Punta Cana

Trip Start Dec 01, 2011
Trip End Jan 20, 2013

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Friday, May 11, 2012

My last stop in Dominican Republic was Punta Cana. All the hotels that are actually listed as Punta Cana are not actually in Punta Cana, but on Bavarro Beach. There are a few shopping centers in Bavarro, but this place is 90% resorts.  There are really very few hotels here. When I got off the bus, a Haitian man came up to me and took me to his friends hotel. I told him that I would give him no money and didn't want to talk to him.  He said no problem my man. He was obviously going to try to take me to a few hotels and ask the owner or receptionist of the hotel for
commission. There were also several times when other men would come up to me while the Haiti man was walking with me and they would get in an argument because other people would also try to lure me to a friend's hotel. I started to inquire at resorts just to ditch the man from Haiti. It totally ruined his plan. He was not allowed to enter the resort. It is all inclusive. Even taxi's have to drop you off at the front gate and can not enter unless they are staying at the hotel, so that was the best way to get rid of him! My first night, I stayed in a hotel that was about $60, which is a lot, but I
really had no other options. Dinner was also very expensive here and there are not so many restaurants as most of the restaurant's are in hotels and not in the open. The beach is very nice in Punta Cana. I would compare this place to Cancun.

The second night, I decided to go to a resort. I went to The Grand Occidental for just under $100 per night It was all inclusive and the first resort I had ever stayed in, but I figured it would be a good idea since any hotel would be $60 and you pay another $10-15 per meal for dinner, so all inclusive was not such a bad idea. This hotel was pretty nice. It has at least 5 pools, 7 bars and 4 restaurant's. The food was great. There was a lunch buffet with a lot of options. I drank a lot of alcohol and sat on the beach, but there really wasn't much else to do. This was a place that was a huge resort. I met two girls from Spain and hung out with them for both of the days I was there. They were pretty easy to talk to. The hotel had a nightclub on sight called Mangu. I went here at night and it was really strange. Everyone in the club was either a drug dealer, prostitute or tourist. There were no local people to talk to. When I walked out of the nightclub, I found it
comical that girls were hiding in the bushes and were whisper to you and at first, I wondered where the whispers were coming from, but found out they were prostitutes trying to get you to have sex with them. Around another corner heading to my room, I saw some people having sex in the bushes. This club is within the fence of the hotel, but it is outside the main entrance, so the prostitutes can not enter the hotel without a bracelet for paying for all inclusive.  Therefore, they do in outside in the bushes. One of the days, I sat at the wet bar for most of the day. It was a bar in the pool where you can walk up and order your drinks for free. The staff at the hotel were pretty good, but very pushy. They always try to sell you extra stuff like timeshares and even some try to sell you drugs.  There was also a group of high schoolers here that were getting very drunk and stupid. I felt very out of place drinking at a bar with 15 year olds . A lot of the Dominican men who worked here would stay late. The worker's here averaged 25 years and would be all over white women who were about 45 years old.

This trip has been different. I kind
of expected it to be a lot of beaches and only beaches, but I did not
expect so many prostitutes, drug dealers and men who were after women
twice their age. This was my first trip to the Caribbean. At first
glance, I thought this area of the world is best to be seen by cruise
ship. I haven't done a cruise ship yet, but there is a lot in the
Caribbean that I would like to see. I think Dominican Republic is
one of the bigger and better places to go here. I did get a bit of
the history from a local while in Punta Cana and it was quite
interesting. Apparently Christopher Columbus landed here in around
1492. He apparently went back to Spain to get slaves and that is how
the black people got here. They came here as slaves a long time ago.
A lot of the people here are a mixture of black and Spanish.   
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