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Old 03-18-2013, 05:10 PM   #41
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sounds awesome!
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Just don't eat the space cake.

That made for an incredibly un-enjoyable evening.
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I heard they make the portion sizes small, so I plan on ordering like 3-4 entrees a night. I'm a big fan of all-inclusives.
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Yeah, our Thanksgiving meal was small enough we all ordered 2 plates of it.

BTW Space Cake = hash brownie
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how could that be unenjoyable?

i don't plan on leaving the resort...maybe for an excursion.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:45 PM   #46
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how could that be unenjoyable?

i don't plan on leaving the resort...maybe for an excursion.
Because we weren't instructed on dosing requirements. 4 of us split one, ate it all at once, then were wrecked. When we saw the guy the next day we asked him if it was laced,

Fireman - "No, how much did you eat"
Me - "We ate all of it"
Fireman - "OOOHHHHH NNNNOOOOOOOO. Just a small bite"

Essentially the space cake should have lasted 4 of us all day nibbling on it.


Depending on the resort, the beach will be private, semi-private, public.

Where we stayed in the Bahamas was right next to a public beach, so we got harrassed all day non-stop by vendors, etc. I swear the guy was selling tobacco with seeds in it.

Sandals Montego Bay - completely private beach. There were guys in tiny canoes that would paddle up close to the beach to sell "Green" or "white"

Sandals Negril - First 10 feet back from the water is public, so vendors can walk up and down the beach, however, there a few security guards to keep them from stopping you and bugging you if you said no.

That was the best setup, we watched a guy go pull a lobster out of the ocean, grill it, and sell it to us. It was amazing.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:28 PM   #47
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I worked at Club Med Punta Cana for 3 months back in '99. The windsurfing was absurd... flat water inside the reef to learn, and small wave action at the reef for air.

The beaches were second only to my time in the Turks and Caicos... absolute ridiculousness, makes anywhere in Hawaii look like a Siberian oil port.

Stay away from French Canadian chicks... they are 100% soaking wet horny as long as they're breathing and don't care if you're married/whatever. The ones with short hair are stronger than you and batshit crazy as ****. On the plus side, they will pull your shorts down, dick out, have you spent and then disappear before your chick gets back from the bathroom, so be careful around them or roll the dice.
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You are a light weight drinker, they will not loose money on your booze intake. I mean it only took like 3 beers to convince you to make Hustler a mod.


Rafa you should totally get Scott drunk and have him make you a mod.
hahaha!

No way!

Maybe if the price wasn't to be a mod I'd consider it.

BTW Scott, you mentioned a Resort in "Punta Cana", not Bavaro. Which one so I can check. Punta Cana and Bavaro are close by but are not the same location. The beach in Punta Cana is totally different than the one in Bavaro.

The one in Punta Cana is where Sam Navy said he stayed at. Even though Club Med is practically broke now.
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It's probably Bavaro. It's about 1hour from the airport on the "northern" side of the island.

the website said punta cana, so what do i know. Excellence Punta Cana - Excellence Group Resorts

honestly, when people say locations in Maryland, I have no clue what they are talking about...and I bet you'd have no clue what difference I am saying when I say Rockville or Bethesda, nor do I.

I believe it is a public beach, but it has a private area for the high rollers like myself, but I've read they dont really secure it so it's pointless. So vendors might bother us, I'm not too fond of that, but when they quickly discover how cheap and rude I am, I'm sure they'll catch on quick and leave us alone.

Also, the particular area on the resort is at doesnt have much coral, so people complain about waves, which I dont really mind, and they say you can walk east on the beach a bit off campus and get calm waters and good snorkeling. I'm scared of the water anyways...

We looked at other resorts closer to the airport in PC, but we required an all-inclusive, adults-only resort and that narrowed the field a bit, but this place gets crazy good reviews and was a pretty good value compared to some of the rest in DR and other islands.

If you can recommend anything cool outside the resort let me know. We aren't much of site-seers, I take my laziness to a whole new level when I go on vacation.
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It's probably Bavaro. It's about 1hour from the airport on the "northern" side of the island.

the website said punta cana, so what do i know. Excellence Punta Cana - Excellence Group Resorts

honestly, when people say locations in Maryland, I have no clue what they are talking about...and I bet you'd have no clue what difference I am saying when I say Rockville or Bethesda, nor do I.

I believe it is a public beach, but it has a private area for the high rollers like myself, but I've read they dont really secure it so it's pointless. So vendors might bother us, I'm not too fond of that, but when they quickly discover how cheap and rude I am, I'm sure they'll catch on quick and leave us alone.

Also, the particular area on the resort is at doesnt have much coral, so people complain about waves, which I dont really mind, and they say you can walk east on the beach a bit off campus and get calm waters and good snorkeling. I'm scared of the water anyways...

We looked at other resorts closer to the airport in PC, but we required an all-inclusive, adults-only resort and that narrowed the field a bit, but this place gets crazy good reviews and was a pretty good value compared to some of the rest in DR and other islands.

If you can recommend anything cool outside the resort let me know. We aren't much of site-seers, I take my laziness to a whole new level when I go on vacation.
Ok; you're at what is called "Uvero Alto Beach". See attached map.

Much better beach than Bavaro. Good choice. It's definitely far away.

In the DR, all beaches are public by Law but vendors won't bother you there. Only by agreement with the resort and only for a few hours 1 afternoon a week may they sell their wares. And they can't bother you.

I'll check with friends working in that area if there are any excursions worth trying and get back to you.

I like waves too but careful with those. It's not so much the waves but the underwater current.
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In the DR, all beaches are public by Law but vendors won't bother you there. Only by agreement with the resort and only for a few hours 1 afternoon a week may they sell their wares. And they can't bother you.
from the reviews I've read this makes sense. It seems that the vendors that are bothering people on the beach are the same that the resort offers up for booking; like the horseback and tours and crap.

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I like waves too but careful with those. It's not so much the waves but the underwater current.
I'm from the East Coast, I'm used to the riptide.

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Good choice. It's definitely far away.
We've thought of private transportation back to the resort form the hotel, think that's a good idea? I've read the roads are complete crap and if the bus is dropping off at other resorts it can take much longer than an hour. But I'd feel more safe with other tourists in this situation. I dont want to hire a private driver, then have him take me to his secret sex liar, and have him rape me and my wife and try to ransom us off, but then kill us when he realizes we have no money, nor do our friends/family.

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We've thought of private transportation back to the resort form the hotel, think that's a good idea? I've read the roads are complete crap and if the bus is dropping off at other resorts it can take much longer than an hour. But I'd feel more safe with other tourists in this situation. I dont want to hire a private driver, then have him take me to his secret sex liar, and have him rape me and my wife and try to ransom us off, but then kill us when he realizes we have no money, nor do our friends/family.
hahahahahaha! That one is for the private driver comment. hehehe

Roads are indeed pretty crappy and especially on that part of Punta Cana. Not worth private transportation. Plus, those guys are really highway robbers when it comes to charging tourists for their services. I can check with some friends and get back to you. Don't forget, the owner of the company running the airport used to be my closest friend. When he was poor hahaha. I'll contact him and ask. Maybe I can get you something cheaper and still private like a minivan.

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We've thought of private transportation back to the resort form the hotel, think that's a good idea? I've read the roads are complete crap and if the bus is dropping off at other resorts it can take much longer than an hour. But I'd feel more safe with other tourists in this situation. I dont want to hire a private driver, then have him take me to his secret sex liar, and have him rape me and my wife and try to ransom us off, but the kill us when he realizes we have no money, nor do our freinds/family.
Our experience has always been one bus per resort.

In other words, you get on a bus going to your resort, it doesn't make any other stops.
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In other words, you get on a bus going to your resort, it doesn't make any other stops.
I feel like this wasnt the case for me last time I was in Jamaca and St. Lucia. However, when I did Sandals in St. Lucia, it was just the one bus.

It's okay though, my flight coming in leaves at like 5:45am from Dulles...I get in well before check in.
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And pirates.
Yes, and they insist that you call them "Captain" Jack Sparrow. Not just Jack.

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I consider "everywhere" to be a place to worry about - so I make sure to stay paranoid at all times when I'm "everywhere". I'll most likely stick to the touristy area, no plans for anything like "backpacking" or "seeing the country".
I like the way you think, any place can be dangerous if you don't pay attention to your sorroundings

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We liked both of the excursions, however, once you get outside of the resort areas the DR is definitely a third world country. I wouldn't be going into town just the two of you at night time, that sort of thing.
The Dominican Republic is a developing country, not third world. Might I suggest you visit neighboring Haiti and learn the difference? Those little towns outside resorts are ghetto, your comment is akin to someone visiting Compton in California, Detroit in Michigan, or Liberty City here in Miami and assuming the entire US is like that. If you haven't traveled the country and seen the cities and the nice parts, you end up with a narrow view. Every country has its bad areas and places you shouldn't go at night.
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I feel like this wasnt the case for me last time I was in Jamaca and St. Lucia. However, when I did Sandals in St. Lucia, it was just the one bus.

It's okay though, my flight coming in leaves at like 5:45am from Dulles...I get in well before check in.
Hmmm, maybe we lucked out?

Either way, I'll be curious to hear your experience. I'm too lazy to look back through the thread, when are you going?

We haven't decided where we are going this November yet and we are trying to coordinate with a Canadian couple we met last year.
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I'll post after I go.


tl;dr. I didnt post when that is.
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Sandals Montego Bay - completely private beach. There were guys in tiny canoes that would paddle up close to the beach to sell "Green" or "white"


Jamaica's alright, if you wanna get in the middle of a knife fight
Jamaica's alright, if you wanna get AIDS or dysentery
Jamaica's alright, if you wanna be mugged or murdered
Jamaica's alright, if you're a misogynist, or a homophobe

Jamaica's alright, if you like only one kind of music
Jamaica's alright, if you like small bananas and spiders
Jamaica's alright, if you wanna buy drugs from your hotel room
Jamaica's alright, if you want your hand lopped off by a machete
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I'll post after I go.


tl;dr. I didnt post when that is.
But I was wanting to rob you and sleep naked in your bed with your kitties while you were away.
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I was well aware of this and I'm taking precautions.
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