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Travel to the Dominican Republic, Cigar Country

Visiting the Dominican Republic
Michael Frank
From the Print Edition:
George Burns, Winter 94/95

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Casa de Campo is also very close to Consolidated Cigar Corp., so cigars and a tour are both readily available to tourists.

PLAYA PUNTA CANA

Punta Cana Beach Resort
Punta Cana, Higuey, RD
P.O. Box 524127, Miami, Florida 33152-4121
Phone: (809) 221-CANA, (800) 972-2139
Fax: (809) 687-8745
Room rates: beach double: $73 to $135; tennis double: $68 to $120; superior: $78 to $145
340 rooms, three restaurants, four bars, car rental, scuba, windsurfing, sailboats, kayaking, four tennis courts, horseback riding and water-skiing

 

Both the Punta Cana and Bavaro Beach Resorts (below) are very far from anywhere. The capital is a three-hour drive, and though the Punta Cana International Airport can get you from Santo Domingo in an hour, or by jet from Puerto Rico even faster, everything seems rather far off when all you can see is blue sky, blue water and white sand. But the isolated feeling wears off two minutes after warm sand sinks in between your toes and you realize that nobody you know is looking at this vista or sitting on a beach (considered one of the 10 best on the globe) this pristine and handsome.

At Punta Cana the feeling is accentuated by a sleepy atmosphere, soft trade winds and the occasional lilt of a meringue band. This property, though it services a lot of guests, is perfectly divided, so that a room is never noisy (most of the guest quarters are in tinyvillas), and visitors don't feel rushed. Life is very, very slow here, and Dominicans who work at the resort smile a bit more.

Rooms (either on the beach or near the garden) are lovely, with lots of muted coral, blue, yellow and green-colored furnishings. They are rather spacious and clean, with nice touches like plants in hand-crafted pots and native art on the walls, which further emphasizes the Dominican beach feel.

A private marina is under construction to the south of the resort, and properties with slips will be for sale, with incentives for time-share usage.

One drawback to staying here or at Bavaro is the food. While it is adequately tasty, there are no alternatives--if you go down the road a piece you'll just find more road.

Bavaro Beach Resort
Higuey, RD
Phone: (809) 686-5997, (800) 336-6612
Room rates: single and double: $120 to $270; Palace: $150 to $330
1,955 rooms, 13 restaurants, eight bars, five pools, beauty parlor, cash exchange, medical center, 16-table casino, two discos, four stages,windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding (stable), six tennis courts, badminton, 18-hole golf course


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