Post # 46
Personally, to me the unknown is much more terrifying than knowing. At least if you know, then you can avoid the issue. The DR is not doing toxicology reports and the son of one of the victims was trying to get the body and they were urging him to cremate. It’s all shady as hell and I’m ok with not going to the DR for my entire lifetime.
I know that I would cancel my honeymoon and go elsewhere. I wouldn’t be able to relax.
However, if you have some time, then wait and see what happens. It’s your life.
Post # 47
sharpshooter : Yea. Personally, we decided to cancel and go to Cancun instead, because for us, we were more comfortable with known dangers. Every place in the world can have dangers, but with DR right now, you are expected to stay on the resort to be safe… but you don’t know even then if you can diminish risk of dying or getting hurt, because no truth has come out and we just know people at supposedly safe resorts are dying mysteriously. And it’s an ongoing issue, not something that has occurred and people have some answers or ways to prevent it even a little bit.
Post # 48
I would cancel. The DR is getting sketchier by the day.
Post # 49
ive been to the dominican twice, although way before all the stories that are coming out now… We too stayed at an all inclusive, in my opinion you really wont be leaving the resort unless its for an excursion most the time. Both times we went our resort was really kinda in the middle of now where.. granted im not sure about whats around the grand bavaro, but by looking into the reviews its pretty highly rated compared to most of the other DR resorts.
as far as all the stories of poisoning, i would say just be a little more cautious, dont leave drink ever out of sight, only drink from the bottle beer…
you can basically be drugged anywhere now a days, i wouldnt let it dictate my vacation completely, i would just scale back on how much and what i drink.
Post # 50
My husband and I stayed at Iberostar Paraiso “Grand” in January 2016. We had been to Iberostar Grand in Jamaica 6 months prior for our honeymoon so we figured we’d have a similar experience.
We landed, got to the hotel and had some lunch before we went to the swim up pool bar. We had exactly 2.5 drinks over the course of 4 hours. We were hanging out with a few people in the hot tub and I told my husband their vibe made me uncomfortable and I was going to go read on a beach chair by the pool. The last thing I remember is looking at my phone to check the time, opening my book, and looking over to see what my husband was up to (playing volleyball in the pool). I blacked out. I woke up at 9:30 pm, unable to move or scream for help. I could see my husband lying in the walk up (flat) portion of the pool with his face to the side. I looked at my finger and my purse to see if we had been robbed but it was all there. I was hysterical inside thinking my husband had drowned. realized I was soaking wet like I had just stepped out of the pool. After about 20 minutes, I managed to crawl over to my husband and shake him as hard as I physically could. The water was coming up and brushing the back of his head but was not hitting the front of his face (if that makes sense). He came to a few minutes later but we had no idea where our room was or what happened. We managed to gather ourselves and stumble to the front desk to ask for our room number. I was up vomiting all night. My husband said the last thing he remembers is playing volleyball in the pool before blacking out. Was I assaulted? Where we purposely drugged? We have no idea and it makes us sick to our stomachs. Im so glad the stories in the DR are gaining traction because this happens way more often than you may want to believe. I also happen to have worked with the woman and her fiancé who were found dead in the DR and I can tell you she was a healthy individual. Something is DEFINITELY going on at these resorts…and I don’t think it’s random. Please rethink your trip!! The sealed drinks at the minibar are undergoing toxicology testing right now so even sealed drinks aren’t safe in my opinion. Here are a few sites that are important reads:
Post # 51
bctoquebec : we may never know the actual truth as to what happened. We do know that otherwise healthy people ended up dead.
I wouldn’t trust anything official coming out of the DR camp as the country heavily depends on tourism so the incentive to make this problem go away is high.
Post # 52
chocolateplease : I am glad to hear FBI is involved. There have been some historical cases of tourists being poisoned by fumigating, gas leaks etc, in other places.
Post # 53
It’s important to keep in mind that 2.2 million Americans visited the DR last year……and about 8 have died in circumstances that are being questioned.
Im not saying that’s not bad (it is) but that ratio is not far off the ratio of people who were killed by bathtub accidents in the US last year, so unless you panic at the thought of taking a bath, getting very worried is a little overblown.
Post # 54
kellybride09 : be careful. That’s what’s being INVESTIGATED. It isn’t what’s “just known” to be happening. Shit gets investigated all the time that proves false. If you are uncomfortable, cancel. But don’t confuse supposition with truth. That’s what makes social media a dangerous source of news.