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    i'm going on a two-week vacation to the dominican republic with david starting on monday the 7th (6 a.m. - one eye will still be closed) and returning on the 19th. we'll be in puerto plata at a resort. i've never been to a tropical island before, so i hope it's as good as it sounds. :lol: terri will have tell me, right? i know she's on a pebble, but i think this might be also. :roll:

    so, can anyone recommend a good lqs in the dominican republic? ;) :?

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    Never been there. I hope you have a wonderful time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    Never been there. I hope you have a wonderful time!!
    thanks. i really don't know what to expect. it all looks great in photos, right?

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    Can't help you with a LQS but hope you have a wonderful time :mrgreen: May the sun shine on you both

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    Have fun! Don't get too sunburned!

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    I've never been, but it sounds wonderful! I hope you have a fabulous time and are successful finding an LQS. :-D

    The only thing is, what will we do for jokes and funny stories while you're gone? I spent some time earlier this evening showing several to my DH. He liked the "Bird Poop" a lot (I don't think he cares for pigeons), but he seemed to really enjoy finding all the details in the "Optical Illusion." I guess we all did. :-D

    Anyway, have a great trip :!:

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    Can't help you with quiltshops but I wish you and your DH a fabulous time :)

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    Have a good time.
    Can't help you there...never been there or around there before. I'll be it's better than here!

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    Have a great time! Wow, what a trip! Take pics to show us, please! :D

    Just googled, looks great! Here's a link with some tips http://www.puertoplata.com/id4.html

    It includes that you have to buy a tourist pass when you land at the airport- 10 USD per person which lasts up to 30 days. Didn't know if you knew that. :-D

    Also, practice your Spanish - here's some phrases:

    Donde està el bar? - Where is the bar?
    Dos cervezas, por favor. - Two beers please.
    Gracias. - Thanks.
    Holà, guapo! - Hiya handsome guy! (David needs to say 'guapa' if he sees a nice girl! :mrgreen: )

    Should just about cover it! :mrgreen:

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    Been on tropical vacations many times.. in a non US area? Bring BUG SPRAY.. in Mexico you can get DDT (yup) which at the time seemed pretty darned good. Depends on how far out from tourist areas you are. The farther you go.. the less chance of "OFF" being sold. Wouldnt stop me fromgoing again.. you going to find heaven. And check out early sunrises and last minute sunsets.. they didnt put them in movies without a reason. They are truly special.Oh and dont go for a night walk without a flashlight (thats when the large spiders go walking too)... I did it, in thongs.. only once.

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    Have a great time Barbara!!

    I did a search for you for fabric stores, but did turn up anything. If you go around, have this written on a piece of paper: Donde encuentro una tienda de telas? (where can I find a fabric store?) and maybe the hotel people can lead you. If you do find something, be very open minded about fabrics other that cotton, since most likely that's all you will find...no need for quilts there.

    And (I will sound like a mother now) don't venture too far from the tourists area. The food might be better and cheaper, but stay safe.

    Have fun at the beach!!

    Maria

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    Have a great vacation!! Hope you find a great quilting store or stores and be sure to show pictures when you get back.

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    Have a great time!

    I'll be thinking about you being nice and WARM!

    I love to go to tropical places (Hawaii, Costa Rica, Nicaragua so far). The advice about bug spray is very important---take some "anti itch" cream as well.

    You might find fabric in the local markets but they won't be quilt store quality. (that was my experience anyway)

    Your jokes will be missed......

    (more Espanol----"mas barato, por favor"--cheaper, please

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    My advice is do not leave the Resort, it can be very dangerous.

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    Just have fun. Enjoy.

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    Follow all advice given here, but most of all HAVE FUN!!!

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    DON'T leave the resort!!!!
    I went to Puerto Plata last winter, and while it was a wonderful trip, everyone kept telling us not to leave the resort grounds. Besides, there's not much shopping to be had in that part of the island, we went on a tour and there's almost nothing but poor people around, no malls, no stores other than run down convenience stores and that. You should be offered several day trips at your orientation, like a safari (very very good, take that one!) or something similar to sea world or swimming with the dolphins, or a snorkeling trips and all that. If you go on the beach, there will be tons of locals trying to offer you the same trips and deals at a lower price but I suggest you do NOT go with them. Go with the organized day trips offered at the resorts, they're safe, and you won't have to worry about, they know where to take you that's safe, and they have safe equipment and vehicles, and food that won't make you sick. It's unfortunate but you can't trust the locals, they're just after your money. The beaches down there are public beaches, so everyone has access to them. There will even be people there wth 'badges' or stickers on their shirts saying they work for the hotel, or for whatever company offering such and such a day trip, but ANYONE can put on a badge and walk up to a person and ask for money, saying it's legit. I'm not saying you'll get ripped off, but trust me, it's not safe!
    If you walk down the beach there's the Orange Market, it's not very big, but you can find lots of souveneirs and have fun haggling with the vendors... if you buy it for the price advertized, you're getting ripped off.

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    oh yeah, and if you go on the safari, bring school supplies, stickers, pencils, crayons, toothpaste, tooth brushes, maxi pads, small things you can easily carry in your suitcase from home, and they'll make a stop off at one of the local schools where you can donate these items. I got all my stuff from the dollar store here.
    DO NOT throw money or change at the kids chasing your bus or truck. You're not doing them any good, they're trying to encourage the parents to send their children to schools and get an education instead of begging, and trying to discourage any form of it.

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    OMG, sunscreen sunscreen sunscreen! The sun there is brutal even in off season. Re-apply often too, none of this every 6 hours stuff, trust me. Even if you're in the shade... I learned this the hard way :(
    I went for a few months before our trip to the tanning salon to prep my skin, and I wore 45 sunblock and I still got some crazy sun burns.


    Which resort are you going to? We went to Gran Ventana resort, really awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    i'm going on a two-week vacation to the dominican republic with david starting on monday the 7th (6 a.m. - one eye will still be closed) and returning on the 19th. we'll be in puerto plata at a resort. i've never been to a tropical island before, so i hope it's as good as it sounds. :lol: terri will have tell me, right? i know she's on a pebble, but i think this might be also. :roll:

    so, can anyone recommend a good lqs in the dominican republic? ;) :?
    I went to DR 3 years ago for 7 days. It is is surely not a pebble. I went with a hiking association of which I am a member. We did lots of tours, hikes,visit waterfalls and river rafting. We also went to Pico Duarte. It too us 3 days to go to the top and return. It is the highest mountain in the caribbean area. It is 10,417 feet high. We stayed in the country area. I enjoyed the trip very much and would go back there in the future.

    Hope you enjoy your visit there also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchidQuiltFish(OQF)
    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    i'm going on a two-week vacation to the dominican republic with david starting on monday the 7th (6 a.m. - one eye will still be closed) and returning on the 19th. we'll be in puerto plata at a resort. i've never been to a tropical island before, so i hope it's as good as it sounds. :lol: terri will have tell me, right? i know she's on a pebble, but i think this might be also. :roll:

    so, can anyone recommend a good lqs in the dominican republic? ;) :?
    I went to DR 3 years ago for 7 days. It is is surely not a pebble. I went with a hiking association of which I am a member. We did lots of tours, hikes,visit waterfalls and river rafting. We also went to Pico Duarte. It too us 3 days to go to the top and return. It is the highest mountain in the caribbean area. It is 10,417 feet high. We stayed in the country area. I enjoyed the trip very much and would go back there in the future.

    Hope you enjoy your visit there also.

    Oh yeah, there was a rafting day trip and somethign about caves and waterfalls too, but we could only afford one day trip :( I really wish we could have done more, it's a beautiful place!

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    Enjoy, have tons of fun and make memories! Per k3n's link for you I'd suggest you not sashay down the streets in your swimsuits... :D

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    have a great time

    will miss your interesting and helpful posts

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Have a great time! Wow, what a trip! Take pics to show us, please! :D

    Just googled, looks great! Here's a link with some tips http://www.puertoplata.com/id4.html

    It includes that you have to buy a tourist pass when you land at the airport- 10 USD per person which lasts up to 30 days. Didn't know if you knew that. :-D

    Also, practice your Spanish - here's some phrases:

    Donde està el bar? - Where is the bar?
    Dos cervezas, por favor. - Two beers please.
    Gracias. - Thanks.
    Holà, guapo! - Hiya handsome guy! (David needs to say 'guapa' if he sees a nice girl! :mrgreen: )

    Should just about cover it! :mrgreen:


    :lol: :lol: donde este el bano? that covers me.

    $10 to get in - $30 to get out.

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    If the sun's so bad you can be burned even with sunblock, take some vitamin E capsules. Swallow them, don't just squeeze the liquid inside on your burns. That's ineffective. Take one before going ouside each day, and that will protect you (along with the sunblock).

    If you do get burned, take one as soon as you can after that, and maybe another one an hour or so later, and it cuts sunburn pain wayyy down and promotes healing.

    Don't forget your digital camera! We will expect pictures of you and David - and the island, of course.

    Have fun and stay safe, but don't miss the chance to venture out to the part of the island where the real people live.

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