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Will be traveling to Dominican Republic in November. Any input where to stay in La Romana or Punta Cana? I have read a lot about it but would like some feedback. Thanks in advance.

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Punta Cana is a really great location
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A lot has to do with what type of vacation you're planning:

-family with kids?
-young couple looking to party?
-laid back relaxing?
-lots of activity?
-etc. etc.

I would echo the previous poster...there are many better places to go than the DR unless you have a specific reason. My wife and I went for two weeks last Thanksgiving and stayed in a beachfront condo on the North Shore in Cabarete. That area is #1 in the world for kite surfing. We aren't surfers, but love the beach and it looked compelling. The beaches and the water were exquisite, but the "hucksters" on the beach were oppressive. Literally every few minutes one would come up to you and try to sell you the same cheap-looking souvenirs. Not sure if it's that way in Punta Cana. The other issue is locals. We did not feel safe walking out in town at night. There's a reason the condo and resort areas have walls/gates/armed security. We rented a car and that was adventuresome to say the least. If you are any sort of timid driver, don't rent a car.
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A lot has to do with what type of vacation you're planning:

-family with kids?
-young couple looking to party?
-laid back relaxing?
-lots of activity?
-etc. etc.

I would echo the previous poster...there are many better places to go than the DR unless you have a specific reason. My wife and I went for two weeks last Thanksgiving and stayed in a beachfront condo on the North Shore in Cabarete. That area is #1 in the world for kite surfing. We aren't surfers, but love the beach and it looked compelling. The beaches and the water were exquisite, but the "hucksters" on the beach were oppressive. Literally every few minutes one would come up to you and try to sell you the same cheap-looking souvenirs. Not sure if it's that way in Punta Cana. The other issue is locals. We did not feel safe walking out in town at night. There's a reason the condo and resort areas have walls/gates/armed security. We rented a car and that was adventuresome to say the least. If you are any sort of timid driver, don't rent a car.
Thanks so much for your reply. Already got tickets, never been there and thought about having a great time with family. From what I can see online beaches are really nice.
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We went last summer in Punta Cana and stayed at Barcelo AI Resort. It was a wonderful experience. The food was great and specialty restaurants were excellent. We booked via Bookit using portal for CB and got a huge discount. Given a chance, we'll come back to Barcelo Smilie
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I recommend Case de Campo in La Romana or The Hard Rock in Punta Cana. Melia Caribe is really kid friendly.
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I recommend Case de Campo in La Romana or The Hard Rock in Punta Cana. Melia Caribe is really kid friendly.
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We went last summer in Punta Cana and stayed at Barcelo AI Resort. It was a wonderful experience. The food was great and specialty restaurants were excellent. We booked via Bookit using portal for CB and got a huge discount. Given a chance, we'll come back to Barcelo Smilie
Thank you for your feedback. I will check those places.
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We stayed at the Excellence in Punta Cana. Was a great clean property and not too big so you can actually enjoy everything they have to offer.
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We stayed at the Excellence in Punta Cana. Was a great clean property and not too big so you can actually enjoy everything they have to offer.
Thanks for the suggestion, however this is adult only.
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I went to Iberostar Dominicana a few years ago and it's a good budget resort. If I had to compare the hotel, I'd say it's on the edge of Motel 6 (though I've never been in one before). LMAO We weren't in the rooms too much so we didn't really care. We were lucky and got a room pretty close to the pool and beach so it wasn't a lot of walking. However, the resort is quite big, there are 3 sister resorts sharing the amenities. I'm going back to DR in December but to an adults only resort which looks a bit better in pictures. I hear that the beaches are still as beautiful as it once was but there's a lot more seaweed.

My coworker did some research on a family friendly resort and she really likes and will be booking the Royalton, maybe you can also look at that? I've seen new resorts added such as the Nickelodeon one. Not sure how kid friendly you want the resorts.
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If you are not far from LaRomana, look up Seavis tours. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g663484-d1554333-r404890503-SeavisTours-Bayahibe_La_Alta... [tripadvisor.com]

This is one of the best tours I have ever gone on and Robert was a great guide. We were on a cruise and did the longer Rio Chavon trip for cruise guests. The excursion starts with taxi pick up at the cruise port. We had a code to make sure we got the right taxi and directions were clear and specific. The taxi fare was included in the trip price. The amount of the cab fare was deducted from the price paid for the excursion. There were no additional charges -- not for food, snacks, drinks (including alcohol). I would imagine that they would have hotel pick up, as well. Our party was 3 older adults, a 23 year old, and a 16 year old, but I think it would be great for kids ages 10 and up -- maybe even younger.

All the email correspondence was easily understood and professional. I did have an issue with security settings in my own email and had to contact them through tripadvisor -- but I was very glad that I did. Changing my correspondence to a different email account straightened it all out.

After a short taxi drive (10 minutes), we reached the river Chavon, where we boarded our river boat. There was fresh fruit, cake, soft drinks and rum. We floated along the river for at least a half hour to YucaYena, their riverside Jungle farm.

When we arrived, Robert told us some of the facts about the flora and fauna and we walked along a fruit trail with Robert pointing out avocados, mangoes, coffee beans, cilantro, and other native plants. When we returned, Robert showed us a baby tarantula and one person in our group chose to hold it. Afterwards, some people climbed into the hammocks or rested at the picnic table and some of us followed Robert up to the top of the hill to see the beautiful view.

This is followed by a traditional Dominican "barbacoa" lunch, with pork chops, chicken, traditional Dominican rice and vegetables and various salads. It was delicious and all was included in the price. After lunch, the adults could have espresso coffee with Mama Iguana, a rum infused with herbs. I apparently did not drink enough Mama Iguana because when Robert showed us the boa constrictor, I moved towards the back of the group. (I'm not a snake person -- but there was no pressure -- at least not from Robert)

After lunch some of us chose to participate in a kayaking trip in the river. After a stay of 4 hours we boarded the river boat again and were entertained by one of the staff doing high dives off of a swing into the river. Two of the cruisers joined in the fun. 40 minutes later we arrived at the 'represa' and the taxi was waiting to transfer us back to the cruise port with plenty of time to spare.

In talking to people on the cruise ship, we found that our trip cost less, was longer, and gave us more to do and see than the ship's tour. I would definitely recommend it.
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The view from The Dreams La Romana Resort is simply great. In 2014 December I was there. Even sometimes I dream that lovely tour in Romana.
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