We met this cute local labrador at the beach, and he must have been one of the most happy dogs in The Dominican Republic. Jumping around in the warm waters, playing with coconuts and working the charm on every woman walking by…. We think the owner trained him well 🙂
Here are a simple picture-post with some of our pictures from Dominican Republic, the Sanctuary Resort and Cap Cana. Not that many words, just sit back and enjoy…. 🙂
Bonfireparty at the Sanctuary.
We took a tour with the “Bavaro Runners” touroperator, where we came to see the countryside of Dominican Republic. This is the most important thing to do, when visiting DR. This will make you understand the locals better, and somehow also make you even more impressed at these small paradise-resorts that has been put up.
We visited a ranch first, at the feet of the mountains, where we was horsebackriding for a short time. Really impressive nature.
Then we went on towards the mountains, where the next stop was a coffee and cocoa-ranch. The original methods of producing coffee and cacao was presented by the owner of the ranch. We where given samples to taste, and of course, you could buy the products. Some tourist seems to be offended by this, but the owner of the ranch didn’t try to push the products in anyway, and it was totally up to yourself. The locals just try to make a decent living here. Knowing that a minimum vage is 200$ in DR, we understand why every ekstra dollar counts.
The pictures above shows the 64 year old Maria, owner of the farm, making coffee beans by hand.
Next stop was a sugarcane farm, which also was said to be a tobacco farm. But as we have been in Cuba, and seen then real cigarsrolling tobaccofarms, I am certain, that it was a “fake”. The didn’t have any tobaccoplants, and compared to the real cuban cigarrollers, the guy was obviosly an amature. The also offers to sell “no-name” brand cigars to the visitors. It was fun to see, and even more fun when you know it is a trick. We are sure that is was because it really is a sugarcane farm, but sugerjuice is quite difficult to sell to the tourists, they made a “tobacco-farm” also.
After this stop, we had a lunch in the mountains, and thereafter a very interresting drive though the countryside, seeing the small villages and Higeuy. THIS is really cool to see, and gives you half-an-hour with the real DR. Last stop on the tour is Macao beach, which is beautiful, but very crowded with tourists and locals trying to sell everything to you.
The touroperator Bavaro Runners, was ok, the transport was in huge safaritrucks, because of the bumpy roads in the mountains. These trucks are not comfortable, so be prepared for this. The guide was cool, funny and positive, but this kind of guide that talks alot, without telling you that much 😉
On our on-going trip to Dominican Republic, we are staying at the Cap Cana area, just south of Punta Cana.
Cap Cana is a giant area, with a pure paradise of beautiful beaches, luxury resorts, golf, spa’s, marina and so on. It is a fantastic place, has notning to do with the real Dominican Republic though, but in a way, it really dosent matter that much, it is a genuine paradise….
We chose the Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort and Spa, which is a really nice 5 Star resort, that offers some caribbean-feel, and is not giant. The service is great, and this is THE place you need to go, if you want to stay a calm and quite place. At the Sanctuary, you will be able to be yourself, and not being disturbed at the beach, while taking a walk or eating your dinner. It is a bit away from everything, but if you are looking for a “tranquillo” place to stay, do not hesitate to book the Sanctuary Cap Cana.
Cheers to all you travellers 😉
As we are enjoying the laidback lifestyle of Dominican Republic (DR), we came across this beautiful creature. DR is so much more than all the vast resorts and touristtraps, there is an entire original and fantastic culture behind the facade. If you go to DR, please do yourself the favour to get to to know the real DR, and not just the well-groomed and polished tourist resorts…