My wife and I and our 16 year old daughter visited Dominican Republic in 2001 We stayed at the Superclub Breezes Resort (Believe it is now called something else). It was right at the tail end of a strip of resorts. Whilst there we did a couple of excursions and did enjoy ourselves. However we felt a little restricted as there was nowhere local outside the resort to go. In fact outside the gates the are was quite deserted and very dark and I did not feel it was too safe to venture out.
In most our holidays we do like to explore a little and even with AI like to venture out at night to try something different. When in Playa Del Carmen,Mexico we could do just that with a variety of shops, restaurants, bars etc nearby and completely safe.
We are thinking of going to the Gran Bahia Principe Ambar, Bavaro and believe that we would have the use of the other sister resorts locally.
But is there any other nightlife locally that we could walk to and enjoy some other bars and restaurants, shops etc.
I get the impression that there are some but not a lot and you would need some kind of cab ride to get there and kind of stay put. It does also seem to me that for the word traveller that it is all generally based on resort rather then off. I am sure that there has been some development in the last ten years.
Anybody got any sound advice or even anybody that can compare Playa Del Carmen with Punta Cana