We were often approached by a man in a boat who called himself 'Fishy Keth'. He tried to sell us various illegal substances. Shamefully my friend Andy Sirman bought some and was glued to the toilet for 4 days and had to make a pair of makeshift underpants out of the room curtain resulting in a $50 fine and a ticking off from the hotel manager
On the way out of Punta Cana we were faced with a $50 "tax" for overweight luggage, even though we were leaving with less stuff then we arrived with. We were too mellow by that point in the vacation to argue, and figured it was some sort of DR airport tax/scam, but I have since discovered numerous complaints about this "tax" from people travelling Sky Service in particular. Apparently, if you are energetic enough to protest, the employees checking in your luggage may waive the tax. As you will see from my travel tip about Sky Service, I was not happy with the service generally, so this is yet another reason to find a different carrier to the DR.
When we took our trip to Isla Saona-it ws amazing-but!
The beach is even whiter then at the resort, so I thought the sand was even finer!! Wrong, it is not sand but very, very finely grated corral. Nice to walk in, nice to jump into waves-but-not nice to lay in the "sand" and let the waves carry you all over the place. Reason- the corral gets stuck in your bikini bottom, it is so fine you don't feel it. It rubs against yur skin-apparently corral has some sort of chemical-anyway the next day you wake up with 2 HUGE blisters on your ass in the shape of your bottoms-then they get even bigger. And there is no hiding them. But at the pharmacy they have a great antibacterial cream to put on them so they don't get infected!! Another cure-rum-it makes you forget!!;)
Beware of the Rum they serve!!! It has side effects- blurriness, slurred speach, inability to walk, loss of direction-loss of room and it makes you think you know how to speak Spanish(really well), but man it makes you salsa like a son of a b#$%^!!
While at Mangu nightclub located inside a resort a prostitue approached one of our male friends and asked if he wanted to go with her...WE WERE STANDING RIGHT THERE! Needless to say they were disgusted - they didn't bother us again.
On the beach there are Dominican women who set hair with the typical little braids. If you want to choose this hairstlyle, take care of your head skin under the sun. Usually little braids don't ruin your hair, but uncover skin strips. Wear a hat or simply apply a high protection sun cream over your head. A friend of mine who didn't do it, burnt by the sun and ruined her hair!
If you see this people....Make sure you walk away from them....its even worse when they are all 4 together....if you see just 1 you can try to have a chat, but i think that you only hear holiday chit chat .........
One minute you have sun the other minute you have rain....make sure you are not to far from a place to hide and if you have stuff with you that need protection from the rain bring a plastic bag with you, cause when it rains...it rains hard.