I know it seems redundant that we take vacation when we live in the Caribbean, but we honestly work everyday so it was a blast to have both my in-laws and our friends visit Punta Cana over the last couple weeks so we could trade the capital for the beach. Yes, we still had work to do, but our offices looked like this:
While we did not stay at the all-inclusives, both sets of our visitors stayed at Iberostar (Bavaro & Dominicana) and seemed quite happy. We were there a lot and enjoyed our experience as well (minus the gate security guards - that place is like Fort Knox). We stayed in the town of Cortecito in a condo at White Sands & at Hotel Alisios. Both places suited our needs for the 2 weeks, and we would definitely recommend the condo at White Sands Golf Course to anyone who was headed to the area. The hotel was fine, and the location was great next to El Cortecito Beach, but the condo offered a lot more space for almost the same price and was walking distance to Iberostar on the beach.
When I visit the beach I always try to take a walk on the beach first thing in the morning before it is too hot and before the crowds come out. On the last morning I strapped Olivia onto my back in her Ergo and took a calm walk down the playa. I had a momentary wave of sadness come over me as I knew we had to check out of the hotel and go home that day, but then I realized - we live here. So Blessed!