Barcelo Bavaro Caribe

PO Box 3177, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Caribbean
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Barcelo Bavaro Caribe

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 8, 2005

The Barceló Resorts are made up of 4 or 5 hotel complexes. It is an all-inclusive fortress. Basically a small city within the walls of the Barceló Hotels. The grounds at this place were amazing. It’s a very clean complex and the staff is very friendly. You have the Caribe, The Beach, The Palace, Golf, and Casino. Each of these are a 4 or 5 star hotel.

When you enter your hotel, you have a band put on your wrist for your entire stay. You can go anywhere and eat at the 8 restaurants and buffets for free (unless you are in a 4 star going to a 5 star restaurant they will allow you to eat the buffet, but not order from the menu). The Food is superb!!! The dining restaurants feature a steak house, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Sea Food, and French cuisines. All drinks are included (can you say party hard?) Though the drinks use Dominicans Domestic bottles, it’s still good. And they serve bottled water everyware. You have a mini bar in your room and its FREE!

Though all the help spoke Spanish it was hard to communicate, but we still managed. We met people from all over the world. Within this Barceló city, there is a small shopping plazas and a spa. We did the spa almost every day. Full body massage $20.00, pedicure $20.00. Very good prices for that. If you want to go to the flea market take the free shuttle that takes you all over the complex and exit at the PALACE hotel. Head towards the beach, and make a left. There you will see all the locals under a hut being EXTREAMLY aggressive trying to barter with you. We picked up a few things.

We stayed at the Caribe hotel. This is a 4 star hotel, sort of laid back. The Beach hotel, which is next door, was the happening Hotel. Next time I will stay there. The pool isn’t as nice, but you can use any of the pools on the complex. The Casino hotel is not on Beach front property. We talked to people that have been to Punta Cana before and said this is the best resort on the Island.

Unique Quality: The grounds are amazing. The food is great.

A few Suggestions on what you MUST bring:
• Bring a large mug with a lid (like one of those coffee mugs from a gas station). Bring it to the bar, and they will fill it up with your favorite drink. Its better than they small cups they give you.
• Bug spray for the mosquitoes
• A wash clothe. Now this is odd. Maid service replaces all towels and cleans your room, but then do not replace your wash clothe….HELLO what’s up with that. We had to use are hands in the shower---NOT FUN.
• Single bills just incase you want to tip people.

If you are going to go on any excursion let me suggest some:
• Swim with the sharks at Marinum and snorkel with fish—Amazing trip.
• Horse back riding on the beach.
• Swimming with the dolphins, not that good, only 10 minutes with the dolphins. {½ hour with the sharks at Marinum)
• Party Boat

Nice "older feel" hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 24, 2004

I travelled with my 3yr old grand daughter and her parents. Our stay was very enjoyable.
The service was good except for an incident with front desk "saying" they were not able to change our money but in the end they did. Although we do not speak Spanish if you can use a little Spanish, it goes a long way. People are friendly but not overly.
The rooms are adequate and kept very clean considering we are looking at very out dated. And I mean 70's fixtures, counters, tubs and WC.
You will not lack for restaurants, bars, water etc. Activities to suit everyone's interests.

Unique Quality: The Caribe is one of 5 in the Barcelo Complex with a shuttle running constantly between the resorts if you don't want to stroll up the miles of beautiful white fine sand beach or take the meandering walkways throughout.
The Caribe and Beach are located right on the beach with pools that are waterfront. The Golf and Casino are behind them and have pools and likely less wind than we found at the beach. Our package did not include access to the Palace but you can take a stroll around the grounds. The Palace is more exclusive but the 4 are more than adequate.
Lovely gardens throughout - beautiful tall palms ( although most were shaved due to damage of the hurricanes).
The rooms had garden/partial ocean view. (plus we had the added feature of construction going on to the building across from us. Interesting to see these guy working well into the dark of night and on roof top)

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