Punta Cana, Dominican Republic vacation experience

Here’s a good article written by some vacationers about their experience in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. They stayed at a resort called Sunscape the Beach, which they liked. How do you not like staying in a resort on a tropical island?

Sunscape the Beach was praised for excellent cleanliness, food, a pool (to which all rooms have easy access), the beach, and the critically important swim-up bar. I love swim-up bars.

I’m not sure why they don’t blame the resort for taking them snorkeling when a tropical storm was on the way. Personally, I need my resort to make sure I don’t get exposed to situations like this on vacation:

…two resort employees took Michael, Dante and four other guests out in a 20-foot wooden motorboat. When they hit the first wave, they flew into the air and landed with a thud on the wooden seats. It was not fun. The blue sky was turning dark gray as we jumped into the water filled with colorful fish and coral.

Michael was looking underwater when he saw a huge wave lift Dante and other swimmers high into the air. The sky turned black, winds picked up to 20 mph, big waves crashed over the snorkel tubes and the rain was pouring hard. Michael and Dante had been in the water for only about a half hour; it was a struggle swimming against waves to get back to the boat.

Normally I would say that vacationers are equally responsible for their own safety but since i don’t usually watch the Weather Channel while I’m on vacation, I suppose that I would also have followed the guides into the ocean in a small, wooden boat.

The authors say that their vacation package was less expensive than going to Mexico or the Caribbean so it sounds like Punta Cana is affordable.

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