We spent a week at the Dunes starting March 7. We were in the Premier section and it was excellent and well worth the money. You had to get wifi in the hall but not a big inconvenience. Most meals were eaten at the restaurant in the Premier section. They were ok. The buffet was different most days.The fresh fruit was great and plentiful. Most days there was something that you could find to eat. I am not a big pasta person but my son is vegetarian and my grand daughter is lactose intolerant. They got along fine every day. It depends on your expectations. Photos of the capybara were unexpected. I got good night time and daytime photos. This was a big plus to the trip.
The tour people (Marco) scarred us the first day about the locals and told us not to exchange money or buy tours/safari from others not associated with the hotel. We got a great exchange rate on the beach and purchased the Jeep safari tour from Bernie on the beach. I highly recomend dealing with Bernie (Magic Tours). He set us up with Jose who spoke fluent English and had a university degree. He toured us all over the island and gave excellent value for the money. There was a definite difference of opinion between Jose and Marco. Where ever we drove people waved and were very hospitable. We went to Juan Gregio a small fishing village twice. It is 10 minutes away from the resort. It is well worth going and safe. By taxi it was 60 B or $3 US. Lunch at Mama's was worth while.
The main thing is to travel smartly. I carried my Nikon SLR and telephoto lens with me everywhere but it was placed in my pack sack when I wasn't shooting photos. I have it insured but don't want it stolen. There is a lot of poverty and Jose indicated that everybody is just trying to get by. It was a good week. The worst was having to deal with the military at the airport searching everything by hand twice, Xray of baggage plus a patting down. Meanwhile the drug sniffer dog was tied up to a piece of the furniture and not used at all.
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