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    Default Punta Cana or Cabarete

    I am flying into Santo Domingo on Nov.2, 2010. I am planning on taking a bus to either Punta Cana or Cabarete. I am having a little trouble deciding on which one to go to. I spent a month in Cabarete about two years ago, it was nice. I thought that I might try Punta Cana this time for a few months during the winter. I like Punta Canas beaches better than Cabarete beach. Are there plenty of places to eat in Punta Cana or bars outside of the AI resorts? Maybe some of you veterans out there can help me make up my mind. I would appreciate All opinions.

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    Lots of places to eat in Punta Cana.
    Distance to both places from Santo Domingo is about the same, PUJ has much better beaches.

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    go to Punta Cana, you haven't been their and their are way better

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    i suggest you look into samana as well, especially since you are searching for non-AI places. las terrenas is a good sized town where you can find any type of accomodations and restaurants, is as close or closer than the other two and the local beaches are less crowded, some even seem desolate. don't mean to confuse you with another option but you have it anyway good luck and happy travels, ben

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    Punta Cana/Bavaro has many more options than Cabarete when it comes to dining and nightlife. Some of the water sports that Cabarete is famous for can also be done here in Bavaro with surfing at Macao beach and kite surfing at Playa Blanca in Punta Cana. Cabarete is a small town you can walk through, Punta Cana/Bavaro is the entire eastern shore of the Dominican Republic. The downside to this is you will most likely need your own transportation to get around Bavaro. In Cabarete, this is not so much the case.

    Also, Cabarete is a better spot for day trips since it is closer the central mountain range and various destination points on the north coast. In any case, Bavaro has its day trips like Isla Saona, Isla Catalina, and even Playa Esmeralda in Miches which is a bit more of a hike because of the poor quality of the road.

    In the end, if you've seen Cabarete, come to Bavaro. There's a great mix of locals and foreigners and plenty of places to eat and party.

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    I agree with ben that Samaná using Las Terrenas or Las Galeras as a base combine the small holiday town vibe of Cabarete with superior beaches - better than Punta Cana IMO but depends what you're looking for.

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    If you are a single guy/girl looking for fun go to Cabarete, if coming with partner and kids Punta Cana is a great place to visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bachata View Post
    If you are a single guy/girl looking for fun go to Cabarete, if coming with partner and kids Punta Cana is a great place to visit.

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    I disagree with this statement. If you're a single guy or girl there is much more to do in Bavaro than in Cabarete. There are three large discos in Bavaro: Mangu, Imagine and Areito. There are a few more but these are the main ones. What discos are in Cabarete? The Casino? There are several beach bars in Cabarete but there are just as many in Bavaro. Also, Cabarete seems to adhere to the liquor law and closes at 2 or 3am on the weekends. From there you can go to the Casino or get something to eat.

    In Bavaro, it's easy to party till 6am at numerous spots.

    From a nightlife standpoint and young people standpoint, Bavaro is tops in the country, in my opinion, outside of the capital.

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    Ben, you threw me a curve ball with the Samana idea. I am a 57 year old single guy looking for relaxation on the beach or around a swimming pool during the day and a nice place to eat and have a few beers at night. Now that you know specifics about me will that pinpoint where I should go? Where is the best place to get info on condo rentals in Samana?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vahauger View Post
    Ben, you threw me a curve ball with the Samana idea. I am a 57 year old single guy looking for relaxation on the beach or around a swimming pool during the day and a nice place to eat and have a few beers at night. Now that you know specifics about me will that pinpoint where I should go? Where is the best place to get info on condo rentals in Samana?
    In that case, I would recommend Las Terrenas. Great beaches, lots of restaurants and you can relax or get into trouble. Great destination.

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