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Pool in the morning.

We stayed at Iberostar Bavaro/Dominica/Punta Cana Resort.  All inclusive.  The beaches & resort were very nice.

 

The food was pretty good, but the beaches, resort, crowd, and nightlife were excellent.

 

We met so many cool people (staff and other tourists). Our rooms were outstanding (they were all junior suites).  Had temps around 80 - 85 degrees all week (which was a nice break from winter in Vermont).

 

We were a group of 5 and had an absolute blast. Everything from the partying in/around the pool to one of the most gorgeous beaches I've ever been to.

Up the beach. If you look close, you can see the colored roofs of the souvenir shacks...
  I love the coastline, and this beach and resort was off the hook.

 

We could've probably toured around a bit more but hardly ever did. It was great right where we were.  There were some shacks about half a mile to a mile up the beach with souvenirs & local wares...the little beach bar/shack up there is cool to do in the afternoon...the locals are nice but we were cautious so as to not get swindled - these shacks are about as far off the resort as we got.  We'll probably do more exploring our next trip.

 

The liquor was good...Stoli & Tanqueray are about as top shelf as you can get...Presidente & Especial are the choice beers.

 

But the rum was fantastic...a couple different makers.

Balcony View.
..Brugal is the standard Dominican brand I guess (silver & spiced) & Don Rhon is nice too...the Dominican 'drink' is mama Juana (some herbal tree's woodchips soaked in about 10% honey, 70% rum & 20% red wine)...we found out it will definitely do the trick ;-)

 

Nightly shows were fun.  Small casino on the resort & a nightclub that opens @ 11pm nightly...lots of Latin club music if you're into that.  We went pretty much just to relax and enjoy ourselves this trip since this was our first venture to the DR.  So our daily routine basically consisted of just lying around and taking in the scenery by day.  We ate & drank ALL DAY.  By night we did nice dinners, went to the shows, drank more & lived the nightlife until daylight hours.

 

I think the local vendors came in to the resort one or two nights a week to barter w/the tourists, but we were already forewarned to be cautious when dealing w/the natives, to always barter and check gift shop prices first because they're usually the best bet - It was probably about 10% American and the rest were Euro, Russian, etc.

 

We'll definitely go back.  Maybe we'll do some more exploring.  But having the freedom to travel between all three resorts and make use of all facilities, had everything we wanted and more right there and seemed like more than enough to do for our first trip.  Can't wait to return!

FishAtHeart says:
Love that Mama Juana! Brought some back with us to carry on the good fortune.
Posted on: Feb 24, 2009
cianmodel says:
i love the resort...but scary to get out,,, its a different world once your out of the resort...
Posted on: Jul 23, 2008
LindsayAnn says:
Punta Cana was amazing! I can't wait to go back either!!!
Posted on: Jul 18, 2008
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Pool in the morning.
Pool in the morning.
Up the beach.  If you look close, …
Up the beach. If you look close,…
Balcony View.
Balcony View.
Tropical Paradise?  Or Tropical Ch…
Tropical Paradise? Or Tropical C…
Cool looking little straw huts.
Cool looking little straw huts.
A couple of other visitors.
A couple of other visitors.
Some of the souvenir shacks. Local…
Some of the souvenir shacks. Loca…
Courtyard view outside door to our…
Courtyard view outside door to ou…
Sunrise one of many mornings we we…
Sunrise one of many mornings we w…
Inside the resort.
Inside the resort.
Beach View.
Beach View.
Decorated Palm trees.
Decorated Palm trees.
Yet, another beautiful sunset.
Yet, another beautiful sunset.
Britney?
Britney?
Courtyard shot of the rooms area.
Courtyard shot of the rooms area.
The beach.
The beach.
Down the beach toward the Riu.
Down the beach toward the Riu.
Neighbors that soon became friends…
Neighbors that soon became friend…
Grounds of the resort.
Grounds of the resort.
People watching, one of my fave th…
People watching, one of my fave t…
Mangos and Bananas fresh picked in…
Mangos and Bananas fresh picked i…
About to hit the water in style.
About to hit the water in style.
Paella by the beach.  I think they…
Paella by the beach. I think the…
Sunset (w/a drink in hand, behind …
Sunset (w/a drink in hand, behind…
Gorgeous, in more ways than one.
Gorgeous, in more ways than one.
Random Beach Shot.
Random Beach Shot.
Suites from the pool - iphone pic.
Suites from the pool - iphone pic.
View from our balcony.
View from our balcony.
View of our suites from my spot in…
View of our suites from my spot i…
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