New member here. After spending the better part of the day (and night) reading TripAdvisor reviews and this forum, I thought I’d ask you helpful folks for some advice.
Short version: 23 year old man going to PC for 9 nights in mid August. Looking for relaxation during the day, nightlife/dancing/being social in the evening/night. Trying to decide between Excellence and Secrets (or something else all together) and wondering what to expect from the resort nightlife and non-resort clubs (Imagine, Oro, etc.) this late in the summer.
Long version (apologies, it's very long):
I’m a 23 year old man looking to take a 9-night solo vacation from work, likely to Punta Cana, in mid to late August - very last minute, I know.
I’ll be traveling alone and looking for rest & relaxation (swimming, eating, reading, drinking - not necessarily in that order…) during the morning and afternoon and more of a nightlife/dancing/clubbing vibe in the evening and night. I’m always interested in meeting people and would prefer an adults-only location with a crowd skewing more toward the younger side (if possible in August). Would like to keep it under $350/night but could certainly stretch for the right place.
A non-exhaustive list of things I’d like to do during the days: golf (maybe once, at most, twice), scuba/snorkeling/diving, deep sea fishing, basketball, bicycling.
After reading reviews, these seem like my main options:
Excellence (#11 per TripAdvisor, ~$235/night)
Secrets Royal Beach (#9 , ~$260)
Majestic Colonial (#17, ~$215)
Please let me know if I’m missing anything that may be a good fit.
Just from reading reviews and noting its strong presence on the forum, Excellence would be my slight first choice to Secrets. I’m sure both would be wonderful from the relaxation and socializing standpoint. I wonder, though, is there a material difference between the two for nightlife and dancing? And if it is not prevalent at either, would it be important to be closer to some of the non-resort clubs in PC (Google Maps seems to think it would take ~30 minutes to get to Imagine Punta Cana Disco from Excellence and only ~10 minutes from Secrets)? Or is the town even very active this late in summer?
Apologies for the length of this message and thank you for making it this far - I wanted to be as specific as possible to make it easier to answer, but I have been told I ramble…
Anyway, I’d be thrilled to hear the community’s advice, even if it is to pivot and consider another destination (though I am very excited about this!).
p.s. I’m so grateful for all the advice I’ve read already on this site, both reviews and answers to questions here - I can’t wait to become more active and leave reviews! Everything from “bring extra sunscreen” (will have to find some in the airport as I won’t be checking) to pre-buying the tourist card online has been immensely helpful for a trip that I should have prepared for months ago!