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    Tourist card

    If I didn't have a little more info I would be happy with your response and not be concerned about it. I know of at least one other airline, Sunwing, that doesn't include the tourist card in the ticket price. So I assume someone at the airport can figure this out and make you purchase one. I'd...
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    Tourist card

    Yes the dreaded tourist card... I heard that many airlines include the tourist card in the the ticket price. I have a few questions. Does a tourist card need to be presented to officials when arriving in Dominican Republic? If so, how/where does one get it? I just called Turkish Airlines and...
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    I also have a $U.S. credit card. Would there be any benefit in using it for the reservation?
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    About paying for the stay. Does anyone here have a preferred or best method (especially given that I likely won't have access to a bank before I end up paying)? Since I won't be able to get a pile of pesos I'll need to pay using my credit card it seems. Is this the way you folks pay or do you...
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    Well now I'm a bit confused SKY. I went back to this site you recommended. (They sure have cool-looking photos, I know Melphis says it's a dump). First their site says AI (all three meals) and everything looks great. When I put in my dates, I get results with just bed and breakfast, gone is the...
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    OK thanks AlPlaya that's helpful! So if I understand correctly, upon check-out, they will get my booked rate in $ (my case $CAD) and convert that to pesos for the rate that day, and charge that in pesos? That would make sense to me.
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    Folks I have a few questions about prices/rates. Here's what it comes down to. When you make a booking at an external hotel booking site and get an e-mail confirmation for the price, they say you don't have to make any pre-payments, you will pay at the site when you arrive. 1. Is the price...
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    Thanks folks for your suggestions above. I just saw them today (wasn't given an e-mail notice). Melphis' suggestion above (Playa Turquesa in Bavaro) had rooms starting at $3,780 US, 3-bedroom (nothing smaller) which are more expensive than what I am looking at AI. The other options, while they...
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    So what exactly are the options for a Timeshare when you want to eat? Buy your food at grocery store and prepare on your own? Arrange for meals at AI hotel, with or without AI option?
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    I did a quick search on the big name booking sites and didn't find any non-AI hotels in Punta Cana (I found apartments). Could you name a few that you would recommend?
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    OK, thanks. I will consider this for our next trip.
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    In our case the hotels will be doing very well thank you. :) Neither of us drink and we both eat like birds. We eat less than half of what a regular Jane/John would.
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    Yeah, upon further reflection I didn't think it was such a good idea for the reasons you stated. :)
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    Thanks folks I've got a few more questions for you. A couple have mentioned preferring to book directly with the hotel. I certainly am amenable to that. When traveling on the fly, I've often done that. Will the hotels offer the same FREE CANCELLATION that Booking.com is offering? Booking.com...
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    Thanks keepcoming for your additional recommendations. I will be sure to check them out. I gave a general budget, and would be willing to raise it a tad if something were highly recommended.
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    I would agree 100% Kipling! Fortunately I do have driving experience in DR from quite a few previous trips there (Santo Domingo) so I am open to this possibility.
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    Thanks melphis for your help! I have actually been to Punta Cana twice before. I stayed at the Princess the first time and Catalonia the second time. The stays were a decade apart. Does the Catalonia have rentals for golf equipment? And will they allow the adult guests to use the family side...
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    Thanks Maria for helping out. For our situation currently, a rental wouldn’t work well. For a seasoned DR adventurer I could see it working. No it doesn’t have to be Bavaro / Punta Cana. I am open to other locations in the vicinity. I’d be open to say La Romana. Does that area have quality...
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    Hello keepcoming! Thanks for helping out, I appreciate it. :) After looking at quite a few resorts so far, I guess I'm looking at the $225-$300 US/day per 2 adults. Both the Catalonia Royal Bavaro Adults Only and the Be Live Collection Adults fit that range. The Hyatt Zilara does look nice...
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    Punta Cana Adult All-Inclusive Hotels

    I've been a member here for years. And reading through various messages in this sub-forum it doesn't seem you cater to vacationers to PC do you? Well, in any event I'll ask my questions. Does anyone here have experience staying at a variety of PC hotels over the past few years (for more than a...