Heard good things about this place, just wondering if anyone has been?
Also, I know it's quite a poor country and theft is quite possible with the townsfolk. My main concern is the actual cab drive from the airport to the Resort. Are the cab drivers legit? Safe? Any tips so that I'm not going to get ripped off, etc?
I was there in 2004. Everybody warmed you about thiefs in roads and villages and adviced you not to get out of the hotel. So if you want to relax it's a good place because beaches are wonderful. Otherwise, it's not the right place to go alone and explore by yourself.
However, the hotel offers you different excursions. In one of them, we went by guagua to different parts of the area. We visited sugar cane fields, villages, a typical house,....people there were very poor and more when I went there, because an hurricane had just passed. In the second excursion, we went by boats to an island which was a protected region, so there was no hotels or any kind of buildings. It was even more beautiful than the hotel beach.
Well, I remembered that when we arrived at the Punta Cana airport, there were some buses waiting for us with a list of our names. Have you asked to the hotel if it offers this service?
Anyway, if you go there, bring clothes and sweets for the children in the villages!
yes it is a lovely place to visit
but definitely if you are blond or white u will get full attention from everyone (locals)
the best way to visit this place (DR) is with a couple
But what u say it sounds more like a resort all inclusive vacation package rather than an individual thing to do.
Yes, it is poor but i wouldnt say as miserable as it sounds from the other member views.
I was there just this last aug-sep and it was ok
and i love merengue and bachata and dominicans!!!
Cabs from the airport should be fine. From the airport to the resort area, I seem to recall it being about 40 minutes or so. There should be lots of options at the airport for airport transfers. You might want to look into getting a shared airport transporter to put off some of the costs.
Beaches there are wonderful. My biggest complaint is there isn't much around the resort area, so if you want to get off the resort to go anywhere, you pretty much have to rent a car or go on one of the tours.
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it is not unsafer then other places in the world.
If you stay in an all inclusiv resort you may get the feeling,or you are told that if you leave the guarded property the world outside is dangerous and that you are not able to go alone to other places only on a tour.
I was with my friend there and we had rented a car and where driving to different villages and towns and had never a problem,the people where very helpful and friendly.
Dominican Republic, and specifically Punta Cana is beautiful. Bavaro beach in Punta Cana is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to. Miles of white sand and palm trees. Definitely a "post card" beach.
I doubt you will have any problems with taxis that are leaving from the airport. If you are staying at a resort in Punta Cana, they usually arrange transportation for you.
I have never ventured out completely on my own, but there are many tours that allow you to see the country and they are definitely worth while.
As far as poverty goes, yes, these people are very poor, but I found them to be extremely friendly, and welcoming. A smile and a "ola!" goes a long way. The kids are beautiful, and unlike some other 3rd world countries, it would be difficult for someone to go hungry here. Everywhere you look there are fruit trees, lots of livestock, and of course tons of fresh fish.