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Just back from Barcelo Bavaro Beach - any questions?

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Just back from Barcelo Bavaro Beach - any questions?

We just returned from the above for the third time and would be happy to answer any of your questions.

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1. Re: Just back from Barcelo Bavaro Beach - any questions?

Right now I have a trip booked to the Bahia Principe. It is a higher rated resort than Barcelo, but I'm worried that I may get a bit bored there. I like to do activities, beach volleyball, pool volleyball, whatever else is available. Also, heard the nightlife at Bahia is non-existant.

What are the one best thing and one worst thing about the Barcelo?

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2. Re: Just back from Barcelo Bavaro Beach - any questions?

One of the best things is definitely the beach - the Bavaro beach is spectacular - powder white sand, calm, clean and you can walk it for miles. It is full of plam trees unlike many of the other beaches. We walked up to a number of properties while we were there and definitely think it's the best beach.

We also love the activities and the liveliness of this resort - it's quiet in some areas and lively in others - a perfect mix.

The golf, mini-golf, casino are great also, and it's nice to take the train around the lush, beautiful landscaping.

As for the worst aspect, I would have to say the rooms - they're not terrible or anything, but they have a holdiay inn quality about them, and some of them definitely need to be updated - not that we really cared because we were never in our room, and the surroundings and food on the resort are worth the price alone.

We have talked to many travellers during our three trips to P.C. and after listeneing to the many reviews, we are definintely glad we have gone here. If you have any more specific questions I'd be glad to answer.

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3. Re: Just back from Barcelo Bavaro Beach - any questions?

Do you know if we can sign up for the Kontiki snorkel/booze cruise ahead of time? Any of the bars better than others for nightlife? Did you get sick, and is it safe to have drinks w/ice in them?

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4. Re: Just back from Barcelo Bavaro Beach - any questions?

The water in the bars and restaurants at the resort is all filtered. The ice cubes are fine. We were 4 travelling and none of us were sick. We met several people - no one was sick at all. I do recommend taking pepto bismol for three or four days before departure however - often people get sick just because their systems arent used to the climate and eating as much fruits etc. This has always worked for us (except once at Sandals Jamaica) We didn't go to the disco this time, however we have gone twice in the past and it's always busy (after 12 midnight) and we've had a great time. As for pre-booking the cruises/activities, I don't think you'll have any problem at all booking when you're there, I wouldn't worry about availability.

There are constantly people asking you if you'd like to do various outings. Have a great trip!!

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5. Re: Just back from Barcelo Bavaro Beach - any questions?

Thanks. I emailed my travel agent the other day. She's looking into switching us to Barcelo from Bahia. If we don't switch oh well, but I believe we'd prefer Barcelo.

Thanks again for your help!

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6. Re: Just back from Barcelo Bavaro Beach - any questions?

BTW I just thought I'd mention about one of the activities that looked so cool to us that we almost booked it but ran out of time. It was this airplane raft thing that you could go on and fly in the sky and then it lands on the water (it's made of rubber I believe). Anyhow it flew around the beach for three days and people getting off seemed to love it. Well the fourth day we were there it wasn't running. We found out that it had crashed on the fourth day and people were injured - so buyer beware......

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7. Re: Just back from Barcelo Bavaro Beach - any questions?

Nate - when are you going?

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8. Re: Just back from Barcelo Bavaro Beach - any questions?

Nate,

I haven't been to the Bahia, but I have read many good reviews about it. You might want to try the debbiesdominicantravel.com web-site for more specific info on the nightilife scene at the Bahia. I would think it has all the same activities except maybe the nightlife. I am sure you will have a great time at either...have a great trip

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9. Re: Just back from Barcelo Bavaro Beach - any questions?

What was there to do at night? Did you feel safe leaving the resort?

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10. Re: Just back from Barcelo Bavaro Beach - any questions?

what is there to do at night? Did you feel safe outside of the resort?