I travelled in June 2009 to the Dominican Republic with Air France on a Travel Agents Educational trip for 5 nights.
We arrived in Punta Cana Airport and we were met by the locals dressed in traditional costumes, it was so nice and colourful. They take a picture of all tourists on arrival to Punta Cana and you can purchase same on the return trip home once you are departing from the same airport.
We arrived to our first hotel the Dreams Punta Cana where we were staying for one night. All the hotels we stayed in were all-inclusive so we could sample everything and really see what the resort was like for ourselves. This hotel is lovely and all rooms from standard to preferred rooms were just fabulous. There were seven restaurants to choose from and as many as 10 bars so there is no shortage of food or drink at this hotel.
The beaches are amazing and all the facilities for couples or even families are great as they have something for everybody. We then went to stay in the Dreams Palm beach for 2 nights and again a very nice property. It would be a little smaller than the Dreams Puna Cana but very nice and rooms well decorated. We took a day trip by catamaran to an island called Saona Island where we had a barbeque and the locals came down to the beach to sell their goods. This is the only way they make money and they do not hassle you if you are not interested. You can also have a nice massage on the beach front and you can haggle with the ladies for the price that suits you. We took a speedboat back which was a great experience and on route we stopped to swim with the starfish.
We spent our last night in the Dreams la Romana which was my favourite hotel of the three. Even though this was a working trip I really got a great feel for the Dominican Republic and would have no problem in recommending it for couples for honeymoon or getting married abroad or even for a family as each of the hotels have a children’s club called Explorers and they even have a Den for the Teenagers so everybody has something at these hotels.
You can use USD or Dominican Peso and remember you need to have USD10.00 on arrival for your Visa.