Travel Contests: Week of July 9, 2014

Granite Gear

This week’s travel contests include: Win a Cross-Trek 22” Wheeled Carry-On Duffel from Granite Gear! ( contest) Win two roundtrip flights anywhere in the continental U.S., Mexico, or the Caribbean Win a trip for two to a luxurious resort in the Dominican Republic plus golf from Brut and ESPN Radio Win a trip to Brazil for two […]

Santo Domingo and Dominican Chocolate

Hostal Nicolas de Ovando

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is a city of culture and history. It is the oldest city in the New World, founded by Bartholomew Columbus (son of Christopher) in 1496. The historic Spanish architecture in the Zona Colonial with tropical flora and hot humid nights are uniquely Caribbean. I explored the Zona Colonial—the old Santo Domingo—with Tequia […]

Dominican Republic – The Wild North

DR's Los Haitises

When I look at a map of the Dominican Republic  it looks like a sea turtle facing east, with a small “flipper” at the northeast corner. That “flipper” is the peninsula known as Samaná.  As I continue from Punta Cana to Samaná from last week’s post, I find myself cruising on a 16-passenger skiff across […]

Tips for Traveling in the Dominican Republic

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  Tips for Traveling in the Dominican Republic 1. Remember,  you’re in a 3rd world country – the electricity may occasionally shut down and you shouldn’t depend on consistent internet access even at the high-end resorts. 2. To get a better feel for the richness of this country, safely and smartly explore outside of the […]

Exploring the North Coast of the Dominican Republic – Puerto Plata to Samaná


A great way to experience the essence of the Dominican Republic is to take the Northern Coastal route using the newly built Boulevard Turístico del Atlántico from Puerto Plata to Samaná; a trip of rolling hills, small towns and beautiful beaches. Taking this route you’ll be tempted to stop for photos, fresh fruit, take in […]