Punta Cana Journals

Is this Pleasantville? Punta Cana, DR

A January 2000 trip to Punta Cana by Susana

Quote: January 2001: Punta Cana is Pleasantville -- the all inclusive resorts have everything "orchestrated," including the smiles, to make your stay care free. The people are friendly and want to better themselves through tourism. However, the resorts are owned by foreign companies and most money leaves the country.

Is this Pleasantville? Punta Cana, DR

Overview

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Take the Bravaro Runner Jeep safari to get a first hand look at life in the DR. The tour goes to the sugar cane fields, mountain village, typical farm home, lunch at a ranch and, most importantly, provides the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the countryside and learn a bit of the culture. We were very disappointed in the "expensive" scuba diving, but that was mostly bad weather luck.Quick Tips: Bring plenty of single dollar bills for tip money -- once you see how hard the people work to make you happy and learn (by asking discreetly) how little they earn, you will want to be generous. When you leave Pleasantville (the confines of the all inclusives), be prepared for ...Read More

Iberostar Dominicana

Hotel | "Iberostar Punta Cana"

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This all-inclusive resort is impeccably clean and well maintained. I am not sure of the price per night for the hotel as we went on a package of $1200 per person for air, hotel, all drinks and meals for 7-night stay. There are activities all day long that appeal to families -- from water sports to dancing lessons to competitive games. We did not do any of this, as we prefer to go scuba diving or take countryside tours. However, if you just want to stay put and enjoy the beach and the hotel -- you can expect a wonderful experience.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 13, 2001

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

Iberostar Dominicana

Restaurant | "Iberostar Punta Cana"

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For an 'all inclusive', the food in the buffet is excellent and service wonderful. The "reservation" restaurants on site were marginal quality, except for the Mexican one which was good.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 13, 2001

Iberostar Dominicana
Punta Cana
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Scuba Diving

Story/Tip

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The scuba diving through the onsite dive shop -- Dressel Divers was overpriced and under serviced. They charged $160 per diver for a trip to Catalina Island dive sites, which includes a one tank dive in the morning and afternoon and lunch, but no bathroom facilities on the bus, boat or island. Hmmm!