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September 29, 2011

The Dominican Republic, from stem to stern

From the Washington Post lifestyle section:

My Dominican daydreams began long before I boarded a plane for Santo Domingo. I dreamed of the crumbling stone Ciudad Colonial and the soft green unfurling of the mountainous countryside, the wood smoke drifting from tin roofs and the sea salt whipped off the break, the cacophony of dusty public bus yards and the bongo-heavy bachata spilling from tinny windowsill radios, the sweet hot oil of fried plantains and the pale malt of a cheap national lager.

November 11, 2008

Day Trip: Saona Island, Dominican Republic

saona-island-dominican-republic.jpgThe destination is a gorgeous sandy offshore isle. To get there, boats depart from Bayahibe, a small fishing village on the SE coast. These trips are normally organized from hotels in Punta Cana, the nearby Domincus area, and from La Romana. Departing, a speed boat will bounce through the waves taking you to Saona, stopping in some nearby shallows for snorkeling. On the return you'll sail back on a rum-laden catamaran. Or possibly the other way around depending on the schedule. Included is a satisfying bbq lunch on the beach in Saona. Departing about 10am, the crew will have you back on the mainland by 4. Costs from Punta Cana with transportation (add 1.5 hours each way) are $90 or more. However, if you can make your own way to Bayahibe, It is possible to get passage from one of the captains for about $50. If you are staying in town, there are some small hotels starting at $30 a night. Scattered throughout the village are a few eateries, some good, some not. Try the Chinese restaurant for fresh fish.

November 2, 2008

Guide to the top 10 beaches for power walkers

Orient Bay, St Martin - The Saint Tropez of the Caribbean. Beach bars and a nudist resort keep this mile long stretch from getting boring

Grand Cayman - Seven Mile Beach. Despite the name, the beach is only about 5.5 miles long, all of which is built up with hotels

Negril, Jamaica - Vendors and jerk chicken are the diversions on this 7 mile long Caribbean strand

Varadero, Cuba - 12 miles of sand along a peninsula, not even a mile wide at its widest point. Tips: Possible salsa band sightings

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Seemingly endless stretch of beach and coconut palms, at least 30 miles long fronted by enormous resorts

Grand Anse Beach, Grenada - 2 miles of fluffy, golden sand along a sheltered bay

Harbour Island, The Bahamas - Pink Sands Beach. Solitude, tranquility and quiet are the hallmarks of this four mile long beach

Eagle Beach, Aruba - Miles of gorgeous, blazingly white sand. Watch the windsurfers zoom by

Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda - pink sand, framed by rocky coastline punctuated by sandy coves. Not officially Caribbean, but still rates an official tip

Luquillo Beach, Puerto Rico - Palm trees, hammocks, locals, snacks and miles of fine Caribbean sand and surf

June 15, 2008

UNESCO world heritage sites in the Caribbean

Currently there are 851 sites worldwide recognized by UNESCO for their unique cultural, natural and historic heritage. There are 17 sites in the Caribbean:

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