All-inclusive resorts simplify trip to Dominican Republic

09/10/2007 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Although the idea of all-inclusive resorts is nothing new, the concept makes a vacation on the Dominican Republic easy. "I think the primary reason for the popularity of all-inclusives in the Dominican Republic is that there wasn't an infrastructure in place, particularly in Punta Cana/Bávaro in the east, to have hotels that didn't offer all-inclusive," said Debbie Downey, who developed a Web site about the island. "Punta Cana was a resort area built in the jungle, no town nearby and in some cases miles between resorts, and no independent restaurants for tourists to go to."

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