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1. Posted by nomadicgal (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Hi there!

My sister and I are desperatly wanting to go to the Caribbean... however we are on a budget!... and cant afford the more exclusive islands!... We heard that the Dominican Republic was one of the "cheapeast" of the islands and would be good for us being Caribbean virgins as it were! haha...

I am from the UK.. we are going to Look on www.travelocity.co.uk and www.expedia.co.uk for cheap ALL INCLUSIVE holidays!.... we are not sure what month we want to go.. but I guess when the sun is shining the most!

Any info on which part of the island we should stay on would be great!...

I am 31 and sister is 28!.. we like to relax on the beach and chill out but would like the option to go out in the evening aswell!... and have fun!...

So... any help - info and reccomendations would be great!... I mean ANY!!!!.... we wnt to hear from people who have been to DR and can give us some tips on what part of the island to head for maybe etc etc... THANKS A LOt!

2. Posted by pol73 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi I'm a 33 year old teacher living and working in the DR. I've only been here for 8 weeks so i don't profess to be an expert but I'll give you what info I know! I'd say it depends what you're looking for. You'll get sun and sea pretty much anywhere you go, the resorts are beautiful and it's almoast as cheap to do an AI package as book flights but i would recommend getting out and having a look at the towns etc despite what the reps tell you! If you're after more of a party atmosphere I'd head North to Cabarete or Punta Plata/Playa Dorada as it's pretty quiet here on the south coast.

I live in La Romana and there are VERY few people around, but the sea is beautiful, the weather (mostly) gorgeous. Santo Domingo is good for a weekend-civilition, lovely restaurants, people and bars! Though worth a look, SD is not the cheapest place on the island. I'm going up to Cabarete for a long weekend in a couple of weeks, it's a haven for kite surfing and watersports and is a lot livlier than anywhere else i've been so far, so i'll let you know what i think when i return.

Then again, if you're willing to bring teabags and gravy granules, you can come n stay with me! ;-)

Paula

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

we like to relax on the beach and chill out but would like the option to go out in the evening aswell

I stayed at an all-inclusive in Punta Cana, DR back in 2003. The resort we stayed at was a Barcelo. The beaches were beautiful and the resort quite nice. However, there was NOTHING around. For going out at night, you had very little options. It was the FUN PUB in the resort, or nothing, really.

For all inclusive, I much prefered Cuba, where I stayed at the Breezes Varadero. Nice all inclusive, stuff to do at night outside of the resort. It was pretty cheap too, compared to other places, because of the lack of US tourists. Plus, you can do packages that are 3 days in Havana and 4 days in Varadero, which would be REALLY good as Havana is a very cool place. On the negative side, of course, is the politicial situation and the fact that your money is used to prop up a communist government.

Cancun is usually pretty cheap too, and lots of places to party, though at 31 and 28 you might find the crowd a little young.

Oh, you should check out the link to this girls webpage, posted on this thread: Carribean Travel Tips. I just read through it, and it has some decent tips on how to get the most out of your all inclusive holiday.

Enjoy,
Greg

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 23, 2006 8:03 AM by GregW ]