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... for the most part we had a nice chat. Plus their accents are very different! I spent the whole day on the beach, swimming and snoozing in the shade. I had a late lunch of seafood and pasta. And for dinner went to a local place and had empanadas and yucca chips. Then went back to the hotel to chill out and pack ready for going to Santo Domingo tomorrow ...
The former volunteer's two photographer friends went back to Santo Domingo today, and 5 other friends of hers replaced them! We had lunch together with Ricky, Yudelka and Eduardo, which was a bit chaotic cooking for 10! Afterwards I went with Ama and her friends to see the gagá in Guaymate. There were different groups from different bateys playing and the crowds were huge! Never seen Guaymate so busy before, not even during the ...
... to one song which they played on repeat for about an hour or so! This was accompanied by crashing of pots and pans, and shouting back and forth between the kids and parents. VERY effective alarm....unfortunately. Today I managed to record an interview with Yudelka for my Spanish essay on teenage pregnancy in the town. It is a very interesting issue, as the school here does not provide sex ...
Went to La Romana yesterday to get some food shopping. On the journey back on the guagua, I ended up getting preached at by some guy who wanted me to go to church. He sat down next to me on the bus and 15 minutes into the journey he asks me "are you Christian?" not "do you speak spanish" or "where are you from" but "are you christian?" I answer, no. He replies "but you should believe in God, Jesus loves you". I just say ok, and look outside at the window, not ...
... of looking at him under the microscope it was clear he would need a surgical intervention to repair his severely damaged eye. Another case added to the day... 45 minutes later after walking out of the fifth case I was grabbed again to see another emergency--a 49 yo man who had been assaulted. After donning gloves I gently removed his patch and his diagnosis was immediately apparent--retrobulbar hemorrhage (a ...
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I've been many times and love the place
At the time of booking my 9th visit to Casa de Campo I realized I must have some love for the place.
I read the bad reviews and I must say I've been at check-out at Casa with those people who probably have a bad time wherever they go and it's somebody else's fault.
Yes, it's a large resort and getting from point A to B requires transportation and yes it has become very popular with Americans in the last few years. The beach can be crowded but you can go out to Catalina Island too. Try to find a more beautiful beach. Admittedly though, Casa has gotten a little overrun in the peak season but is still GREAT.
Remember, this is not Disneyland with all the comforts of the USA. The staff in many cases are nice people whom do not have cosmopolitan sensibilities. Give them a break. A little kindness at Casa de Campo goes a long way. It seems like the New Yorkers expecting the Palm Beach Ritz are the worst complainers.
Since the all-inclusive plan was instituted, problems with the bill at check-out seem to be fewer.
The point is, relax. Nobody at Casa de Campo is trying to rip you off, take advantage or doesn't like having you there.
It is still a great place to have fun in the sun in a magnificent garden setting.
Dr. William Weber
Three couples visited the DR in December 2002. We opted for the all inclusive golf package, so we ate too much, drank too much and played golf every single day. It was awesome! We agree with most everyone that Teeth of the Dog is one of the best golf courses we have ever played, but don't forget Links, which is an excellent course as well. The new unamed Pete Dye course up by Altos de Chavon promises to be a great addition to the entire complex.
We played golf in the morning, had some beach time or pool time in the afternoon, then sampled the very excellent restaurants on the property every evening. Our favorite was Tropicana in the hotel - beef filet to die for! The only negative was the marina area - what are they thinking with the prices in those shops?
We will plan to put Casa de Campo on our list of top places to go for a golf vacation.
Loved the golf, the food, the pool . . .
Four of us went to Casa de Campo last Spring and had the time of our lives! The golfers (the guys) said the Teeth of the Dog was the best course they've ever played--and they've played Princeville and Poipu Point. All the food was good, but the Italian restaurant at the Altos de Chavron was FABULOUS!! We shopped at the marine, snorkeled at the beach and on a snorkeling trip, sat by the pool with unlimited pina coladas, and had an altogether wonderful time. I can't recommend this resort highly enough.
I vacationed at Casa de Campo over the summer of 2002- the food was great-our villa was beautiful- we loved it so much that my fiance and I are booked to get married there in November!
Heaven on earth
This is by far the best vacation spot in the world! I have been going for years and it keeps getting better. There is not better place in the world to relax. I don't know if its the people, food, ambiance or massages but I never want to leave.
There is something for everyone to do but it is a great place to do absoloutely nothing as well.
Wonderful and Fun and Relaxing
Just got back Sunday from a wonderful, fabulous trip to the DR. We arrived last Saturday at the Santo Domingo airport and picked up our Rental Van. I was traveling w/
my baby boomer parents, my two adult sisters and their boyfriends. One of the boyfriends is actually from La Romana, where we were staying at Casa De Campo.
The resort is beautiful. We stayed in a villa that was huge and perfectly decorated (Las Pinas #3 - you can check it out on the website www.casadcampo.com). It had a
small pool and sitting area, and 4 bedrooms. We used golf carts to get around - or our van which held us all nice and tightly. It's a little more difficult if you don't speak
any Spanish - but we had two who did, so any miscommunication was quickly figured out.
The food was good...not great but good for an all inclusive. We had a big homemade breakfast every morning in the villa which was wonderfully spoiling. No need for lunch
at all! Dinner varied - some of the restaurants were closed for the off season, but we enjoyed most of it. The little poolside cafe was nice for a quick bite. I don't know how I
might compare the food to a 4 star type resort - haven't been to any!!!
But that said, I live in DC and tend to like adventurous food. We have sooo many great resturants, and I tend to like cheaper, ethnic, and/or spicy food. But by another
benchmark, the food at Casa De Campo's resturants was very well made, the service was very good, and they seemed willing to accomodate the few special requests we
did have (we made very few, however!). Everything seemed cooked to order, so I would imagine that they would accomodate. I just think that resort food in general is
El Pescador did have good pizza and seafood...but we ate there twice and my father (he of the iron stomach) got really sick after a mushroom pizza...we don't know if
that's why he got sick, but we didn't want to take a chance and eat there again. It could have been totally unrelated and I really enjoyed what I ate there.
We didn't eat at Cafe del Sol, which was closed several nights we were there; there was also a French resturant that was closed the entire time we were there that we
would have liked to try.
La Piazzetta had very good food - the veal shank was good as was the lobster. Everything at the Tropicana was nice, except the flank steak which was so tough it was
actually hilarious. We made jokes all week about it.
El Sombrero was like every good 'bad' Mexican resturant you've ever visited. But we had a great time, had a tequila shot at the door, and enjoyed the appetizers and the
wanderering singers. We were tickled by the atmosphere...but the food wasn't near as good as the little Mexican place down the street from me. Don't get me wrong...I
never wanted for good food. Especially our homemade breakfasts. I would say I enjoyed the local food I had more than the resort food...But I expected that! I didn't mind
We enjoyed Altos de Chavón the most on the night there was a concert in the amphitheater (Alejandro Sanz)...we hung around like a bunch of teenagers listening to the
music over the wall.
The beach was nice - lots of people said it was too small in their reviews, but it was plenty big enough for us. Lots and lots of kids, which we don't mind at all. Seemed
like family season. We could do some snorkeling right along the rocks near the beach - lots of sea urchins, fish, etc.
We spent one day at Catalina Island (spelling?). It was deserted and beautiful. We met a wonderful couple from NY, originally from Haiti, and had a great time talking to
My sister's boyfriend invited us to his family's home in La Romana for lunch. We met the entire extended family and had a great time, even if our Spanish was nil to none
(except for my sis) It was nice to see the town. My dad and the boys even went to a cockfight. They thought it was violent, but were glad they did it once. My parents did play lots of golf - which they really enjoyed!
All and all, a fabulous time. Perfect weather, nice people. I would definitely go back! I couldn't recommend Casa de Campo more! We really enjoyed ourselves.
We just returned from a 9 day stay at Casa de Campo. This is the 9th time I have vacationed there. Every visit has been spectacular. The staff is the friendliest I have experienced everywhere from Central America, Europe, The Carribean, The Middle East, and North America.
The beach is fabulous with warm water, beach side service, activities and a resturaunt.
Altos de Chavon is spectacular! It is a great option to visit while at Casa de Campo....nice resturaunts, very fun disco with great music, georgous views of the Chavon river, a beautiful church, ampitheatre, and architecture.
We went skeet shooting, horseback riding, got massages and facials, played tennis, beach volley ball and met a lot of super people who were also vacationing there.
Our villas were very comfortable, 3 bedrooms with a jacuzzi and very nice housekeeper.
I have done both the all inclusive and the a la carte and depending on what you want to do would depend on which one would be best for you. The all inclusive is a GREAT deal. However, there are a couple of restauraunts at Altos de Chavon that are owned by Casa de Campo and at the Marina so those are not included in the package.
The resort is very family oriented with accomodations and activities directed towards children and a babysitting service so that the adults can have a night or an afternoon alone.
Casa De Campo - Paradise/Utopia
We bought a golf all-inclusive at this resort in April. We played Teeth of the Dog and Links courses for 7 days. We got a luxury suite which was huge. Beautiful mahogany furniture, 4-poster bed, pillowtop mattress. My husband and I each had our own bathrooms, dressing area, and walk-in closet. The food was great at all the restaurants we chose. I had lobster 4 nights. All food and alcohol is furnished. The Teeth of the Dog was a fabulous/challenging course with several holes along the ocean. The resort was immaculate with beautiful landscaping that was tended to night and day. You must get the all-inclusive or it will be quite pricey. You must rent a "touring cart" to get around the resort. It is very spread out. Staff was friendly but most only spoke limited english. My husband and I want to buy a villa there - it was the most perfect vacation we've been on. To sum up Casa de Campo - Garden of Eden with Golf Course from Hell.
Do not consider going to Casa De Campo. The horses were underfed, saddles and bridles had dangerously worn leather. We were lied to and overcharged during the entire week. Our casita had no water for two days. Groceries ordered arrived a day before we were supposed to leave. Many items were missing but we were charged for everything. We were told our plan included lunch and drinks but we were charged for them separately. Even the beautiful picture on the brochure of the people riding on the beach is a lie. They don't allow you to ride on the beach. You get to ride through a construction site. The boat trips and excursions were always cancelled when we tried to sign up for them. The skeet shooting center was closed. You can golf, but that costs over $100 per person. Basically, Casa de Campo does not want to give you a vacation. They just want your money.
Fabulous for Famililes!!!
Casa de Campo is GREAT for families of all sizes as there is something for all ages! The kids programs are great... which enable my husband and I to have time together too.
We were there as a family attending a wedding which actually turned out to be VERY nice. We took advantage of attending this wedding and combined it with a family vacation which turned out to be a great idea. The picturesque church right on the property weas simply beautiful.
We highly recommend Casa de Campo .... and will be back in the near future.