We just got back from a week at Karibo and we can't wait to go back. It was definitely a home away from home experience, except we had a white sandy beach 5 min. away. I had never been to Punta Cana before so I was so happy I went this route, with an immaculate two bedroom, spacious apartment.
The grounds were well kept and the apartment was cleaned for us every day. Since I heard so many horror stories about some resorts and the problem with food, I felt more comfortable preparing my own meals. You could either rent a car or take a taxi to the nearest grocery store (taxi driver even waited for us). We bought food for the week, and by my calculations, I saved thousands of dollars by not doing the all inclusive route. We even ate at the restaurant attached to the hotel and got hooked on the delicious paella (it said for 2ppl. but it fed all of us!)
I can't speak enough good things about Juan Pablo, our concierge, who arranged everything we needed, from having someone waiting at the airport for us at arrival, to arranging a fun dune buggy adventure for the afternoon. He even got a rowdy group of partygoers to leave the pool one late evening so the rest of us could sleep. The Karibo is very lucky to have him.
With two beautifully decorated bedrooms (when travelling with kids, privacy is a luxury), two and a half bathrooms, three balconies, a Jacuzzi on the balcony, a kitchen, dining room, and washing machine, you could not compare this comfort to a small bedroom at a resort that we would have had to pay more than double the amount. The golf cart ride to the beach was fun and we just arranged a pick up time whenever we were ready to go back. As we got to Bavaro beach, lounge chairs were there, or you could just sit under one of the many coconut trees. I have travelled the Caribbean extensively, and Bavaro beach is one of the more beautiful areas, aquamarine waters, and white sand that goes on for miles. Watch for the locals, never go with the first price if they try to sell you anything.
This captivating place is definitely at the top of our best vacations. With the money we saved on this trip, a second trip would be in the near future.
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