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Punta Cana Airport

The flights with Spirit Air from Fort Lauderdale to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic took two and a half hours, and we arrived there greeted by a band and all tourists took a photo with two lovely island girls. The airport is the largest and only privately held international airport in the word, and we stayed at the resort owned by the same group, the Punta Cana Resort and Club, owners include Julio Iglesias and Oscar de la Renta. The Resort is very calm and quiet, and little golfcarts transported the guests to their rooms either in the main area, the far away Cocotel building (where we stayed) or to any one of the beach casitas, For the uber-wealthy there were the private American style residences for rent next to the gorgeous golf course or close to the stylish Six Senses Spa, or near the new full-fledged Marina.

The Locals

Soon after checking in we drove our tiny rental car to the near by local town without a name, and used the Internet Cafe for 25 pesos for 1/2 hour, about one tenth of what was charged elsewhere. Motorbikes of many various sorts served as taxis and swarmed everywhere, as did the ever ready mosquitos. The locals speak of patois of mainly Spanish, and we could easily follow the conversations despite the rapid tempo. Loud Dominican bachata and meringue blared from the many little bars and restaurants around, albeit very little clientele. The Presidente beer was cheap and excellent, and we soon slept deeply, listing to the surf crash on the beach and a full moon shining through the balcony doors of our room at the Resort.

BAVARO

If you want to be with the IN crowd or any crowd at all, best stay in the Bavaro area, where we saw many, many tourists and all sorts of activities. We went there each of the days that we were there, and enjoyed ourselves immensly on the beach at El Cortocito, drinking beer and soaking up the sun, eating fish and rice. We even went out on the glass botton boat, saw gold coral, a shark tank, danced to Jamaican reggae music in the warm water drinking the Cuba Libres (rum and coke for us Americans) saw a ship wreck and stayed out for three hours for $25 per person, well worth it. (it is the only glass bottom boat with a palm thatch roof, the captain and mate are really cool!!!)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:new hot spot, lots of expensive real estate for sale
  • Cons:roads are REALLY terrible.
  • In a nutshell:done that.
  • Last visit to Punta Cana: Mar 2007
  • Intro Updated Mar 27, 2007
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