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Travel Blogs from Puerto Plata
I have been noticing something about life in the Dominican Republic, if you are going to
happy here, you need to learn to how to be still and to let go. Two things that
do not seem to come natural to me but are becoming more and more appealing
every day. I have met a lot of people who were not born in the DR, but are now
calling this island 'home'. For every person, there is a story of how they came
to be here. Some ended up here by divine accident, like Jeffrey who ...
... I put on my mask and laid on my board to look in the water. Let's just say you can't see the fish too well when trying to look from the top of a paddle board. We made or way to the reef and when we got there they all put on their flippers and mask and tied up the boards to a buoy. I sat on my board watching my family swim to the reef while I sat there feeling that lack of control. I felt like a little kid does when an older sibling tells them they aren't ...
... tourists and the
large community of expats that reside here. The local transportation drops you
off at the end of the road that the church is on and you have to walk the
remainder. We no sooner stepped off of the van and in pulled a couple who asked if we would like a ride. It was raining, I was an emotional wreck and without hesitating or even considering
our safety, I said yes! As we are getting in, I did finally ask if they were
... as I see nothing that the government is truly providing) and there is an overall feeling of superiority within the Dominican people (sound familiar?).
The place that I found was advertised as a volunteer vacation. They provided very inexpensive, and basic housing for a very low cost and volunteer opportunities were available and you could jump in as much or as little as you liked. So at that time, I decided that this was our best option and planned to ...
... about 5 minutes later the auto bilge pump went on... A minor bummer was now a bit of a concern. Turns out a few of those crashes had cracked the fiberglass where the through bolts holding the massive 4,000 pound lead to the keel of the boat... fortunately the pump was able to keep up with the water. We had met a guy named Shaggy who was the lone American marina employee and called him on the VHF to find out about a haul out. Lucky for us they just got a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fun Tropicale Beach Resort Puerto Plata
First time to DR had a great time, staff was excellent, food was great and lots of different things each day to eat. Shows were great. Disco right there open til 2. Things you find out after you get there: all swimming ends at 6pm but that is okayyou are busy and don't notice - you take a tractor with a wagon to the beach this is nice seems like you are going some where else for a while you can get the driver to stop at the corner so you can walk to the shopping Plaza. - you have to get up early to book for the extra restauants, or horseback riding (great fun and you get to see a bit of the poor section of town) - when you are driving there take a taxi and keep your eyes closed biggest has the right of way no lines on the roads free for all. Don't drink the water in the rooms bring your own to brush your teeth. If you go say hi to Safee, Alex, Angelo, and Hector for us they are the great entertantment staff
What a great trip we just had to Puerto Plata!
Going back for the 6th time. Says something?
Accomodation, food, facilities, staff - all excellent and always have been, in my experience. There's no point in dashing to the pool or the beach to grab a spot - there's plenty of room, time and sun. Relax and enjoy the experience. Isn't that what a vacation is about?
I had the best holiday ever and I am so glad that I went. The country is beautiful and everyone is so friendly. The room was basic but clean and had everything we needed except a fridge. The food was varied and I really enjoyed trying all the local dishes, although they do food for all tastes. We went on several of the trips, the best two of which was the quad bikes and the horse riding day. The quad bike tour took us out through sugar cane plantations and then to see some of the more rural areas were we saw some of the real life of the island - it was good to experience, the staff guiding the bikes are really helpful, I was very nervous at first but by the end I had the best time ever!. The horse riding took us up the mountain and we swam in a lagoon which was just so beautiful. We also swam with dolphins which was good but in my opinion not really worth the high price they charged. At the complex I spent a lot of time by the main pool. The reps all do games and they really made a difference to the time there. They were really friendly and constantly encourged me to join in with the games and shows - I think I was getting prettty good at merengue by the time I left! As long as you want to join in, let your hair down and really enjoy yourself, this is the place to do it.
Of course, visiting a 3rd world country can be somewhat intimidating. We definitely felt safe from harm withing the Playa Dorada complex. We bought the all-inclusive plan for convenience and safety from unsanitary food off-campus. However, I am an adventurous type, so laying around the pool all day is not my thing, and two weeks of eating in the same three places got old. If the food had been better, we would have enjoyed it more. Most of the time, the meat was overcooked or chewy. My favorite was the french toast, but it was hit and miss with that. It was often burnt or dryed out and impossible to cut. The food at the Italian restaurant was great, but you had to get up before 7 am to get reservations for the 6:30 sitting. One morning, I went to make a reservation and there was a line forming before the reservation lady was even there! Someone needs to take a recipie for good old fashioned chocolate-chip cookies and chocolate cake to the chefs...we never had either while we were there. I was very disappointed in the dessert selection. The staff was very friendly and willing to serve. The animation team was great fun. There are some really talented dancers in the shows. The room was nice, but the walls are paper thin! We could hear the conversation of our neighbors as if they were in the room with us! BEWARE AMERICAN PARENTS!! This may be considered a family resort, but there is topless sunbathing everywhere! Even at the kiddie pool! I had to answer a few uncomfortable questions from my kids in the beginning. Some of the ladies should've stayed covered...hopefully my kids aren't scarred for life!
We stayed at the Fun Tropicale from March 6-13, 2004. What a great spot! Our rooms (my family of five and two mother-in-laws in the adjacent room) were large and bright - one had a kitchenette that we rarely used, but was nice to have with three children (1, 4 and 7). We stayed in villa 27, which was perfectly placed between the main reception building/activity pool and the playground, kids pool. It was perfect!When we arrived we received at fruit basket and bottle of rum from the manager - that was after only sending an email requesting adjoining rooms! There were not enough cribs, unfortunately, which was frustrating when my baby had been up since 3 am the previous morning and it was after 9 pm. The manager on duty, Jose, tried his best however, and after some time he managed to repair one and make a mattress. The next day, this makeshift crib was replaced with another one.The food was great - both the Brazilian and Italian restaurants were worth the trip. The only thing they should get are proper high chairs for babies in the buffet and restaurants. They had booster seats, which are fine for toddlers, but these had no belts or anything which made mealtimes interesting.Overall, we had a wonderful time. The weather was amazing and everyone was very friendly. I would definitely recommend this resort to friends and family. I am sure we will return.
Loved the locals
Overall the hotel was OK, where it is situated is good because you have shops nearby, nightclubs and the beach. The food was ok and always available until midnight as were the drinks. The staff are lovely and really friendly. However, the hotel was not the cleanest I have been to, put it this way we saw a couple of mice during our stay! As well as that my friend and I had to move rooms because it was infested by wasps! I wouldnt really recommend it to anyone as I have been to a much nicer hotel in the Dominican.
OK I did go quite a while ago with two friends but we had a great time the swim up bar was the best, and the golf cart to the beach every day whilst sucking back a beer was fun, they had a snack bar on the beach for guests of the hotel where you could eat and drink all you want all day.I would say this is one of the best times I ever had on vacation, a few bugs and roaches in room once in a while but look where you are, your on a hot island and we were p##### most of the time so who cares, I would love to go back. the volleyball in the pool is fun.food was always very good, bbq by the pool late at night when you come out the club hungry. 10 out of 10 from me, for 3 guys in their early 20's this place was perfect.
The hotel was terrible. I do not understand how it has a 3*+ rating. On the first night we had to change rooms as it sprung 3 leaks and it took 6 call to Guest Services for someone to come out and look. We were then moved into a room where the hot water tap in the shower actually came away from the wall. The plumbing in the toilet cistern had to be changed as the toilet did not flush. The following day after coming back from a relaxing day by the pool, we were greeted with a flooded bathroom. After it was fixed, the plumbers then told us we had to clean it up.There was no water for appoximately 12 hours on once occasion.Foodwise - diabolical.We had planned to visit the Dominican Republic for our honeymoon, but cancelled (as it was around the time of the health scares) - so I was really looking forward to the trip.Unfortunately I don't think I will visit the island again.
Just got back from the Dom. Rep. Like everyone else prior to going we read all the reviews and were worried about what to expect. How wrong we were - from the moment we got there we loved it! Everyone is just so friendly. We went to Jamaica in June and the Dom Rep people are so much friendlier and just love to talk without wanting your money. The Fun Club Tropicale Hotel in Costa Dorada was excellent, food, entertainment, staff - everything. We went on the Outback Safari and this was well worth it - had a great day out. We loved it so much that we are planning to go back as we were only there for 5 nights. If you are thinking of going I would say go for it you will have an absolutely excellent time.