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ICD tips

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ICD tips

My girlfriend and I are going to the ICD 3\23 -3\29. I have been reading with great intrest some of these threads. We are going with an open mind and plan on having a great time. That being said, can anyone give us some tips, suggestions that will make our trip more enjoyable. Is it safe to leave the hotel grounds? Is there anything that can be done about the watered down drinks. Is there something that is better to drink then something else. What is there to do on down time ie. rainy days. What tv do they get. Not that I plan on watching a lot of tv but it would be nice to know. Like I said we plan on a great trip just looking for tips to make it better.

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I would recommend booking all your alecarts as the food seems to be better prepared in those resturants. I would not advise leaving the resort unescorted as you will be bombarded by beggers and people trying to sell you everthing from blow to gum. See if you can make a deal with the cabbies at the hotel to stay with you when you go somewhere. Maybe ask the bartenders to crack open a fresh bottle of premium boose for you as I read one poster say he did this and got a good drink. Then just keep an eye on that bottle. Maybe book any day trips you may want to try on rainy days if there are any because not much to do if it rains. I had no rain days but if the Iberostar freinds come indoors when it does your in for a treat.

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i also agree with sonyone aout booking all your a la cartes the day you arrive! Also are you olanning on doing any tours? The outback safari and the dune buggies are 2 great country side tours. they were about 69us each. I also suggest bringing a pack of cards just incase you do get rain, it can make a rainy day fly by. IF you are worried about drinks, buy a bottle from duty free to have just in case, then every evening you can have a real drink, a drink of your choice that will be 100% wonderful!

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lin7604

very nicely said

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Thanks lin. cards and my own booze are great suggestions. anyone else with any helpful hints. anyone else goimg to be there during that time?

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hi

we are going on the 7th april until the 21st april. out of all the ala cartes we prefered the brazillian, we are meat eaters so went there a few times, i agree to book your ala cartes early to get the days and times you want. i found the drinks fine when i went there and did get drunk a few times!! we have been in march and april, in april it rained on our last day heavily, and did so on a couple of evenings, in april two years a go it rained a couple of times on the evening and once in the day. there walkways so you wont get wet. we always take cards, i found the rain doesnt last too long anyway, we have always come back very tanned so dont worry. there are some american channels and there was always a good film on late afternoon. we chose to only leave the grounds on excursions we did the jeep safari which was a really good and safe way to see their country. we enjoyed our holiday there and are looking forward to returning .

have fun

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I strongly dissagree wiith Sonyone. It is perfectly safe to leave the resort and you should. Take cab to either sosua or cabarete (or even both) These towns have great beaches, shops, restaurants etc. They are not filled with beggars and theives. Do some of the organized tours like Outback Safari, Ocean world, day trip to Santiago etc.

It is a wonderful place to explore. Remember the hotels make money on tours so tell you not to leave the resort in order to sell you more.

BObK

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Hi,

I went out walking almost everyday from ICD exploring the local area the people are fine and very polite and good fun to boot, why people say don't go off the complex i will never understand. Maybe at night when you venture out use a Taxi as the streets are badly lit in some areas. Do go on as many trips as you can afford they are a good source of info about the country and its people, we did a Helicopter flight over the north of the island not cheap but very good, plus monster truck safari and ocean-world. We also got to see a lot of Football (Soccer) matches live in Playa dorada.

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i did a day at sousa and caberete both great places! Two very differnt places, very different beaches too. I found bartering a lot harder in caberete adn they were more aggressive, i got some real good deals in sousa! Also you might want to chexk out playa dorada complex, they have horse and buggies rides, they have a mall for shopping and restaurants, they even have a pizza hut if you are dying for some real food.

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I'm not sure how the towns are because I never went but I know just outside the resort you'll be harrassed but you can judge for your self. I would ask the hotel what they think about leaving at night unescorted. There must be a reason they patrol the the beaches at night with shotguns but hey you can make up your own mind when your there.

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I wouldn't venture too far in ANY city in a foreign country at nighttime, so I don't think it's a matter of PP being 'dangerous' necessarily.....you just have to use common sense, as you would anywhere at night! Throughout our week at ICD, we met many, many people who did all the tours and they all seemed to have a good time.

We walked at least 30 minutes EACH way from the ICD and had great walks. The vendors at the Orange Market (which is about a 15 minute walk to the right) are aggressive, but not in a bad, scary way. They all just want to make a living! All you have to do is say no thankyou and walk away. If you do go to the Orange Market, the vendor who calls himself Santa Claus is a great guy.

As for the beach, the girls who do braids will ask you if you want braids, but a simple "no thanks" or a shake of your head, and they leave you alone. Same with the guy with the conch shells. LOL

We travelled with our friends, and while our husbands stayed at the pool, it was just my girlfriend and myself plus 3 of our young kids who went for the walks and went to the Orange Market. We were never worried or scared, or intimidated. I really don't know what Sonyone is referring to, but everyone was super friendly to us.

Every day we walked long distances with our children and had no incidences whatsoever. And we had bare feet the entire walks! ;-)

If you walk to the left up around the part that juts out (about 10 mins?) there are some amazing shells if you're into that. :-) The water there is gorgeous.....crystal clear blue....our pics look like they were taken in the Caribbean.