Thursday, May 3, 2012

Top 10 Places in the Dominican Republic.

Written in no particular order...
Remember, the DR is full of places unexplored by past Encuentro students.
1.     Bahia de las Aguilas
Near the western end of the Dominican Republic near the Haitian border, lies this nearly abandoned beach. Some of the most beautiful sights we have seen. No frills, and little tourists. However, it takes quite a journey to get there. 
2.     Pico Duarte
Making the three day trek to the top of the highest mountain in the Carribean could not have been more worth it. You can certainly expect beautiful views and some of the best stars we have every seen.
Tips: Contact Luis, try to avoid the mud and rocks
3.     Punta Rucia/Cayo Arena
Punta Rucia is a quite town with not much going on. However, the small sand-bank, Cayo Arena, hidden in the ocean is worth the visit, some great snorkeling.
Tips: Try asking a local fisherman to help you get to the island
   4.     Salto de Jimenoa II - Jarabacoa
This is a fun excursion fairly close to 
Santiago. The waterfall is beautiful and you 
are even allowed to swim in the freezing cold water.
   5.     27 Waterfalls
Why would you not want to jump of 27 waterfalls? If you are thrill-seeking this is some of the most fun our group had.
Tips: Can possible cure your fear of heights because there is only one way down
6.     Samana (Las Terrenas/Las Galeras)
Off the East Coast the peninsula is famous for whale watching and beautiful beaches. Las Terrenas is full of Europeans and is slightly more touristy. Las Galeras is a more secluded experience.
7.     Mount Isabel de Torres - Puerta Plata
Taking a cable car to the top of a mountain is as beautiful as it sounds. At the top of the mountain there is a botanical garden with many walking trails.
    8.     Dajabon/International highway
A planned excursion for EDP, but was one of the most interesting things we have seen. The differences between Haiti and the DR are dramatic. We learned a lot from this experience.
    9.     Cabarete
This beach is not too far 
from Sosua but is known for it’s kite surfing, an interesting sight to see.
10.  Aurora Cigar Factory in Tamboril 
The Dominican Republic is known for it’s cigars, and viewing the process was both educational and interesting.