphins in Punta Cana.  This is very controversial due to the way the businesses treat the animals in Punta Cana.  I don’t have first-hand knowledge of this, but I would definoitely research it beforehand.

I’d check the forums on TripAdvisor for some tips and recommendations.  They’re really great!

Post # 6
746 posts
Busy bee

I just returned from Punta Cana last nite. Here are my thoughts on it.

First, the people of the Domincan Republic are some of the most beautiful people I’ve ever seen. Even the guy who bussed the tables could have been a super model. We spent the week just amazed at how stunning the people of the DR are!

The language barrier proved to be a huge issue no matter where we went. I am a vegetarian, and allergic to peanuts. I frequently had to ask two or three people about the menu items before I found someone who understood “vegetarian”. Our key card for our room stopped working, and it took several tries before we found someone who understood. I am pretty well traveled, and used to language issues. But I would have to say that many of us found it more common here than in Mexico, for example. The staff tried hard to understand, and was very polite. But it was clearly frustrating for them as well. I would definately learn some more Spanish before a return trip.

The airport in Punta Cana was definatley not my favorite. They park the plane out on the runway, and you have to take a shuttle to the terminal. And they wanted $5.00 US for a soda or bottle of Gatoraid! It’s a long drive from the airport to the hotels. We stayed at the Moon Palace/Hard Rock. It took about 30 minutes to get there. It’s not a destination where I would recommend driving. There’s no stop lights or road signs anywhere.

The beaches in the DR are beautiful. The sand is like baby powder. We saw several hotels while we were there. The Secrets at Cap Cana was beyond stunning. Of all the hotels we toured, this was my favorite.

Here’s a packing tip! When you leave Punta Cana, they will not allow hair dryers or curling irons in your carry on. We had to pay $29.00 to check our bag with US Air, or pitch our hair tools. You can bring them in, but you have to check them before you can leave. And dependent upon where you clear customs, you may have to claim your luggage, and recheck it.

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