When my husband and I were planning our vacation in August 2011, we knew we wanted a Caribbean vacation and stay at an all inclusive resort. We also knew that we were going to be traveling during hurricane season, but we were taking our chances. After researching Caribbean locations, flights and accommodations we had decided that we were going to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
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Flights were booked, Tampa to Miami, Miami to Punta Cana International Airport. We had decided to stay at the All Inclusive Barceló Bavaro Resort considered to be one of the top 10 beaches in the world and couldn’t wait to get there!!! The day came and guess what?? Yup, Hurricane Irene was on the loose…BUT that wasn’t going to stop us. Tampa had already received a lot of rain so we knew that our flights down to Miami and Punta Cana were going to be a little rough. The flight down to Miami was a little rough, but bearable. The flight from Miami to the Dominican Republic was AWEFUL with a lot of turbulence, which I HATE, because I tend to get a little sick on airplanes.
The view from inside the plane – Punta Cana International Airport
When we arrived, it was hot, muggy and a little over casted, as Hurricane Irene had just passed through. We were finally on vacation!! Upon arrival at the airport, every tourist must buy a tourist card ($10.00US) before entering customs. Once you leave the country, the money is refunded at the time of your departure. You can read more about here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g147293-s301/Punta-Cana:Dominican-Republic:Arriving.And.Departing.html
Inside the airport
The entrance to the resort
The drive from the airport to the resort is about 25 minutes. Some of the things that we saw on our way to the resort were sad images of how living is in the area. At one point, my eyes got watery just to see those images, it made me realize how lucky we are to have a blessed life.
When we arrived at the resort we were greeted with a delicious Strawberry drink and a personalized welcome from the staff. We couldn’t wait to unpack and head down to the beach!
Waiting area of the resort
The resort offers golf, kayaking, windsurfing and much more. It’s truly an All-Inclusive Resort!!!
View of the checking in area of the resort
We were so excited to enter our room, get settled in and head out to the beach! The rooms and resort has a contemporary look to it. The colors scheme of the rooms were green, oranges and dark brown.
The rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi connections, coffee maker and minibar, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, Iron and ironing board and much much more!!
I loved our bathroom – “A double sink”
The décor inside the resort
The resort has 11 Specialty Restaurants, 7 of which require reservations and formal dress code. It offers Japanese, traditional Mexican, fish dishes, Spanish, Italian, Dominican cuisine as well as all you can eat buffets.
Grouper with steam veggies and lime
Lobster Tail dinner
Tiki hut bar and pool
Where we spend all of our time
I have to say that traveling to the Dominican Republic was one of the best trips and vacations that we’ve ever had. Everyone on the island was so nice and welcoming. It was one of those vacations where we were able to relax and do nothing but spend time at the beach and mingling with the locals.
I hope you have enjoyed this post!
Happy Travels ~ Ruthie