Jacksonville woman cancels trip to Dominican Republic after national reports of tourist deaths

Local travelers cancel trips to Dominican Republic

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A local woman canceled her trip to the Dominican Republic after hearing reports of eight Americans who died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.

The latest, a woman in her 50’s who was celebrating her birthday, was found dead in her hotel room.

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The pristine beaches on the island of the Dominican Republic are what lure close to 6 million travelers every year.

But some are canceling their vacation in paradise amid reports of  mysterious illness and deaths.

Rhea Rodriguez and her family planned a four-night getaway to Punta Cana in July.

Rodriguez paid $500 to cancel the plans.

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“It was not a risk I was willing to take, or if I went, I would not have peace of mind.” Rodriguez said.

Several families said their loved ones had a drink from a hotel minibar in the Dominican Republic before falling ill and dying.

A local travel agent with Discount Travel said no one who planned a trip to the Dominican Republic with the agency has canceled it thus far.