I am writing this based on my experiences with traveling as a retired person.
This trip was to celebrate my sister-in-law’s 50th birthday even though I do not need an excuse to travel. This trip was to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. I booked everything on Expedia.com. Booking the hotel and flight usually comes out cheaper than booking them separately. I booked and paid for the round-trip transfers between the airport and the hotel.
We flew Frontier Airlines. Frontier Airlines has flights that are usually cheaper than other airlines. There is a catch of course. Frontier Airlines charges you for checked and overhead luggage on the plane. They charge more for putting luggage in the overhead. Frontier also charges for drinks and snacks. I bring snacks with me. I like to choose my seat. I don’t want to take the chance of sitting in the middle of two people who think they paid for two seats. LOL. Frontier Airlines charges for all of their seats. Some airlines will charge for the seats with more legroom. The flight was smooth, not too much turbulence. We landed earlier than scheduled, that is always a good thing.
The Dominican Republic charges $10 for a Tourist Card, upon entry into the country. The Tourist Card is good for up to 30 days. There is also a $30 departure tax. This is usually included in the cost of your airline ticket. Going through customs was quick. The lines moved quickly.
The weather and the scenery are beautiful in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We stayed at the All Inclusive, Majestic Elegance Resort. Our rooms were not ready when we arrived. We indulged in a very tasteful buffet lunch while waiting for our room to be ready. Our room was a junior suite with a Jacuzzi. A bottle of champagne was waiting for us. That’s how I like to start off a vacation.
An American dollar is worth 44-45 Dominican Republic pesos. We found that the liquor sold at the airport was cheaper than the liquor sold at the resort and in town. The airport had a larger variety of liquor to choose from. We hired a taxi to take us into town. He took us several places and was very patient. However, he did not speak English. Luckily I speak and understand a little Spanish.
We would go back to Punta Cana again. All of us had a very nice time. The food, beverages, staff, accommodations, the grounds and service at the Majestic was excellent.