Dominican Republic: Get There Quickly…

September 23, 2011 by

Day Trips, Free Things to Do, Local Recommendations, Shore Excursions, Suggested Itineraries, Things To Do, Unforgettable Experiences

Fish, whale watch, explore caves, and relax on the white beaches of the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is, according to its consulate, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, especially for Americans. Why? It has white beaches that are actually white, and it’s near enough to prevent jet-lag or bad hair from the flight over. Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of five-star resorts and international cocktail bars to make you feel like you’re just one of many to repeat the same experiences.

All of these are great reasons to get to the Samana Peninsula – an area that was previously  arduous to access but that is now reached in half the time via a newborn highway that’s not even two years old.

Playa Rincon is one of the most remote and beautiful beaches you’ll find on your trip. If you’re into fishing, you’re in luck; the ocean drops off into a trench nearby, so you’ll find loads of Snapper, Tarpon, and Mahi Mahi swimming their way around the peninsula all year round. Or, if you’d rather observe than intrude, there’s also whale watching and caves to be explored. If you want to get deeper into El Limon forest and see some killer waterfalls, go by horse – it’ll be an excursion you’ll not soon forget.

On the peninsula’s southern coast, there’s even a Shipwreck Maritime Museum where you can learn about the European merchant ships that met their end nearby in the deep blue sea (possibly with treasure and loot!).

Want someone to show you around? Find Raymond and Gregory under the bridge in Samana.

Word travels fast – and countries that thrive on tourism aren’t slow setting up venues to please photo-snapping vacationers. Don’t wait too long!

- Natalie Grant

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