Carabela Beach Resort & Casino

El Cortecito, Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic | 4 star resort
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The Dominican Republic

A travel blog entry by froda

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My journey to the Dominican Republic were longer than I expected. BecUse I had to first get to the airport from where I was and that took around 6 hours with ferry, 2 buses and taxi. Luckily, nick came with me so I had company almost the whole way. However, I arrived really late at night and didn't arrive at the hotel before 4 am! I was sooo tired and hungry because I didn't eat at all at the plane. So I came there and the people in the reception ...

Adventures in Bavaro!

A travel blog entry by britbarbie

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... 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Her husband came to Vienna to visit his sister, and they met while dancing. It was basically love at first site. The awesome part is she didn't speak Spanish, and he didn't speak German. They started dating and she said for a long time they couldn't fully communicate with each other, but they both learned the others language and now they can communicate fine. You could see how in love they were too! I hope they stay a ...

Leaving

A travel blog entry by vizcho

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Today is actually our last day of our trip.

We didn't do anything interesting today, however, we did have an amazing dinner at the end of the day. We went to the spa, and we to the sauna.

Shopping is really important, the guide and the man from the airport told us not to go the Haitian's stalls at the end of the beach because ...

Adiós Amigos

A travel blog entry by vizcho

Made tons of friends, had tons of fun. I did not really want to leave. But I guess I have to. The morning of, I packed my bag and was ready to leave. Brought our bags to the front of the lobby waiting to be picked up by our travel bus.

Spoke to my parents after breakfast, and guess what our flight is delayed because there was a horrible snow storm in Toronto on the day of our departure. So our flight was delayed till 8 PM. That wasn't that bad, so we ...

Splash

A travel blog entry by vizcho

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Fourth day here in Punta Cana. Enjoying the sun.

Today, my boyfriend and I went to the Dolphin Explorer adventure. It is amazing, I got to swim with the dolphins, it was only 4 hours. I wished we got to spend more time with the dolphins. But it was really short. Included in the Dolphin Explorer was the bird show, and ...

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This 4 star resort, located on El Cortecito, Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana, is near Tropical Storm Bavaro Cruise, Barcelo Sky Casino Punta Cana, and Residencial Cayena Golf.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Carabela Beach Resort & Casino Punta Cana

    Deffinatelly not 4 stars

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    Be prepared that you won't get the service of 4 stars hotels! It is only 3! It is located close to small village El Cortesitto. It is a family hotel. 90% of guests are Europeans, mostly French. The garden is fantastic; the greenery is beautiful. The shades do make the surrounding quite cool with a breeze. Enjoy it. The entertainment stuff is very friendly and quite professional.

    Rough at First but turned out GREAT

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    Well...first of all I have to say...I had a great time!!! When my friends and I first arrived at Hotel Carabela Bavaro in Punta Cana, Domician Republic, I have to say that we were a little bit disappointed...moping almost!! Okay...well moping!! When we arrived, we found out that it was a very "Spanish and French european resort". So no one there spoke English!!! We were beyond disappointed. While playing on the beach, we finally found a crew worker there who spoke a "little" bit of english. Eventually, we finally met some english speaking people which made our trip much better. We partied, drank lots and really enjoyed ourselves, (okay, I enjoyed myself). We got to do great stuff like snorkel and safaries and cool things like that. I think that this is a great resort for a person who isn't so picky about the food they eat (it was a 7.5 out of 10) and about little things. It would be a great person for someone who is willingly to do fun things like partaking in dance lessons and their nightly shows. having the ability to speak either french or spanish is also an asset. But if you're not looking for a challange...this wouldn't be the place for you.

    Very beautiful

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    I will start by saying, that I was a bit hesitant about this trip. I thought it might be dangerous and unorganized. It turned out to be a great trip. The island is beautiful and the people of the island are very accommodating. The hotel was beautiful. The rooms are ok and not fancy. But how much time do you spend in you room? The restaurants are ok. You will not find food like you are used to (Remember: your not in Kansas anymore.), but you will find something to eat. The bars are cool. There is a self serve at the restaurnat on the beach. The guys who work at the bar outside of the dinner hall are great and make fantastic drinks. Beware of anything with coconut. It is a laxative. You will learn this at your orientation. The week that we were there, there were many europeans. It is kind of difficult to find anyone who speaks english, but once we met one, we ended up meeting many and hanging out with them. We took a day trip to Catalina Island so that my boyfriend could scuba dive. We got to see the country and one of our tour guides explained everything and pointed out buildings, cities, houses, etc to show us how things are there. The dives were mediocre. Not much sea life due to unregulated spear fishing, but plant life was colorful. The dive masters would go ahead and not really watch what the other divers wre doing. I went snorkeling. It is entertaining for about 20 minutes, but that is about it. In The afternoon is when you actually go to the island for a few hours. The people feed you a buffet and many rum and cokes. Some cruise ships dock and bring some people from the boat to the island. Beyond some chairs and tables, there is not much else there. The sun is very intense. I usually do not burn, but I did that day. SPF of 15 or more for that day. He also did 4 other dives that left right off the beach of the hotel. One was a wreck. He said they were ok also. Right outside of the resort is a street and it has many stores, including a grocery store. The prices are good and they have some of tng on buying coffee-get it there. We did go to dinner one night to Captain Cooks. It was ok. I am told that the other lobster serving restaurant that is before Captain Cooks, some french sounding name, is much better. The only thing that I would warn anybody about is the bugs. I got attached by what I believe are sand fleas. They ate the back of my legs up. I was not the only person to suffer from this. Mostly females had this. I think it is because we shave our legs. It took almost two weeks for them to start clearing up. Take anti-itch cream. I would go back there in a heart beat.

    Great Getaway!

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    My husband and I were looking for a winter getaway - sunshine and a beach were the only requirements. We arrived at Club Carabela on 2/15/03. This resort is older than most in the area, but it is well maintained and clean. The staff was helpful and very friendly. Food was fine. My husband said the beef dishes were tough, I enjoyed the fish every day we were there. Desserts were wonderful. There is something for everyone's tastes in the buffets. The grounds were beautiful - palm trees and flowers everywhere. Peacocks roam the grounds - they are beautiful. There are a lot of activities going on, volleyball to Spanish lessons. We chose not to participate in those, although it looked like guests were having fun. If you're looking for a place to just lay in the sun - on the beach or one of the two pools, you just can't beat this place for the money.

    Club carabella - A great getaway @ a good price.

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    The grounds are beautiful. Clean rooms. Enough to keep you busy, or not. Would gladly go back. Richie & Pam.

    Good Resort, Cheap Price, Nice Vacation

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    Club Carabela is just fine. We had an excellent time. Overall the food had a good variety of choices at all the buffets, fresh fish daily, usually chicken, beef(picture of a cow), goat, lot's of veggies. (I am a picky eater, but found more than enough to fill my plate.) As far as drinks go, the beer was local, which is pretty standard - Presidente, each pool had a pool bar, and the beach had a beach bar with grill. One pool had a pool bar inside it, the other a Jacuzzi that turns on(or so we are told) every day at 2:00pm - this is also the kid friendly pool. The beach had plenty of shade or sun depending on your choice, it also is on a point so the surf is a bit calmer than other parts of the LONG Punta Cana beach. The Melia also has a really calm beach. The rooms are the one place where the hotel could really improve. They are a bit of 'older motel' meets the Caribbean, but for the price you pay, what do you expect? There is the opportunity to upgrade to beach front suites -a more American type of room - which are a REAL upgrade - with Jacuzzi, king size bed, bigger TV, sitting area, beach front porch for a fee of $150 per week per person. What Atmosphere to Expect: Very European, almost everyone we meet(except for 2 couples) spoke another language. Only about half of the people we met spoke English. This is NOT a bad thing. It made for an incredible vacation and a really fun time trying to speak different languages. Where else can you go besides Europe for this?! The hotel staff does speak other languages - French, German, Dutch, Spanish, and some English. It is amazing! Also where else do you have a lobby bar and veranda full of people after dinner? This is very much Europe in the Caribbean. Good things to know: there are two restaurants that they don't really advertise where you HAVE to make reservations and be served rather than buffet for dinner. One is right next to the main buffet room(hidden behind two large wooden doors). We didn't like this one as much, but is worth trying (and seeing the flaming kabobs). The other is where they have lunch daily - it serves a great pizza and pasta at night. Also you can pre-order grilled Caribbean lobster for about 200 pesos $10.00 per person. This was a GREAT deal. You can also order bottled wine if you don't like the house wine. Best dessert - Coconut Flan. The beach grill and lunchroom have AMAZING fries. Each room has a mini fridge so if you like your own liquor you can stock it. You can also buy off a menu for premium liquor, prices comparable to a regular bar in the states. For beach towels there is a 20.00 per person deposit, they are the same beach towels used at every resort. Beach chairs - also the same as every other resort fill up fast in the AM, but you can usually always find one or two lying around later. We never once had an issue. Shopping: The Carabela is situated next to a small beach front flea market (there is also a grocery store there). You can bargain with every 'Johnny Low-Price' or 'Freddie Almost Free' that you wish. The shop at the hotel often has the best prices. 3 $ for a magnet, where the beach market was 4- 6, same with cigars. The front desk at the hotel has books where you can find 'average' prices of items that you might bargain for such as the paintings. Also Captain Cook Restaurant is right in the middle of the market next door, and is recommended by Fodor's. We only drank so can't say much about whether the food was great or not, but the lobsters LOOKED amazing. FYIs: We did visit a few of the larger hotels, as you can walk through them without much trouble. We also got a 'tour' (time share demonstration - run, Forrest, run) of the Princess. You have to 'shuttle' to the beach or walk 10 minutes. Hotel was very, very, nice... as long as you like golf carts carrying you about. About us: We have traveled from Europe to Australia. Past Caribbean islands include: Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, St Martin, Jamaica, St Kitts, St Barts... That said, we would go back, we are already talking about next year. We thought it was a great bargain for the price. We met lovely people from everywhere across the globe... and have standing invitations to visit folks in many

    Do Not Book it!!!

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    Our vacation in the Dominican Republic lasted from 12/25/02 to 1/4/03. We went with two other families (nine people total, three pairs of parents with three teenagers, one child in each family). This was our third time in the Dominican: we were coming back because we enjoyed our previous vacations and were hoping for a similar experience this time. Instead, we had a vacation from hell.

    Nice hotel for couples

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    The food is spectacular, the beach and all the places are really nice in the hotels, the restaurant is very beautiful, the rooms are not what you expect, but had the necessary stuff to be comfortable just that.

    in general the hotel is really clean and the best they have is the people that works there, they are very polite, and nice.

    Liked It

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    I found this resort to have comfortable rooms. The food was enjoyable but they could of had a little better variety. They had all the water sports that most places do. There were birds that were flying in and out at the restaurant but it's open air dining and you have to expect something like that. There were peacocks walking the property but not where humans were eating or sitting. It is cheaper that most of the other resorts on the island. But I found it enjoyable.

    The beach was clean and the lounge chairs very comfortable.

    I traveled alone and found it very safe. I would go again.

    Do not book it

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    my wife and i arrived on 1/6/02 to club carabella checked in a desk went to room walk in looked around the room was beat paid for upgrade and got new villa on the beach food was the worst i have ever had at any resort peacocks were walking around bars and pools had to watch where you walked please do not go to this resort

    TripAdvisor Reviews Carabela Beach Resort & Casino Punta Cana

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good