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Beyond the Resort Walls around El Cortecito

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An August 2003 trip to Bavaro by Jose Kevo

Signature Trademark Photo, Bavaro, Dominican Republic More Photos
Quote: I've often been asked about opportunities for independent travelers along the DR's fabled Coconut Coast. Even resort tourists inquire about what awaits beyond the compound walls. Deciding to find out, I was more than disgusted by what I found and tell why you might not want to bother!

Beyond the Resort Walls around El Cortecito

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Overview

Signature Trademark Photo, Bavaro, Dominican Republic
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Costa del Coco was one of the first Caribbean areas developed for resort travel. Today, there are at least 32 mega-facilities with speculative plans to build more. Travel resources continue promoting here as The Best Of . . . for all-inclusive (with airfare) packages based on prices, services and the gorgeous tropical surroundings -- definitely the greatest highlight! Europeans have long been coming year round, though you'll find cheaper packages from mid-summer through mid-December. Based on what little I've seen, I don't know that resort travelers could ask for any place better. But, you know what else comes with the territory. Escape vs. Escaping: ...Read More
Accommodations for Independent Travelers Photo, Bavaro, Dominican Republic
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If you''re looking to stay in the area beyond one of the mega-resorts, there''s a few limited options, but don''t expect to come here without a reservation regardless of when you''re traveling. Pension La Casita is located in El Cortecito on the main street where the road into town t''s into it. Four rooms are located above an upscale antique/housewares store owned by a European lady who seemed more interested in her customers than a potential guest. She abruptly told me there were no vacancies; come back tomorrow...which I''ve learned is common approach regardless of potential availabilities. Lonely Planet lists rooms with shared bath at $25, with private bath at $30/$35. This was supp...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 17, 2003

Accommodations for Independent Travelers
Main Street
Bavaro, Dominican Republic

Circus

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Attraction | "When the Circus Comes to Town...and Stays!"

Circus Photo, Bavaro, Dominican Republic
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It''d been years since my only trip to the area; reports of overdevelopment should''ve prepared me for what I''d find. However, I wasn''t expecting things changing so drastically I''d pass right on by not even recognizing my stop! This small enclave used to be northern border for resorts tucked away under groves of palms. These days when walking north, I found resort sprawl continuing along distant beach stretches; beyond the next blind curves until I grew tired, disgusted of walking. The engulfment of El Cortecito as the area''s Free Trade Zone had corrupted any memories or desires to base a stay from here. Off the highway, the village still is limited to two streets which intersect ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 17, 2003

Circus
Around Town
Bavaro, Dominican Republic

Plaza Bavaro

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Attraction | "Want it? They Got it!"

Plaza Bavaro Photo, Bavaro, Dominican Republic
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If coming to the area on the gua-gua from Higuey, the route's final stop is at Bavaro Plaza; about a 10-minute motoconcho ride north of El Cortecito. Aside from being shopping central comparable to urban shopping malls, this is also where travelers can conduct any official business beyond what's offered within their resorts; erasing need for making the hour+ ride into Higuey. The side street is simple enough with a row of stores selling various upscale goods and necessities which might suggest a place where you'd find locals out for daily shopping. On the corner is an open-air bar/restaurant o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2003

Plaza Bavaro
Plaza Bavaro
Bavaro, Dominican Republic

Staying Home...the Better Option?

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Story/Tip

Escaping to where? Photo, Bavaro, Dominican Republic
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Entering Higuey''s open-air terminal for gua-guas heading east, the porter immediately looked at me and called out Bavaro? Indication had him feverishly motioning to the bus ready to depart - an older, un-air-conditioned model already crammed to the hilt. Untimely arrival sentenced me to the storage bench in front dividing the passenger section from the driver and three others crammed in front with him. Nursing a small hangover, I wasn''t looking forward to the one+-hour ride wedged with four others knock-kneed against the front row of passengers, or the nauseating affect of riding while facing in the opposite direction. So here I was - up front and center stage looking back at the bus full of ...Read More

About the Writer

Jose Kevo

Jose Kevo
Middle-of-Nowhere, Missouri

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