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A cartoon-like little island

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Cayo Arena, actually Cayo Paraíso (its real name), is a small coral islet in the northwest of the Dominican Republic off the coast of Puerto Plata in Punta Rucia. Such is the beauty of this little island that when you set foot on its sands you will feel as if you were dreaming. Imagine yourself under the sun on a little island surrounded by white sand and crystal clear waters, so transparent that you can contemplate the seabed through turquoise to green hues… this is what you will find on the little island called Cayo Arena. This sand bank is…

A dreamlike wedding in the Dominican Republic

Getting married in a place like the Dominican Republic is something you will never forget. The location, the decoration, the food or the mere fact that your guests are with you on vacation, the ceremony and the subsequent wedding banquet will become a great memory for all the attendants. Whether at a resort or arranged by you on your own, getting married in the Caribbean is one of the best options for those eager to say ‘I do’. One of the customary possibilities is hiring the services of a resort, where normally a specialist will liaise with the future husband…

Samaná, the best guarded secret of the Dominican Republic

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Samaná is a province of the Dominican Republic featuring impressive contrasts between its green hills and white sandy beaches. It is a large peninsula of over 850 sq. km, larger than most of the islands in the Caribbean Sea, meaning that there is quite an area to visit, including the biggest coconut plantation in the world (if you consider its area in sq. m). Samaná is renowned for its many natural beaches, each of which has its own peculiarities, and they are often used for advertising. Clean, white sand, crystal clear warm Atlantic water, with palm and coconut trees almost…

Lake Enriquillo, the large natural water reserve in the Dominican Republic

Lake Enriquillo, in the Dominican Republic, spreads its waters through the provinces of Bahoruco and Independencia. It is part of the Lago Enriquillo and Isla Cabritos National Park and the Jaragua Bahoruco Enriquillo Reserve of the Biosphere. It is what remains of an old marine channel joining together the bays of Neiba and Port-au-Prince (Haiti). The lake is located approximately 44 meters below sea level. The actual level of the lake waters varies due to strong evaporation, which is not equally offset by rain and other surface waters forming its basin. The only island left in the lake is Isla…

Playa Bávaro, the Caribbean par excellence

Playa Bávaro, situated in Punta Cana, in the east of the Dominican Republic, formed part of what has been named the Costa del Coco (Coconut Coast), which stretched out across 50 uninterrupted kilometers of white sand and crystal waters. Such is its beauty that on this part of the coast some celebrities, such as Julio Iglesias and the fashion designer Oscar de la Renta have set up home, constructing their stunning mansions here. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Playa Bávaro and its 3 km of white sand and crystal waters, bordered by picture-postcard palm trees,…

Jarabacoa, rafting in the Dominican

Jarabacoa is the biggest town in the municipality of La Vega, located 700 meters above the Cordillera Central mountain range in the Dominican Republic. This region, known as the Dominican Alps, offers a magnificent landscape of pine trees and tropical forest, which will delight lovers of mountain sports, such as climbing, rafting, kayaking, canyoneering, horseback riding and hiking, in addition to being the starting point for expeditions to Pico Duarte, the highest point in the Caribbean. Three rivers flow through Jarabacoa: the Baiguate, the Jimenoa and the Yaque del Norte. This, coupled with the fact that the temperatures vary between…

The paradise of Los Haitises National Park

The Los Haitises National Park is a paradise in which travelers who love nature will see all their expectations fulfilled. Created in 1976, it is located in the north-east of the Dominican Republic, on Bahía de Samaná bay, and located in Savana de la Mar and the provinces of Monte Plata and Samaná. Its name means high land or mountainous land, although the hills or magotes (elevations of limestone rock very common in the Caribbean) reach no higher than 40 meters, and it offers a great number of hills, corridors and valleys, as well as caves full of pictographs and…

The Dominican Republic, eco-tourism in the Caribbean

The Dominican Republic is one of the few countries in the Caribbean that boasts nine ecological zones, which range from the densest rainforests to the most arid deserts, making them a perfect destination for travelers in search of adventure- and eco-tourism. From mountain climbing, horse riding, rafting, trekking or hiking, to diving, windsurfing, kiteboarding or humpback-whale spotting, the activities will ensure that a visit will not slip your mind any time soon. Each of the country’s regions lends itself perfectly to specific activities. Thus, in Jarabacoa, a corner through which three rivers pass and which serves as the point of…

The Marine Park, a natural explosion in all senses

With a surface area of 808 square kilometers, of which 402 are on-land and 388 are in the marine section, including the island of Saona, of Quarternary origin, the Parque Nacional del Este in the Dominican Republic is one of the largest protected natural zones in the country and, as a result, one of the most fascinating trips that you can have the pleasure of experiencing during your vacations. Declared a Natural Park in 1975, the visitor will find butterflies of a thousand colors, a natural bonsai forest, more than 500 plant species – the vast majority of them indigenous…

Shipwrecks and caves beneath the Dominican sea

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Some people were born to be underwater.  Submerged beneath the waves, their bodies take on skills and movements befitting a marine creature.  For them, nowhere under the ocean surface can be left unexplored in the quest for a little piece of submarine magic.  And for these born divers, the Dominican Republic is a paradise with two especially fascinating places: the wreck of the St. George and the Padre Nuestro [Our Father] Cave. The St. George was built in Scotland in 1962 and for twenty years it was used to ship wheat and barley between Norway and America.  This 240 meter-long…