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Punta Cana for Dummies

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Punta Cana for Dummies

I am looking at a December holiday time trip to Punta Cana. I have never been there nor has anyone I know. I was originally looking at cruises but realized I could do better at an island. The problem is there are so many resorts to choose from. Here is a little about us and maybe someone can help.

-Over 50 - adults only, no kids going on this trip. I understand there will be families, just don't want to be tripping all over strollers.

- Like great food but don't expect it at an AI but don't want mediocre.

-Like the beach and pool and don't want to trek to far to get to either.

-Like bars and quiet music. Not club types.

-Would be nice to be able to go outside of the resort to do some shopping if not too far or expensive to get there.

-Would probably be going to Vegas except for the weather and like places like Palazzo, Wynn or Bellagio. Don't need a casino but it would be nice to have one for a diversion.

Now that you know what I like, some direction please. These places are all within the same general price range and star rating.

Royal Suites Turquesa

Melia Caribe Tropical

Now Larimar

Grand Palladium

Excellence

Hotel Rui Palace Baravo

Grand Bahai Principe Baravo

Iberostar Baravo

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11. Re: Punta Cana for Dummies

Hi damama,

Wynn and Bellagio are 2 of my favorites also.

The only place on your list I've stayed at is the Iberostar. I liked it but if you're traveling over the holiday there will be kids. I'm 50 with kids and grand kids and love spending time with them. When I'm on vacation I prefer to not be around kids. My opinion would be to stay at an actual adults only. That would rule out Iberostar Bavaro.

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12. Re: Punta Cana for Dummies

I stayed at Iberostar Bavaro, and I would again, if I was with kids.

I don't mind the kids at resorts. It's the parents screaming at them that bothers me. That, and I get really nervous watching the kids jumping into the pool, with their heads coming so close to the edge. I'm so afraid they're going to get seriously hurt. It affects the relaxation factor.

Aside from that, I typically find that the quality of food, entertainment, and service is a notch above at adult only resorts, and of course it's geared toward adults.

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13. Re: Punta Cana for Dummies

Forgot to add that the royal suites turquesa has the village of el Corecetto next door for shopping , most places you must hagel except the Cussie boutique and Los pinos which have fixed prices. Many of us have our fave places to stay and recommendations will reflect that, but if your first thought was adults only I would stick with that. While it is true that at many resorts there will be few kids given the size of the resorts and the time of the year we find we prefer no kids and even though they RST has sister properties that have kids we find that since the majority of our stay is at the RST we are fine with the kids in the sister sections when we choose to go there

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14. Re: Punta Cana for Dummies

Look at the catalonia royal bavaro..adults only with a sister resort that can be used for entertainment and casino. We went in May for 2 weeks and quite enjoed it. Quiet on the adult side and can go for more activities on the other if you desire.

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I am looking at a December holiday time trip to Punta Cana....

-Over 50 - adults only, no kids going on this trip. I understand there will be families, just don't want to be tripping all over strollers.>>>>

While we don't encounter loads of kiddies when we visit in mid/late January, it will be a different story over the December holidays when more families with kiddies vacation.

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16. Re: Punta Cana for Dummies

Your crowd would have a wonderful time at the Royal Suites Turquesa. Their swim up section is ideal for all to mingle right outside your patio doors. There is a wonderful pool bar close to the buildings and the staff will spoil you. What's nice is the fact that if you want quiet time, the RST is perfect and if you want to party it up a bit, just walk over to the Palace for all the Animation activities and live music at their Lobby. In addition, they have a stunning beach. Research this resort here.

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17. Re: Punta Cana for Dummies

Of your list Turquesa makes the most sense due to overall property desires, location and opportunities.

Cheers

PuntaCana Mike

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18. Re: Punta Cana for Dummies

Thanks for all the great replies. Another question. I saw a post about taxi fares but believe they are for airport runs.I assume one would take a taxi to get to some of the other resorts/casinos. General idea of cost? Maybe from one of the ones suggested to the Hard Rock?

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19. Re: Punta Cana for Dummies

It would depend where you are staying and how far you want to travel to another resort. I recommend you ask at the front desk.

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20. Re: Punta Cana for Dummies

Most resorts will have a posted list of taxi fares between resorts. If in question, ask one of the bellboys at the lobby entrance.

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PuntaCana Mike