While staying at Blue Bay, we were approached by yellow shirt guy and tried to sell us the idea of if we want to come back again, we can get a special discount! wow, that was a nice sale pitch, and we went for it! We were ushered into a condo-like bungalow located just before the pathway to the beach, and I was suspecting time share... I was already warning my friends about it, until a new guy sat with us in a round table and started asking stuff about us. We started to feel uncomfortable, that I have to use my sharp tongue just to get to the bottom of the whole thing...and yes he was selling time share. We got up and just said "not interested". So if you see one of these "Yellow shirt wearing guys" just stay away if you don't want to waste your vacation time with these sharks.
Unique Suggestions: If you love to purchase time-share, then by all means go for it.
When we took a taxi from our hotel we were given the name of a store we wanted to visit. The taxi took us to three different locations when we finally told him that we were not going to pay unless he took us where we wanted to go. We found out that the tourist shops pay 25-30% commission to them. The place we wanted to go did not, so you know you are going to get overcharged.
Unique Suggestions: If you get a map, you can take the gua-gua or public busses which are cheap. You will have to be a bit adventurous because very few people speak English. It was really cool though, we got to see and meet a lot of very nice Dominicans, great people.
Also we found if we had the address and name of the location written in Spanish we could just show the taxi driver and they were more cooperative.
Travel agent representative tell you to take the taxi to go to town (9$) rather than taking the local bus (wawa at 0.20$). What a nice way to make money on the side. Take the wawa, what a great experience
Unique Suggestions: Negociate
Fun Alternatives: Wawa - wawa - wawa - wawa
I'm lucky I haven't been caught to it but I was told that it is risky to try to exchange money out of any stand because they count the money so fast and in a manner that let you think you get what you expect but in fact, they trick you in giving you less then agreed.
Few minutes later, they take off and never see them again.
Unique Suggestions: Exchange only small amount, very small amount.
Fun Alternatives: Go to bank downtown or at the hotel, at least you know how much they are robbing you!
Because it is the most common place for finding amber in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata is also known as the Amber Coast. With that in mind, it easy for some dominican to sell fake amber stone.
Unique Suggestions: If you wanna buy a amber stone in the street or in a mercado, I suggest you to follow this little trick that can help you prove the authenticity of the piece:
1-Put the stone in a water recipient.
- if the stone float, the stone is natural
- if the stone go to the bottom, the stone is actually a plastic stone!!!
Everything cost something, a chair, a space to sit. The price of any souvenir are 6-7 times higher than everywere else in the country.
It's a crowdy touristic beach.
Unique Suggestions: Don't buy anything!!!
Enjoy the waves...one of the bigger of the dominican republic.
Fun Alternatives: Try to buy your souvenirs in some small cities you go trought.
I haven't done this before, and still have to, but I thought that $125 for swimming with dolphins was a bit stiff for the Dominican Republic.
The price was the same whether you booked it at the resort, or at the 'experience' itself, and 'included' a bus ride from the hotel (3 mins.)
There are some dominicans selling all kind of stuff on the beach (back of the pictures dressed with blu shirts), if you dont buy!!! they make you feel guilty, dont bother with it. The salesmen are in pretty good shape, they are not poor. There is a wonderfull market in sosua where you ll find everything you need. They have all those copies of levis, tommy, kelven klein, watches, jeans beautifull golf wear, arts, etc..... good shopping
They want to you to hire them to show you around. Not needed. Also barter barter barter. Go real low as they are making a mint. I always trade for things I brought like makeup perfume toys. Bring medicines to give to them like tylenol, pepto bismo,cough syrup
The tipical tourist trap is your travel rep telling you that their tours are the only ones you should take. It's very safe and fun to sign up for a tour through your hotel (which uses local tour guides) There guides are licenced and give the same tour or better for at least $10.00 us/person cheeper.
The thing i hated the most was the people all hastling and pulling to make you buy things of them. Just a simple no is not enough. They will come back and back. There is one place in Sosua with a lot of little shops, there it is not so bad, but still they are pulling and saying nasty things when you do not go into the shops. When you want to buy something start saying the half price of what the people are telling you what it will cost you. Do not give a lot more, or name a second item that you want for the same price (so you but 2 things for the price of 1)
To stay at the hotel and partisepate in stupid games... There were entertainment everyday at the hotel, and the last day even I had to go up at the scene and make people laugh!!!!
#7 Calle Llibre, Sosua, Dominican Republic, Caribbean
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