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Bavaro Beach(Punta Cana) vs Paradise Island(Bahamas)

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Bavaro Beach(Punta Cana) vs Paradise Island(Bahamas)

I'm trying to decide between Punta Cana and Paradise Island. Can somebody that has been to both places help me to decide between these two? We are looking to go in mid June and we've never been to Dominican Republic or Bahamas, so we would like to know some opinions regarding the beaches and the ocean. Thanks!

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1. Re: Bavaro Beach(Punta Cana) vs Paradise Island(Bahamas)

We have been to both. We love the Altantis. The only reasons wfe chose another island are 1) if you do not go may-nov, the weather can be too cold to enjoy the water and 2) the Atlantis is not all-inclusive and it kills me to see the cost of meals there :)

At the Atlantis, you will never be bored. We spent hours in the river pool with all the waterfalls and waves - much fun! The Dig is interesting and there are many different 'aquarium' type ponds with different fish to walk around. The casino is great.

Punta Cana has all-inclusives. Once you pay for your vacation, all you need is tip and excursion money, so much less painful. Less to do at your resort. Water is similar - reef life lacking, snorkeling lackluster, waves can be big depending on where you are.

I guess my answer is - are you active, or lay on the beach types?

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2. Re: Bavaro Beach(Punta Cana) vs Paradise Island(Bahamas)

More like the lay on the beach people! Thanks for your reply dotneko!

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I was also going to mention the weather aspect, but since you're going in June, it's moot. I guess, if I was planning to go the non-AI route and pick an island, not sure Paradise Island would be my choice. Are you considering any other non-AI destinations? Why did you narrow it down to PC and Paradise Island, I guess I'm wondering.....

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4. Re: Bavaro Beach(Punta Cana) vs Paradise Island(Bahamas)

We recently returned from Paradise Island and felt that there was not much to do besides Atlantis. We enjoy doing some of the off the beaten path tours where you get to know about the culture of the area and didn't find that in the Bahamas. We have booked at the Melia in June. So far Punta Cana seems to fit the bill for what we are looking for. Can't wait to find out!

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5. Re: Bavaro Beach(Punta Cana) vs Paradise Island(Bahamas)

Thanks everybody for taking the time to reply! Why PC and Paradise Island? Is because we can't go away for a week, it's our 10th anniversary and we really want to go somewhere to celebrate.We usually can't go in June anywhere, but this year we decided that we really should do something else than just going out for dinner. Unfortunately, there are not lots of places that offer less than a week vacations in June, so I'm looking and this are the only two destinations that I've found so far. Any other suggestions for a 3 or 4 days gateway? Like I said before, we are people that like to stay at the beach, and for 3 or 4 days we just want to enjoy the ocean and the beach, you can't ask too much from such a short gateway. But, at least we get to be somewhere else and that means a lot for us! Thanks everybody!

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6. Re: Bavaro Beach(Punta Cana) vs Paradise Island(Bahamas)

No even comparable......Been to both and The bahamas is not near the vac. all around that the D.R. is in every aspect!

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7. Re: Bavaro Beach(Punta Cana) vs Paradise Island(Bahamas)

Thanks theworld2see!

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8. Re: Bavaro Beach(Punta Cana) vs Paradise Island(Bahamas)

Been to both, and I prefer Punta Cana simply because the Bahamas have no identity anymore. It's just a giant tourist souvenir shop with a beach.

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9. Re: Bavaro Beach(Punta Cana) vs Paradise Island(Bahamas)

We've been to both. Personally, I wouldn't select Paradise Island unless I was doing a family vacation. If you can find a good flight schedule and rate, I would recommend Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas. The beaches are spectacular and it is a sooo romantic. Sandals purchased this property from the Four Seasons and it isn't the norm of a mega Sandals resort. It's small, beautiful and comfortable. Punta Cana is more budget friendly with some lovely beaches.

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10. Re: Bavaro Beach(Punta Cana) vs Paradise Island(Bahamas)

I have been to both and if it's a beach vacation you are looking for then PC is the better choice. We were quite disappointed with the beach at Paradise Island. If you are going without children then I would ditto Tingy's recommendation about Great Exuma - the beaches are just incredible!