Enough to Do in Punta Cana???
Posted 02 June 2008 - 10:01 PM
| Originally Posted by TA Dina |
The resorts have plenty of activities to keep you busy for however long you are there. I would check out all the "included" stuff before purchasing outside tours from anyone. And if you do go outside, my professional advice is to purchase a tour from a company like Scubacaribe or others located in your hotels. Apple Vacations has reps at almost every hotel and their mgmt company has tours everywhere (whether you booked your trip with Apple or not).
I do not ever advise my clients to go wandering out into the towns, or to the local bars on their own. But that's just me. The locals will make their way into the bars etc that the resorts have (many have little "main streets" that have all their shops/bars on it). Just stick with them and you'll have a blast and be fine.
My personal opinion as well as feedback I get from every client I send there, is don't waste your money on the tours to Santo Domingo or other town for thier sites. It's a looooong uncomfortable ride, it's expensive, and not really all that much to see. But again, just my opinion from the gazillion times I've been and hunderds of clients I've sent there.
Anwyays, just to clarify, what I meant by doing stuff on your own off resort is, for example, in the mayan riviera many people will go to Xel Ha or Xcaret (eco parks) on their own, or visit the tulum ruins on their own rather than purchasing excursions. So you could go to Tulum for 5$ admission and a cab ride, rather than the 75$ that the tour companies sell it for! You could also take a cab or bus to a shopping mall. That's all I meant by saying that I personally found that in Punta Cana there is very little to do off resort except the organized excursions.
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Posted 16 June 2008 - 07:37 PM
We also went to Steve's Corner Bar in Bavaro twice (once in the afternoon and once in the evening after dinner). No problems either time -- it's owned by a German and local Europeans and Canadians can be found there ... but also DR locals and some prostitutes, but none bothered us and we made friends with the bartenders and we re welcomed by everyone. The taxi stand was literally right across the street from the bar.
We walked down the beach and ate off-resort at Jellyfish twice -- the food was unbelieveably AMAZING -- and haggled with the beach vendors at some of the strings of huts (little "shopping malls") just off the beach. There was also a local bar attached to the huts right on the beach where they have lots of excursions offered.
Aside from Saona Island, which we booked through the resort upon arrival ... we only did the snorkeling included w/ our resort and it was well worth it for a first-time snorkeler!
We also walked into Bavaro for some of our TTD pics, but didn't stay long b/c we didn't feel wholly comfortable there.
Posted 30 April 2011 - 12:21 PM
Thanks for all the info! I am looking into doing the La Barcaza for a snorkeling trip for my guests. Has anyone snorkeled with them?
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