I am interested in input into my travel plans. I am traveling with a family of four. My 2-kids will both be 18-years old when we travel over Christmas in December 2018. We have traveled all over the Caribbean and the last two (2) years we have done All Inclusive (AI) in Jamaica at the Iberostar. We have also traveled regularly to the Bahamas over the years. I find that AI works best for the kids, particularly now that they are young adults often eating and drinking when they want.
I have been to Aruba, but it was 25-years ago. I have never been to Punta Cana. Now, I am considering the Divi AI in Aruba or the Iberostar AI in Punta Cana over Christmas 2018. Budget is certainly a factor, but I also think that getting off the Resort without concern about safety is an issue. For example: my family and I love Barbados because we could do so many things off resort when we wanted. Aruba I know is not scenic, but I know I would at least go to Charlie’s Bar. For Aruba, do I try and budget a bit and enjoy the number of great restaurants by perhaps purchasing alcohol on our own through the day rather than continuously going to bars, or go AI at the DIVI. For Punta Cana, I really enjoyed the Iberostar and the entertainment aspect. However, I think unless watering down the alcohol is the way the Iberostar does in Punta Cana, like Jamaica, I would rather do it on my own. I felt in Jamaica, we would miss something if we left the Resort. So, is there anything to really do in Punta Cana? Perhaps, over the years I do both, but any opinions would be appreciated.