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What can you expect on a visit to these shores?
Beaches that don't
quit... Most of the north coast is beach and most of the beaches are unspoiled and undeveloped.
Breathtaking countryside... More than just a strip
of sand in sea, this is the second largest island in the Caribbean
with an ever changing terrain and non-stop unspoiled natural beauty.
people... Almost all visitors comment on how Dominicans are the friendliest people they have ever met when
Latin culture... counterbalanced by the familiar faces
and flavors of many Europeans and North Americans who have relocated
nature... but you don't have to rough it. You can be four-wheeling through jungle roads by day and, at night, be sipping sipping French wine and eating lobster in your cottons beside the beach.
Not expensive ... No matter your style of travel, you
encounter relatively good value. With few exceptions, dining out
costs US$8-$20 and local drinks are about $3 apiece. In other island nations prices are typically 30- to 50% higher than at home;
here, virtually all local services and supplies cost the same, or less, than at home.
to get to... Daily flights from Miami
(2 hrs), New York (3 hrs), Atlanta (2 1/2 hours) Puerto Rico (1 hr), weekly charters
from dozens of Canadian and European cities.
Backpackers... Lots of pensiones, cheap hotel rooms and inexpensive
public transportation. Easy hops from place to place with something
different to experience at each one.
Luxury... This destination attracts many very well heeled people who want
to get away from all that. You won't find Marriot or Sheraton
but you do find some very exclusive and comfortable owner-operated
small hotels and you can also rent million-dollar villas by
the week. Most of the large resorts are predominantly filled
with economy travellers on all-inclusive vacations; a handful
are four-star. Meanwhile, you can get just about anything you
want, from private car and driver to helicopters and yachts.
All-inclusive resorts... There are dozens of all-inclusive beach resorts, where food, drinks, beach equipment and a long
list of amenities are all part of a one-price package including
airfare conveniently organized out of major European, American
and Canadian centers. Lots of great deals available.
Adventure Travel... Dozens of specialty vacations
are being offered by people who came as tourists and then moved
back to set up shop because they discovered that this place
is great for... horseback riding in the mountains (several
excellent ranches), getting scuba diving certification
(one of the least expensive places to get it), windsurfing (excellent
shools for learning and all services for pros), white water
rafting, whalewatching (the largest Atlantic ocean gathering
of humpback whales spawning January to March in Samana Bay), hiking trips (the tallest mountain in the Caribbean,
Pico Duarte, 10,000 ft, with guides and mules available), mountain biking (bikes and guided tours for all levels), motocross and four-wheeling (dirt bikes and jeeps
for rent and youll find endless, unmapped backroads). There are plenty of
guided daytrips and excursions that make it easy to have a tropical
or third world adventure and get back to the comfort of your
hotel by the end of the day.
Relocating and Investing... Each year more people
come and don't leave. As one of our friends says, my cost
of living is equivalent to my tax and utilities budget back
home. People looking for a place to retire, or who
simply dream of living in the Caribbean will find that there
are a lot of good reasons. price and friendly people being the
main ones, to consider this part of the Caribbean.
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