Spring Break in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

As some of you know, I spent my spring break in Punta Cana in 2004, when I was a senior in college. I never was a fan of the whole Cancun or big concert full of 10,000 people in Florida spring break version. Earlier today I did some chatting on #Expediachat on Twitter as they hosted a 1.5 hour talk on spring break.

The memories began to come back to me and I have longed to write about Punta Cana. I could not decide where to begin!

Punta Cana is a known destination in the DR, for its’ resorts, beaches, and its’ parties. It was an easy pick because it’s not the most popular spring break spot, but you get to meet groups of friends traveling together looking for some party, some laziness, and some attractions. It’s not all alcohol chugging and pumping music kind of a place, thank god!

There’s many resorts to choose from and I stayed at the Barcelo Bavaro Resort. It was made up of four resorts in one with a free shuttle to visit all the areas! There will be more on that later…

What I loved about Punta Cana was the friendliness of the Dominican people. I can’t remember anyone getting mad at myself, my friends, or any of the other people at the resort. It may have to do with the men liking American women, but hey, they were gorgeous too. The resort was completely safe at all times.

dr beach

The food was great, the drinks were great, and so were the beaches. Since I went to Punta Cana in mid-March, the weather was perfect with high 70’s in the day and low 70’s at night. There was a tropical depression out in the sea which affected us for one day where I wore a hoodie and it was very windy. The waves rose above 8 feet and the resort took in dolphins to our pool to help them. Security guards watched whoever tried to get into the water late at night (aka me) and ensured our safety. The tides got rough, and going in after a few drinks was not smart.

dr dolphins

People from all over the world were there. Primarily, there were a lot Canadians and French people on the trip that I met. Could have just been that week.

The marketplace and the town have attractions to offer, such as Mangu – which is the “off-the-resort” nightclub everyone visits at least once. It’s two floors, Spanish music on the first floor and pumping techno on the second. It’s about half hour drive from Barcelo but it’s one of those things you should do just for the experience. Let it be know if I and my friends had a bigger budget for our trip, we would have gone back more often.

I did indulge in the All-Inclusive deal at Barcelo but I went off for some day trips too. I went on a day cruise and snorkeled. There were morning fitness groups offered every day and dances in the afternoons. Espresso was available at the bar. Volleyball was being played and games in the pool went on regularly. There were shows every night.

dr dances

Doesn’t sound like Cancun right? Correct.

Did you ever go and how was your experience in Punta Cana?