Dominican Republic/Punta Cana/LaRomana/Puerto Plata
This area is made up mostly of all-inclusive resorts that cater to families and couples. There are some sightseeing tours available and water sports, but this destination is more for those looking for a relaxing, get-a-way from it all vacation.
The weather in the Dominican Republic is consistent year-round. They have about 300+ party sunny days a year. You may experience a brief shower at sunrise or later in the afternoon, but typically they only last 5 minutes. May-June are typically the wettest months with rain also more likely in October and November. August and September will be the hotter months with temperatures reaching 90-94F. December-April will be cooler with lows in the mid-60’s and highs in the low 80’s. The water temperature averages 80-82F! Although the Dominican has been hit by hurricanes, it is rare. In the past 80 years, they have only experienced 11 hurricanes.
You will find nightly entertainment at most of the all-inclusive properties. Off-site there are few nightclubs. There are some bars in the shopping center and there are four casinos in the area.
There are a good variety of challenging, professional designed golf courses, especially in Puerto Plata. If you prefer the water sports, try snorkeling at the coral reef, scuba diving by a shipwreck, deep sea fishing, windsurfing, glass-bottom boats or parasailing. Couples may want to take a horseback ride along the beach or enjoy a relaxing oceanfront massage. For those looking for more adventure, there are ATV tours, zip lines and jeep safaris.
Dreams Punta Cana
Secluded in a lush tropical paradise that faces a pristine beach with blue waters stretching to the horizon, Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa offers a stunning ocean view from the majority of guest accommodations. This opulent resort offers Unlimited-Luxury® beginning with a free form swimming pool which winds its way from the lobby down to the beach and is complete with waterfalls, a swim-up bar and venues throughout.
Indulge in six à la carte themed restaurants, and ten stylish bars and lounges. With Unlimited-Luxury®, guests have the option to Sip, Savor & See. This includes complimentary dinner and drinks and live evening entertainment at nearby participating resorts from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. (transportation costs are not included).
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro
IBEROSTAR’s Grand Collection: Voted “Best Staff and Service, Caribbean” by Apple Vacationers, 2012. Welcome to paradise, where luxury is a standard. It’s an adults-only (18+) 24-hour all-inclusive resort where the very best is included. On the mythical Bavaro de Punta Cana Beach in the Dominican Republic, the spectacular IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro belongs to the exclusive IBEROSTAR Grand Collection, renowned for offering the utmost in personalized services and facilities. Enjoy full exchange privileges within the IBEROSTAR complex.
The Greco-Roman style with wooden decks throughout the hotel and a replica of the Spanish Galleon as a music bar are nothing short of spectacular. At IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro, the reality surpasses the dream. Bathed by the waters of the Caribbean Sea, the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro is an elegant hotel, designed for those seeking luxury vacations or a memorable celebration. Here, the words splendor, attentiveness, relaxation, spa, suite, gastronomy, sports, and comfort take on a whole new meaning. You’re sure to be spoiled by the “Grand Star Service” with butlers at your beck and call, as well as personal concierge service.
Paradisus Palma Real
Come and enjoy pristine sands, sparkling surf, and divine cuisine. Combining a delightful Caribbean setting with world-class facilities, Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort features world-class spa facilities and treatments, a two-story health center with advanced work-out equipment, a large beachfront free-form swimming pool, and is just a few minutes away from The Cocotal Golf and Country Club and Palma Real Shopping Village.
Paradisus Palma Real Resort is located on beautiful Bavaro Beach and is surrounded by lush, vibrant tropical gardens, mangroves, and sparkling waters. Guests can explore their senses on a culinary tour through eight remarkable dining experiences featuring delectable cuisine. Unlimited international premium brand drinks are available in nine different bars. A lively entertainment program will ensure that each day is filled with exciting activities. The night comes to life with the casino, chill-out lounge, and live music.
Casa De Campo
Your vacation story of a lifetime awaits at Casa de Campo, a timeless Caribbean destination situated in La Romana, on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, only seven minutes southwest of La Romana International Airport.
Explore the lush gardens and tropical beaches of this seaside retreat, known for its exciting blend of adventure, relaxation and mollycoddling service. Home to three championship golf courses, 13 Har-Tru tennis courts, a shooting club and chic marina, Casa de Campo also supports fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, and sailing that will challenge even the purest of thrill-seekers. Authentic culture and shopping can be found at Altos de Chavon, a 16th century artisans’ village replica, where quaint shops, boutiques and art galleries thrive alongside picturesque, cobblestone streets.
Freshly refurbished with elite guestrooms and suites, and more entertainment options than ever before, the resort sports an eco-friendly healing spa and supervised children’s programs for all ages. Beauty and the art of cooking join hands with the Beach Club by Le Cirque, located on the private Minitas Beach. Tropical breezes and breathtaking views add to the beauty and freshness of the restaurant. From menu creation through food preparation, presentation and service, Le Cirque-trained chefs oversee creation of this delectable cuisine while adding a unique Caribbean flair.
Iberostar Costa Dorada
IBEROSTAR’s Premium Collection: The IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada is a 24-hour all-inclusive luxury resort consisting of nine three-story buildings with 498 double rooms and 18 spacious junior suites. Surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, this all-inclusive paradise is located on beautiful Playa Dorada Beach. The IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada hotel is designed to provide fun for children, teenagers, and adults, offering a wide variety of activities throughout the day including the supervised mini club for kids.
Enjoy quiet days stretched across a private expanse of white sand beach, seek relief from the warm Caribbean sun within the cool waters of the lake-style swimming pools and improve your swing on one of two lighted tennis courts. Ride kayaks, join aerobics, or participate in archery and shooting tournaments. Keep fit by taking advantage of the fully equipped gym and be pampered at the modern spa where you can enjoy treatments like massages and facials. Use of the sauna, steam room, and other spa facilities are included at no extra charge.
The IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada offers three a la carte restaurants featuring Brazilian, Mexican and international cuisine (note: one guaranteed à la carte dinner per week). The abundant buffet serves fresh salads, cheeses, meats, fish, and pasta, and a bar with refreshments and snacks, chips, and more. Enjoy unlimited domestic drinks at four bars.
Beautiful Riu Bachata is an extraordinary getaway on the spectacular shores of Maimon Bay, overlooking a lush tropical mountainside. The hotel features a relaxed atmosphere and a wide array of dining and leisure options, all complemented by the renowned Caribbean Street promenade. This friendly, fun-filled resort is a wonderful choice, set in breathtaking tropical surroundings.
The 610 bungalow-style guestrooms offer deluxe accommodations with RIU’s unique amenities, such as a mini-bar and liquor dispenser. Complimentary WiFi is available in the lobby for 90 consecutive minutes per day.
Guests staying at Riu Bachata enjoy exchange privileges with Riu Merengue (dinner dining excluded). Caribbean Street boasts a gym, jewelers, an assortment of shops, and a game room.
There is an assortment of watersports available, including windsurfing, kayaking, and body boarding. There is also a complimentary scuba lesson in the pool. Entertainment abounds for everyone!
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