I have been hooked at this site all day today and I cannot beleive the mixed reviews about the hotels and about the island. I begin to wonder if the travel agents out there are not doing their job informing their clients properly or if toooo many people are looking for "deals" and booking online and not getting the proper info???
Anyway, I thought I would offer a few simple tips about travel to the DR to make your life more enjoyable and your expectationos more realistic about this destination. .....
1. The main language there is Spanish. So no matter what anyone tells you, you will definitely run into a language barrier at some point on the trip. Be patient, smile, and I am sure you will get more help than with aggressive behaviour.
2. In ANY COUNTRY IN THE CARIBBEAN.....taxis can be late, rooms may not be ready upon check-in, air conditioners DO break once in a while, repairs in the Caribbean are SLOW.....get the idea?? Instead of letting these incidents frustrate you, RELAX, smile, be patient (sometimes pass a small "tip" to the repairman) and you will get further ahead and enjoy your trip more. If you want to avoid these kind of things then plan on forking out big bucks on more Americanized Islands. DR might not be the right place for you.
3. YES, the are bugs in the Caribbean!!! They can be in the dining room, in the bedroom, in the bathroom. It is a warm humid climate and bugs love it!!! So do we!! hahahah Bring some bug spray for the "no see-ums" that come out near dusk. I suggest that ladies give their legs a bit of a spray before going to dinner to avoid being nibbled on. Dont leave food or any kind of drinks in your room - the bugs will have a feast. But generally bugs are not a huge problem.
4. Dominican Republic is not a totally Americanized Island. There are occassional power outages, and even less often there is no water. I have had both things happen for very brief periods. It is not generally the fault of the hotel, more often is is an island-wide outage that is corrected quickly. Again, if this is not acceptable, maybe try Disneyland instead of Dominican.
5. Dont expect that your "upgraded room" or your "honeymoon package" will be exactly as the pretty brochures state. In most instances, if the front desk clerk cant fix any problems, then patiently ask for the manager. Dominicans love a smile and HATE aggression even when they are in the wrong. And if you dont get that bottle of bubbly in the room......is it reallllllly such a big deal??? You can bet it wont be the most expensive bottle anyway so head to the beach bar and get an island drink and enjoy the sun & view! Dont get me wrong - I think you should get what you pay for. I am just giving you the reality of life in Dominican.
So, I hope I have been able to help make a few trips a bit more enjoyable by preparing you for reality. I love Dominican Republic and will be heading there again soon.
If you have any quesitons I might be able to help with just email me at email@example.com (not a sales pitch, just trying to help you with your trip)