Barcelo Punta Cana

Arena Gorda Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic | 3 star resort
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A travel blog entry by vizcho


... are really bad quality and not worth what you are paying in terms of what you are getting. I didn't listen, I decided to buy things from there. It was pretty cheap, I didn't spend more than 20 things for 5 items. Some items seems more expensive then I though but it was worth it. It was close and it was alright.

Our dinner ...

Adiós Amigos

A travel blog entry by vizcho

... Toronto to Punta Cana. So the pilots had to wait for a plane to arrive in Toronto. So they could fly the plane to come pick us up in Punta Cana.

OMG! So much work for one flight. So our flight was actually a whole day, if you calculate all the time that we spent at the airport and waiting for the plane. So it was about 7 AM when we arrived in Toronto on Sunday.

Sigh! The longest ride every. It felt longer than when I flew to Hong Kong. LOL!


A travel blog entry by vizcho


... lion show that I keep calling, seals. LOL! oppzz.

But the rest of the day, I was just chilling with my friends by the beach and doing some of the free activities.

By night fall we had another "special dinner," it was the Mediterranean dinner. It was alright. It had seafood and pasta. Nothing really special.

Crunch Crunch

A travel blog entry by vizcho


... the end of the day, we got to see how the locals make cigars (rolling tobacco), of course you can buy cigars here at like 1/2 the price. Plus they have all different types of smokes, cherry, vanilla, and chocolate. We were also able to see local wood carving. So beautiful.

That was the end of the day. We had dinner at the Japanese restaurant but if you were spoiled like I was growing up in Toronto. The sushi, maki and sushami isn't to the standard that you might be used ...

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A travel blog entry by vizcho


Today is the SECOND day in Punta Cana. So based on my phone's weather forecast, we got cloudy skies and rain. However, when it says that it does not really mean cloudy skies and rainy. Cloudy skies, I am still getting burnt. My friend turned into a lobster, of course he totally forgot to put on sunscreen but the sun is so high, even under cloudy skies it will burn you. Muh Ha Ha! The sun is so evil. Whereas rain only come in ...

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This 3 star resort, located on Arena Gorda Beach, Punta Cana, is near National Pantheon (Pantheon Nacional), Plaza Bavaro, Monasterio de San Francisco, and Saint Barbara's Church (Iglesia Santa Barbara).
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    The resort was very wonderful we walked down the beaches and would say they have the best beach. The people where very nice and very very friendly to us expecially the ones who did the activities wonderful smiles. We learned alot about this country and how many are greatful we do come and explore there country but they are sad within, so when you do book a flight to punta cana remember to take things anything that you want to give to the children and adults they all need things because they do not make much and only make enough to survive. So anything is much appreciated in this country. I am going back but for different possible teach the adults to read and write...the children are getting educated it is the adults that need to be educated...I would recommend this resort to others all thou make sure you where something that shows you are Canadian that way they know.The food is well displayed and I was not to overwhelmed with the food but that is only my opinion. oh yes is your Canadian they really like Mackintosh's creamy toffee I took two boxes which had 36 in each box and they loved it.....this toffee is made in Canada and I see it is sold in two countried they really like it there..I purchased them at Costco for $19.99 per box.....they like blue jays stuff if you find any used blue jay things..take them with you....can use them to bartar when shopping....another thing is I left things on the bed for the maids every day.....and I would make sure you put a note stating it is for the maid and your name....that way they do not get accused for careful while in the resort....make sure you do not complain too much...because you could risk there job remember they do not make much and have long work......oh yes get involved with activitied and there is a show every night and they are wonderful very enjoyable.....I recommend any of the excursions except to the MANTEE PARK, they are trying to boycott it..because they are mean to the we did not go..did not want to promote it.....have a great time and do not worry about anything while you are is relaxing and alot of fun it you let it happen.....if you do not then you will find it please have fun and go with the flow.....oh yes take a facecloth because they do not have any there...not sure why...but take some with you...also take towels...that way when you save your spot in the can remember which one is yours.....and convert your money at the airport you will get a better exchange rate there or go to the bavaro plaza in punta cana they give you a good exchange rate too.....why I put excellent down is because the activity people where excellent and the other staff ......the only thing I did not like to much was the food but that is just me.....everything else was wonderful...thank you staff for making our stay so wonderful and always puttinto this resort.....

    Sick but the beach was beautiful


    My husband and I spent two weeks returning Jan 31, 2003 and found the ride from the airport on a coach bus comfortable and the people on arrival courteous and helpful. The rooms are older and in need of refurbishing but the lobbies are expansive and comfortable with open bars and plenty of furniture. The buffet restaurant is huge, clean and the service is good. There is a huge variety of food with lots of fruit, cheeses, desserts, meats and vegetables prepared in many ways for all meals. The a la carte restaurants do require reservations and you do have to stand in line but we were able to use all 6 of our nights over the two weeks. The Marlin was our least favorite. The beach is incredible but the water is always in motion so snorkeling is not good unless you go to a different part of the island but boogyboarding is great. The entertainment nightly is pretty ameture but they try hard. Everyone is very freindly. Unfortunately we, along with a good many others were sick about 3-4 days into our trip and although I was only out for one day I really was unwell for most of the trip with cramps and a quezzy stomach. My husband had no cramps but needed imodium as well. We still managed to use the climbing wall, the free boogyboards and catamaran and to walk the beautiful beach. WE took the jeep tour to the ranch and also the Sanoa Island tour which were both okay but nothing special and quite pricey. We had already been to Santa Domingo when we visited Peurto Plata and quite liked that trip. We stayed at the Gran Ventana there and had no problem with illness. Overall, the beach is fantastic and the people great but to be unwell for most of the trip was not pleasant. If we return to the Dominican it will be to a different resort.

    Nothing worse than getting sick onVaca.


    My husband & I had gotten back Sunday January 19th from a 8 days, 7 nights stay at Breezes in Punta Cana, Dominic Republic. Four days into the trip I got sick, stomach pains, chills, loss of appetite, weakness & spent my

    Nice time at LTI Resort


    Just returned from the LTI resort. Great value. The resort was clean. The pool was nice and the beach was great. The staff was friendly (when they could understand you). The food was very good and there was plenty of it. No one in our party had any problems with the food health wise either. We would go back.

    Also, we enjoyed the day trip to Saono Island, even if the bus ride was long,

    No service bad food no room


    the ride from the airport took us 1 hour 15 min in the back of a dirty over crowded mini bus. we stopped at two other hotels first and dropped off vacationers . we arrived at breezes worn out from the trip and were greeted at the desk with those famous words , we dont have your ocean front room but we will give you something better , and it wont be ready for another hour . two and a half hours later we were still sitting in the lobby ,so we decided we better make reservations for the restaurants while we were stuck in the lobby. sorry we were told all 6 restaurants were booked until friday night 5 days from now we were then brought to our room as far from the ocean as we could be . the service was terrible,the food was a 4 on a scale 1-10 , theres no tipping ,unless of course you want something done. we could not get a chair by the pool or the beach for the first 4 days there. the beach is nice and that is the only reason i did not give this place a 1 out of 5. we left 2 nights early and dont regret it one bit. i wouldnt return if they gave me a free week.

    Building site !


    The hotel was in the middle of a change over to the 'Breezes' chain.

    There was a constant noise (drilling, hammering, banging etc) from 0730 - 2300 daily !!

    The pool was full of debris which was falling off the roof of the swim-up pool bar which was being built whilst the pool was still in use !! Debris included nails, felt and pieces of roof tiles !!

    Painting work continued around the clock.

    My holiday was a nightmare !!

    Great Value!


    My husband and i won a seven day stay at breezes punta cana on an internet auction. We had no problem scheduling our trip from dec. 16th-23rd. Our flights and airport transfers went great. We checked in with no problems. Jochy very friendly. Our bags were carried up for us. The rooms are small, but clean. We were in building four, which overlooks the pool and the ocean. It is close to everything and the noise level is acceptable. This was our third all-inclusive experience, and the food was excellent!! The desserts incomparable! The staff was quick to take care of our every need. We ate at the four specialty restaurants that were open. The portions are small, but so what?!! We were never hungry! A trio of musicians traveled to the four restaurants. They sing for each table and appreciate tips. The restaurant we least liked was the marlin grill.

    LTI - Absolutely Incredible!


    I have to take a minute to say that I had the most incredible vacation EVER!!! I am going back next year and bringing the whole family. The site is pecfect, food excellent and the staff is just "all smiles". From the maid to the management, no problemo!



    This resort was awful... For starters when we arrived at the hotel our room was filthy and our mirror in the bathroom was broken... they used raqueteering mechanisms for the safe locks by charging you $2 a day (in all the resorts that i have been to in the Dominican Republic such as Barcelo Bavaro Beach, this was the first time i ever had to actually pay for the use of the safe)... Secondly the roof of our room was falling apart due to poor plumbing... There was no water in the whole hotel for 3 days, therefore you couldnt take a shower, or go to the bathroom for that matter due to the huge inconvenience... Also, the food was poor in quality and in variation... the workers at the hotel were very friendly but i cant say the same for the administration... its truly a shame though because it really is a beautiful hotel but unfortunately the people who own it just degrades it...

    Hola LTI Sol de Plata Beach Resort and Villas


    A brilliant resort I must say. Situated right on a beach of its own, a large complex in itself with numerous activities to do: scuba diving, swimming, basketball, tennis, golfing, water games, etc.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Barcelo Punta Cana

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good