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NJ
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Traveling with an Infant

Hello Everyone,

We are going to Paradisus Palma Real in July with a group of friends and their children. Mine will be the only one under 2 and was wondering if I needed a tourist visa for her. Thanks to this forum, I've found out I can buy them in advance....

Also if you have any other tips regarding traveling with an infant to Punta Cana, please feel free to give....

Thanks!

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1. Re: Traveling with an Infant

yes, the infant needs the tourist card.

everyone, once popped out, needs the tourist card.

only as long as they are still "inside", they enter and leave free.

you need a 10US tourist card on entry and a 20US exit fee.

have fun

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I think every person has to pay, $10 coming in. The best advice for toddlers are as follows:

Scissor stroller (must), swim float (swimning aid works best), pedialite, allergy medication (for insect bites) , bring extra sun products (very expensive here), baby tylenol. And whatever baby toiletries you normally would need.

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LOL Mike....thanks for the clarification,

Thanks kapitan...

Edited: 11 February 2014, 20:11
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i am traveling to Gand bahia principe punta cana with a 1 year old. Does this resort have cribs available? Also wondering what the milk is like? cows milk? Any info would be appreciated :)

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Milk is UHT in the tetra paks...

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187ash,

Yes, cribs are available. Guests requiring a crib in the room should advise their travel agent when booking.

You can also send an email no sooner than 7-10 days before you arrive to Albania Batista at:

asistenteventasbppuj@bahia-principe.com to request the crib (recommended).

Please provide her your names, booking number, tour operator name (Transat Vacations for example) and date of arrival.

If you wish to "request" a room location or your a la cartes prior to arrival - Albania would be the same person - so you could combine all three "requests" into the same email.

Here is an overview of the resort complex which also contains a map link -

"" Let me firstly provide you a map of the resorts in Punta Cana, so you can see where the Bahia resorts are positioned in relation to the other 100 plus very nice resorts that the area has to offer.

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The different beaches which make up what is referred to as Punta Cana, are all shown here - the Bahia resorts are located in the beach area referred to as Arena Gorda Beach.

Secondly, here is the link to a map of the Bahia resorts in Punta Cana that I will refer to shortly.

resortsmaps.com/popup.html…

There is a legend at the bottom of the map that will also assist you.

The Bahia resort complex in Punta Cana actually consists of 5 different resorts - all of which are 5 star resorts. It is the largest resort complex on one property in Punta Cana with a total combined rooms from the Bahia 5 resorts of 3,462 rooms - all room buildings are in 2 or 3 story high buildings (no elevators) and worthy to note that they all have separate private washrooms, versus the open-concept style commonly found at some other resorts - numerous daily & nightly activities with a large shopping and entertainment area on site, called the Pueblo Principe (map blue #14), which is exclusive to Bahia guests only.

Each resort has it's own lobby/check in, lobby bar, gourmet a la carte and main buffet, free wifi in their main lobbies, Water Sports Centre on the beach, where guests may book the non-motorized items such as catamarans (hobbie cats) for sailing as part of the all inclusive. There are a total of 16 a la carte's in the resort complex (reservations are required), 5 snack bars, 8 pools (all of which have swim up bars), & 6 jacuzzi pools - some of which are exclusive to guests of the Luxury Bahia Ambar and the Luxury Bahia Esmeralda.

The resort offers all guests, bicycles for on resort use, mini golf, tennis courts and tennis pro for those so inclined to obtain lessons at a small fee, beach volleyball, archery, soccer field, and a segway guided tour (which is at a small fee), throughout the resort, at the Sports Centre (map blue #11), Presidente beer in the mini fridge and robes & slippers in the rooms along with an iron & ironing board.

Also located at the Sports Centre is the privately owned "Fun Maker Park" which has bumper cars, sorb Ball, eco skating, F1 remote control cars race and some arcade games like Basket, air hockey, eco-ice skating surface, kikkers, trampoline apparatus and is open every day from 10am to 10pm and also is at a small fee for both children and adults. Babysitting service is also available 24 hours a day with no age restriction.

Lets start with the Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro resort (a family resort with 744 guest rooms)

- lobby is shown on the map as the pink #1 - guest rooms are the white numbers 23, 25 to 35,37,39 and 73-79 and all have been updated with flat screen plasma televisions, new furniture, 4 poster beds, new style sinks in the washrooms and rain style shower heads.

The Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana resort (a family resort with 756 guest rooms)

- lobby is shown on the map as the yellow #1 - guest rooms are building numbers 1-19, 20 to 22, 24, 36 & 38 and all have been updated with flat screen plasma televisions, new furniture, 4 poster beds, new style sinks in the washrooms and rain style shower heads.

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Each of these two resorts have their own upgrades - the Bavaro resort has an upgrade referred to as Club Diamond or as some tour operators will name it, Club Hacienda - these are room numbers 23 & 25-29.

The Punta Cana resort has it's upgrade called Club Golden - these are room numbers 1-10 and 20 to 22 & 24 - as you can see, the primary difference is the location to the beach, and there are some other benefits, which are provided below.

Both of these resorts are basically a mirror image of each other - all guest rooms are identical - the guest room buildings are primarily 3 stories in height with a few next to the beach that are 2 stories in height. They share all amenities including the pools - map blue #4,#18 & to the left of #17. All rooms have been updated with 4 poster canopy style beds, flat screen plasma TV’s, new styled sinks and rain style shower heads.

Here is what you get with each upgrade:

Club Golden available through the Bahia Punta Cana resort:

There is no difference in the Club Golden rooms to any of the other rooms throughout the entire resort - as mentioned above, it is the room location that is different - other amenities are 4 a la cartes versus 3 for non Club Golden rooms, 24 hour room service (no breakfast menu), Welcome letter and a bottle of rum in your room, beach towels, bathrobes and slippers in room upon arrival, turn down service at night, full access to the Royal Golden Club House, free printed press and Internet access at Club House, and a private lounge exclusive to Royal Golden guests. The cost of the room safe is not included – otherwise it is $4US per day.

For Club Diamond or Hacienda as some tour operators refer to it as, available through the Bahia Bavaro resort, is as follows:

Club Diamond/Hacienda rooms are closer to the beach and are building numbers 23, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29.

An exclusive a la carte for breakfast and lunch which is the "Santa Fe" (Tex - Mex). Private reception for check in and check out, 4 a la cartes (versus 3 for non Club guests) , Welcome Letter and bottle of rum in the room, bathrobes and slippers in room, 15 minutes of free internet access in the club house plus a 20% discount on all Bahia Spa services, turn down service in the evening and beach towel in the room which can be exchanged as required at any of the towel huts next to the pools. For those guests flying from Canada and using “Sunquest Vacations”, the room safe costs are included in their all inclusive price with the Club Diamond booking – otherwise it is not included in the upgrade.

Lets continue with the different Bahia resorts:

The Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa (Formerly the Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro-Premier) (a family resort with 504 guest rooms)

- lobby is shown on map as the orange #1- guests rooms are building numbers 40-53. This resort is the furthest from the beach but is like a resort within a resort - very quaint and is available through selected tour operators. The new "Boy Scout" Water Park is near buildings #52 & #53 & is open from 8am to 6pm for children only ages 3 - 12 years and has the new “Fun Maker Park” located directly opposite it near the tennis courts at the Blue #11 – it is offers excellent value for families with children.

The Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar resort (an adult only resort with 888 guest rooms)

- lobby is shown on the map as a beige #2 – guest rooms are the beige #60 to 72. Offers all top end services the Bahia has to offer, including a larger selection of top shelf liquors, butler service (request when checking in), waiter service at the beach and pool, pillow menu, room safe included in price, robes & slippers in the rooms, beach towels in the rooms (no towel cards) and exchanged in the room with the nightly turn down service, unlimited a la cartes, 2 main buffets, a sushi bar, 2 pools, 4 jacuzzi pools, spa, gym, a large private beach area directly in front of it's main beach pool, which also has 10 cabanas for shade and privacy, a "beach party” every Saturday evening at 9pm (weather permitting), nightly entertainment in the main lobby with piano music, a singer with people often dancing to the music, a dj on some nights and room service 24/7. No other guests may use any of the facilities (pool, beach, a la cartes, main lobby, lobby bar, for example) at the Ambar other than guests at the next resort I will mention, which is the Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda - and they may only do so provided they do not have children under 18 years of age with them when using any of the Ambar resorts facilities.

Guests of the Ambar and the Esmeralda resorts may use all of the facilities at the other 3 resorts with the exception of their “gourmet” a la carte and main lobby buffets - that makes a total of 8 pools to use, including their own, throughout all of the Bahia resorts.

The Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda ( a family resort with 570 guest rooms)

– main lobby is shown on the map as the green #1 and guest rooms are #90 to 96 - a family resort with the same Top End Services as I mentioned above for the Ambar resort, including a private beach area directly in front of their beach pool (without the cabanas), nightly entertainment on the pool deck in front of the main lobby, 2 buffets, a spa, 2 pools & an adult only jacuzzi pool, many pool activities for the children, a “Boy Scout” children activity area, and the hallways of all room buildings are carpeted for further noise reduction.

The rooms at the Ambar and the Esmeralda all have 4 poster canopy beds, with pillow top mattress's and a slightly different large private self-contained washroom layout.

Within the confines of the private beach areas at both the Ambar and Esmeralda resorts, there is a small defined private beach area for "Privilege Club" members, which is exclusive to these members.

All resorts share the large shopping and entertainment area called the Pueblo Principe (map blue #14) which contains the Casino (drinks are extra there as it is not owned by the resort), disco, smoke shop, kareoke and sports bar, patio lounge, many clothing, gift and jewellery shops, internet shop, local vendors with their wares, an outdoor stage where a house band and audience participation nights are often held each evening as well as a special event with professional entertainers called "Caribbean Show" on Friday evenings at 8:30pm for a small fee.

There is an “Activity Listing” for day and night activities for each of the resorts, which is provided to each guest in their “Welcome Package”, which they will receive when they check in, along with their room cards, wrist bands, fold out pocket/purse size version of the same resort map etc., which I provided the link to above.

They also all share the large Tropicana Theatre (map blue #1) where the big nightly shows are held - two performances nightly during the high season - one performance at 8:20pm and the other at 9:25pm and one show in the evening during the low season at 9:30pm. The "Boy Scout Water Park" located near buildings #52 & #53 at the Bavaro-Turquesa resort, has a themed pool with many different games/slides - strictly for children ages 3-12 years who are guests at any of the Bahia resorts. There is also an overnight snack bar called the "Piscis" (map blue #7) that is open from 11pm to 6am - light snacks (burgers, hotdogs, french fries, salads, veggies, beer and wine) which is available to all guests.

The Bahia resort complex has a very efficient tram system, should guests wish to use it, that operates 21 hours per day from 6am to 3am, however, I can tell you that one can walk from the Bavaro lobby buffet (map pink #6) to the large beach pool (near blue #17) in approximately 10 - 12 minutes, from personal experience.

Guests at each of the Bahia resorts listed above may also "request" room locations and a la cartes preferences prior to their arrival - the latter is highly recommended in my opinion in order to provide a greater opportunity of obtaining the a la cartes of your choice, versus trying to do so no later than the first morning after your arrival. “

This link will provide the details for emailing such “requests.

tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g147293-i28-k751818…

You did not say if you had booked Club Golden (upgrade) at this resort - if you did, you would be entitled to 4 a la cartes and if you did not, you would be entitled to 3 a la cartes per week.

Here are the a la carte choices you have available:

In order of popularity:

Note that the Bahia Principe “Turquesa” resort was formerly known as the Bahia Principe Bavaro-Premier resort and is still shown on the maps of the resort as the latter resort mentioned.

Le Gourmet – gourmet – located at the Bavaro resort for guests of the Bavaro/Punta Cana/Turquesa resorts

Garden Grill – steakhouse – located at the Punta Cana resort for guests of the Bavaro/Punta Cana/Turquesa resorts

Maiko – Japanese – located at the Bavaro resort - for guests of the Bavaro/Turquesa/Ambar resorts

Mikado – Japanese – located at the Punta Cana resort - for guests of the Punta Cana/Esmeralda resorts

IL Capriccio – Italian – located at the Bavaro resort for guests of the Bavaro/Punta Cana/Turquesa resorts

El Pescador – Mediterranean – located at the Punta Cana resort for guests of the Bavaro/Punta Cana/Turquesa resorts

Sante Fe – Tex Mex – located at the Bavaro resort for guests of the Bavaro/Punta Cana/Turquesa resorts

El Meson – Spanish – located at the Bavaro resort for guests of the Bavaro/Punta Cana/Turquesa resorts

Olas lYll – BBQ – located at the Bavaro resort for guests of the Bavaro/Punta Cana/Turquesa resorts

Conuco – Dominican – located at the Turquesa resort – for guests of the Turquesa/Esmeralda/Ambar resorts

All a la cartes open at 6:30pm and close at 10:30pm.

The main lobby buffet is very popular and is themed each night as follows:

Monday ........ Española

Tuesday ....... Gala night - seafood galore - the most popular night

Wednesday .....Oriental

Thursday ... Italian

Friday ......... Dominicana

Saturday ............... Mexican

Sunday .......... American (Like BBQ - different meats)

The regular assortment of foods are still available, with the emphasis and displays put on the foods relating to the "theme" for that evening.

Breakfast - 7:00 am to 10:30 am

Lunch - 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Dinner - 6:30 pm until 10:00 pm

Note: Punta Cana resorts main buffet’s open early in the morning as continental buffet at 5:45 am until 7:00 am for resort guest that may be heading out on an early morning tour/excursion or departing the resort for an early morning return flight home.

Here is the Bahia resort dress code policy for all of the a la cartes - this covers all of the 5 resorts in the complex - with the exception of the "gourmet" a la carte called the "Don Pablo" for the guests of the Ambar and Esmeralda resorts and the "Le Gourmet", which is for guests of the other 3 resorts. (Note - Esmeralda guests may not have children under 18 years of age in attendance when dining at the Don Pablo).

No bathing-suits or sleeveless shirts or open toed shoes - dress shoes or a nice sandal is acceptable. Dress shorts, long pants, long or short sleeve shirts for men are fine - ladies are good with shorts, capris, dresses, pants.

Here is the dress code for the gourmet a la carte's - For men, long pants or trousers are acceptable (including jean pants) - shorts or sleeveless shirts are not acceptable - long or short sleeve shirts are acceptable- no open toed shoes are permitted - dress shoes or a nice sandal is fine. For the ladies, any shoe is acceptable, but not swimming sandals - flip flops as they refer to them.

For the buffet, open toed footwear, including flip flops, dress shorts, pants are permitted for all meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner - bathing suits or sleeveless shirts are not permitted.

You will find that many men will wear a pair of kahki long pants to dinner and the ladies very often are dressed in capris or a dress. "

Hope this does assist you.

John

Brooklin (Bubba King)

Edited: 24 October 2014, 03:27
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