STAYING WITH HURRICANE IKE
VERY GOOD hotel - the usual things to be found in the Carib - minor things that bother those who think the world might actually revolve around them. Wonderful staff - I could not have asked for nicer people - better food or a more beautiful place to stay. NOT a five star but, hey, you want a nice place to stay ? With a casino and a real international crowd - this was it for me. Had a blast and never knew the French could drink SO MUCH or had such beautiful singing voices !!
Hotel Coral Hamaca
more than $100 a night It's a five star hotel! It has great food (in the morning and at lunchtime.) At night there is always a different theme, but there is always the typical delicious dominican food available for all to enjoy.
In terms of activities, besides swimming in the pool, jacuzzi, or the beach, there are scuba sessions, banana boat rides, games, sports such as volleyball included, etc.
A good place to stay will be...
A good place to stay will be the Jaragua Hotel if you are in the Capital . or if you are in Bavaro ,you should definetely go to Flamenco Bavaro hotel.
If your in Juan Dolio be sure to visit the Hamaca Hotel for fine service and a luxury stay. Youll have lots of fun .
great site seen. you will get to see the beauty of this unique country.
You will have plenty of fun in the sun, and if you are looking for a tan, bring you sun block because you will get it!Here there is Sun every day
All Inclusive Fun for a Budget Traveler
The Hilton Coral Hamaca in Boca Chica is an all inclusive resort. We paid $300 each ($420 with taxes) for airfare from Boston, 5 nights with all food and alcohol included. It was on a lovely beach, there were 5 or 6 restaurants with frankly wonderful food as far as the eye could see, and more booze than anyone could possible handle. It took around 5 minutes to get used to walking up for free pina coladas, but once used to it it was easy - and the bars on the beach are open all night long. For better or Worse.
I went in May, which was obviously a low season. The water was warm, the hotel not very full, the food exceptional.
The hotel had its issues - some ceilings falling in, some noise, but overall it was great - huge huge rooms, with great shower, good a/c lovely views. I asked for a room in the main building on the 2nd floor overlooking the beach. I couldn't have been happier.
Boca Chica is a great base to see the rest of the DR via rental car.
I enjoyed the Hamaca but it could be better for a 4 1/2 stars!
Making the commute from Las Americas Airport in Santo Domingo, I saw other Hotels that made me go "Oh My Gosh" I hope the Hamaca is better than this!" AND IT WAS... The buildings (Lobby, rooms etc) are huge, well decorated, and very welcoming. The vegetation is luxurious! It really is a tropical paradise and I loved the climate there... there was always a nice breeze so it's never too hot! The water is turquoise, the sand is white and soft and sometimes, you can see little fish and crabs in the ocean. The pools are very nice too! There is a Wet Bar and a jaccuzi that is supposed to be for adults only but is FILLED with kids around 5pm... (noone seems to apply the rules anywhere)I enjoyed the food. It's good but it could be better... but it's a question of taste. My advice: try not to mix all sorts of foods in your plate. We tend to overeat when it's "included" (FREE) and that will not be a good idea if your stomach is sensitive... The water at the bars, restaurants and on the beach is bottled and you can drink it without any problems. But the tap water is a no-no. We tried the italian restaurant - not bad but not a big loss if you don't try it. Some of the items on the menu weren't available...Major Criticism: The floor in our room was dirty. They didn't clean it the whole time we were there (7 days). You have to ask for towels, bottles of water, toilet paper, tissue and if you don't demand clean drinking glasses, they will NOT change the ones you get the first day. At "shower-rush-hour" (between 5pm and 7pm after people come back from the beach and prepare for dinner) the water pressure is pathetic! If you have thick hair, it will take forever to rinse it! Some days, we didn't have any hot water at all! And if you need to request something from the maids, you have to speak spanish. Some days, the maid came to tell us she didn't have time to make our beds... stuff like that. It's not perfect according to North American standards but remember you are in a country where people have NOTHING (not even drinking water in their house) and are paid only a few dollars a day... Open your mind and use this opportunity to appreciate what we have in North Am! erica!As for entertainment: The Chocolate Friends are GREAT!! Energetic (they never stop working), active, talented and very good looking too! MAKE SURE YOU SEE THE SURPRISE SHOW!!! It is hilarious! The Ocean Water aerobics are great!! Go there only if you want a lively atmosphere... it is a bit noisy and there are lots and lots of children! I couldn't believe how many people travel with babies in strollers etc... doesn't seem like a very relaxing vacation for them!I give it a 4 star because I concentrate on the positive aspects and because I keep my mind open about the fact that it is a different way of life... poverty stricken people who are working long hours in the hot weather... You would probably work slow and be tired sometimes too, under these conditions... But on average, it is a beautiful place! Learn some spanish (they give a tutorial at the bar) and accept the fact that 5 dominican minuts can mean an hour ;-) Take a deep breath and remember you are on vacation!! There is no rush! And if you see Domingo (he sells Time Shares on the beach), tell him I said Hi! ;-) LOL
Just came back from Coral Hamaca on March 9th and would go back in a second.The grounds were well taken care of and the staff was friendly.Pool was good, beach was better. Rooms were spacious, but have little light in them.Bathrooms are big, but they only give you one towel per day, you'll need to ask for more. The activities on the beach are fun to participate in , but funnier to watch. At night, the shows are hilarious. All in all it was a really relaxing vacation, and I would totally go there again.
The worst resort ever.
If you are looking to go to a nice resort in the D.R., and you are thinking of going to the Hamaca, don't. The rooms are like dungeons, the food is horrible, and the staff could care less about you. I have traveled to many places and this was by far the worst. If you like a beach with a view of an oil refinery then this place is for you. I was surprised that Hilton would attach it's name to such a dump.
Who could complain?
After reading the reviews online, I was fearful of going to the Coral Hamaca. However, I just returned from there and it was the most fabulous vacation I have ever had. The Hamaca is amazing! Our room was larger than my apartment in New York and it was beautiful and clean. Our maid came daily and was very friendly. The airconditioner worked wonders and t.v. had HBO, Cinemax, etc (but who has time to waste on TV?). The grounds are amazing and perfectly kept. The staff is friendly and 98% speak English. The buffet was great. We also ate at the Italian restaurant (nice ambiance, okay food) and the Mexican restaurant (ate there 2 times it was so good and a lot of fun!). You'll need to make reservations in the morning for Italian and Mexican, but it's a nice change up from the buffet. There's a great mix of food at the buffet so if you're willing to be slightly adventurous, you can always find plateloads of food to eat. I travelled w/ 2 vegetarians and they found plenty to eat. If you are unwilling to try anything new, don't bother going to the Dominican. There is always something good to drink or eat around (expect to put on weight). The bar service was pretty good- they aren't great at mixing drinks at the beach bar, so stick w/ simple stuff. But, the Bacarrat Bar (inside the main building) is great. The bartender (named Jancer) is a riot and will entertain you all night and he makes the best Banana Mamas around. The swim-up bar is nice in the afternoon when the sun is going down and you can sit in the jacuzzi and drink. The pools are well kept, though I would have loved if they were open all night (they close at 8PM). You'd think that the plethera of kids at the resort would be bothersome, but actually the resort's so big it's not annoying. While we were some of the few people in our early 20s it was still a great time. This is not a spring-breaky type place though, so if you're looking for beer chugging and wet t-shirt contests, this isn't the place. It's much more of a place for those look from work. The disco is kind of cheesy, but worth a night or two of making a fool of yourself while attempting to dance merengue. I honestly could not find much to complain about. We met some people there who were complaining about stuff like no hair dryer in the room, no iron in the room, they couldn't get someone to speak English, there was a crack in the wall of their building... But, come on people. Don't pay 900 bucks a week for an all-inclusive including airfare, go to a poor country were Spanish is the language and expect it to be like travelling to Paris or New York. And don't expect to eat American food. When in D.R., do as the Dominicans. The staff is extremely friendly, helpful, and intellegent. They are really energetic too. If they don't speak English (which, like I said, most of them do) they'll speak Italian, French, German or a million other languages on top of Spanish. And if you have patience, you can always figure out what you need to know with gestures. The nightly entertainment by the staff ("chocolates") is cute. It's not Broadway, but it's entertaining... and how could you not love it when they staff put so much effort into it? If you do speak Spanish, it comes into handy when you want to haggle off the resort grounds. We went to down town Boca Chica twice and loved it. It's got great street markets with fairly good deals. We also took the local bus (highly suggested) into Santo Domingo one day. Taxis from the resorts say it's $50 american to get to Santo Domingo, but we took the local bus right into the heart of the city for less than a dollar a person. Santo Domingo is really nice, though I suggest buying a map before you get there because we neglected to do so and had a hard time finding one once we arrived. In general, haggle haggle haggle for anything you want to buy. You can't get any discount in the resort stores or stores that are more americanized (like Sirena- a K-Mart like store) but all the independent street stores you can usually get whatever you want for 1/on, you'll find the same exact thing at the next store for even less. The weather was perfect. There's tennis, mini golf, and a gym on the resort. Overall, there is very little I feel could be improved. The watersports were decent. Snorkelling is amazing, but it's extra (about 15 bucks/person). The watersports (like kayaks, paddle boats, etc.) unfortunately close at 4 (eventhough they say 5PM) which is annoying. At the buffet you occasionaly have to wait a few minutes to get silverware, napkins, etc. Lastly, there is no night-lighting on the minigolf. Which would have been cool because that would be a great evening activity. But, if this is all I can complain about, that's pretty good (I am a New Yorker afterall). So, also long as you are accepting of a new culture, can pack up your rush-rush life style, and know how to smile, I totally recommend Coral Hamaca to you. I have been elsewhere in the Caribbean and around the world and find the Hamaca the best place yet. I'm already planning a vacation for next year. It's a great great bang for your buck.P.S. One of the employees told me they make about $200USD/month (and you'd be amazed how hard they work). Have a little heart and carry a lot of one dollar bills or extra pesos and tip the employees (not just those who serve your in the restaurant). Not only are you doing a good thing, but you'll benefit because they're even more friendly and helpful (if possible). And they don't even expect anything and will be great without tipping.
Will be visiting Santo Domingo and staying in Boca Chica. Looking to see if anyone has any insights they can provide on the resort we're staying at (Hamaca Coral)? Also any tips are always welcomed!