We just returned from a one week trip to Dreams Resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. With the exception of food poisoning for Sandi and me, it was a great trip.
Traveling with our family is always fun. It is very often a new and exciting adventure for grand children. In this case Brooke and Courtney thoroughly enjoyed it.
As far as the country of Dominican Republic is concerned it is very typical of all Caribbean countries. The resort areas are beautiful and luxurious. Outside of that there's a great deal of poverty with occasional nice vacation residences.
The staff at the resort was in my view exceptional. They were competent and polite.
There were a couple of downsides to the whole thing. Travel days were marked by waiting, waiting, waiting in long lines and the returning flight was delayed. Also, in terms of the resort itself there was a large contingent of young adults who drank too much and tended to be quite rowdy. Fortunately it was possible to distance ourselves from them. Finally, the beach was basically of no use. There was a serious algae problem that prevented its use. Fortunately the pool area was very large so we could enjoy that.
The food poisoning mentioned earlier was probably from some shrimp we had eaten the night before. It didn't prevent us from having a good time but it wasn't fun either. At least we took great pains to drink only bottled water. The resort made sure there was an ample supply of that.
Now it's back to the routine. It will probably be a long time before we take another trip like this since we do have the condo in Naples.
To see some good pictures go to georgeswebpage.com and click on the photo gallery link at the top of the page.