Travel - Frequently Asked Questions
What to pack
Customs & Immigration
Airlines to Jamaica
Limitations and Liability
About Playa de Bavara, Dominican Republic
With over thirty miles of fine white sand beach the area of Bavaro has seen a huge growth in tourism compared to the rest of the Dominican Republic. The area of Bavaro boasts more than 30 hotels from boutique to large resorts offering first class accommodations, magnificent entertainment, land sports, water sports, jeep Safari, pools, music halls, disco clubs, bars and golf courses. The incomparable beauty is shared among the guests of all the hotels; the extraordinary long stretch of Bavaro beach, an intense blue sky, slightly dotted and the aqua colored sea that extends out to the Caribbean Sea. Many of the beaches have their own particular name although collectively they are called Bavaro which includes the whole coastal area. Descending from the north extreme end of the island you find Uvero Alto, Macao, "El Cortecito", "Cabeza de Toro", "Cabo Engaño", Punta Cana and Juanillo.
The East Coast region of the Dominican Republic contains the most popular and fastest growing tourist area in the country - Punta Cana/Bavaro. One look at the surroundings and there is no question as to why. This is the place to be if tourists are seeking an all-inclusive style vacation set on one of the most picturesque beaches in the world.
Punta Cana, it's all about the beach. Punta Cana is undeniably breathtaking with tall swaying palms scattered along 21 miles of some of the whitest and finest coral sand beaches in the world. The area has become a haven for vacationers who are seeking a beach chair, a Piña Colada and a good read. Punta Cana is the perfect atmosphere for families, couples or friends who are looking for a resort-style vacation. Just about every tour embarks from this area so no one in the group can complain about being bored.
By far the most popular of all the Caribbean islands, Jamaica lies just west of the Dominican Republic and just south of Cuba. Most of the major cities are located on the coast, including the populous centers of Kingston, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril. Nearly all of the main resorts are located in these cities as well. The Blue Mountains occupy much of the inland area. Throughout the seasons, Jamaica's average annual temperature is 80°F / 27°C. The average yearly temperature range is between 78°F and 85°F. Extreme temperatures range from a low of 65°F to a high of 95°F. There is a fresh sea breeze by day and a gentle breeze from the mountains by night. The high season in Jamaica is the winter season from December 15 to April 14. The winter season is when Jamaica is windiest. Back to the top
The local currency in Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar. The rate of exchange currently is J$89:US$1 (this may vary store to store). The local currency in the Dominican Republic is the Dominican Pesos. The rate of exchange currently is DP1:US$.02973 However, the US Dollar is widely accepted throughout the both countries. Back to the top
What to pack
- Casual, comfortable summer clothing
- Light sweater for the evenings; it can sometimes get down to 70 degrees
- Bathing suits!
- Sunscreen, lots of it!
- Comfortable closed in shoes if going off property for excursions
- Ladies: Resort casual if dining in a reserved restaurant
- Gentlemen: No jacket necessary (button down or golf shirt appropriate for reserved dining restaurants) Back to the top
No later than two weeks prior to your travel date, you will receive via email your travel information. Typically we include a welcome letter, a customized reservation form, the tentative schedule of events, and resort related attachments. This information is mostly for your information and not mandatory to bring with you. Back to the top
Customs & Immigration
Following is important information that will prepare you for arrival in either Jamaica or the Dominican Republic.
During your flight, you will need to complete an Immigration form and a Customs Declaration form. Upon arrival at the airport, you will pass through Immigration where you will submit the Immigration Form to the Immigration Officer and a stamped copy will be returned to you. It is imperative that this stamped copy remains with the passport (or travel documents) and not be misplaced, as it will be required for departure. Be sure to inform immigration you are entering the island on vacation and not business. Back to the top
Airlines to Jamaica
The following air carriers fly into Montego Bay, Jamaica:
- Air Jamaica
- American Airlines
- British Airways (London)
- MartinAir (Amsterdam)
- US Airways
- WestJet (Toronto, Canada)
When booking your flights please be sure to fly into Montego Bay, Jamaica. Airport Code: MBJ (Sir Donald Sangster International Airport) Back to the top
ALL GUESTS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A VALID PASSPORT - NO EXCEPTIONS.
If you are a U.S. citizen, it is mandatory that you have a valid passport. The U.S. State Department has proposed new rules requiring that effective January 8, 2007, all individuals traveling by sea or air from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean (with the exception of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) will require a passport or other accepted official form of identification to enter or re-enter the United States. As of December 31, 2007, travelers entering or re-entering the United States from Canada or Mexico via land border crossings will be required to present a passport or other accepted official form of identification. Please refer to www.travel.state.gov or call the U.S. National Passport Information Center at 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778) for further details on these new passport requirements and information about obtaining or renewing passports.
You are responsible for obtaining all travel documents as well as complying with Customs and Immigration or any other governmental requirements. You will be required to comply with any and all security measures imposed by governments which are subject to change. If you do not have a US passport and you are a US citizen, please go to www.travel.state.gov or call the U.S. National Passport Information Center at 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778) for further details on these new passport requirements and information about obtaining or renewing passports. Back to the top
Paradise Groove Productions strongly urges our guests to purchase travel insurance. Travel insurance helps protect travelers whose trips are cancelled or interrupted due to unforeseen events such as emergency illness or injury to the traveler or a travel companion, missed or delayed flights, lost or stolen luggage, and emergency medical and dental expenses, as well as 24 hour emergency travel assistance. Back to the top
Limitations and Liability
It is understood and acknowledged that Paradise Groove Productions, LLC is an outside, independent promoter. In consideration of participating in any of our events, you voluntarily assume all risks while at the resorts and release Paradise Groove Productions, LLC of and from any and all liability, actions, causes of action, suits, injury or death, loss or damage of property, claims, attorney's fees and demands whatsoever that may be sustained by you while staying at any of our contracted resorts. This release shall be binding upon you, and your heirs, next of kin, executors and personal representatives. Your decision to purchase and pay a deposit for a Paradise Groove Productions event constitutes your acknowledgment of and consent to all of the terms and conditions of this web site, including the limitations of liability described in it. All disputes and matters whatsoever related to or involving Paradise Groove Productions, LLC, shall be governed by and litigated in the State of Florida. Back to the top