Anyone been to the Dominican Republic?

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Abe,

It is a wonderful resort. If you are traveling with your wife in an "all incusive package' be reminded that there are many "topless swim up bars"  at the resort. So right off the bat if your mate is  a touch offenended by such customs, this is something that is quite expected.

Sosua , a small bus drive away that lures folks with hair braiding and fancy food is not what it appears to be anymore.

When and if you can, a resort asks you to comply with the safety and regulations of that "land" please adhere by them.

My husband and I have done so and have found so many "heartaches" by even trying to live by those safety codes.

If a room does not measure up to the standards it say it lives by,  then do not hesitatate to change rooms. A/c and whatever else are essential to yout your comfort and the humitidity is just too much to rule out and your not recieving it, change.. So , if  you have paid for the 5 star treatment then demand it.

Oh and by the way, there is nothing in Sousa that merits any attention , so stay in the safely area. Hair braiding ? I think not ?

 There is nothing in that area right know that warrants any attention than the relief work that is going on for Haiti. If you can get the sun in and enjoy the food bars and restaurants than why not ? Enjoy the trip , we go every year !
 
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Thanks for the tips!

I'm actually going to be in La Romana (on the otherside of the Island).

I heard there can be some safety issues too if you leave the resort, so I probably won't be doing that.

The all inclusive seems like the way to go, there are about 7 restaurants, French, Italian, Japanese, Dominican etc, and from the reviews people have posted it seems like they have really good food.
 
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definitely stay in the resorts and take the guided tours. my husband had to travel to the DR quite a bit for work a few years ago,I doubt it's changed much. Please be aware their cleanliness and sanitation standards are not like ours. and be very careful of the ceviche! (a little bout of intestinal problems!) Even though he was staying at a fairly upscale business hotel, he came back with some friends that took us 2 years to finally get rid of.

on the other hand he did enjoy the weather and the few tours he was able to take.
 
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definitely stay in the resorts and take the guided tours. my husband had to travel to the DR quite a bit for work a few years ago,I doubt it's changed much. Please be aware their cleanliness and sanitation standards are not like ours. and be very careful of the ceviche! (a little bout of intestinal problems!) Even though he was staying at a fairly upscale business hotel, he came back with some friends that took us 2 years to finally get rid of.

on the other hand he did enjoy the weather and the few tours he was able to take.
Cool!  That must have been nice to go there on business.

Yikes, thanks for the tip about the ceviche, I imagine the same goes for the sushi.
 
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Last year I went to Samana part of Dom. Republic. It was the Pitts. In fact we were told not to drink the water. Everybody is in a police uniform? Would not go back.
 
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Last year I went to Samana part of Dom. Republic. It was the Pitts. In fact we were told not to drink the water. Everybody is in a police uniform? Would not go back.
Yep, its not the prettiest country, besides the resorts.  Even at the resorts, I read you aren't even suppose to brush your teeth with the water.  I guess the locals are used to that water and have no problem with it though.

Hey, I'd rather have too many police than none at all /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
 

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