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What can you Tell me about the Dominican republic

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Hello all,

 

I've cruised many times, but have not yet been to the Dominican Republic.

 

The cruise I'm considering to be my next includes a stop in Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic.

 

Wondering if anyone who has been to this port before can give me an idea of what to expect.

 

Is this a good port to plan to spend the day at a beach? Do some shopping? Any good restaurants I should try?

 

Just basically looking for ageneral overview of Casa De Campo.

 

As always, I appreciate any & all replies on this subject.

 

Chic

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Hello all,

 

I've cruised many times, but have not yet been to the Dominican Republic.

 

The cruise I'm considering to be my next includes a stop in Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic.

 

Wondering if anyone who has been to this port before can give me an idea of what to expect.

 

Is this a good port to plan to spend the day at a beach? Do some shopping? Any good restaurants I should try?

 

Just basically looking for ageneral overview of Casa De Campo.

 

As always, I appreciate any & all replies on this subject.

 

Chic

 

Caso De Campo is the upscale resort area of the DR on the South East Coast. Golf scenic area etc. Most of the hotels are all inclusive. Shopping in the DR is pretty trypical of the Carribe in general duty free etc....Nice beaches.

 

see below

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=352155

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Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

We docked at the pier in La Romana. You have an opportunity to purchase a number of excursions or take a shuttle, provided gratis by Celebrity Cruise Lines, to Altos de Chavon and Casa de Campo Resort. Altos de Chavon is a recreation of a medieval Spanish village with cobblestone streets. It's an interesting stroll, but not of interest to kids. Casa de Campo is a 7,000 acre resort. The shuttle took you to the marina where there are shops and restaurants. During the Port Talk, we were encouraged to visit the marina after dinner. Unfortunately, it closes at 7:00pm.

 

We chose to take the Bayahibe Beach Break excursion at a cost of $44 per person. An air conditioned tour bus took us to the Sunscape Casa del Mar La Romana Resort. This is a very nice all-inclusive resort on Bayahibe Beach, about 30 minutes drive from the ship. The excursion included transportation, beach lounge chairs, use of the resort beach and pool, and access to the open bars. This is an excellent facility for families. There is a big white sand beach and lots of shade. Food and watercraft are available at a small additional charge. The large pool has a 12-foot tall tethered floating "Iceberg" climbing wall/slide that the kids couldn't get enough of. We got hit by a late afternoon downpour, but it didn't dampen the fun. I do recommend it. We felt secure at all times. When you've got an excursion like this available, I do not recommend staying on the ship.

 

We would have done the Bayahibe Beach excursion on our own, but we couldn't get any enough information on the Ports of Call thread to feel comfortable about it. Let me remedy that right now. You can do this on your own, and you shouldn't hesitate. At the port, it is easy to arrange for your own transportation to Bayahibe Beach. (A fellow passenger arranged for a van for their group of ten for $10 per person. They got roundtrip transportation to Bayahibe Beach and the driver even waited for them for 3 hours while they enjoyed the beach). If you don't need the resort facilities, you can access and use the beach just East of the resort.

 

You can do the Sunscape Casa del Mar La Romana Resort on a Day Pass, which would be great if you arrive in the morning. A day pass runs $50 per person (less for children under 11), from 10:30pm until 5:30pm It includes unlimited drinks, food, and access to non-motorized watercraft, snorkel gear, beach chairs --- pretty much the works! The resort personnel are extremely friendly. Shirley Sánchez, the Chief Concierge, is very good at answering any questions you may have via email. A taxi for 4 should run in the $30 to $35 range each way. If the driver doesn't stay, the resort will get call a taxi for your return trip to the pier.

 

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http://www.lavasurfer.com/info/caribbean-secrets.html

These are our very detailed personal reviews, hints, and tips for ports of call that you will be visiting.

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