Sun, sand and warm water every shade of blue. The Caribbean has all the makings for a beach vacation. But Club Med Punta Cana, located in the Dominican Republic, just upped the ante with a new view of a classic seaside getaway. Instead of enjoying the ocean breeze from the comfort of a beach chair, now guests with a sense of adventure can soar above the sea.
The adventure capital of the Dominican Republic, the Puerto Plata province offers more than meets the eye. Past the golden stretches and Atlantic blue seas, is a province with a myriad of outdoor adventures. Here are three to get started in discovering the thrill of the DR’s northern coast.
When I arrived at the departure desk for the Santo Domingo Hop-on and Hop-off Tour, on a Friday morning at 9am, I anticipated a crowd. The night before, I had already planned my route–which stops I would take advantage of and how long I might be able to stay at each, before catching the next bus. I’ll admit, I was a tad anxious about how organized this HOHO tour would be and if I would be left stranded at the end of the day, in the middle of Santo Domingo.
For the best location and experiences, particularly for the first timer, three areas stand out: the Colonial Zone, the adjacent middle-class neighborhood of Gazcue, and the Malecón. All three areas are interconnected, an easy walk from each other and to the city’s popular sights, restaurants and museums.
Between Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone–a ten block, cobblestoned stretch filled with ancient buildings, parks and still carrying the aura of Spanish conquistadores–to the bustling city center, the Dominican capital is home to some of the best museums you’ll find in the Caribbean region. Here are three to prioritize if you’re lucky enough to make a stop in La Capital.