We decided to try something new and instead of going to an all inclusive hotel rented an apartment. We got the presidential treatment from the owner who picked us up from the airport, took us grocery shopping and showed us around the area.
The apartment was in excellent condition. Two bedroom, two large bathrooms, kitchen, living with dining area. There was also a laundry room with a washer and dryer. We also had a balcony facing the pool - great for morning coffee or an evening cocktail. It was very clean and well equipped. The apartment accommodated our family of 5 (three teenagers) comfortably. It was convenient to have the fully equipped kitchen for breakfast and snacks, while there was plenty of restaurant choices around for lunch and dinners. Some restaurants even offered delivery service which we took advantage of too.
Another very nice thing was that we also got a ride back to the airport. This is a nice extra service which is one less thing you need to worry about when you are vacationing.
The beach was a short few minutes walk with plenty of vendors, restaurants and bars along the way. There are grocery stores nearby where you can buy all basic necessities and tickets to many excursions.
We recommend an excursion to the Punta Cana Catalina Island. It was an all day trip which includes food, drinks and snorkeling at the island. We took the catamaran to the island. It was a good 1 1/2 hour on the catamaran. With music, drinks and some dancing, we were all very well entertained. Unfortunately, due to rain we were not able to go snorkeling. But beach volleyball with warm pouring rain and swimming in the ocean was very fun too. We took a very fast speed boat on the way back and stopped in some shallow water to refresh our drinks and check out starfish. Be careful from the beginning of this trip to the end they never stop pouring drinks! Overall we had a great experience.
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