Punta Cana, Bavaro
If you'd ask anyone the first thing that comes to his mind about "Dominican Republic" that would be exactly: Punta Cana. Most of the people who come to vacation to Dominican Republic land in one of Punta Cana's all inclusive resorts and dont leave it until their return flight. They don't know what they are missing, but it's their choice and I can understand it. If you work hard whole year somewhere in Europe or US and have only 2-3 weeks for your holiday, that must be somewhere in warm place with excellent beaches - well, then staying all inclusive in one of Punta Cana's resorts seems to be good choice. However, if you look for different kind of travel - with adventure (and with hassle and problems attached to it), getting to know the country and its people - Punta Cana is obviously not for you.
The good thing about staying (or even living in this area, as in Bavaro etc. there are people renting flats/ houses longterm) here is that [...read the full article here...]
I can't say a lot about this area because I actually just landed in Punta Cana airport - and that's all. First thing that I did after landing was catching bus to typical dominican city - Higuey - and that's how my odyssei of exploring DR started...
Later, when I finished spanish school in Santiago, and after I bought my motorbike and after I visited almost everything that was worth visiting in Dominican Republic - I never thought about going to La Altagracia province (where the Punta Cana and Bavaro are located) and exploring that part of the country...
Why ? You know, I'm cheapskate.I just thought to myself - why should I go there and pay for everything 50- 100 % more if I have my favorite spots in other parts of the country, that are just cheaper and doesnt look like fake facility made especially for the visiting tourist...I just saw no sense in it all...And I still think that I didnt loose anything at all because of my choice (and even saved some money, imagine that 😉 ) Why would I pay 100 $/ night to stay in all inclusive hotel in Punta Cana if, for the same money I had like 4 days of decent living in DR - with fun, fruit&milkshakes and non stop motorcycle adventure 😉
I cant honestly say if EVERYTHING in Bavaro and Punta Cana area is EXPENSIVE. Thinking logically - if the Dominicans live also in Bavaro area, they for sure dont pay extraorbitary prices for everything, like rich tourists would pay. So, I'm guessing that if you know Spanish you may find some cheap spots over there - like cheap rents, cheap restaurants and cafeterias etc. - but overall it would be more difficult than in rest of the country. I remember though when somebody [...read the full article here...]