Get to Know the Real Dominican Republic

090710_samanaMany 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.   Continue reading