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cuba or dr

rotherham
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cuba or dr

Anyone been to both and how do they compare???

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wouldn't comparing Cuba and the Dominican Republic be like comparing apples and watermelons?

If you provide more specifics, we might be able to help.

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have been to the Dominican 5 times and Cuba 3 times. Will never go back to the DR. Just being able to walk on a beach without being hounded by vendors is a big reason we love Cuba. That and the fact that Cuban people are the most genuinely friendly people we have ever met. People were friendly in the DR but it was because they expected something for being nice. Have never found that to be the case in Cuba. The beaches around Punta Cana are beautiful. but the resorts are much larger and closer together. The smaller resort areas of Cuba are much better. Alot of DR is like Varadero, where you have one resort after the other although most are laid out in 2 and 3 story buildings. We fell in love with the Holguin area of Cuba and will continue going there.

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I've been to both but too hard to compare.To big an area. Depends what your likes and dislikes are. I enjoyed both Havana and Santo Domingo but Havana was like being back in time 60 years ago and not much vehicle traffic.

Food seems to be the biggest complaint about Cuba.(I thought it was fine, just not much grease or spices. If you breathe during your meal and use utensils, your will be ok). More 5 star resorts in the DR. Cuba doesn't have many. Both have beautiful beaches. I most admit one of the best holidays I've ever had was in Puerto Plata DR. So much to see and do.

What I love about Cuba was that nobody bothers you. No time share salemen, no Walmart, no McDonalds or fast food places, and only the odd vendor on the beach, but they never come to you. I also felt very safe.

Different clientele. Cuba ,lots of French speaking people from Quebec and not many Americans.

Biggest complaint for me are both have way too many smokers and bald headed fat guys with hairy backs and wear speedos 2 sizes to small. I prefere west coast Mexico(Cabo Maz,Bucerias,Puerto Vallarta etc) a lot better than both.

Varadero Cuba (close to Havana)and Puerto Plata DR for more to do. Cayo Santa Maria Cuba or Punta Cana DR for a relaxing beach vacation.

My guess is that you would enjoy Cuba more but if you like more 5 star hotels and better food then its the DR.

Good luck in your choice.

rotherham
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thx for the replies guys

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D.R. for sure!

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Having been to both Punta Cana and Varadero they both have there pros & cons. The resorts in Punta Cana are superior and the food is definitely better but you will be harassed by vendors on the beach and in the resorts, you will also have the timeshare salesmen trying to rope you in. a firm NO usually works for both. As mentioned Cuba is very popular with French Canadians and sometimes I heard more French than Spanish or English at some resorts, if that bothers you read the reviews and you can usually figure out what resorts have more French or English speaking guest. There are a number of 5 stars resorts in Varadero that are not 5 star and the tour operators should reclassify them, the beach in Varadero in my opinion is superior. If you are interested in gambling Punta Cana has casinos in many resorts and the Hard Rock casino is excellent. I found 98% of the staff in both to be excellent although for the first time this summer I encountered a few Cubans with attitudes which really surprised me. Do your homework on the resorts, read the reviews and always go with an open mind and have FUN.

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I've been to Puerto Plata twice and Cuba more times than I can count (it's either 7 or 8) I can't recall.

Puerto Plata doesn't have the amazing beach.

It is however very suitable for tourism, something which we love about Cuba, whether or not it will keep this pureness is another question.

I enjoyed holidaying in both places for different reasons, both are lovely and have different pros and cons, Dom Rep has more availability... I'd say the food is more geared towards European tastes than in Cuba simply because ingredients are more available.

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It's Cuba every time for me. I was a regular visitor to the DR before I discovered Cuba. Since then I have never returned to the DR.

I hated being hassled all the time in the DR both on and off the beach. Not only that the staff at the hotels are much more friendly in Cuba than they are in the DR,

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Us to, definetly Cuba,however we still after 7 trips like to explore the big world. Theres lots to see.. Been to Mexico, Grenada but always seem to return to Cuba. Can't put my finger on it it just feels right.

Cheers

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Another thing we love about Cuba is that in three trips, we have never seen a red flag on the beach. Two trips to Puerto Plata, 1st year 3 of 7 days were red flags and the 2nd year, 12 of 14 were. Hard to enjoy a beach when the undertow is so strong you cannot go in the water. The beaches in Punta Cana are much better. Have not seen one red flag on the beaches in 3 trips to Cuba.