Many of you have probably been to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, famed for its fantastic beaches and huge all-inclusive resorts. Why not try something a little different from your neighbors and visit the North Coast of the island, or the Eastern Peninsula area of Samaná?
Those looking for culture and adventure, or who want to go exploring outside of their hotel, should try the North Coast of the island. Here you will find the historic city of Puerto Plata, lined by an oceanfront boulevard (Malecón) with open air restaurants, shops and nightlife – the perfect place to mix with the locals and drink an ice cold Presidente, the local beer. Take the short cable ride to the peak of Isabel de Torres, the 2,500 foot mountain that rises above the city and features a botanical garden at its summit sporting glorious views of the city and surrounding area. And while exploring the city, don’t forget to visit the amber museum and the rum factory. For those wanting a hotel with just a breakfast plan to allow maximum time for exploring, look at the small and intimate Victoria Golf & Beach Resort which has some great offers until the end of the summer and also includes unlimited domestic alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks in its rates.
A little further along the North Coast is the wind and kite surfing mecca resort of Cabarete. This trendy, laid back resort attracts a mix of young (and young at heart) people from around the world, all drawn by the excellent winds for watersports and the fun beachfront bars and restaurants which become lively at night. Why not visit the Bambu Bar or Lax or both, and then walk along the beach to decide which of the many restaurants grab your attention and dine with your feet in the sand. My favorites are Pomodoro (Italian), and Miro (Sushi & Caribbean).
For travelers prepared to travel a little further to find their small piece of paradise, a flight into either Santo Domingo or Puerto Plata and a beautiful 2-3 hour transfer takes you to the far East Peninsula of the island, Samaná. The journey through small towns, villages and farming areas allows you to see this beautiful island at its best. On arrival, you will find pristine white sandy beaches against a backdrop of dramatic mountains. The pace of life is slow, and you cannot help but unwind and relax. Many tourists come to this region between January and March to see as many as 5,000 humpback whales, which migrate to give birth and mate for the following year. Some of you may have heard of Bahia Principe from their hotels in Mexico, Jamaica and Punta Cana, but few people know that the chain also has a small all-inclusive hotel on Cayo Leventado just off the coast of Samaná. Here you can live like a film star and take the short speedboat ride over to the island where total luxury and tranquility await you. For more information check out the details on AppleVacations.com, then visit your local travel agent.