I am having MAJOR anxiety about our first trip to Punta Cana. We are bringing our 1 year old & 4 year old which adds to te anxiety, I'm just concerned with their safety. I wish I did more research on the country before I booked it, it's just the beach & a well known all inclusive is what we needed. I'm concerned about the ride & safety from the airport to the resort, I don't know how I'm going to bathe my kids because I am too scared of them getting water in their mouths, scared of malaria, I don't even want to bring my wedding ring/camera/iPad because I'm afraid it will get stolen, even in the room safe! I've read about deadly spiders, corrupt police, blackouts, high crime rates, San Domingo & Haiti both listed in the top 10 highest crime rates in the world even though we aren't going there, I don't feel safe being that close... we are NOT leaving the resort. I just don't know what to do. I just want a nice, relaxing vacation & all of these terrible things come up when I do a search on the country.
I wish all of these fears would leave my head so we can just enjoy ourselves but I feel I won't even be able to sleep because I'll be worried someone will try to break into our room while we sleep! We do travel quite a bit, just never to a place like this & Im from a tiny, quiet town in the Northeastern US & that probably has a lot to do with it.
Please, someone who has experienced this country, please tell me what to expect when we go in February