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Trip Highlights

  • 6 Days/5 Nights in the historic Dominican Republic Capitol of Santo Domingo and North Coast Beach Sports Town of Cabarete!
  • Luxurious Accommodations in Beachside Condos!
  • Free Access to Pool & Jacuzzi in Cabarete!
  • Yasica River Exploration & Remote Beach Bonfire Dinner!
  • Giant Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling!
  • Farewell Dinner on Cabarete Beach!
  • Incredible Optional Adventure Excursions!
  • Round-trip Group Airport Transfers!

Trip Descriptive Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday, February 27, 2005

  • Arrival to Santo Domingo Las Americas Airport (SDQ)! Bienvenidos!
  • Group Airport Transfer to Colonial Zone.
  • Group Arrival Dinner at Coco's Cafe in Colonial Zone.
  • Accommodations at Antiguo Hotel Europa.

Day 2: Monday, February 28, 2005

  • Light breafkast in hotel.
  • Group Transfer to Cabarete and Hotel El Magnifico.
  • Hang out Poolside. Relax on the Beach. Explore Cabarete. Learn what a "Fria" is.
  • Yasica 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 3: Tuesday, March 1- Day 4: Wednesday, March 2, 2005

It is all up to you. Hang out on the beach or discover the Dominican Republic on one of our many Optional Adventure Excursions.

Day 5: Thursday, March 3, 2005

  • Giant Catamaran Sail.
    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.
  • Farewell Dinner on the Beach at Lax...the hottest restaurant on the beach!

Day 6: Friday, March 4, 2005

Group transfer to airport 3 hours prior to plane departure.

Hasta pronto!


Antiguo Hotel Europa, Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo

Accommodations offer a selection of 52 guest rooms, most with balconies, designed to offer every comfort for tourists and business travelers. Our hotel has been meticulously restored to most of its original colonial period. All rooms feature private bathrooms, air conditioning, in room safety deposit box, cable tv, and telphone with Internet. Based on double occupancy with two persons sharing a full-size bed.

Our own exclusive Luxury Condos right on the beach!

Hotel El Magnifico, Cabarete
2-Bedrooms Apartments Phase IV with queen size beds, A/C and full on suite bathroom, Complete modern kitchen full equipped with dishwasher machine, etc…. additional full bathroom, and living room with balcony. Additional bed added to living room.

Presidential Penthouse Phase IV 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. Additional bed added to living room.

Optional Adventure Excursions

Canyoning with Get Wet
Rappel down a 50 meter waterfall to enjoy challenging jumps from as high as 12 meters. Includes professional guides, refreshments and fruit, equipment (wet suit, harness, belay device, and helmet), a day of guaranteed adventure, and round-trip transportation. Rating: Intermediate-Advance hikers looking for an intense experience. Swimmers only. Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. US$89/guest Pleasure Dome Full Day(8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.).

Cascading with 4T
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: Intermediate-Advance hikers looking for an intense experience. Swimmers only. Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. US$65/person.

White Water Rafting with Rancho Baiguate
A beautiful adventure in breathtaking surroundings. The Yaque del Norte river is the longest in the DR, and offers fantastic rapids, demanding technical stretches, a narrow canyon, and adrenalizing drops. Rapids are soft and gentle in the beginning allowing enough time to learn skills and commands. The second part offers rafting at its best with awesome drops, like Mike Tyson and the Mother-in-law. Includes round-trip transportation, boat, equipment, guides, instruction, light breakfast, and lunch. Rating: Class III. Swimmers only. Saturday to Friday. 7:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. US$85/guest.

Quad Runner Trek with Fredy Tours
Enjoy a fast and furious day of independent adventure piloting your own Yamaha 250cc 4-wheeler through Dominican backcountry with the only tour that never sees a paved road. Mountains, rivers, and farms are no obstacle for you and your machine. Come get dirty! Full day includes round-trip transport, 4-wheeler, instruction, snack, guide, and a guaranteed day of adventure. Rating: Intermediate. No previous riding experience necessary. Saturday to Friday. US$60/guest for Half Day(9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

Golf at Playa Grande with 4T
Golfers dream about playing the well-known Pebble Beach Course on the Pacific coast of California, but for most it stays a dream. Very few golfers know of the existence of a much better course in the Caribbean. Before loosing his sight designer Robert Trent Jones Sr. cried of joy after visiting the coastline because he knew that all the possibilities were present to create a true and unique masterpiece. After completing the course he said: "This is the most beautiful course I have designed and it is the last one!" Well he is right. Simply a dream! The location is absolutely fantastic and so is the course, no wonder it has been nicknamed "The Pebble Beach of the Caribbean"! "Comparing the two courses, Playa Grande wins with 10 of its 18 holes situated ocean side on the dramatic coast line near Playa Grande, Dominican Republic" - Jens Keeper, Golf Journalist. A world-class golf course that you must play! Golf host, air conditioned transportation, 18 hole green fee, shared golf cart and Dominican Tax included. Monday and Wednesday. US$149/guest.

Mountain Horseback Riding at Rancho Montana
Escape from the busy tourist areas to the virgin Dominican wilderness. No access by motorized vehicles. The perfect cultural, ecological, and picturesque adventure for your holiday. Ride western style though the forest, rivers, canyons, and Dominican villages. Mountain trails that originally served the native Taino Indians are used today by local farmers to move cattle. This ride includes refreshments, lunch, guides, and round-trip transportation. Rating: All riding levels. Monday to Friday. 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. US$65/guest.

National Park El Choco Hike & The Caves of BUMBA with 4T
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! Come learn with the Responsible Educational Adventure Operator on this exceptional journey into the heart of the Dominican. US$1 dollar is donated to the DREAM Project for each guest on the hike to further education in the Dominican Republic. Sunday and Thursday. US$40/person.

SCUBA Diving Intro Course & Open Water Dive with NC Aquasports
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. Saturday to Friday. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. US$70/guest.

Surfing at Playa Encuentro with No Work Team

Saturday to Friday

Basic Surf includes: 5 days board rental, 2 days lesson (3 hours each) with round trip transfer from Bahia de Arena to Encuentro, 3 Days surfing for fun in your group or alone, and Drinking Water. 9 a.m. 1 person @ US$99/person. 2 or 3 persons @ US$79/person. 4 persons @ US$69/person.

Transfer Only includes round-trip transfer from Bahia de Arena to Encuentro. 9 a.m. to 12 m. US$5/person.

Full Day: Plastic NWT Surfboard @ US$15. Fiberglass Custom NWT Surfboard @ US$20/day.
Half Day: Plastic NWT Surfboard @ US$10. Fiberglass Custom NWT Surfboard @ US$13/day.

Kiteboarding Lessons with Kitexcite Saturday to Friday.
Beginner Course with Radio Helmet Instruction
First Session: First block of theory and safety, rig and fly 2-line kite, 2 hours semiprivate instruction. US$89.
Second Session: Body-dragging/Kite skills, 2 hours semiprivate instruction. US$89.
Third Session: 2 hours supervision. US$89.
Bonus: 2 hours supervision (after first and second session) when prepaid in full in advance. US$0!
Complete Course including IKO Certification Card: US$267/person.

Offshore Complete Kite Course: Radio, Boat, Lesson
First Session: First block of theory and safety, rig and fly 2 or 4-line kite, 2 hours semiprivate instruction. US$89.
Second Session: Rig and fly 4-line kite. Body-dragging/kite flying/techniques, 2.5 hours semiprivate instruction, 1 hour offshore.
Third Session: Second block of theory/safety, water start and get on board, 2.5 hours semiprivate instruction, 2 hours offshore. US$178.
Bonus: 2 hours supervision (after second or third session) when prepaid in full in advance. US$0!
Complete Course including IKO Certification Card: US$445/person.

Accelerated Kite Instruction Course (AKI)
7 hours private instruction and 3 hours supervision spread over 4-5 days. Instructor's goal is to take you from intro through 4-line course, ie. you are safe to practice on your own. US$399.

Dolphin Swim at Ocean World
The Dolphin Swim is a 30-minute interactive session with two of our playful dolphins and structured by one of our experienced trainers. The fun interactions include petting, feeding, kissing, hugs, and maybe a foot push or a dorsal fin tow. Each swim is limited to 10 guests. 3 hours. Rating: All levels. Swimmers only. Saturday to Friday. Departs at 8:35 a.m., 10:25 a.m., 1:25 p.m., and 3:35 p.m. US$125/person.


February 27 (Sunday) to March 4 (Friday), 2005



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