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TIPS FROM PUNTA CANA!

Friday, September 5th, 2014

The first hint for who are going to Punta Cana is keeping in the pocket or hand luggage few dollars. Arriving in the Airport of Punta Cana, before crossing the immigration you have to pay USD10.00 per person for “Tarjeta del Turista” – Tourist Card. What Is this for? For nothing, just one way the government created to win some extra money. Second important tip; if you’ll exchange dollars for Dominican pesos in the airport, change only few. The exchange rate from the airport is very low. The airport exchange paid for USD1.00 like P$37.00 Dominican pesos. You can exchange dollars in the mall, supermarket, restaurants or hotels for P$43.00 much better! A taxi from the airport to “El Cortecito” one of the most tourist place in Punta Cana cost around P$1.400 pesos, like USD32.00. After twenty minutes negotiating with the taxi driver I got a discount. Third tip: choose one good month for your trip. I went in August considered low season. The beaches were more empty and clean with more privacy…

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for me and my fiancé. The high season starts from November to March. In this time Punta Cana receives thousands tourists, a lot of them from Russia. Do not be surprised if every ten meters you find signs written in Russian. November is the month of Brazilians. Anyway, during 12 months hundred thousand people visiting this tropical paradise with warm waters and beauty landscapes. The fourth tip is very nice. It’s normal walking on the streets and come hundreds of motorcycle taxis offering their service. They are local Dominicans working to take tourists around the Island. The price you have to negotiate and the number of people is not a problem. I’ve seen bikers carrying couples with children. Every two minutes comes one motorcycle to you. They don’t wear helmets and they are friendly and safe. I took many times with my girlfriend. The last tip is to buy a Dominicans’ cigar. Talking to a friend, he told me that from 20 cigars most consumed in the world 15 comes from Dominican Republic. Good trip!

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Photo: Giramundostravel.com – (One of the best day in Punta Cana by motorcycle)

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Photo: Giramundostravel.com – (During one week I used 5 different kind of money)

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Photo: Giramundostravel.com – (I recommend for you the natural juices from this place)

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Photos: Giramundostravel.com – (The Dominican cigars are the best)

WHERE TO EAT IN PUNTA CANA?

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Dear readers, this post is gonna make you fell hungry about every delicious that tried during my vacation in Dominican Republic. There are several restaurant options in Punta Cana. My strategy was to eat every day in a different place. The one I liked more I could come back more times. Unfortunately I couldn’t do it, because all restaurants surprised my taste. The food price cost between P$500.00 pesos, is like USD27.00; P$850.00 like USD44.00; or P$1.000 like USD52.00. Other good tip is going in first day in the supermarket to buy food to prepare the breakfast. The food is…

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very cheap in Punta Cana. During seven days I could woke up late without worry if the Breakfast was already removed like in a hotel. For one week I ate in many restaurants: Italian, Cuban, Asia, Mexican, Dominican and French. Write now an important hint: Most of the restaurants charges in addition in the final bill 18% of tax and 10% of service charge. It is mandatory to pay. There are few restaurants stand out communicating that does not charge fees. The best restaurant was “Carpe Diem” with contemporary food. The owner is Spanish and gave to us as complimentary two types of liqueurs!

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Photo: Giramundostravel.com – (Cuban Restaurant: Very good starters)

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Photo: Giramundostravel.com – (Chinese Restaurant: fried rice, chicken and green banana fried)

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WHERE TO STAY IN PUNTA CANA? – HOTEL GREEN COAST DELUX

Friday, September 5th, 2014

There are many hotels options in Punta Cana. From simple hotels for backpackers to the most luxurious five-star resorts with all inclusive. The all inclusive is the best option for who want to forget the routine, and everyday just enjoy the “shade and fresh water with the foot of at coconut tree”. How does the system all inclusive? The resorts include in the daily rate almost everything. The guests receive in check-in a plastic bracelet that identifies him as a guest of the hotel. Who use this bracelet has access to several areas in the hotel: restaurants that work in the morning, afternoon and evening, sauna, Jacuzzi, spa, shows etc. The values ​​of these luxurious resorts can cost for 7 days USD600.00, USD800.00, and USD1.200 or up to USD2.500. Off course, if you choose to buy a package in the agency including tickets, hotel and food, you’ll never know…

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How cost of each item of your dream trip. So, take now this easy tip: have a look on www.booking.com. It is website that I booked most of the hotels that I stay and where I found a great choice of accommodation in Punta Cana. For those with little bit money and does not care about luxury, you can stay in the hotel “Green Coast Delux”. Seven days cost USD250.00. The hotel does not include breakfast, but is located 150 meters from the Bravo Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Punta Cana. The bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning, TV, safe, wireless internet and cold shower. With 40°C everyday nobody will miss a hot shower. The following photos show two examples of accommodation: the Green Coast Delux 3* stars and the luxury resort Lifestyle Holidays Vacation. In the next posts I’ll write about where to eat in Punta Cana!

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Photo: Giramundostravel.com – (From our balcony you could see the beach)

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LUXORY RESORT: Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Punta Cana

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FIRST DAY IN PUNTA CANA!

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Anywhere around the world I traveled, the first day is the one I take to adapt myself. Arriving at the hotel I checked if everything in the room was working well. I also went to exchange some dollars at the reception. The exchange was good, USD1.00 per P$41.00 Dominican Pesos. The receptionist very friendly gave to me a tourist map to explorer the around of El Cortecito neighborhood. The Bavaro beach, the closest one from my hotel was just five minutes walking. Walking along the beach I noticed there were several resorts offering various services to the guests. Here’s a tip for who do not stay in resorts and not rented a beach chair. All beaches in Punta Cana are public. I heard from a…

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local guy every resort pays for the government to leave clean the strip of sand that front of each resort clean. In front of the resorts there are hundreds of lounge with chairs for the guests staying in her delicious sunbathing. Every hour the guard control comes to inspect is any tourist was sitting in those chairs. Sometimes the guard stays hours without going on the beach and I saw many people from outside using the resort’s chairs. Sun chairs was looking so comfortable. I emphasize that I am not inducing anyone to use the chairs without authorization. I chosen a simple hotel without all inclusive system, so, I decided from the first day to the last one to eat in different restaurants.

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ARRIVING IN PUNTA CANA

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

After working nine months on board a cruise ship, nothing better than a vacation in Caribbean. The chosen destination: Punta Cana. While planning the trip I search some prices in the largest tour operator in Latin America, CVC. The packages offered by travel agent were those five-star resorts on the beach with everything included. The price per couple with ticket, hotel and food was USD2.500 to USD3.500. If you think is expensive, don’t worry, you can do like me, I book all services on the Internet. The first purchase was the tickets that I found a promotion go and return for USD750.00 per person from Sao Paulo to Punta Cana. I booked good hotel very cheap by www.booking.com, one week for USD250.00 without breakfast. The Hotel Green Coast Deluxe is quite simple, is located 150 meters from the Bravo Beach, the bedrooms are with air…

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conditioning cold shower, refrigerator, TV and free internet. The only bad score of this post goes to airline that gave a bad service. On the first way was not any hot food served during eight hours flight, just one sandwich. Another thing, my seats were 31A and 32B located in the end of corridor. When you opened the luggage compartment I realized it was no more space for the hand luggage, because there were a lot of staffs from the airline. I asked for the fly attendant where there is more empty space. The answer was short: “when you enter the aircraft you should have taken the empty places that were in the beginning or middle of the plane to accommodate your belongings”. Imagine, it so uncomfortable get walking in the aircraft’s corridor aisle disturbing the passengers every time because I needed to take something in my luggage. Anyway, cheap ticket, cheap service!

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Photo: Giramundostravel.com – (The poor meal from the airline)

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