Coconut Palms Resort

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by paulbies on March 30, 2005

Best Things Nearby:
The beach in Cabarete

Best Things About the Resort:
It was a quaint and clean resort. They leave you alone to vacation in your own style.

Resort Experience:
A poor neighbourhood and a tacky sign to welcome us left us wondering what we were getting ourselves into. But as we entered the resort, walking by the pool with our welcome drinks in hand, our doubts quickly faded as we entered our roomy suite. The suite was nicely decorated and clean. We chose to add a cot, so each of the kids had their own bed. Of course, the cot mattress was awful, as they usually are.

The forecast called for mid- to high 80's temperatures. The prospect of sleeping a week without air-conditioning also raised concern. Again, we were pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the room was, with a beautiful breeze blowing through the suite. Although, on two occasions, when we opted out of parties at the bar, windows would have been welcomed to help cut the noise down.

Our bedroom backed onto a pasture complete with horses and the backdrop of the ocean. It was nice and quiet.

We experienced rain the night we arrived. And while it was overcast for parts of two days, the balance of the week was dry and filled with plenty of sun.

Pizza was a family favourite at the only restaurant at the resort. The buffet was also very good, but be sure not to sit downwind, as the smoke will bring you to tears.

The beach is a 10-minute walk away. There was a shuttle bus, but we never used it. The beach was nice for walking and surfing. It was not much of a swimming area. The kids enjoyed learning to surf there. I recommend the Wet & Wild Surf School, which was at the hotel's beach. The bartenders and waiters at the beach bar do not speak any English.

The staff, for the most part, was helpful and friendly.

We took the hotel bus to Cabarete and spent a couple of days on the beautiful beach there. It's lined with bars and restaurants. The vendors are plentiful but seemed to be licensed and not overly persistent. Be sure to haggle - they start four to five times higher than their best price.

We traveled to Sosua for snorkeling. There were beautiful fish and lots of them, albeit an hour in the one spot was more than enough time for me.

I was surprised to find that there wasn't a lot of silver in Cabarete or Sosua. The best selection and pricing was from the vender who showcased his wares at the hotel two or three days during the week.

All said, I wouldn't hesitate to go back.

Coconut Palms Resort
Vista del Caribe
Cabarete, Dominican Republic, 57000
(809) 571-1174

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