Vacationing in the Caribbean! Taking a Caribbean vacation is a dream of many, but for many its a little out of reach. While the first place that comes to mind when you think of the Caribbean is Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Barbados or maybe the US Virgin Islands one other location to consider is the Dominican Republic.
My family liked the Dominican Republic so much we moved here, and while we dont live near a beach we do get a chance to stay at them on a regular basis. So far our beach stays have included Boca Chica, Puerto Plata, Sosua, Santo Domingo, Las Terrenas and others. Our favorite by far has been Las Terrenas, but each beach has its own advantages.
Las Terrenas Beach highlights
First the vendors In many of the tourist areas the vendors are pretty aggressive in getting the sale, probably the worst of these would be Boca Chica which is known for all the beach vendors that walk up and down the beach trying to sell trinkets, food, etc (that etc includes a wide selection of prostitutes). Las Terrenas on the other hand seems to try to keep the beach venders to a minimum and the ones that are there are a little better at taking no for an answer.
Snorkeling One of my familys favorite activities is snorkeling. Most of the beach is great for snorkeling. The beach itself is white sand, but when you go out in the water there are large sections that provide the perfect habitat for small fish and other wildlife. There is also a reef a ways out that blocks the larger waves making for calmer water where you snorkel.
Kite Surfing Well, we havent tried this yet, but at one end of the beach we always see kite surfers. The wind in that area seems steady and relatively strong which makes for good kite surfing.
Good food This area seems to attract Italian business owners so there is some great Italian food here, as well as everything else you can think of. The food is a little more expensive than some of the other beaches so expect dinner plates to be in the $12 – $18 USD range.
Great online deals Make sure to make your reservations ahead of time and you can get some great deals on rooming. Try to find one while you are here and you are going to get charged about twice what you can get the same room for online ahead of time.
Friendly people – Unlike some of the other vacation areas weve visited (ie Hawaii), most of the locals like having tourists around. This is shown by the general attitude of people when you come here. That includes the attitude of the locals on the street as well as the vendors. Smile and say hi (hola) and you will always get a friendly greeting back; likely they will try out their sometimes limited English to start up a conversation.
While the majority of our experiences in Las Terrenas have been very good, like any location there are bound to be some problems. You can read about one of them at Corte Del Mar.
If you havent given Las Terrenas DR a try, Do a little research on the island, and it might become your favorite too!