Bavaro's Vista Sol in the Caribbean - Life is Better in Flip Flops

in travel •  16 days ago

While most of the US was experiencing record low temperatures, the island of Hispaniola stayed at a steady 82° Fahrenheit with plenty of sunshine. Join us for a week of fun, sun, and service in the beautiful Caribbean as we explore the all-inclusive resort Vista Sol in the Republica Dominicana. You'll learn tips along the way on how to make the most of your vacation!

Vista Sol - An Inclusive Resort

One unique feature of the Caribbean is that there are inclusive resorts everywhere. This means that when you book your trip through a travel agent, everything is included in the price of the package. Your airfare is included, as well as transfers from the airport to your resort. Once you arrive at the resort, your beverages and food are all included as well. This includes alcohol - and top shelf liquor depending on the resort and package you've booked. Most resorts offer free access to non-motorized watersports. This means you can borrow kayaks, wind surfing equipment, and other water toys to play with. Some resorts, including Vista Sol offer free SCUBA diving lessons!

Tip #1 - Book an Inclusive Package

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Upon arrival at Vista Sol you will be greeted warmly and directed to your room. While it's not mandatory to tip, it is customary. A dollar or two will ensure that you get prompt service, while a five dollar bill toward the beginning of your stay will ensure that you get spectacular service for the duration of your vacation.

The room was clean and tidy when we arrived, with a fresh breeze coming in from the ocean. While we booked a 'garden view' room, we actually had a bit of an 'ocean view' worth admiring!

Room service here did an excellent job of waiting until we had left for the day to come in a tidy up. We never felt pressured to hurry due to someone banging on the door while we were still laying in bed. Also, we found a complimentary bottle of Dominican Rhon (Rum) every time we left a $5 on the bed.

Tip #2 - Tip Room Service Well

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There are many things to do while at the resort, including laying on the beach, eating food, and drinking hand-mixed cocktails, but sometimes, you just want to explore the countryside a bit. Fortunately, because we booked through a travel agency we were able to go on excursions almost every day. Excursions can get quite expensive if you buy them while at the resort. We were able to go horseback riding, SCUBA diving, shopping (twice!), have lunch on Catalina Island, and visit a cenote because we had booked through a travel agency.

Our horseback tour was a small group, only 4 people, and it lasted approximately 2 hours. We had 2 guides and they took us down back country trails, through an authentic Dominican town, to a coffee and spice shop, then finally to a lovely secluded beach where we got to splash around in the ocean for a while.

While on an excursion, your every need will be taken care of. Tourism is the main source of income for the Dominican people, so they make a point to treat you well. When we signed up for our SCUBA trip, we had no idea it would come with a freshly prepared buffet lunch on an island and complimentary drinks! There was time for lounging on the beach as well!

Tip #3 - Use a Travel Agent!

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While it may seem like beach life is all about sunshine and sand, there's plenty to do at Vista Sol after the sun goes down. The resort has a special team called animacion who makes sure that everyone has a great time. The animacion staff sets up events like the Beach Party above, or the Foam Party. In addition, they have a stage with nightly entertainment and the chance to win prizes!

At night, the resort has well-lit swimming pools which create lovely spots to sit and chat, or you could head to the Discoteque which is open until 2:30 AM every night for more lively entertainment. There's no need to worry about being out and about late at night; the resort only allows guests to be on the premises and has staff available at all times to ensure your safety.

Tip #4 - Check the Animacion Calendar

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The beach is the heart of any Caribbean vacation, and the beach at Vista Sol is quite lovely! The resort is small, so the beach front is also small, but the sand is soft, the water is warm, and the sun is always shining! Some places in the Dominican Republic have very rocky beaches, but no rocks are to be found here. The ground slopes away gently from the shore so you don't have to worry about going to deep too fast.

It's such a nice beach that everyone wants a piece of it. While beach chairs are plentiful, they can be a bit hard to come by if you show up in the afternoon. The best sunshine is right after breakfast, so you might as well grab a spot on the beach early and enjoy those morning rays. Vista Sol also does a great job at making sure that the beach vendors are never too pushy. While they will approach you and ask if you'd like to see their wares, a simple no gracias will send them on their way.

As the sun lowers, most visitors head in for dinner at one of the 5 restaurants on the resort. If you've made your reservation for a bit later in the day, you can enjoy some prime time on a mostly deserted beach. The wind will be kicking up a bit at this time of day though, so you might want to bring a light jacket.

Tip #5 - Get to the Beach Early

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The most important part of any beach vacation is to have a good time. Vista Sol was a refreshing place to spend a week and recharge. To make the most of it, follow these simple tips:

Tip #1 - Book an Inclusive Package
Tip #2 - Tip Room Service Well
Tip #3 - Use a Travel Agent
Tip #4 - Check the Animacion Calendar
Tip #5 - Get to the Beach Early

Thanks for joining us on our beach adventure! Get in touch to book your own Caribbean vacation, or find us at Travel Life Services.

Drop a line in the comments with your favorite travel trip!

Happy Travels!

Jennifer

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Muchos gracias mi amigos! I don't speak much Spanish, but I think I learned how to say thank you!!!! :-)

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Thanks. I'm already missing the sunshine!

Beautiful. I love all-inclusive resorts all over Caribbean. I’ve never been to DR yet. 😊

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It's one of my favorite places! Each side of the island is unique. 😀


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Woot woot! Many thanks! You guys are awesomesauce!!!!

#powerhousecreatives

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Oh, and I voted for you as witness too, now that I know how to do it. :-D

I agree.

Been in flip-flops since retiring over 14 years ago!

Enjoyed your post.

Quality content, indeed...

Namaste, JaiChai

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Thanks! Where are your favorite flip-flop hangouts?

Your pictures and your review are so inspiring, nice and well done, that they should pay you, because this is better than an advertising post! 🤣

Really nice, congratulations!

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Why thank you very much!

I am a travel agent, so I hope that my post will inspire folks to want to travel more and hopefully call me when they are ready to. :-) But I also want my posts to be nice for people to read who have to intention to travel or use my agency. :-)

I'm glad you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!

#powerhousecreatives

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I have to say you achieved your goal... Although I am in the Caribbean I'd like to travel there to Vista El Sol.

If I were in your vicinity, I would call you to arrange that trip 🤩

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Ooooh, you're in the Caribbean? Where are you? Maybe I'll have to come visit. ;-)

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It would be nice to see you here, but right now it's not the best time. I'm in Venezuela.

I hope that the situation of tension that exists now disappears soon and everything returns to normality. Then I will gladly receive you... 🤗

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Oooooooh..... I hear it's pretty bad there, but I'm sure that I'm not even hearing half of it here in the US. Our media hasn't been publicizing your plight very well at all. They are too concerned with Trump and his wall to pay attention to much else.

Well, if you'd like to come visit here, that's an option! :-D In the meantime, stay safe and I hope you get all your needs met. <3

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As long as there is not an invasion here, I think we can be fine. Thanks for your good wishes!

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Is an invasion a legitimate possibility? By whom?

That's where I want to go in wintertimes. Great to take us with.

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I love it here in the winter! It's so nice to escape the grey and cold and instead soak up sun and warmth!

Photos from your holiday are so wonderful! We also have low temperatures and snow. My eyes miss the blue sky, water and green grass...

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It's amazing how quickly the world changes when you hop on a plane. This was only 4 hours away from my snowy home in Cleveland, Ohio!!

Thanks for dropping by - hope to see you again. :-)

Such a beautiful place! Fantastic pictures too :)
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Thank you! I get so busy having fun that I never take as many pictures as I'd like.

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Looks beautiful and relaxing (if you want it to be - I'd be avoiding the foam party!)

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I too avoided the foam party, which I why I didn't have any pics of it. You never know when a stray batch of foam will whack you in the face!!!

This is certainly a dream trip. I bet it is expensive.
The heat would feel good today it is cold outside.

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Where in the world are you? Trips like this can be more affordable than most people realize, depending on the cultural background you are coming from of course. For someone in the US or economically similar countries, it's doable for most with the right planning!

That looks like an amazing place to go to! Thanks for sharing this and giving us tips!

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You are quite welcome! If you need a vacation, let me know. I know places!! :-D

Thank you SO much for this virtual vacation! While the temps soared into the 50s here yesterday (up from -7 a couple days ago), I still really enjoyed imagining sticking my toes in the warm sand in that second-to-last shot. Gorgeous captures too!

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Thanks for checking it out! It got pretty cold here too. Why do we do this to ourselves?!?!

Hi, that's totally opposite to our backpacker's style tips :) We'd never recommend booking all-inclusive vacations through travel agency! :) Beach looks fabulous, but have you been outside of the resort and seen "real life" on the island?

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I absolutely have! I love travelling both ways myself. Inclusives are great for people who don't travel a lot and really just want to relax and be pampered. :-)

Now if you want an adventure...definitely leave the resort!

I saw this post just a tad too late :(

What a beautiful place to have been. I bet you had such a great time! How was scuba diving? I was never able to grasp it. Staying underwater breathing through my mouth without being able to breath through my nose creates a panic lol. I would need one of those full face ones lol.

March next year we may be travelling south somewhere. Your tips are handy as I want to make sure I can get an all inclusive resort. Thanks ^_^

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Scuba diving was pretty awesome. I'm going to have to do it a few more times before I can relax and enjoy it fully though. I'll write a detailed post about it soon hopefully.

I'm glad my tips are helpful. The resort we stayed at this time had lots of Canadians there as well. Let me know and I can help make your arrangements. 😀😀😀

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Sweet! I will let you know. We are going with my mother inlaw and one of my besties. I will let you know if we pick a peculiar spot. All I know is that I want it inclusive and good for the kids. I have 3. all under 8yrs old and my friend has a 9 yr old.
I am not sure where in the south it is that they plan on going. For myself I have no clue as I dont know whats out there. How do I find out?

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Hmmm... if you don't already have a place in mind, check out trip advisor for Caribbean destinations. Try a google search for "best family vacations in the Caribbean." There are so many places to choose from. I like the D.R because it's quite inexpensive. Jamaica tends to be close in price, but has a heavy focus on drug culture. I hear you are bombarded with sales offers from the time you leave the airport.

Mexico is nice... but they've had some issues with cartels moving into the tourist areas lately.

I'd recommend the Dominican Republic... but look around and see what grabs your attention.

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Thanks! I will check these out :D