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Experienced Punta Cana travellers please help

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Experienced Punta Cana travellers please help

We are 2 couples late 30's, early 40's that are thinking about staying at the Tropical Princess the end of January 2014.

We have never travelled to the Bavaro beach area and have a few questions if you can answer please.

We like to leave the resort and take a cab on our own to a little authentic restaurant. Is this possible from the Tropical Princess?

We prefer if it is not in a strip mall, or in a big resort community area.

We like to try to experience the authenticity of the area we are visiting.

We would also enjoy any type of bar/restaurant that would have live entertainment.

We are not really big on doing the "organized" tours through the suppliers or resort.

We enjoy to explore on our own.

Is there a "centro" that we could take a cab to one evening and enjoy some entertainment of local bands? And just enjoy the new town we are discovering?

We do a week all inclusive from Toronto and like to venture off the resort at least 2 nights maybe 3, to experience different aspects and culture.

We have travelled to Mexico many many times, Venezuela, Cuba and Puerto Plata.

We are experienced in the safety aspect of venturing, and just would love to see some of the town.

Thank you in advance for anything you can offer.

Mich

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1. Re: Experienced Punta Cana travellers please help

Basically there is no "town", but there are some business areas where vacationers and some locals eat/shop. PC is nothing like Cancun.

Posters here can tell you about some nice eating places off resort.

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2. Re: Experienced Punta Cana travellers please help

Here are two maps to help out...the first is a map of resorts in the PC area, and the second is of the El Cortecito/Los Corales area where you might just find what you are looking for. We stay up in the Uvero Alto area, but are hoping to head down that way for a day - cabs are readily available from everywhere. As laTA says, there are posters on here who can help, including a few who live in PC and area. Good luck and enjoy your stay - amazing place :)

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3. Re: Experienced Punta Cana travellers please help

thanks for the reply...no so much looking for Cancun...really dislike the "americanized/canadian" feeling...and no disrespect to any americans'....just prefer little quaint villages, and from your review If I am understanding there is not a little village or town to go to explore and enjoy on our own.

Thanks again for your reply!!

MIch

Edited: 24 December 2013, 17:13
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4. Re: Experienced Punta Cana travellers please help

If you are planning on going the end of January you should book soon before Occupancy is full as it is a very busy month.

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5. Re: Experienced Punta Cana travellers please help

Thanks for the advice however I am a home based travel agent and I have access to availabilities and seats on plane. We are flexable with our days too, so I am not concerned.

But thanks all the same

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6. Re: Experienced Punta Cana travellers please help

Hello. We live in Bavaro 4 months of the year and have been doing so for 5 years now. Go to the entrance of the hotel and find a taxi driver who speaks good English and tell him exactly what you want. There are a lot of safe places to go too just don't do anything silly and watch the booze. Drunks make easy pickings in any country. You will soon know if the driver has taken you to a tourist trap. If you want to sample a local bar with an interesting atmosphere then try Steves Bar in Plaza Bavaro.

You may also want to ask hime to take you to a comido which is a local bar. Everything is local and inexpensive and you can meet the local people and maybe get a game of dominos. Try the food. We eat at one all the time and have never gotten sick. Those 20 or more 5 gallon bottles of treated water in racks are not for drinking. They are for cleaning the food etc. Dominicans like us can get sick from contaminated food and use treated water the same as we have to.

Hope this helps and have a great time.

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7. Re: Experienced Punta Cana travellers please help

Mich, for more venturing out and having local experiences you would find Cabarete or Las Terenas much more to your liking.

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