Fine white sand, crystal clear turquoise waters, warm and by the Caribbean Sea, and real jungles filled with coconuts. Something like paradise where there is nothing else to do but relax in a chair and where you will immediately forget all your everyday problems. There is little more I can say about the beaches of Punta Cana, today, we all know more or less what it is about, we all know the ¨theory¨ thanks to so many brochures and advertising in the windows of travel agencies, but the fact is that everyone who goes will want to repeat their trip and it must be for a reason ...
It's almost necessary to combine the excursion to Saona Island from Punta Cana with the Altos de Chavon. Once at the coast, we boarded a speedboat to take us to see starfish on a shoal and then we got to Isla Saona, a really beautiful place. It's inhabited only by fishermen who offered us a grilled lobster, fish and meat apart from the usual Brugal brand rum. The trip back is made in catamarans, dancing bachata to the rhythm of the sea.
I was already familiar with Samana beach, as I had visited it before, but I had never been to Rincon beach. Just as the name implies, you get there via a long and rocky road, it seems like only those with the will may go, but once you arrive, your eyes can not believe what you see, peaceful, wonderful, and most wonderful thing is that you have two in one, because on one side is the beach, and the on the other is a freshwater river that flows into the beach, it is something that you really must see, for me it was a moment of disconnection with urban life and the knowledge that there are still places where you can escape to and listen to your thoughts.
A paradise, only in this way can this region be described, captivating, a dream of a teenager which was realised thanks to her request to her father, Donld Trump, no photo or video can show the excitement of such an exotic place, Elrio is where they filmed part of the movie Apocalypse Now, and part of the Rambo movie, the amphitheater was inaugurated by none other than Mr. Franck Sinatra, and where various world celebrities have appeared, well,,,,,,,,, you just have to get to know it.
Bayahibe is a luxurious yet traditional beach in the south of the Dominican Republic near the town of La Romana. There are lots of local fisherman who organize day-trips to the nearby islands of Saona and Catalina. The white sand beach is surrounded by coconut trees and there are lots of little stalls selling food, clothes, and the like.
This place has its name because there are four submerged freshwater lakes and an impressive cave that is 15 meters deep. What happened is that when they discovered it they only found 3, which is why the 4th is not accounted for in the name. The lakes are all connected, making it possible to cross from one side to another. It's full of vegetation. We were told that it was used as a stage to record some parts of the movie Tarzán. The first lake is "sulfur water" which was discovered in 1916, and is 20 meters deep. The second lake is known as "The Refrigerator" and the third is "The Lake of Women". The Natural Park of Three Eyes is open for visits from 8:30 aM to 5:30 pM and is priced at $ 5.00/children RD and RD $ 10.00/adults. The lakes have crystal blue waters, and all you want to do is swim, after going down all the stairs. Ah! There is also a legend that an alligator lives in the waters, but we did not see it ... Ha ha.
About 45 minutes by bus from Samana, towards the interior of the peninsula, there are a series of waterfalls called El Limon. You can take the bus to the edge of the road and then you go the rest of the way by horseback riding or walking for 30 mins to reach the falls. Under the last fall you can swim and I recommend it, because the water is very clean and refreshing.
Many of which are located in the Zona Colonial district. In the Zona Colonialis the Museum of Alcázar, in Diego Colon's restored palace, the Museum of the Casas Reales, with artefacts of the colonial period and a collection of ancient weapons donated by Trujillo, the Naval Museum of the Atarazanas, in the former naval yards, Museo de la Catedral, Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana, documenting the struggle for freedom during the regimes of Trujillo and Balaguer, Museo Duarte, dedicated to the hero of Dominican independence, and the World of Ambar Museum.
La Calle El Conde runs along the north side of Columbus Park, merging it with the Independence Park, where you will find the Puerta del Conde. It was given this name in honor of the Earl of Peñalba, Governor and Captain General of the island in the early 17th century, ve led the victorious battle in defense of the city against the British in 1655. It is the only pedestrian street in the city, which crosses from east to west the the colonial area. It is a very busy road and the main shopping street of the colonial area, famous for its shoe shops, jewelry stores, and souvenir shops. On the street corner with Calle Conde Archbishop Merino is the City Council and Bartholomew Columbus Monument. In the area bordering the Columbus Park you can find the Hard Rock Cafe and Amber Museum.
The Basilica of Our Lady of High Grace, patroness of the Dominican people, was built in the city center to replace an old 1572 sanctuary - it was completed in 1971. The French architects were A. Dunover de Segonazc and Pierre Dupré. We saw a beautiful picture of the Virgin and Child whose painting is Spanish school and dates from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The frame that holds the image is a true work of art in gold and with precious stones of the eighteenth century. On a table near the altar there were plenty of candles for gratitude, for graces received or for new pleas. The structure of the church is a Latin cross, the door is gold plated brass and it has a bell tower with 45 bronze bells. I preferred the more humble and simple construction of the Church of San Dionisio, because to me the appearance of the Basilica does not seem consistent with the image of the Virgin which is kept inside, and it's so old. A wide avenue links the former with the Basilica Sanctuary. We returned to Hotel Riu Palace Macao, said goodbye to the driver and thanked him for the deference he had had for us.
Catalina Island has been named as a natural monument, and it is one of the islands belonging to the [poi = 109890] Eastern National Park [/ poi], situated in the southeast of the country. It is a small island of only about 9 km2. It is uninhabited and, for the moment, has not been explored much by tourists. A Channel 2 km wide separates it from the mainland. Its main attraction is the diving (both surface type [poi = 110008] snorkel [/ poi], and deep sea diving), and underneath its warm turquoise waters you can see galleons and thousands of colorfully minnows. Of course, they are also beautiful, unspoiled beaches of fine white sand, palm trees and mangroves (we landed on the [poi = 110012] West Beach [/ poi]). During certain times of the year you can see dolphins and humpback whales. Excursions to Catalina Island leave from the pier [poi = 110002] Bayahíbe [/ poi] or the marina of La Romana. You can go by [poi = 110005] catamaran [/ poi] or in small boats with a transparent bottom, made of glass.
The National Botanical Garden of Santo Domingo is a must for any tourist visiting the capital of this beautiful Caribbean island. It has a stunning collection of endemic plants in massive protected area. It is used for both research and relaxation; every so often, garden space is given over to fundraising activities for parties and charities. Of the different areas that make up the Botanical Garden, the best part has to be the beautiful Japanese section.
It was the first time I had been to this beach, and I can truely say it was a wonderful experience, it is a quiet beach, has good height, or rather from the sand to the water, it is very calm and very beautiful, where we enjoyed some very nice moments my husband, my cousin, her husband and you can play with confidence, it is generally nice the things you can do in Las Terrenas Samana
This is the sunset that many can see in the Caribbean. The photo is tranquil, just like the people in the DOminican Republic. This is a coral oasis with a hammock, where you can spend some incredible and unforgettable days. This photo is in the hotel oasis and as you can see in the photo, it is tranquil and relaxing. The cabana was in front of a Mexica Restaurant.
Historical Monuments in Santiago De Los Caballeros
The southwest of the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is called "A Miniature Continent", the reasons are obvious. There is a rich biodiversity from the north to northeast through the center of the country where the vegetation is tropical however, if you visit the South Region you can see the climate change to prickly and dry, making it incredibly attractive. Because the island is crossed by mountains and the Dominican Republic has five of them, the winds bring heavy rains that bathe the east and center of the island. This gives it very distinct characteristics. If you take the road from Santo Domingo to the southwest to the province of Peravia, you can begin to experience these contrasting landscapes but also enjoy some beautiful beaches on the slopes of the mountains. This is a journey that every person deserves to make and you must spend at least one week there. Join me and experience it in person.
Airport straw! On my last journey around the Caribbean I had the opportunity to use the small airport of Punta Cana and I say small because, in my opinion, it was very small. Just land the plane and go down the basement stairs, walk and you get to the airport itself, where you enter they take a photo of you with Caribbean girls and then try to sell to you when you leave the country on your last day. The feeling is basically of heat and exhaustion, because the humidity is very high and as said earlier straw appears (the roof is thatched and has some ceiling fans). Although you have to bring a passport you prepare a sheet of paper on the plane with your personal data and pay the $10 entry, that's where they put the entry stamp. You return again, fill out another paper and pay another $20, and they put the exit stamp in your passport. I must admit that this airport is so small that it has almost no shops, there were two: one with beloved Dominican products such as a bottle of Brugal rum (in any area of Punta Cana it costs $10 here they charge $21, so you see the difference twice!) and the other store sold international products such as very cheap snuff, perfumes, etc. There was also a store with food, another of Lacoste products, other pictures, and the $5 photo that was taken the day you came into the country.
The Columbus Lighthouse is one of the most important monuments of the Dominican Republic. Construction began in 1986, and was completed in 1992, in time for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. With 251 lanterns lighting up the sky, if you visit the Dominican Republic do not hesitate to visit this wonderful monument.