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Rating: Excellent Phone: 809-526-3434 Website:
Location: Southeast Coast Fax: E-Mail: [email protected]
City: GUAYACANES Contact: Value for money: Average
Food: Average Decor: Average Service: Average
For those who are interested in knowing the Dominican people and lifestyle, this hotel is a good staring point. Small, clean, inexpensive, all-inclusive, Italian owned hotel (44 rooms), with air-conditioning/ceiling fans, and pool. Very friendly staff. Less than 30 minutes from Santo Domingo airport. Close to Juan Dolio-San Pedro de Macoris-La Romana. Situated on Playa Guayacanes with white sand, tranquil water, and fishing village. Good place to meet the locals and taste local dishes prepared right on the beach.

Staff was also very helpful with day trip recommendations. Bicycles provided used to explore town of Guayacanes and pick up morning newspaper.
Author E-Mail: [email protected] Review date: 12/12/2000



I live in Santo Domingo and can highly recommend Playa Esmeralda, though I've not spent the night. My family and I opt for an occasional day pass (600 pesos for adults). This is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes access to the grounds, pool, beachchairs, towels, and lunch and drinks. I like it for its small size and simple beauty, and it really bridges the gap between the rough edges of the DR public beaches and the fortresses of the large all-inclusives. The beach IS public, but their corner of it is at the end and there's not so much traffic. The water is quite calm and starts shallow, so small kids can really have a good time. And snorkelers have a lot to explore in the rocky shelf a bit further out. It's a great escape from the grind of city life for us, and I think it's a good home base for the tourist who's interested in observing a more native take on beach culture.
Author: Jennifer Perez-Brennan Posted at 21:57 01/27/2004
Best kept secret in Dominican Republic. Price is right, friendly staff, good food, beautiful and quiet la playa, casino nearby.
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