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First time at Punta Cana

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First time at Punta Cana
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My husband and I are planning to travel to Punta Cana the 2nd week of August for the first time and we are hesitant between some AI resorts. Dreams Palm Beach, Dreams Macao, Dreams Dominicas, Iberostar Selection Bavaro, and Iberostar Selection Hacienda. Any thoughts to help us deciding where to go? Thanks in advance

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You've narrowed down to those 5 because of your budget or... any other (s) reason (s)?

As you might know Dreams Dominicus and Iberostar Selection Hacienda Dominicus are not in Punta Cana but in Bayahibe that's in a different part of the island.

All are family resorts and all very similiar, so... it's hard to give you more help with just the names...

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Yes Bayahibe is on the Caribbean Sea coast which is south west facing whereas Punta Cana beaches are north east facing on the North Atlantic Ocean. This means the wind is usually offshore on the Caribbean coast whereas it's usually onshore on the North Atlantic coast.

On the Caribbean side you might look at the Hilton "La Romana" which is also at Bayahibe. This last has a new waterpark if that appeals.

Day cruises on the Caribbean depart from Bayahibe harbour to Saona Island. If you stay on the Atlantic side it's an hour or more by road to Bayahibe whereas from the Hilton you can walk to Bayahibe harbour.

Bayahibe is a fishing village built in the mid 19th Century although a very early (2000 BCE) site has been uncovered there. Punta Cana was built to serve tourists in the later 20th Century.

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Just be aware of travel times and cost if flying into PUJ. Some of the southern resorts have long and expensive transfers.

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Long? It's only forty miles from PUJ to Bayahibe where the two hotels the OP mentioned are situated. It's over 20 miles from PUJ to Dreams Macao.

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Transfers say 1 hr and about $175 vs 25 min and about $70. I am just making aware there is a difference.

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what are you hesitant about ..? Going to Punta Cana or Bayahibe ?

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I'd say if its just you two... Go to an adult's only. So much better than having kids around.

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I traveled to La Romana - Bayahibe many times. Exellent beach, exellent service. The best hotels overthere is Iberostar Hacienda and Hilton. 40-45 minutes drive from Punta Cana Airport and JetBlue vacations is offering free transfer.

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