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ALSO - here is a really silly question - when running on the beach, do most people wear their running shoes? I've never really run on any beach before. Or is there a paved or dirt path adjacent to the beach near the hotels?
I don't know the actual crime rates though.
I would also think that any sort of 'mountain biking excursion' offered would be overpriced and underwhelming, so not worthwhile there.
The Hard Rock is huge though, so you should be able to squeeze in some running. They have a decent enough gym (according to their website, they have treadmills, exercise bikes, and spin bikes), so that's an option, but you can also run outside, ideally along the golf course.
I'm not a big fan of running on the beach, but I would definitely wear shoes and stick close to the water if you do. You would likely have to contend with a decent amount of 'pedestrian' traffic. There's not a continuous, decent path that can be used once you go from one resort to the next.
Under no circumstances would I run off property if it is not along the beach.
Cap cana has good riding, you can go up to Trump's failed real estate development, go around the horse property that place has everything. Climbing long stretches to do intervals etc.
Also head out to Miches on the 104 turn L follow that up to Miches. It's a rolling 20k climb iirc, maybe 24k. Turn L on the 105. Take that down to playa macao. Go surfing, have some cervezas eat at a beach shack. Have someone pick you up.
You could also go out to Higuey and el seibo.
If you PM me where you're staying I may be able to hook you up with some people. There is actually a pretty good tri scene there, much better than people would expect. You'd be amazed at the number of high end bikes there especially given how hard it is to get them there
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I would not leave the resort unless it was time to go home, which did not come soon enough for us. I would never go back and the few people that also went to the Dominican i knew basically said the same. One and done.
As a gringo you're pretty safe. It's mainly businesses that have armed guards there. I went all over that area while i was there and even down to Barahona. Never had an issue.
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Btw, outside the resort area - unless you do something really stupid - it's perfectly safe. I didn't lock my bike while out surfing, and had no issues at all. And one day while riding back to the resort I flatted and didn't have a repair kit. I started walking back to Punta Cana and within five minutes a friendly Dominican motorcyclist stopped and picked me up. He drove me (with the bike over my shoulder) to a guy who did bike repairs. He couldn't patch the tube, so he took the tube out of his bike tire and put it in mine. Total cost of the repair was the equivalent of about $2 US.
I also ran on the beach barefoot and enjoyed that, too. I didn't attempt any road riding, but the drivers I saw on the main highway between the hotel and the airport would give me great concern about riding there. Perhaps some side roads would be better.