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Looking for a place to party for four 19 year olds!

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Looking for a place to party for four 19 year olds!

I had already posted in the Dominican Republic forums and i was told to post in here, so my question is im looking for an all inclusive resort with a nice beach and great party life. We arnt worried about the rooms so much as it wil just be a place to rest for the next day. (Ofcourse we don't want bugs or anythig like that though) a place with pool bars etc would be a bonus. I know it's asking a lot but this is all of our first times going down south and not sure where would be best!


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1. Re: Looking for a place to party for four 19 year olds!

Barcelo Punta Cana

Gran Paradise Bavaro

Barcelo Dominican Beach

Occidental Grand Punta Cana

BeLife Grand

Caribe Club Princess and Tropical


those are some hotels known for a bit of a Party Clientel


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2. Re: Looking for a place to party for four 19 year olds!

Hi Kyle,

Mr Fisher has started you off with a good list of resorts that usually offer cheap packages which is where the younger crowd does based on price but I will update his list somewhat.

Scratch VIK of the list, Although I had a great time it is not much of a party. There is about 400 rooms, a small lobby bar and the club has about 5 people in it. Thankfully they had a shuttle to the club at Bavaro Princess that we would go to before heading to one of the popular off resort clubs.

Caribe Princess night club is Areito and another small place that you only get free drinks from 11pm to midnight then it is 6$ and up per drink. They do offer a shuttle to club at Bavaro Princess.

Gran Paradise Bavaro yes keep that one on your list as it is where the popular spring break tour companies host there partys. But it depends when your going as that resort is closing in April. It will be fully renovated and opened back up in Nov as a luxury resort. So no more parties there.

Occidental you can keep on the list however the bars on the resort close at 1am and the nightclub is the popular off resort club called Mangu. Staying at occidental you only get free entry and still pay 6$ and up per drink like everyone else. Mangu is very popular and you can party to sunrise and people from every resort take a cab there.

No comment on Belife or Barcelo never stayed there or really looked into it.

My two favourite are Bavaro Princess and Gran Bahia with Gran Bahia being the best.

Gran Bahia is the biggest complex in punta cana with 5 resorts in 1 and have over 2000 rooms. That being said you only need 2% of guests to go out at night to have around 100 people at the resort nightclub .

At the Gran Bahia at night you can go to the center called Pueblo Principe that offers casino, shopping, gym, sports bar, terrace bar, karaoke bar and nightclub.

The nightclub clears out around 230am and if you still want some drinks you can head to the snack bar called Noche by the main pool that serves beer and is open till 7am.

From the Bahia after you started your evening and pre-drink for free the younger people in your group can go off the resort to one of the popular PAY clubs such as Mangu (Occidental Resort), Oro (Hard Rock), Jewel (Palma Real Mall) and Imagines (In a cave)

Out of the resorts we been to many were repetitive days of lobby bar, show, lobby bar to wait for club to open. The Bahia is completely different were they offer so much to do there is never one night that is the same. We have been 3 times to Bahia and 4th will be in Sept.

Here is a youtube of the bahia nightclub http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A55Pr4f-0_M


Bavaro Princess my second favorite the only reason I prefer Bahia over it is because BP only has lobby bar and show at night then back to lobby bar to wait for club to open at midnight. We have had great parties at BP till 5-6am each night.

The club is in Tower Princess at the main gate and is open to locals as well as other resorts offer shuttles. It is not a big fancy place like the popular clubs but it does the job. No matter what resort we stay at we still start the night off there once or twice per trip.

Also next to the Tower club a 4 min walk will bring you to a local bar in Plaza Bavaro Shopping center. My profile pic. It is a local place outdoors like a terrace, long rectangle bar. Big bottles ( quarts) of beer is 3$ maybe a bit more now and all the workers animators from Bavaro Princess go party there. There might be 5% tourists at the bar. The party does not stop there and you will be leaving there at 5am stumbling back to Bavaro to eat chicken and fries lol.

Well I hope this helps you out.

Edited: 12:52 pm, March 06, 2013
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3. Re: Looking for a place to party for four 19 year olds!

Wow Bigjim, you are a wealth of information. Thank you very much for all of your detailed responses!!!! Us newbees appreciate it.

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4. Re: Looking for a place to party for four 19 year olds!

Bafer your very welcome. Our group is younger and only go to party and we drink a lot so it is important to have a great place to start the night for free then to one of the pay clubs. Otherwise a cheap trip would turn into a very expensive lol. Here in Montreal one night out runs us 200 to 300$ each. Stay home 2 weekends and we have enough for paradise :)

Below is a checklist I made in the past that might assist you as well when choosing a resort.

1- Review the resorts website to see what hours bars open and close.

Reason - You do not want to be at a resort like Occidental when bars close at 1am and you need a drink at 3am.

2- Check if the nightclub on resort has drinks included.

Reason - You don't want to be at a resort paying 6$ and up per drink each night. A few tips - Occidental (free entry to Mangu 6$ plus per drink), Caribe & Punta Cana Princess share Aerito club (free drinks 11pm to Midnight), Riu (6$ plus), 3 resorts that club is free Bahia, Bavaro Princess and IFA.

3 - Check the size of resort

Reason - The bigger the resort the better chances the nightclub will be full. Ex - Vik has free club but resort only holds 400 guests so expect 10 people at club.

4- Location

5- Check what resort offers

Reason - You don't want each day to be repetitive. Ex- BP after night show you sit around lobby bar waiting for club to open. At Bahia you have karaokee bar, sports bar, terrace bar and lobby bar.

6 - Have a great time and stay safe!

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With all that being said not including the popular pay clubs some resorts can be hit or miss depending on when your there and who else is there that is why the bigger the resort the more chances you have. Bahia and Bavaro Princess have yet to disappoint each time we have went over the last couple years which is why they are my two favorite.

Just remember this though "It is you that makes the party, not a resort"

Safe Travels!

6. Re: Looking for a place to party for four 19 year olds!

Thank you so much! This helped us a lot. Great information and thankyou for being honest!

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7. Re: Looking for a place to party for four 19 year olds!

Ok BIg Jim new question:

For Grand Bahia Bavaro:

What are the club hours and are drinks included (domestic/international)? What are the bars and what are their hours?

Would like to know where to go for a drink and party, even at my age lol


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8. Re: Looking for a place to party for four 19 year olds!


Yes Free Drinks.

Club is open midnight to 2 am but usually that gets pushed to 2:30am when everyone finally leaves.

The club is theme night so they cater to all age groups. One night is latin, next hip hop, next 90s, etc.

You will be given an activity sheet at checkin or in room that lists what is playing each night at the club.

Lobby bar closes 11:30pm

Karaoke bar opens at 11pm to 2am and it gets fun

Terrace Bar in Pueblo Principe is open to 2am

Merengue Bar in Tropican Theater is open to 11:30pm

Sports Bar open during the day and night not sure what time they close.

If anyone still needs drinks after that then go to the snack bar by the main pool that is open to 7am. You can get beer there and it used to be basic mixed drinks but I have not been there recently to say to you "2 weeks ago I was there and got mixed drinks" so don't hold me to that park but there is beer.

Edited: 3:28 pm, March 06, 2013
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9. Re: Looking for a place to party for four 19 year olds!

So if earliest bar opens at 11pm what do you do before that?


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10. Re: Looking for a place to party for four 19 year olds!


Lobby bars and pool bars are open during the day. Bars open at 10am and the latest one is the snack bar that closes 7am. So you have 21 hours of drinking options :)

So breakfast, hit the beach, grab a drink, go to lunch, maybe head to the pool bar, have some more drinks, head to room later on to shower change for supper, head to supper, then to lobby bar, go see the show, go back to lobby bar, head over to pueblo principe have a drink on terrace or go to karaokee bar. Hang out a while head to the club a little bit after midnight.

2am head back to your room or snack bar. In our case 2am is head to the lobby at get a cab to go off resort and party lol.

One thing to note, is the tables in karaoke bar sometimes tend to fill up fast, you dont have to be there exactly at 11 but if show up at 11:45 then it most likely you will have to stand at bar. The crowd then tends to get smaller when club opens.