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Favorite thing: Do not overpack.
Even at an all inclusive resort did not need much.
Bring space for souvenirs in suitcase.
We brought some school supplies for the poor children and left.
School is free, but some cannot afford the required uniform and then the textbooks.
Leave some toys for maid or coloring books/crayons.
Expect to spend much time on beach.
Sunblock a necessity here!
Bring American U.S. dollars, bring many one dollar bills.
Travelor checks pain in neck. If insist on bringing them,do not exchange at hotel, you get ripped off.
Drink bottled water. Never the tap water or you will get to know the bathroom well.
Bring any prescription meds(marked well) that you need.
Bring pen for airport, you will be glad you did.
Departure tax money, have correct amount.
(ask your travel agent if departure tax paid already in advance, otherwise have in US dollars).
Yes, they do have Dominican pesos, but prefer the US dollar. Even many Europeans carried US dollar.
I enjoyed the tour Outback Jungle Safari the most. Had tour guide Jesse, and he had awesome humor but obviously truly cared about the less fortunate Dominicans.
Fondest memory: If you go to an all-inclusive resort as I did. Get out on a good tour. Arrange the tour in advance of your trip.
Do not commit self to staying in resort as some people did and they sounded bored.
It is great to get out and see the country.
You may otherwise not see the real Dominican people, culture, and beautiful green tropical country.
The people are friendly and the land is beautiful.
Updated Oct 16, 2004
Favorite thing: being an all inclusive resort yu can have great cocktails all day long and whatever yu are and whenever yu want. alcoholic or not a lot of cocktails for yu to try.
and refreshing of course.by the pool or at the beach the perfect vacation spot...
Updated Oct 1, 2005
Favorite thing: at a resort of this kind obviously, the offer for a nite entertainment, is very narrow one.
a couple of drinks in open bar, some sort of show, dancing, singing, in a small theatre, and by midnight off we go to the discoteque...
7 days with "all" these options, it's a bit ...anoying!
by the fourth nite we had an evening on the beach with ocasionally friends!
great time that evening!
Updated Oct 1, 2005
Favorite thing: The official language of the DR is Spanish although English, German, French and Italian are widely spoken in touristic areas. However, if you want to go beyond the AI's (all-inclusive hotels) then these phrases might come in handy.
Buenos días: good morning
Buenas tardes: good afternoon
Buenas noches: good evening/night
Me llamo : my name is
Por favor: please
Gracias: thank you
De nada: you're welcome
¿Habla inglés?: do you speak English?
Excúseme/Perdóneme: pardon me
Permiso: excuse me
No hablo español: I don't speak Spanish
No comprendo: I don't understand
Hable despacio, por favor: speak slowly, please
Un momento, por favor: one moment, please
¿Cuánto cuesta ...?: how much is it?
When reading (menus, signs, etc.)
Jugo de naranja/manzana/toronja: orange/apple/grapefruit juice
Entrada: entrance fee, entrance
Colmado: (small) convenience store
Salón: beauty parlor
More to come.
Updated Oct 23, 2007
Favorite thing: ... a little bit different from a German one. But you also find other one and the christmas staff is quite similar to the staff you could find in Germany. I got the impression that the American influence on christmas decoration was quite high ....
Fondest memory: A christmas without snow and low temperatures? Yes, I would prefer it ...
Updated Nov 1, 2003
Favorite thing: I was really surprised when I saw that this car was for sale.
Coming from Germany where we have a Technical Inspection Authority (TUEV) for cars ... and where you can get a ticket if you car hasn't a valid TUEV badge ...
This car definately wouldn't get the German TUEV badge! :-)
Updated Oct 14, 2003
Favorite thing: You could visit DR all year round, but I'd suggest to avoid visiting in May because it rains a lot.
Our high season goes between mid December to March (more or less) and Easter week if it's in April. Other times where the prices sky rocket are long weekends due to moving any public holiday.
Fondest memory: The traditional dish called "La Bandera" (the flag). Read about it on my Local Customs page.
Updated Mar 5, 2008
Favorite thing: Visit the Cibao Valley. The country side is breath taking and a good change to the beaches.
Fondest memory: During my stay in 1995 I spent several days in La Vega visiting a friend. One Sunday afternoon we spent in a Sporting Club with a pool (don't remember the name any more, it was near La Vega somewhere in the hills). From up there one had an outstanding view over the valley. Palm trees and green vegetation as far as I could see ...
Updated Jul 1, 2003
Favorite thing: View from Cayacoa Beach Hotel in Santa Bárbara de Samaná. At the hotel I stayed a weekend during my stay on the island in 1995.
Fondest memory: For one week-end we went to Samana by car. The ride from Santo Domingo took a few hours. The country side was amazing. Arriving on the peninsula we went up a hill (sorry don't know any more were excatly) but from up there we had an outstanding view over the hills covered all over with palmtrees and the peninsula de Samana .... oh I want to be back right now!
Updated Nov 19, 2003
Favorite thing: The Dominican people are very friendly and welcoming. If you stay in one of the all inclusive resorts you must take the chance to visite the country and get in touch with its people.
Especially go up the country and don't stay in the most touristic spots!
Updated Feb 9, 2004
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