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It was lots of fun and great to get out and see the countryside while doing your own driving. The operators are great. Everything went as planned and we learned things about the D.R. at our stops too. I recommend it. Nice to get off the resort for a while!
It was great - more than 4 hours. Good guide, fun times; however, I felt it was a little too long. I would recommend it regardless. Be prepared to get VERY dirty. Off road driving, city driving and a beach finale! REALLY good!
I had a fabulous time, and our guide Charlie was very informative about the area. I learned much and am pleased that I did the excursion.
My husband and I took the 1/2 Day Dune Buggy Adventure on April 13, 2012. Charlie, our guide was a lot of fun and very informative about the life and customs of the locals living in the Dominican Republic. It was interesting to see how people, outside the resorts, actually live and make a living. The tour was fun and since it had rained in the days before, we got really dirty but it was something we expected and the dirtier we got, the more we laughed. Being four wheeler riders at home, we were smart enough to bring bandannas for our faces which not only kept out the dust, it kept our faces somewhat clean as we were covered in at least 3 different kinds of mud. We would suggest wearing something you can throw out as the stains did not come out of some of our clothing. No big deal, they are only clothes. The people in the resort found us quite amusing. Anyway, our trip in the dunebuggies was amazing, we saw a lot of the country you wouldn't ever see sitting at your resort. It is extremely beautiful. It is a good idea to bring candies for the children as the wait and know you are coming. Thank you again Charlie for an amazing, eyeopening experience. We will do it again on our next trip to Punta Cana. We highly recommend this excursion.
Jim and Joanne Presgrave, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
We had a great time on our Dune Buggy Adventure! It was the highlight of our trip. Our guide Charlie was very informative of the culture, and area. We really got to see it all, and had a ton of fun getting there! You will get muddy....really muddy, but that was part of the fun! After seeing the other Dune Buggy excursions this was definitely the best! He took over 200 pictures as well of our day that we were able to get on a CD after the trip!
I probably would have given it a 4 if not for the owner, Charlie. He certainly could do with learning some manners in how he talks to people. He was rude and agressive Yelling at people in front of everybody because they make mistakes. I felt bad for that people The tour guide was really nice. It was a confusion because we were upgraded it to another hotel. We called the night before and let them know. The day of the tour we waited 30 minutes in the lobby , we called them and the lady that answer the phone also was very rude saying that she forgot the hotel chance and we lost the tour .She hang up the phone on me. We had to called back and then she sent the driver to pick us up. As tourist we did not expect to be treated like that. I would do another buggy trip again because it is fun but certainly not with this guy - ever.
Charlie did a nice job of showing us the country side, but there was one downfall that put a damper on our trip. He stopped twice to yell at one of the people in our party because he thought he didn't know how to drive a stick. The person in our party knew how to drive and explained to Charlie that there was a mechanical issue with the dune buggy. After yelling twice, Charlies assistant drove the vehicle and discovered there was a problem with their dune buggy. If that had not happened, we would have enjoyed the trip. But because it happened, the person in my party really was disappointed in the excursion (and he was looking forward to it the most) and that made the others on the trip feel bad. Charlie also yelled at another group that was with us. They were not happy either. Charlie needs to make sure he maintains his machines and doesn't yell at the people paying for this excursion!!
The buggy trip itself was ok, not amazing but a good laugh that we all enjoyed. I probably would have given it a 4 if not for the trip leader. He certainly could do with learning some manners in how he talks to people. Another member of the tour said he was sharp with him at the start because he happened to choose the wrong pedal (whilst stationary, engine off and being shown the ropes!!) - I heard this myself also. Later I went the wrong way ONE TIME (didn't stay in his tracks) and he was very rude when we stopped. I said to him "yeah yeah ok"; by that meaning yes i understood, to which he replied by holding up his arms and saying "yeah yeah what - yeah yeah nothing". I would do another buggy trip again because it is fun but certainly not with this guy - ever.
I did not anticipate the amount of driving that I had to do. Shared the buggy with another couple, neither girls drove stick, so the men shared the driving. the places that we stopped gave us a flavor of the living conditions outside of the resorts!!!Being retired this trip was not for us....more for the younger generation.
Make sure you can drive a stick shift well because you will be traveling fast on busy streets and dirt roads. Also, be prepared to be sprayed with mud and cow poop. Other than that, you will experience a vast array of the Dominican culture from city life to a beach, and country living.