Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Rating would be higher if it didn't rain ALL DAY during our trip. Because of that, it was a lot less enjoyable. A blinding thunderstorm as you rip out toward the island on an uncovered speedboat was a bit unnerving (not to mention painful due to the rain hitting you at full speed), and much of our time on the island was spent under one of the shelters as we were trying to keep our camera dry. But, everything was delivered/provided exactly as promised. No problems with scheduling, transportation, quality of service, etc... But, be careful - perhaps it was all of the rum, but I didn't understand that the video of the trip offered on the way back (after drinking all the rum) was $40USD. The $10USD paid on the boat was only a deposit with a $30USD balance required to obtain the video. Oh, and a little kid took some clothes from some of our tour mates and was trying to sell them on the beach. Luckily, they got them back without too much trouble and were laughing about the whole thing. Maybe keep a close eye on your belongings once on the island. Would I do it again? Absolutely. It would have been perfect without the rain. And since I still seem to have some room here, be sure to take some insect repellent with you to the DR and use it whenever going to the beach. The sand fleas really got me good and made the last few days of the trip less enjoyable. The little buggers couldn't jump higher than my knees, but they made the bottom half of my legs look like a war zone. Take lots of sunscreen with you, too. It's $28USD in the DR.
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