i had a great trip!
i found this site very helpful, so here's my 2 cents...
My daughter (16) and i went for 1 week and didn't do half the stuff there is to do there! They really go out of their way to make you stay enjoyable.
We went on 2 excursions;
bavaro runners - great time, it's a party mixed in with a little dominican culture. (expect to get beer spilled on you as it's a bumpy ride and they encourage drinking the whole day). We did stop near the secrets beach area to check out their beach and since they have a reef blocking some of the current it was calmer than our beach. nice!
marinarium - snorkling with nurse sharks and sting rays, again it's a party. I understand why some would say it's not the best place to snorkle or scuba dive but it's worth the experience. We stopped at a shallow spot near the bavaro barcello hotel beach area and it was very nice there! Anyone going to barcello and area will be pleased
i would recommend both trips - just expect the party atmosphere and have fun!
The weather wasn't the greatest (very windy!) but the beach is worth it! Depending on what kind of trip your going for i would recommend breezes over the other hotels and vise versa. If you like boogy boarding / body surfing it's the place for you!
We also did a little day trip with a friend who lives there, she showed us around a little, took us to the market in 'town', it's the same as the market down the street from grand paradise (next door to breezes), all the same stuff and not all that cheap but we found a few things and had fun bardering and then gave them more than we bargained on. We went to the beach some of the locals go to (mostly foreigners that work there). Nice beach. Went to her apartment and was very surprised to find out how much rent is there!
well, i could go on forever but if you have any questions...ask away!
My only advise going anywhere in punta cana is expect:
-the toilets not to be perfect everytime (may not flush or may be asked to put toilet paper in garbage to avoid plumbing problems- only came across this a couple of times - no biggie)
-the showers were more often than not inconsistent temperature wise.
-food may or may not be what you expect it to be
We had a great trip and my daughter is already planning the next trip back there, with friends this time though! :)