- 8 Days/7 Night
in the North Coast Beach Sports Town of Cabarete!
- Luxurious Accommodations
in Beachside Villas & Condos!
- Free Access to
Pool & Jacuzzi
- Yasica River Exploration
& Remote Beach Bonfire Dinner!
- Hike in the National
Park and Visit Ancient Caves!
- Merrengue Lesson!
in the Septentrional Mountains!
- Surfing Lessons
on Encuentro Beach (optional)!
- Pub Crawl Along
the North Coast!
- Rum Tasting at
Brugal Rum Factory!
- Beach Day at Sosua
- 2-Tank Dive (certified
divers only) or P.A.D.I. DSD Introduction to Scuba Diving (optional)!
- Giant Catamaran
Sail with Snorkeling!
- Farewell Dinner
on Cabarete Beach!
- Many catered meals!
- Round-trip Group
Revised: June 12,
1: Sunday, August 28, 2005
- Arrival to Puerto
Plata International Airport (POP)! Bienvenidos!
- Group Airport Transfer
- Hang out Poolside.
Relax on the Beach. Explore Cabarete. Meet Presidente.
River Exploration & Remote Beach Bonfire Dinner
A short distance from the Laguna Cabarete &
Goleta park office, on the banks of the Islabon River, Wilson Zapeta
has a small ranch of wildlife in temporary captivity. Here we have the
opportunity to see some of the Dominican Republic's more elusive wilderness
creatures, such as the Carey Turtle, Boa Serpent, Tarantula, Rhinoceros
Iguana, North American Crocodile, Turkey Vulture, Sparrow Hawk, and
Mongoose. From there you board a boat for a leisurely float down the
Wilson River to its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean. Your dinner this evening
is served on the beach, amongst the sand dunes and a roaring bonfire.
- First Night Out
on the Town in Cabarete!
Day 2: Monday,
August 29, 2005
Park El Choco Hike & The Caves of BUMBA
Join us on a true walking-adventure into the past in discovery of the
real Dominican Republic. Following red-earth paths walked by the Arawak
Indians winding through small Dominican communities and tropical rain
forest we hike up to our own hidden spot for a fresh fruit snack and
an incredible view of the 8 kilometer long Cabarete lagoon. Enjoy authentic,
locally grown Dominican coffee while learning about the 36 species of
birds and 862 species of plants thriving around you. Formed as long
as 25 million years ago in the Miocene Period, the ancient rock formations
are unique to the North Coast of the DR and hold many secrets for us
to explore. Subterranean
rivers and caves abound throughout the park home to plants and animals
that have become completely accustomed to life in the dark. Venture
with us down into the mysterious Caves of BUMBA for a cool swim in truly
pristine water and glimpses into prehistory. 12 of the 18 species of
bats found in the DR are living within the boundaries of the park, and,
if we are lucky, we might catch a few sleeping!
- Dominican lunch
at El Tigre.
- Afternoon free
on the beach.
Bachata & Salsa Lessons
with Tony. Get ready for the Latin Nights!
Day 3: Tuesday,
August 30, 2005.
Join us on a true adventure hiking up to the top of the 27 Waterfalls
of Damajagua tasting tropical fruit from the trees and learning about
this amazing natural phenomenon along the way. Hold your breath! After
a short rest, we jump and slide the entire 27 waterfalls back down from
heights of 1 to 10 meters! Includes round-trip transportation, morning
snack, drinking water, professional guides, and Dominican lunch. Rating:
Beginner-Advance hikers looking for an intense experience. Swimmers
Day 4: Wednesday,
August 31, 2005: Anita's Birthday!!!
Lessons at Encuentro Beach
- Additional Fee)
Join us for the best surf on the North Coast at Playa Encuentro. Three
hour group lesson provided by local surfers who will help you find your
Zen! Includes round-trip transportation, group lesson, and board rental.
Coast Pub Crawl
We'll take the party with us all the way to Puerto Plata to Cafecito
Bar & Grill for lunch before making our first stop at
the Brugal Rum Factory for an inside glimpse (and taste) into one of
the Dominicans best kept secrets. We make our way back to Cabarete stopping
at the local hots spots on the way in Puerto Plata, Montellano, and
Sosua. Our journey ends on Cabarete Beach.
5: Thursday, September 1, 2005
- Early morning transport
Day on Sosua Beach...rated
one of the top 10 best beaches in the world. Sosua Bay is renown for
its calm turquoise water protected by stunning limestone cliffs. Pina
Diving Intro Course & Open Water Dive (optional - Additional Fee)
P.A.D.I. Discover Scuba Diving (D.S.D) course for beginners includes
a morning class in a pool and an afternoon shallow water (15 meters)
dive in Sosua Bay. The D.S.D. Certifies participants for shallow-water
dives accompanied by a Dive Master for a period of 14 days. Two-hour
instructional class generally begins at 9:00 a.m. Open water dive at
2:45 p.m. In between time is your to relax, eat lunch, and explore the
town and beaches of Sosua. Includes round-trip ground transportation,
boat to the reefs, Dive Master, and all equipment. (US$60+tax/person).
Dive for Certified Divers (optional - Additional Fee)
Join the experts
at Northern Coast Aquasports P.A.D.I. Four Star Instructor Development
Center. Northern Coast offers everything from open water shallow dives
to wreck dives and deep water. Northern is happy to provide you with
all the equipment, or bring your own.US$65+tax/person (Tank & Weights).
US$75+tax/person (Tank, Weights, BCD, Regulator).
- Return transport
to our accommodations in Cabarete.
6: Friday, September 2, 2005
Service with DREAM Project
Spend half a day with the Dominican Republic Education And Mentoring
Project helping to foster education for children in the Cabarete area.
- Afternoon free
on the beach or at the villa.
7: Saturday, September 3, 2005
A day of sailing along the North Coat from Puerto Plata to Sosua and
back enjoying the views, Caribbean music, and friends on a giant Catamaran.
Includes light morning snack, juice and national beverages, lunch, snorkeling
gear for the reefs, and round-trip transportation. Rating: All levels.
Dinner at Lax.
The hottest spot on Cabarete Beach.
8: Sunday, September 4, 2005
Group transfer to
airport 3 hours prior to plane departure.
own exclusive Private Condos right on the beach!
The ultimate selection
for style and comfort. Contemporary Design Magnifico Phase IV units
have 2 bedrooms with queen size beds, A/C and full on suite bathroom,
Complete modern kitchen fully equipped with dishwasher machine, etc
additional full bathroom , and living room with balcony. Presidential
Penthouse features two bedrooms with queen size bed, A/C and full on
suite bathroom, complete modern kitchen, additional full bathroom, living
room with balcony, plus roof terrace with beach chairs, outside shower,
and a marvelous sea view. Located on eastern point of Cabarete Bay.
August 28 (Sunday)
- September 4 (Sunday), 2005
from 1 (very poor) to 5 (outstanding). MEAN / MEDIAN / MODE
& Communication: 4 / 4 / 4-5
Cabarete: 3.7 / 4 / 4
Activities: 4.8 / 4.5 / 5
Meals: 4.3 / 3.5
Sructure: 4.3 / 3 / 5
Guides: 4.8 / 4-5
Comfort of Transportation:
3.6 / 3.5 / 2
Information & Communciation
- Website was very
- Website itinerary
was very helpful.
- Good packing
- Detailed itinerary
- Website was fantastic.
- A/C in every
- Magnifico was
great, but felt bad for those sleeping in room without a/c.
- Perfect location.
- Great place,
but more rooms with a/c would be nice.
- Beach in front
of hotel lacking. Staff very nice.
- Well planned.
Activity physical level was not always clear.
- Cascading was
- Great recovery
for motor problems on boat last day (we got a new boat...just for
- Cascading was
- Perfect balance
between adventure and relaxation.
- Loved how we
went off the beaten path.
- Cascading a must!
- Great across
- Very good every
- All were good
except for the Mexican. That was OK.
- Very good, although
more variety for lunches.
- Well organized.
- Food was delicious.
- Very well planned.
- Very organized
- Very organized
and on time.
- Adding in some
group hang-out time similar to first night in mid-week would be good.
- Couldn't have
asked for better.
- Well informed.
- Nice job, guys.
- Genesis was great
and a lot of fun.
- Fun x 2.
- Open-air truck
good idea for no more than 20 minute ride.
- Generally very
- Overall very
- Interesting with
all of the different options.
- Buses very good.
Only exception was open-air truck...very uncomfortable.
What is the
most memorable part of this trip for you?
- Cascading and
surfing x 2.
- Cascading without
a doubt x 3.
- Cascading on
the way down.
- Outdoor activities-cascading
& surfing-were awesome!
- Impressive organization
of community service project.
- Group dinners.
If you could
change one thing on this trip, what would it be?
- Bugs. Too many
- More comfortable
transport for cascading.
- Add in a sailing
day on Hoby Cats.
- A/C in every
- Sleeping arrangements.
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