Hi everyone! My girlfriend and I are traveling to the DR on Sunday and it's our first time there. We'll be staying at The Tropical, booked through Cheap Carribean. I've been browsing the forums and picked up a lot of useful info but still had some questions I was hoping someone could help me answer:
-Does the Lifestyle resort complex have a general store on site? I've read that they tend to not stock the mini fridge after the first day and I like to keep beer in my room because, well, I'm Irish and like a beer with a shower in the morning.
--Does anybody know what the hours are for the bars/restaurants?
--I've read that the pools and beaches close at sundown, is this true? Do they prevent you from walking on the beach after a certain time?
--How are the locals in the DR? I've travelled to Costa Rica a couple of times and once you're out side of San Jose most of the country is very laid back, I always felt perfectly safe, is the DR similar?
--The resort apparently overcharges for excursions, does anyone have recommendations for companies we can use to book excursions other than through the resort?
--Our reservation says that we are allowed use of the Cofresi as well, is that within walking distance? Is the Cofresi any better than The Tropical?
--Are there any local shops/bars/restaurants outside of the Lifestyle resort that are within walking distance that we can check out?