This is a two-week itinerary for the Dominican Republic, including visits to Cabarete, Samana, Jarabacoa, and Santo Domingo.
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North America14 days / January 2017
Highs & Lows
Tubing down the Rio Yaque del Norte
Tours in Ciudad Colonial were not inclusive of African and Indigenous history
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I would have enjoyed spending more time in Samana and less time in Cabarete. Samana offered a much quieter and eco-conscious tourism experience. Although Cabarete is a fun place with lots of nightlife, it is starting to show signs of over tourism and pollution.
How was the food?
Food varied widely throughout the trip depending on price point and location. For inexpensive meals, traditional rice, beans, and fish (near the coast) was a popular option. Restaurants in Jarabacoa were focused on fine dining and offered a variety of European and fusion cuisine.
In most areas of the Dominican Republic the weather is hot and humid. I wore loose dresses for the majority of my trip. In Jarabacoa I would recommend multiple layers, as the weather is quite chilly at night and when hiking at a high altitude.
Although I enjoyed walking around Ciudad Colonial in Santo Domingo, I was disappointed that museums, landmarks, and other tourist attractions focused only on European history in the country. I would have liked to learn more about the indigenous populations that lived on the island prior to Spaniard arrival, as well as the inclusion of African descendants, who have played a tremendous role in shaping the identity of the Dominican Republic today.
I chose to stay at boutique hotels in Cabarete, Santo Domingo, and Samana which I found through booking.com. In Jarabacoa I stayed at an ecolodge which was recommended to me by a friend.