Dominican Republic From Our Xpertz
Dominicans will extend a gracious welcome, saying, "This is your home!" and indeed are happy to share their beautiful island bathed by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south. Among its most precious assets are 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of gorgeous beaches studded with coconut palms and sands ranging from pearl-white to golden brown to volcanic black. The Caribbean sun kisses this exotic land, which averages 82°F year-round. In recent years, the D.R. has grown up, as the all-inclusive resorts have become more upscale, and small, stellar boutique properties have opened in all of the most popular tourist areas. The level of service staff and middle management has also improved.
A land of contrasts, the Dominican Republic has mountain landscapes, brown rivers with white-water rapids, rain forests full of wild orchids, and fences of multicolor bougainvillea. Indigenous species from crocodiles to the green cockatoo, symbol of the island, live in these habitats. Bird-watchers, take note: there are 29 endemic species flying around here.
The contrasts don't stop with nature. You can see signs of wealth, for the upper strata of society lives well indeed. In the capital, the movers and shakers ride in chauffeur-driven silver Mercedes. On the country roads you'll be amazed that four people with sacks of groceries and a stalk of bananas can fit on a smoky old motoconcho (motorbike–taxi). This is a land of mestizos who are a centuries-old mix of native Indians, Spanish colonists, and African slaves, plus every other nationality that has settled here, from Italian to Arabic.
Accommodations offer a remarkable range—including surfers' camps, exclusive boutique hotels, and amazing megaresorts that have brought the all-inclusive hotel to the next level of luxury. Trendy restaurants, art galleries, boutique hotels, and late-night clubs help make Santo Domingo a superb urban vacation destination. Regrettably, most Dominican towns and cities are neither quaint nor pretty, and poverty still prevails. However, the standard of living has come up along with the growth of North American tourism. Prices at all-inclusive resorts have been slowly increasing since the early aughts; however, a vacation in the D.R. can still be a relative bargain. Even the new boutique hotels are still well priced for the Caribbean. Nevertheless, government taxes on hotels and restaurants are 18%, and most non-AI hotels charge an additional 10% service charge This 28% is obviously a major budget item. Also, when making a reservation, inquire if the rates quoted include this 28%; sometimes they do, especially with the smaller properties.
The vibrant lifestyle of this sun-drenched Latin-Caribbean country, where Spanish is the national language and where people are hospitable, makes the Dominican Republic a different cultural experience. If you pick up the rhythm of life here, as freewheeling as the trademark merengue, this can be a beguiling destination.
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Our small personalized groups make this an experience like no other. There are no long lines, no waiting for others. Just a chance for you to view the gorgeous scenery of Punta Cana and have all your questions answered about the area and life here from an English speaking guide. The horseback riding tour gives you the chance to pick the speed you like - walk, trot or gallop—depending on your skill and preference. The zip lining has different heights and speeds to kick up the adrenaline.
Discover the Dominican countryside while driving a powerful all terrain off road Dune Buggy, where you'll go on an exploration adventure you will always remember. As you Buggy through the Dominican jungle, you'll taste naturally harvested chocolate, coffee and cinnamon and visit the beautiful Macao Beach and Amazing Farallon cliff, which offers a picturesque view of the entire coastline. You'll be amazed at nature's ability to create when you dip inside the freshwater springs of vibrant underground caves. Even more exciting is the second part of this package, the double deck party boat Catamaran Cruise. For 3 hours, enjoy the party boat of a lifetime! Fresh snacks, unlimited drinks, music and dancing ensures that you'll enjoy a wonderful time with family and friends. Snorkel the barrier reef's clusters of corals with its distinct undersea wildlife & and discover the most relaxing and magnificent section
This small-group sailing and snorkeling catamaran tour is limited to 16 guests per tour, what sets this tour apart from its competitors. With us you will receive personalized attention. Go swimming in a natural reserve, snorkel in crystal clear water and enjoy drinks and fun on the boat. Sail or Cruise the crystal clear shallow waters of Punta Cana. The boat has nets to relax on that will be your hammocks while the crew pampers you with cocktails. It also has some covered and shaded areas. The boat will anchor in a lovely sand bar with waist deep water to chill out with an exclusive floating bar, bathroom on board.
Enjoy a 500 feet high panoramic view of the entire coastline and turquoise waters of Bavaro Beach through an exciting parasailing flight. Relax and spend some time on a doble deck catamaran. Discover the wonders of the sea and enjoy close encounters with marine life. Dive in a spectacular reef barrier surrounded by tropical fish and experience the fun of an interactive marine show with sharks and rays. This popular tour option includes unlimited drinks from a floating bar in the shallow waters of the famous Natural Pool in Bavaro Beach, tropical fruits and snacks. Enjoy the best party boat in town along with spectacular marine adventures that are perfect for having fun and creating special memories with family and friends.
Most people know a theme park inspired by one famous mouse. But one dedicated to monkeys? At Monkeyland, a natural habitat located deep in the Dominican Republic’s jungle and home to 20 squirrel monkeys. On this 5-hour guided tour aboard a safari-style truck, you'll also explore the habitat's on-site botanical garden, as well as a coffee and cacao plantation. Chat it up with local farmers, learn about their organic methods and taste tropical fruit just plucked from a tree. Hotel transport from Punta Cana and Bavaro is included.
Feel the wind rushing past you as you soar from platform to platform zipping on the 12 different double cables, assuring maximum safety. Enjoy with your partner the only Ziplines in Dominican Republic with one side-by-side cable! Set against the lush tropical mountain forests of Punta Cana, we promise you this will be a truly unforgettable experience.
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