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Iberostar Vacation In the DR

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An October 2004 trip to Punta Cana by MikeInTown

Iberostar Dominicana Photo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic More Photos
Quote: My wife and I traveled with cousins and friends to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. It was a reasonably priced trip that consisted of round-trip airfare and a 7-night stay at the all-inclusive resort, Iberostar Dominicana. The resort, beach, and surrounding countryside are absolutely beautiful. The people were extremely friendly.

Iberostar Vacation In the DR

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Overview

Iberostar Dominicana Photo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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The Resort: The resort is beautiful and immaculate. The beach is gorgeous.ATV Tour: This was a fun excursion on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) through the sleepy towns of the Dominican countryside. There was a stop at beautiful Macao Beach and a stop at a cave, where we were given the opportunity to cool off in the water within.Outback Safari: This tour of the rural Dominican Republic was my favorite excursion. It was an enjoyable way to learn about the Dominican culture through tasting food and visiting interesting sites. The excursion ended with an hour of boogie-boarding.Friendly People: Whether in a tour bus or on an ATV, the Dominican p...Read More

Iberostar Dominicana

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Hotel

Iberostar Dominicana Photo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Iberostar Dominicana is situated between Iberostar Punta Cana and Iberostar Bavaro. Dominicana and Punta Cana look almost identical with their motel-style buildings. Bavaro has villa units. Each of the three complexes has a pool, a show area, restaurants, bars, a reception desk, beach access, and other facilities. The resort was beautiful and always clean. There are palm trees, a big pool, and a gorgeous beach to name a few. The evening breeze off the ocean was magical. One thing that was strikingly different than the beaches I've been to in the US is that many of the women at this resort go topless - even with children playing on the beach. Animals Everywhere To add to the atmosph...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 22, 2005

Iberostar Dominicana
Playa Bávaro Higüey
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
1809 221 65 00

Iberostar Dominicana

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Restaurant

Iberostar Dominicana Photo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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The Iberostar Resorts are all-inclusive resorts, meaning your food and drinks are included in the cost of your vacation package. You could get something to eat or drink pretty much 24 hours a day. There is a huge variety of food. The presentation was fabulous; however, in most cases, the taste was only so-so at most. To add insult to injury, most of us complained of bubbling stomachs during our stay. We were warned not to drink the tap water. Fortunately, housekeeping was very good at making sure our room always had a supply of bottled water. Each resort has a main dining room where breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets are served daily. We all normally met for breakfast each morning but...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 22, 2005

Iberostar Dominicana
Punta Cana
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

ATV Excursion

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Attraction

ATV Excursion Photo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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The ATV Excursion consisted of riding all-terrain vehicles (ATV) through towns in the Dominican countryside and on beautiful Macao Beach. There was a stop at a souvenir store at a cave, where we were given the opportunity to cool off in the cool cave water. My wife and I shared an ATV and took turns driving. As our group rode through the streets of the small country towns, the people would smile and wave at us, especially the children. I felt an atmosphere of friendliness from strangers that I can't ever remember experiencing in my life. We rode on Macao Beach, which is picturesque and deserted. We were given the opportunity to take a dip in the ocean. One our tour guides told us ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2005

ATV Excursion
Punta Cana, DR
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Outback Safari

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Attraction | "Outback Safari Excursion"

Outback Safari Photo, Bavaro, Dominican Republic
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The name of this excursion is somewhat misleading; nonetheless, it was my favorite excursion. The Outback Safari has nothing to do with a safari. Instead, it is a 6-hour cultural tour through the countryside of the Dominican Republic. Our tour guide, Tony, was outstanding. He told us about Dominican culture, products, farming, history, and even politics as we traveled from town to town and into the mountains. Our first stop was a Dominican country house. It felt strange to be walking through these people's house and on their property, but our tour guide assured us the residents don't mind. They are also paid for opening their house to tourists. This pink-and-green hous...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2005

Outback Safari

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic