Go All Inclusive
Normally I don't recommend people to go All Inclusive as it's definately cheaper to go ala carte and your not tied to the hotel feeling like you need to make that extra fee you paid for all inclusive worth your money. But in this case, unless your staying in Santa Domingo - go All Inclusive as there are very few & far between resturants in these parts. Same goes with Nightlife. Unless your staying in Santa Domingo, don't expect to go kick up your heels in town. The town is basically made up of residential areas, a school & perhaps a shopping mall or 2, but that's it, other than your occasional roadside vendor. So do yourself a favor & pay that extra fee for All Inclusive. You won't have to hassle with money at your resort when eating or drinking.Related to:
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the pic's refering to the main restaurant entrance in the all inclusive resort hodelpa . like all the other resorts is a self service restaurant offering all kind off food, drinks, fruits and deserts and generally with fully satisfaction.
Caffe Bellini mare: Restaurants at La Marina
We did not have the opportunity to eat at this trendy-looking, little restaurant. It was too early in the day for much to be happening with the restaurant as I'm sure it did not serve breakfast. But it could be considered an option for a nice lunch along with the several other restaurants in Plaza Portofino of La Marina, such as Caribbean Coffee & Tea, Limoncello, etc.
Even by the resort, there were the local food stands, which are basically a counter attached to the "house" of the locals. We didn't try anything, but it all looked very good and smelled even better. Plus the prices seemed pretty cheap.
Captain Cooks: Rip off
You will be approached by vendors wanting to get you to come to this restaurant. Now I went to this place by the invitation of friends. I knew nothing about this place except that it was off of the resort.
We took a VERY short taxi ride to the restaurant and they saw us coming a mile away.
Dont get me wrong but there is nothing 'local' about this place. It is grossly over priced and set up for tourists.
The food was good, well made and service was not bad but do not kid yourself, this is not a typical Dominican restaurant. No Dominican could EVER afford to eat here.
I am honestly too ashamed to tell you what the bill came to.
Do yourself a favor and get into Sto Domingo for a real authentic meal!:)
on the beach
at the island included in the package a wonderfull lunch is served on the beach.
a great exprience eating of bounds and on the paradise itself.
another fondest memorie of the saona island escape.
Neptuno's: Fresh Seafood
Situated directly along the shore overlooking the beautiful bay of Boca Chica, this is probably the most famous restaurant in Boca Chica. Well known for fabulous seafood, many Dominicans travel an hour from Santo Domingo to enjoy this romantic dinner spot. It is also a popular lunch spot on weekends. Reservations are recommended.
Favorite Dish: we'll im not a fan of seafood... i suggest some Cordon Blue Chicken! :D
Street vendors: Fast food Survivor-style
There are a lot of vendors in Santo Domingo and at the beaches that sell food. Usually fresh fruit, water bottles, seafood, coconuts, etc. Sometimes with the coconuts, they'll poke a hole in the shell, and put a straw in, so that you can drink the juice. If you haggle the price, you can eat it for very cheap. Just remember that if you buy fruit, only buy it if it isn't peeled. Otherwise, it's not sanitary since other hands have touched it.
Also, if you're not planning on buying anything, ignore the vendors. If you talk to them at all or even just look at them, they'll get very pushy.Related to:
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McDonald's, Burger King, etc.: Fast food places
Yes, it's everywhere. McDonald's, Burger King, and other fast food places are present in Santo Domingo and other bigger towns and cities. Once while driving around town in our bus, we saw a Burger King place, and since Caolan loves it so much, he stuck his head out the window like a dog!Related to:
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At Cayo Levantado you will find wide range of sea food mainly.
But it doesn't mean you can't get for example grilled chicken...
There are many outdoor restaurants at the back of the beaches that offer a really good and fresh meals...
Favorite Dish: I recommend a light snack of lambi with lime sauce and grilled fish or lobster. Very tasty :)
Restaurant and bar in a cave: La Meson de la Cueva on Mirador del Sur
You are on Mirador del Sur and you don't see anything. But with a close look you discover a small stairway very narry like a snail and going down. Once you're in that cave you have a good restaurant and bar in a very special environment. A little expansive but as to be seen once. Very good service.
Favorite Dish: I never ate at that place. I only took cocktails like pina coladas. They were very good.Related to:
Chris and Mady's: Best location, best prices, unbelievable food!
Local restaurant owner/bartender/waiter was part of what made the place so great. I can honestly say the food was wonderful as well, and very reasonably priced.
Favorite Dish: Chris and Mady's potatoes were original and delicious!
" Marsa Alam " restaurant: all inclusive!!!: Eat the best food in the world: italian!!!
I can't add something more about italian food....spaghetti, ravioli, pizza, wine, cappuccino, pastries, etc.....we are simply THE BEST!!!
Now you can understand why Pavarotti is so fat!!! ah! ah! ah!
But if he will go here for a vacation, I'll not tell it...maybe I'll can invite him for a free dive...if I'll find the right size of wetsuit for him!!! :-)Related to:
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SEAFOOD IS FRESH
ALL THE FOOD IS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME. ALL THE SEAFOOD IS PRETTY MUCH FRESH AND I LIVE IN DALLAS SO THIS WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR ME. IF YOU WANT TO SAVE MONEY AND YOU ARE TRAVELING EAT AT SOME OF THE PLACES IN BETWEEN YOUR DESTINATIONS. BECAUSE IF YOUR IN A TOURIST DESTINATION THE FOOD IS OVERLY PRICED AND THE FOOD USUALLY ISN'T THAT GOOD. AS WELL IF YOU LIKE TO DRINK BUY A COOLER AND YOUR PRESIDENTES AT A SUPERMARKET AND TAKE YOUR BEERS WITH YOU RATHER THAN BUYING WHERE EVER YOU GO. THE BEERS ARE VERY EXPENSIVE IF YOU BUY THEM AT THE BEACHES.
Favorite Dish: FISH WITH PLATANO, AROS Y BIECHUELAS. IN PLAYA CALETON THEY WILL HOOK IT UP. I HAD TO HAVE TWO PLATES WHEN I WENT HERE TO EAT. ONE FOR FISH AND THE OTHER FOR THE REST OF THE FOOD AND IT WAS ONLY 50 PESOS.
TRUE DOMINICAN FOOD
First of all, the food beeing offered at most, if not all hotel's restaurants, villas and such, it's not the actual "Criolla" food eaten by mainstream dominicans, for a tourist to sample the actual taste and flavor of the island, you'll need to avoid such places and eat at local restaurants, wich can be easy to spot, since you won't see many others than locals there, second forget everything you had been told about what not to do(concerning eating in other places other than your all-inclusive or hotel issued) and get ready to surprise your mouth with rich and textured food that will make your tongue twist in pain(since there's so much you can eat and taste), the "comida criolla dominicana" it's by far so much of a mixture of international and culture's meltings that one can not begin to explain it's tastes, for example: the most common mistake tourists have is of having eaten the "Sancocho" at the resorts and classy restaurants, these are very far from the actual thing, the local Sancocho is made on a single pot, over a low and yet intense charcoal fire on an "Anafe" that's a very extensively used and rudimentary iron range-like thing which uses charcoal, the pot is covered with large plantains leafs that seal the aromas of the boiling meat in the pot, all the meat used in these Sancochos has just been gotten fresh as in just cut-up in the local 'matadero"(meatmarket), this applies as well to the vegetables, making a Sancocho it's more of a social happening than a culinary one, and you can't have a sancocho without "Aguacates"(Avocados), or "Casabe"(Cassava).
If you really want to taste the real Macoy, then by all means go to the local spots, and have some "Butifarras, Longanizas, Tipiles, Niños Envueltos, Pastelon de Platanos Maduros, Pipian de Chivo, Mondongo, Mofongo, Locrio de Pollo, Carne Mechada, Tripas Viejas, Pasteles de Platanos en Hojas, Arroz con Pollo, Pimientos Rellenos, Carne Frita Salada, Pastelitos de Yuca, Empanadas, Boffe, Chicharron de Puerco, etc. Don't forget Una Presidente "Ceniza"Related to:
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