Dominican Republic - Stay & Play, Maybe Haiti?

Old Aug 19, 17, 4:02 pm
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Smile Dominican Republic - Stay & Play, Maybe Haiti?

I have booked a trip to the DR 10/13/17 - 10/20/17.(Myself, wife & sister) Airline booked. I have booked lodging at Barcelo Bavaro Palace. Although there are activities there and around, we would like to do an excursion to "27 Waterfalls", but are having difficulties doing so. Most excursions are out of Punta Plata.

Should we hire a private driver to get us there? Recommendations?

I could cancel in Punta Cana and rebook in Punta Plata if that would make more sense. Plan on doing Ziplining, Dolphin/Shark encounter, horseback riding, golf.

And ... would it be worth taking a short trip into Haiti? We love to travel, experience and learn. Maybe for a day?

Thanks for input.
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Old Aug 21, 17, 3:54 am
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Originally Posted by rahanman View Post
I have booked a trip to the DR 10/13/17 - 10/20/17.(Myself, wife & sister) Airline booked. I have booked lodging at Barcelo Bavaro Palace. Although there are activities there and around, we would like to do an excursion to "27 Waterfalls", but are having difficulties doing so. Most excursions are out of Punta Plata.

Should we hire a private driver to get us there? Recommendations?

I could cancel in Punta Cana and rebook in Punta Plata if that would make more sense. Plan on doing Ziplining, Dolphin/Shark encounter, horseback riding, golf.

And ... would it be worth taking a short trip into Haiti? We love to travel, experience and learn. Maybe for a day?

Thanks for input.
Don't cancel your stay in Punta Cana, most hotels in the Puerto Plata area are not up to the level of the Bavaro Palace. The trip to the 27 waterfalls is indeed great, but not worth the change. The beach in Punta Cana is much nicer, and the area is, in my opinion as a local, much safer than Puerto Plata.

My recommendation is to either to hire a private driver (but unfortunately cannot recommend any, as I drive in the DR all the time) or keep searching, I just found this tour operator that seems to organize day trips from Punta Cana, maybe you can give them a try:

http://www.puntacanatransferservice.com/blog/


Short trip to Haiti... Long and complicated. You can either fly (45 minutes flight from Santo Domingo) or take the bus (6-7 hours each way from Santo Domingo, so 9-10 hours from Punta Cana). IMHO, 7 days in the DR will not be enough to do the activities you want to do and also travel to Haiti.
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Old Aug 28, 17, 3:18 pm
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Thank you SDQbound,

Your information is helpful. Might try Haiti - it just checks off a country bucket list item. Again thank you!
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Old Aug 29, 17, 3:39 am
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Thank you SDQbound,

Your information is helpful. Might try Haiti - it just checks off a country bucket list item. Again thank you!
Go for it! Pawa Dominicana has flights from SDQ to PAP. It's the easiest way. By road, it will just take too much time (9-10 hours each way).
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