collapse

Advertisement


Author Topic: Where to stay in Dominican Republic?  (Read 1288 times)

Offline trophyhunt

  • Forum Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+11)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 15664
  • Location: Wetside
  • Groups: Wa Wild Sheep Life Member
Where to stay in Dominican Republic?
« on: September 15, 2021, 10:11:16 AM »
Since Italy was a bust due to China flu, looking into the Dominican Republic for a vacation.  Anyone who has been there have recommendations? Best time of year for weather, Caribbean side for better water, all inclusive, snorkeling and maybe adult only resorts?  Cousin really like punta Cana but it's on the Atlantic side, heard there is a difference??
“In common with”..... not so much!!

Offline 7mmfan

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+4)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 4877
  • Location: Marysville
    • https://www.facebook.com/rory.oconnor.9480
Re: Where to stay in Dominican Republic?
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2021, 10:16:08 AM »
Several years ago now, 2016 I believe, my wife and I stayed at Excellence Resort near Punta Cana. Adults only, all inclusive. It was great. We would go back in a second. The water was somewhat rough most of the time, not great snorkeling opportunities right there, but a short walk down the beach had a reef that offered better options.
I hunt, therefore I am.... I fish, therefore I lie.

Offline trophyhunt

  • Forum Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+11)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 15664
  • Location: Wetside
  • Groups: Wa Wild Sheep Life Member
Re: Where to stay in Dominican Republic?
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2021, 10:55:12 AM »
Several years ago now, 2016 I believe, my wife and I stayed at Excellence Resort near Punta Cana. Adults only, all inclusive. It was great. We would go back in a second. The water was somewhat rough most of the time, not great snorkeling opportunities right there, but a short walk down the beach had a reef that offered better options.
so on the Atlantic side but it still had good water, what time of year did you go? Was the food any good? I know it’s been a while but have to ask.
“In common with”..... not so much!!

Offline jeffro

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2009
  • Posts: 513
  • Location: Camano Island
Re: Where to stay in Dominican Republic?
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2021, 11:05:18 AM »
I wouldn’t leave American soil during these times
Hawaii is always nice, and less travel time than the Caribbean
One shot. One kill!

Online Stein

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+9)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Sep 2013
  • Posts: 9776
  • Location: Arlington
Re: Where to stay in Dominican Republic?
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2021, 12:08:04 PM »
DR is great, I went down there when my brother was in the Peace Corps.  He lined up an apartment we rented for the week from a Canadian couple.  All the inclusives are nice, Punta Cana is great.  There is some pretty good diving around but they don't take care of the reef very well so it's pounded compared to other places.

Great rum, great food, nice people.  When I was there they had armed police around town, no safety issues as they penalize the locals huge if they mess with anyone on vacation.

Offline trophyhunt

  • Forum Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+11)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 15664
  • Location: Wetside
  • Groups: Wa Wild Sheep Life Member
Re: Where to stay in Dominican Republic?
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2021, 12:30:23 PM »
I wouldn’t leave American soil during these times
Hawaii is always nice, and less travel time than the Caribbean
Never been to Hawaii, I just can't stomach the cost.
“In common with”..... not so much!!

Offline trophyhunt

  • Forum Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+11)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 15664
  • Location: Wetside
  • Groups: Wa Wild Sheep Life Member
Re: Where to stay in Dominican Republic?
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2021, 12:31:50 PM »
DR is great, I went down there when my brother was in the Peace Corps.  He lined up an apartment we rented for the week from a Canadian couple.  All the inclusives are nice, Punta Cana is great.  There is some pretty good diving around but they don't take care of the reef very well so it's pounded compared to other places.

Great rum, great food, nice people.  When I was there they had armed police around town, no safety issues as they penalize the locals huge if they mess with anyone on vacation.
Well shoot, you make it sound so good I'm almost ready to book!!!   Just need to know what time of year is best.  Some areas have jelly fish season, rainy seasons, storm season.  It looks like feb-april might be the best??
“In common with”..... not so much!!

Online Stein

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+9)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Sep 2013
  • Posts: 9776
  • Location: Arlington
Re: Where to stay in Dominican Republic?
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2021, 12:45:41 PM »
I'll ask my bro and get back to you here.  I don't remember what time of year we went, but he lived there for 2 years.

Offline jeffro

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2009
  • Posts: 513
  • Location: Camano Island
Re: Where to stay in Dominican Republic?
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2021, 12:46:47 PM »
I wouldn’t leave American soil during these times
Hawaii is always nice, and less travel time than the Caribbean
Never been to Hawaii, I just can't stomach the cost.
Look into rental condos
I usually stay at Valley isle in Kahana on Maui
$100 per night
And you can cook for yourself to save $
One shot. One kill!

Online Stein

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+9)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Sep 2013
  • Posts: 9776
  • Location: Arlington
Re: Where to stay in Dominican Republic?
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2021, 12:50:36 PM »
The thing to remember is that it is a third world country, very different from Hawaii.  Not bad at all, just very different.  If you have been to Mexico, not to dissimilar in many ways.

Online Stein

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+9)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Sep 2013
  • Posts: 9776
  • Location: Arlington
Re: Where to stay in Dominican Republic?
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2021, 01:28:42 PM »
Bro said to maybe avoid winter although it doesn't rain on the beach much, more on the interior (higher in the mountains).  You might also want to check on COVID there if that's something you are concerned about.  They don't have the best medical system for locals.

Offline trophyhunt

  • Forum Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+11)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 15664
  • Location: Wetside
  • Groups: Wa Wild Sheep Life Member
Re: Where to stay in Dominican Republic?
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2021, 01:38:56 PM »
Thanks, non vax here, so I’ll have to see what they require.  Been to Mexico a bunch, looking for something new.  We are taking the mother in law (she needs her own room 😁).  $100 a day is pretty good, but to be honest, we hate cooking and doing dishes when on big vacations. All inclusive is a must.
“In common with”..... not so much!!

Offline 7mmfan

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+4)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 4877
  • Location: Marysville
    • https://www.facebook.com/rory.oconnor.9480
Re: Where to stay in Dominican Republic?
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2021, 01:40:34 PM »
Several years ago now, 2016 I believe, my wife and I stayed at Excellence Resort near Punta Cana. Adults only, all inclusive. It was great. We would go back in a second. The water was somewhat rough most of the time, not great snorkeling opportunities right there, but a short walk down the beach had a reef that offered better options.
so on the Atlantic side but it still had good water, what time of year did you go? Was the food any good? I know it’s been a while but have to ask.

We were there in May. The weather was very nice, showery just a couple times during the week that we were there. By good water what do you mean exactly? It was clear and warm, but their particular beach at that time was fairly shallow and had a strong rip current out where it was deep enough to swim. Their lifeguards were pretty strict on keeping people from getting out too far.

The food was fine, some of the restaurants onsite were better than others. My wife just mentioned the other day that they have since done a resort wide remodel and the reviews on food seem to be better now. Who knows for sure though. Big pools, nice beach with lots of shade trees.
I hunt, therefore I am.... I fish, therefore I lie.

Offline trophyhunt

  • Forum Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+11)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 15664
  • Location: Wetside
  • Groups: Wa Wild Sheep Life Member
Re: Where to stay in Dominican Republic?
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2021, 01:44:11 PM »
Thanks, yeah just curious how clear the water was. Snorkeling is my fav when on vacation. Did the diving but not interested.
“In common with”..... not so much!!

Online Stein

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+9)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Sep 2013
  • Posts: 9776
  • Location: Arlington
Re: Where to stay in Dominican Republic?
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2021, 01:49:11 PM »
On one of our dives I could clearly see the anchor on the bottom in 80'.  Worst conditions all week were probably 30-40' of vis.

Snorkeling is ok, you'll see some small fish and stuff but the beaches are pretty hammered.  If you get a charter they can get you away from the beach and then it's much better.  We had some amazing dives.

 


* Advertisement

* Recent Topics

2 alpine pack goat prospects near Spokane by Zeroforhire
[Today at 07:57:30 AM]


Elk City A tag advice. by Kvw4x4
[Today at 07:57:13 AM]


Wtb 300 PRC ammo by b23
[Today at 07:55:02 AM]


Watch your super duty trucks!! by C-Money
[Today at 07:32:30 AM]


Chiwawa Archery by Gonehuntin01
[Today at 07:24:53 AM]


Blessed with success!!! by Gonehuntin01
[Today at 07:20:58 AM]


best way to keep 2006 silverado from getting stolen? by Stein
[Today at 07:20:34 AM]


30 Ducks Down Video by Delta Duckman
[Today at 07:19:43 AM]


State Wildlife Areas? by Goshawk
[Today at 07:10:39 AM]


2021 deer post them here by Sutherland
[Today at 07:04:37 AM]


WTB - Spotting Scope by Iveexcaped3
[Today at 06:56:06 AM]


Wts: 32 Remington 170g ammunition by raydog
[Today at 06:55:27 AM]


WTB .264 150 gr Accubond LR by zwickeyman
[Today at 05:07:06 AM]


WTB Nosler Accubond 140g or 150g in .277 by GUscottie
[Today at 04:14:00 AM]


338 Mag Bullets - Win Mag Brass by Widgeon11
[Yesterday at 10:46:27 PM]


Petition to bring back the spring bear hunt by idaho guy
[Yesterday at 10:16:03 PM]


Totaled car insurance replacement value advice by jackelope
[Yesterday at 10:13:44 PM]


Hanson Fish Company Winter 2021 Sale! by b0bbyg
[Yesterday at 10:01:31 PM]


Anybody sitting in the waiting room right now??? by WapitiTalk1
[Yesterday at 09:52:58 PM]


Wtb 7mm rem mag brass and bullets by Firedogg
[Yesterday at 09:42:25 PM]

SimplePortal 2.3.7 © 2008-2021, SimplePortal