Punta Cana..

posted 2 months ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

watermelon2426 :  I think your approach is rational. There is always some risk in traveling, especially to more developing areas. We are honeymooning in Mexico.

Fiance and I are going to stay on the resort and always stay together, and we are not heavy drinkers so we will be moderate and careful with alcohol.

Terrible things can still happen. We have travel insurance and plan to be as careful as we can, but life offers no guarantees

Post # 17
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

The alcohol thing is certainly not speculation or media hype. People are legitimately dying after drinking from the minibar. It’s not about being robbed and killed in the parking lot. They are being poisoned, at the resort.

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I tend to not be a nervous traveler. I’ve stayed in sketchier places in New Orleans, walked around NYC/Baltimore/St. Louis at night, and while I try to be aware of my surroundings, I tend to not worry about safety while traveling. That being said, what’s going on in the DR is outside of my personal comfort zone. For me, the appeal of an all-inclusive resort is eating a ton of food, drinking an obscene amount of fruity drinks, and lounging by the water. If I had to worry about food/alcohol, I wouldn’t be able to have a good time at all. 

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee

dianaj17 :  Same here. I’m all for living life without fear, but I wouldn’t enjoy an “all inclusive” where I was worried about everything I ingested… that defeats the entire purpose of the trip! 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

dianaj17 :  100% agree with you. FH and I are honeymooning in Mexico and originally had some reservations about it due to safety. If anything like what’s been happening in DR had been going on, we absolutely would have steered clear. The DR has been officially added to our “nope” travel list for the forseeable future.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Normally I’d say there are risks everywhere but they are up to 8 deaths this year, inside resorts, and no concrete explanations? The 8th one just happened too so it’s not like there was a problem and it’s slowing down…to me this is separate from general violence in these 3rd world resort countries.

 

https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/06/17/americas/dominican-republic-eighth-tourist-death/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

watermelon2426 :  Okay sorry, but I’ve stayed at resorts that are much higher rating than Iberostars and are much nicer. I can’t personally speak for the DR because I’ve never been but when I did honeymoon research there are WAY better resorts to stay at than the Iberostars there. Iberostar’s are known for being more budget friendly compared to others. One of my bridesmaids honeymooned in the DR, and it was at a higher ranking resort than Iberostar. 

I’m not trying to be mean here, but you are incorrect that they are some of the highest rated resorts in the DR. They are actually some of the lower-to-mid rated resorts there. Staying there is your choice though based on personal preferences, but I do encourage you to do more research because I’ve done a quick google search and found reviews pretty easily.

I don’t blame you for having the “I’m still going, I paid for it” attitude, because I would be too and you have plenty of time, but you are acting a little too high and mighty like you know EVERYTHING that is going on in the DR right now. I’ve traveled to Mexico with travel warnings before and went during one for my honeymoon and felt safe, but based on what friends have said about their travels to DR and what my travel agent as described it as, there would be no way I would be going especially with the current state the country is in. 

ETA: The difference is that the issues happening in Mexcio (I haven’t seen anything about Jamacia) are very, very rarely, if ever resort issues. I’ve seen maybe one or two within the past year or two about deaths being in resorts, its mostly been in the cities themselves and thats the biggest difference with what is occuring in the DR. These deaths are happening WITHIN the resorts, so I sure as hell wouldn’t be okay staying there if the resort next to mine just has suspicious deaths occur at it. 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee

They announced a 9th death on CNN…

Post # 26
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

Do/believe whatever helps you sleep at night then. 

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

watermelon2426 :  I don’t think anyone is trying to attack you, it just seems like you’re looking for people to agree that it’s not a big deal just because the FBI hasn’t finished the investigation and nothing has been proven, yet. And yes, there is a lot of speculation but for good reason as tourists keep turning up dead or sick under eerily similar circumstances. 

 

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