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First time traveling out of the US

K M
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First time traveling out of the US

I'm going to Punta Cana in June with two girlfriends. While they have traveled outside of the USA before, this will be my first time. I have a million questions.

1. Do I need to have any kind of shots to go to PuntaCana?

2. What is the tourist card that I've seen in other threads? Is that needed?

3. Are the outlets the same as outlets in the USA? I bring my charger from home?

4. Has anyone stayed at the Grand Bahia Principie Bavaro? Any comments/tips?

6. I know this hotel says you can also visit the Grand Bahia Principie PuntA Cana. Do they have transportation between resorts?

5. What other tips do you have? Any good excursions?

THANKS ALL!

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1. Re: First time traveling out of the US

Check with your doctor on shots, always smart to have an updated tetanus.

Tourist card is needed. Cost is $10. Can be bought on line to save some time once you land.

Outlets are the same.

Have not been to the Bahia but others will help. Transportation between sister resort's is provided. Usually a Tram.

Have fun....once you get the travel bug there is no cure!!! :-))

Edited: 30 April 2014, 11:34
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2. Re: First time traveling out of the US

KM,

The Bavaro and Principe sections of the resort are next to each other.

You can walk between them

You will have to take the Tram to the beach or a 5-10 minute walk

Where you have never been to an All Inclusive you will be amazed as both sections have very nice lobby areas.

one Tip: Make your ala carte dinner reservations in advance if you can or right away after you check in at the lobby. Not sure but I think the Mikado is the Japanese restaurant in your section and reservations will fill up fast for it.

Seek out Brooklin on Trip Advisor he is the destination expert for this resort and is a wealth of information.

Last of all go with an open mind and have fun. Food will be a little different but there is plenty to choose from. Keep a smile and be polite and you will have a great time!

PS 5 minutes in Dominican time is about a 1/2 hour so don't be in a rush. relax and enjoy!!!!

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3. Re: First time traveling out of the US

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~5 minutes in Dominican time is about a 1/2 hour so don't be in a rush. relax and enjoy!!!!~~~~~~~~~~~

Hahahaha...so true!

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4. Re: First time traveling out of the US

Go to the main page of the Punta Cana Travel Forum, on the right side you'll find "Top questions about Punta Cana". The links there have great information and will answer a lot of your questions.

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5. Re: First time traveling out of the US

Don't overpack. Check out the 'what to bring' / 'what not to bring' forums.

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6. Re: First time traveling out of the US

What a great place to go for your first trip out of the USA. You will not want to travel anywhere else after going there. Bring lots of sunblock and lotion. It is very expensive at the hotels. Don't sweat the small things. Treat the workers the way you would like to be treated. Tip your servers even though all inclusive says it is included. Bring lots of $1's for tipping. Bring a BIG drink MUG. The Bubba or there are others out there that are less expensive. Don't bring anything with you that you will be mad if it is stolen or breaks while there. "Just Sayin" goes for jewelry/electronics.

Have a great trip

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7. Re: First time traveling out of the US

For a first timer, important things to consider

-let your credit card company and bank know your travel dates and location

- get trip insurance with medical

- watch your alcohol consumption

- be careful with the very flirtatious resort workers, or slick men.search "sankies"

- at night, avoid vulnerable situations.

Bringing extra sun protection and otc stuffs would save you the expense and hassle of buying over there.

You will be ok and should enjoy a good experience.

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P C
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8. Re: First time traveling out of the US

1. Do I need to have any kind of shots to go to PuntaCana? Probably not, we never have, but check with your local CDC or GP.

2. What is the tourist card that I've seen in other threads? Is that needed? You can get that at the airport in Punta Cana or buy it on line. It costs $10 USD - no big deal to get it when you land.

3. Are the outlets the same as outlets in the USA? I bring my charger from home? Same - no worries.

4. Has anyone stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro? Any comments/tips? Yes - consider upgrading to the Ambar because it is more up-scale, less crowded all around. But, if you decide not to, you will still have a good time. Bring an insulated travel mug for your drinks on the beach or pool side - saves going back and forth and keeps drinks cold.

5. I know this hotel says you can also visit the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana. Do they have transportation between resorts? Very close together - you can walk. There are trams that take you back and forth to the Pueblo Principe [shopping, shows, casino, kereoke, disco, live bands, etc.].

6. What other tips do you have? Any good excursions? Relax and have fun.

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9. Re: First time traveling out of the US

* Bring some mosquito repellant with a high level of Deet - best to be prepared in case of mosquitos, and the spray is a good idea around your ankles/lower legs when at the beach to help prevent sandfleas bites (very itchy). Hydrocortisone cream is a good idea too!

* don't overdo any coconut drinks - natural laxative! And stay hydrated through the day with plenty of bottled water

* only use bottled water in your room for drinking, making coffee, brushing your teeth- water at bars/restaurants is fine

* scan and email yourself a copy of your passport/ID - keep a copy somewhere with you too. We also leave a copy of our passports and itinerary at home with family

* use the room safe - no valuables left out and don't take anything expensive (jewellery) that you can't afford to lose - better safe than sorry

* going armed with some basic Spanish words/phrases (even have an app handy) is a great way to interact with the staff and they love it when you try :)

* an open mind and positive attitude that you are on holiday in a beautiful country, with wonderful people and you'll be all set!!

Enjoy every moment of your trip :D

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10. Re: First time traveling out of the US

Don't worry about Bavaro and Punta Cana section as there together. Pools, beach, snack bars at beach are all shared so you won't even be able to tell what section your in.

The only difference is each section has it's own lobby and own buffet.