Our Agent, Flavia Souza, shares the highlights of her recent trip to the Caribbean island of Dominican Republic.
WHERE DID YOU GO?
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Punta Cana is a resort town within the Punta Cana-Bávaro-Veron-Macao municipal district. The area has beaches which face both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
HOW DID YOU GET THERE?
We flew from the Falkland Islands with LATAM to Santiago, Chile and then on to Punta Cana via Lima, Peru. We decided to take this route as we could stay with the same airline for the entire journey.
WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR ACCOMMODATION?
Punta Cana offers a wide range of hotels and resorts. Most of the resorts are next to the beach.
I stayed at the all inclusive resort Barcelo Bávaro Palace Resort which was amazing. The resort has everything - a big area with swimming pools, lots of different restaurants, a spa and shops. The best feature is the location as you are so close to the beach.
The resort also offers a fitness center, miniature golf, tennis and paddle-tennis courts, beach volleyball, aerobics, table tennis, a variety of motorized and non-motorized water sports and an 18 hole golf course.
The destination is really good for a family holiday as many of the activities you could also do with children including a dedicated children's swimming pool and a water park where they can enjoy castles, water slides and waterfalls.
As we were in the hotel resort most of the time, the resort beach quickly became our place to relax in the white sand and swim in the azure waters with a few cocktails!
Definitely the waters sports. Dominican Republic has a lot of water activities for all ages. You can swim with dolphins. Go snorkelling with stingrays and sharks. Discover the underwater world with a sea walk. Enoy a Caribbean boat party with music and drinks.
Definitely the Isla Saona. We were raced out to the island in a speed boat, which was really fun! After we stopped in a waist deep natural swimming pool of transparent waters, and were very lucky to see some starfish! At Isla Saona we had many choices: wade in the turquoise waters, visit the open bar, take a nap on the beach, play volleyball, indulge in a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, pork, rice, beans, salad and fruit, or walk the coastline.
BEST FOOD AND DRINK TIP
In the Punta Cana resort there are many different types of cuisine to choose from in the eleven restaurants. We could choose a different restaurant everyday with Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Brazilian, American and other types of menus. Of course cuisine in the Dominican Republic comes with a typical local drink - the Mamajuana. To make Mamajuana you mix rum, red wine, and honey to soak in a bottle with tree bark and herbs. The taste is similar to port wine and the colour is a deep red.
INDISPENSABLE ITEM TO PACK
Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and swimming costume. If you have an underwater camera I would recommend this as the water is really clear. I would recommend breathable summer clothes in particular. Dominican Republic is very humid so nothing dries easily.
SUM UP YOUR TRIP IN ONE SENTENCE
Dominican Republic is a stunning island with azure waters, beautiful beaches and friendly people.
For further information and advice on planning a holiday to this island destination please contact me on email: email@example.com