Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Secret Samana

Coastal Living magazine recently featured a spread about Samana. The Dominican Republic's northeastern peninsula is quickly becoming a hot spot for fabulous boutique hotels and raw, natural beauty.

The feature was written by Elizabeth Woodson and suggests you stay at the Balcones del Atlantico, rates starting at $399 on 100 acres with a half mile of beach. The resort blends with the surrounding area, no large walls that distract the view. There are 86 villas surrounded by manicured tropical gardens and pools with swim-up bars. Or you may try The Peninsula House, rates starting at $550 including breakfast. It is a much smaller boutique-style hotel, but no less luxurious.

She mentions the breathtaking waterfalls, some of the best in the country, Los Haitises National Park and even recommends you dine at Porto, which has one of the top wine lists in the Dominican Republic. It is located at Balcones del Atlantico. Also try Mi Corazon in Las Terrenas.

If you are in Santo Domingo the new toll road to Samana will get you there in about two hours. Now, the roads in town are still a work in progress, but the experience is well worth navigating the potholes.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Favorite

One of my favorite activities is cruising the beach and stumbling upon something like this...

Monday, June 11, 2012

US Embassy Travel Alert

Travelers arriving at Las Americas International Airport and report they are carrying significant amounts of cash should take extra precautions. The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo has notified US citizens visiting the Dominican Republic that there has been an increase in armed robberies targeting US citizens arriving at Las Americas International Airport near Santo Domingo during the evening hours. "US citizens arriving at the Las Americas International Airport should take necessary precautions, or consider scheduling arrival times during the daylight hours," warns the Embassy.

The Embassy warns that criminals impersonating police agents are stopping travelers along various highways after they leave the airport. Some of these incidents have been violent as the assailants used gunfire to pull over vehicles that failed to respond to the flashing lights. The gunmen have been known to force the occupants out of their vehicles and rob them of valuables. In some incidents, travelers staying in private homes instead of hotels are followed and attacked and robbed on arrival.

The Embassy reports that no US citizens have been killed during these robberies, but there are reports of injuries. The incidents have occurred at night in both private vehicles and public taxis.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Vacation Planning 101

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Friday, June 01, 2012

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