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I will arrive at Puerto Plata Airport at December 12 and will stay in Cabarete.
I am pretty confident that there are ATMs with local currency at Puerto Plata airport but it would be nice to get that confirmed.
I know I have to bring US$ for the visa. But in an old post (several years ago) someone said that you also need US$ for the taxi from the airport. Is this really true?
I've frequently read that it is possible to stay overnight with the locals on Saona Islands. Since that place looks very appealing I'd like to do just that. Has anybody here ever done that. What's the right way to arrange a homestay on this island?
Thank's in advance.
I'm risking some squawk, but I feel a need to wade into a touchy topic.
There are growing signs of a potential human rights crisis between the DR and Haiti. To put it in simplistic terms, the DR is withholding citizenship for people of Haitian descent - even for those several generations back in the DR, never having been to Haiti. These are folks who, then, have no citizenship, no states rights, de-nationalized. I will encourage readers to google the news and developments, even major US media sources are paying attention. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/26/world/americas/dominican-republic-fearful-haitians-deported-or-voluntarily-flee.html?_r=0
As a traveler who tries to be aware of current issues where I visit, and one th... more »
Are anyone else that can answer these question.
I am headed back to TB in Jan. and for the first time I want to be BRAVE and rent a motor scooter to "scoot around" for a day, and also go snorkeling one day. My wife thinks I am CRAZY for wanting to do these things because I have never driven a motor scooter, and I am not a strong swimmer and only snorkeled once (Red Sea).
My questions :
Where is the place called "back of sea" that is suppose to be a beautiful spot ?
Have you ever snorkeled at the spot headed to Alligator Pond ?
What are some good routes to scoot around and visit ?
ONE LOVE !!
I am leaving tomorrow on a VERY last minute solo trip to Jamaica (flying into MB). It is my first time to Jamaica. I am there for 5 nights and 4.5 days and was hoping for some advice.
My #1 goal is to visit beaches and to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle. With that in mind, I rented a car so I could get around and get off the beaten path (and not have to pay $$$ for taxis). I have driven on the left before and am a seasoned driver.
I have not booked lodging yet, but I have done a lot of research and plan to lock everything in as soon as I get some advice from you fine people!
My questions are:
1) I was planning to spend 2 days north (Falmouth/Duncans) and then the remaining 2.5 days in Negril. Is that reasonable?
2) Should I reconsider the car rental?
3) Can anyone recommend a plan for a first time visitor, who is there for 4.5 days and want... more »
Does anyone have recent information about getting to Las Terranas by bus? I think it is possible to pick the bus up just at the entrance to the new highway but don't know what times or if that is still true.
Hi there, I would greatly appreciate if anyone has some tips for a trip my boyfriend and I have booked to cuba, arriving just after christmas and leaving on the 4th Jan.
We fly into Varadero on the 28th Dec and out on the 4th Jan, however I am not sure I want to spend too much time there as touristy.
Ideally I would like to spend a couple of days in a few destinations within a few hours of Varadero.
I would like to go to Havana for a couple of days (perhaps new years eve) and then spend the rest of the time exploring nature / relaxing by the beach, visiting traditional cuban sites.
Would anyone have any recommendations on nice beach places to stay nearby to varadero and on the way or not to far out of the way towards Havana as we will probably only have time to travel around Varadero and Havana in a week.
I would like a balance of relaxing and seeing cuban sights, but... more »
So here's the scoop. My friend and I have some time off right after Christmas, and have noticed that flights are currently fairly affordable to most places for the 8-9 day runs leaving on December 30/31st. Who WOULDN'T want to be somewhere exotic for New Years?
We're kind of running out of ideas of where to try. We both REALLY enjoyed Caye Caulker, Belize. Island feel but not overrun with tourists, and no resorts, just small beachfront boutique hotels. Friendly people, affordable food and bev.
Does anyone have any suggestions of other places we could try? We're hoping to keep flight and hotel to a $1200 each maximum, which seems to be workable based on a little research. If we can get rooms (would love a beachfront apartment, cabin, bungalow, or room) under $70 a night, we'd be in the money.
Thoughts? Ideas? Recommendations?
- decent snorkeling
Was hoping to go to Andros Island beginning of January with three adults and two children. I'm having a hard time finding ideal accommodations. I've checked vrbo.com. Small Hope is just too expensive. The website for Andros Lighthouse seems outdated, and they haven't returned my email. Tiamo looks amazing, but is on the south island. Emerald Palms is apparently closed. Anything about Andros on LP is old.
We'd be happy to rent a house or condo with two bedrooms, close to a "population center".
And... does anyone have any experience with children on Andros?
I need a contact of somebody who can arange a (four hour) seitthseeing tour around Antigua for a group of 12 adults (for 8th of February).
I am going to jamaica for 3 weeks and want do take a padi course there. But i cant find any general, overall normal price for padi courses when i research.
Does anyone know what the average price for PADI courses are in jamaica? I am aware that prices vary with time and place, so i would appreciate any rough estimate :)
Me and a buddy are traveling to DR in mid december.
We are looking for a place that is near the younger
crowd/action and has a few rooms where we stay.
1) any recc?
2) where are the clubs/nightlife located in punta cana
I have never been to St Maarten before and was planning to visit Orient Bay my next mid-April, or so. Planning to get my stay at La Sarabande Villa and will be there for a week with my family. How are the restaurants in this place? I've heard of Le Piment. Is it near to where I stay? I welcome some more suggestions on good restaurants nearby.
Hello fellow travelers,
I am thinking about taking a 2 week sailing trip in the Bahamas over Christmas/New Year's. I am looking for a nice, live-on sail boat where i can join a small group. I have been looking online but am having trouble finding one available. Can anyone recommend some companies?
I am thinking about going to jamaica. All my research comes up with the same thing: expensive. I am wondering if its even possible to travel around the country on a budget? Does that mean missing out on A LOT of things? And does budget mean simple or dirty and unsafe?
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