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traveling 2 Barcelo 5/25 need suggestions

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traveling 2 Barcelo 5/25 need suggestions

hello all,

I am traveling to Barcelo on 5/25, and I had a couple of questions. Should I arrange transportation from the airport now, or will a taxi be sufficient? Also, I am only staying for a limited amount of time, is there any tour/excursion that is an absolute MUST (something that is really fun and/or romantic)? Lastly, is the USD generally accepted? Is the hotel walking distance from Coco Bongos and any Casino (if so, where is the casino located?).

The reviews of the hotel has me ridiculously nervous, I will manage my expectations.

Thanks!!

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1. Re: traveling 2 Barcelo 5/25 need suggestions

depending on which carrier you fly with you may have transportation to the Barcelo waiting for you at the airport - else a cab , I believe will cost you around 50 US (but please confirm elsewhere) - the Cab ride should be about 15 to 20 minutes

didnt do any tours this time around, but in the past the Catermeran tour was enjoyable -

Both CocoBongos and a Casino are within walking distance( 3 to 5 minutes for Cocos, 10 to 15 minutes walk to the Casino) - the Casino actually offers transportation to and from the resort, check with the front desk - Coco Bongos really only gets going on weekends, weeknights are sometime a little lame -

US Dollars are acceptabel everywhere, the locals merchants sometimes provide change in Pesos, but that is usable elsewhere, so not a big deal

I found the resort to be comfortable, but antiquated - the most annoying thing was the beach vendors (lots of em) , if you are a beach person, get used to saying No Gracious , if you are a pool person , not the same issue - enjoy -

Edited: 22 May 2012, 15:57
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2. Re: traveling 2 Barcelo 5/25 need suggestions

Thanks!!

Also, is there a cover charge for entry into Conco Bongos (or any other bar)?

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3. Re: traveling 2 Barcelo 5/25 need suggestions

Also, I am being told that I can purchase a round trip shuttle for $25pp. Is that cheaper than a taxi to and from the resort/airport?

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4. Re: traveling 2 Barcelo 5/25 need suggestions

As per the first reply, it is a fixed fee, $50US each way, so yes, $25US round trip through Barcelo is cheaper. And yes, there is a fee for Coco Bongos, you won't need a shuttle to get there, but depending on how wild your night is, you may need one to find your way home, drinks extra.

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5. Re: traveling 2 Barcelo 5/25 need suggestions

Barcelo Puerto Plata is in the Playa Dorada complex of resorts, you can walk to the Plaza, golf, casino and the beach.

barcelo.com/BarceloHotels/en_GB/hotels/Domin…

To get there, just take a cab from the airport, it's $33 approx. for the ride (not per person) and about 15-20 minutes.

The best excursion is the zip line monkey jungle tour.

If you are staying in the resort, USD are fine. If you go out and about into Puerto Plata or day trip to Sosua/Cabarete you will want to use pesos.

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6. Re: traveling 2 Barcelo 5/25 need suggestions

raleigh22

A taxi from Puerto Plata airport to the Barcelo is actually $US35 one way for up to 5 passengers and luggage.

There is the American Casino a short walk from the Barcelo located right next door to the Grand Paradise Resort.

Coco Bongos at the Plaza does NOT have a cover charge nor do any other bars on the Playa Dorada Complex all that is payable is for your drinks or food if you so wish to partake, Coco Bongos is free entry to guests wearing their AI wristbands but of course drinks are chargeable this too is only a short walk from the Barcelo so no need for transport.

There is also another Casino at Playa Dorada just a 5 minute taxi ride away called Casino Diamante with a disco upstairs called Pure.

Angie.

Edited: 22 May 2012, 18:27
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7. Re: traveling 2 Barcelo 5/25 need suggestions

Just to add a bit on evening entertainment. The disco at the Barcelo is located on the beach and is quite a bit of fun in the evening. It closes around 2AM and then most head to Coco Bongos. Beer at Coco Bongos was 150 pesos.

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8. Re: traveling 2 Barcelo 5/25 need suggestions

Thank you Angie for pointing out the taxi pricing from the airport, I had honestly believed that the sign had posted $50US, however, as to Coco Bongos, I will disagree as we were charged an entry fee the Saturday nite we visited. I was familiar with the bar, and we were asked to pay a nominal fee as the bar was very busy. We paid cash to the door manager and he allowed us in. Total fee for the 5 of us was about $12US.

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9. Re: traveling 2 Barcelo 5/25 need suggestions

CajonTraveler

Are you sure you were'nt duped in to paying that "nominal fee" entry fee at the door of Coco Bongos.....never heard of this before even on busy nights..........lets face it who would not let you in for a back hander if the occupancy was above their legal limit of patrons.

Angie.

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10. Re: traveling 2 Barcelo 5/25 need suggestions

Thanks for all of the replies!!! Well you have answered everything. I was trying to think of how much spending money i'd need. Last question, is the area credit card friendly, or would I do better to just have all cash?