Advice / suggestions - Dominican Republic!


VitruvianWoman
on May 20, 2009 @ 04:56 pm

I saw someone posted about Istanbul and Greece earlier... so I thought I might ask travel questions about Dominican Republic, as I'm sure some chickies have been there before!

I am traveling to Punta Cana (well Bavaro to be exact), and I was wondering if you guys could recommend any activities to do while there (besides the usual drinking and sunbathing on the all-inclusive resort). I know there are many activities such as horseback riding, dunebuggies, etc. But I was wondering what extra activities you guys did that was most worth the money spent!

Also, I've been told I have to pay for a tourist card $10 US on the way there and that there's a $20 US departure fee also.

Would it be better then for me to switch my Canadian money to American (easier to keep track of my spending, and I have heard that it's widely accepted at resorts), or should I switch my money to Dominican pesos? What do you guys usually do?

I'm just looking for some suggestions and past experiences of fellow chickies!
 


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curlysue10
Have fun!! on May 20, 2009 @ 07:24 pm

I went to Punta Cana last February with my boyfriend and we had a great time.

Yes you do have to pay for a tourist card, I believe you do it upon arriving to the airport, but I may be wrong about this. Other ladies may have had a more recent experience with this and would be able to give you a better idea.

There were TONS of activities offered to us when we go to the resort. There are a bunch of guys wandering the beach with clipboards who will show you the whole array of things you are able to do. We went parasailing and it was so much fun! It was also quite affordable ... for both me and my boyfriend to go (you go in twos and are attached) and we paid 80 dollars together.

There was also snorkling and boat rides and things like that. A friend of mine told me that going on the sunset boat ride that is often offered is a bad deal because you pay a lot to go on some random boat and you can watch the sunset for free from your resort.

As for the money situation, yes I would switch your Canadian money to American. This is what I did and had no problems anywhere.

If you go to any markets where they are selling souveniers you will have to haggle a lot. I found this a little tricky and awkward at first so I just thought I would give you the heads up. From what I have learned, if you pay anything more than half of the first price they give you, you're paying too much. Also, if you buy more than one thing from the same person, they will give you a deal.

Lastly, many hotels allow people to sell things in the lobby, etc. This is extremely awkward because many of the vendors will basically harass you. One of them even put a necklace on my neck and then demanded I pay for it! Watch out for these guys!

I hope this helps. Have an amazing time!!
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VitruvianWoman
Thank you!! on May 20, 2009 @ 07:46 pm

Oh I will definitely do some mean haggling! ;)

I think I will go for American dollars, as that seems to be what people suggest.

Ohhh, parasailing sounds fun! :D

Thanks for your info! This has helped me a lot!

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curlysue10
You're so welcome! on May 21, 2009 @ 09:45 am

I hope you have a fantastic time!

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VitruvianWoman
:D on May 21, 2009 @ 03:32 pm

Thank you! I hope I will too!
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