I stayed at Natura park, south bavaro beach, by allegro and sunscape.
--The beach is great, very clean, water is safe to swim, there are no waves, they all crash on a reef about 1/2 mile out.
--Mosquitos, I saw 3-4 maybe got bit a couple times, feel fine
--Saona island trip, great time $85 through the hotel, leaves at 7:30 get back around 6:00pm, scraped up my knees playing volleyball, don't dive. the food on the beach i though was no good, but some people were raving about it. water is blue beach is nice, reminds me of the beach at the hotel though.
--Macao beach, we took a taxi from the hotel here round trip $45, huge waves brought the hotel boogie board had a great time, you cannot touch though good surf spot great work out trying to swim out, 1-200 yards out big ones. bring food! and water, tours stop here also but gets crowded.
--booze cruise, a must, fun crew plenty of drinks, should have booked it twice, $60, meet lots of people.
--weather, i had 3-4 days of clouds with one of those being rain, that has never happened on my vaca before, real bummer. the sun when out is intense
--other tourists, very nice, 3 of ten speaks english
--heard great things about the outback tour but did not do it.
-- Tips, I tipped about $150 while i was their, the service is great and ignore the "tips are included" they make $250 per month, $9 a day. Give them five for a nice dinner... start out with a 5 tip for drinks to start get better service faster drinks...
-- currency --is pesos 30 to 1 dollar is the exchange, i never exchanged, US cash is fine for everything.
--Casino--at the allegro? very small but fun, free drinks at bar, a couple tables roullete, black jack $10 min, and 3 card poker I lost bigtime at. I'd say 40' by 50' total size,
--night clubs outside resort i went to one that was a bust, but heard about better ones
--games--they supply the tennis raquets, ping pong everywhere, BRING A DECK OF CARDS, bochy ball on beach, soccer, volleyball, plenty to do
--booked through apple, $900 after tax and all, $740 before air from chicago and 7 nights all inc.
-- food --was not good, i ate alot of french fries, they did have hot dogs and burgers fries from 12am to 7am this was a life saver, the tacos were horrible, no salsa, other people thought the food was great so it may be me, but i am not a picky eater.
any q's let me know