First let me say that I am a forumaholic and I have spent hours scouring these pages - so thank you everyone for supplying my addiction ;D
Next Friday a friend and I leave for Punta Cana and are staying at the Riu Palace Punta Cana. I have read mixed reviews, but believe we will have a great time. The beach alone will be amazing and the fact that we have no husbands or kids needing anything will make it a paradise!
Now here’s the question. We are planning on bringing small bills for tipping because we know a $ goes a lot farther there then it does at home. The last 2 reviews on TripAdvisor have been rotten and said that service is awful unless you tip. I’m thinking we shouldn’t have that problem based on how we are approaching things. I find that the reviews are either 5 star or 1 star. Pretty extreme.
Is it your experience that those who tip, “try” to speak Spanish and treat the people there as they want to be treated tend to have better reviews and a better time than those who feel no need to tip or “try” to speak Spanish etc. Just wondering, that seems to be my take and I hope that’s the case.