Month: February 2015

Walking Around Santo Domingo

From Samana it’s about three hours to Santo Domingo by bus. We woke up at 4:30 in the morning to catch the 5:00 AM guagua bound for Santo Domingo. The guagua is a local minibus which stops often to load passengers, mainly Dominicans, headed to the capital. The bus was full but extra seating was improvised in the aisle space between the seats. We sat like sardines, shoulder to shoulder for the next 3 hours. We arrived in what seemed to be a sketchy part of town. We were ready to walk and asked around for directions to Zona Colonial but we were told to forget it as the neighbourhood was “muy peligroso”. So we jumped into a cab that took no longer than 5 minutes to Zona Colonial. It seemed as if we were already there.    We had booked a night at hotel Portes 9 in Zona Colonial, a quaint little hotel on a quiet street. We set to explore the city and headed downtown and along Santo Domingo’s Malecón. We walked for a …

Beach Hopping in Dominican

To escape the cold winter in Canada, we recently visited the Dominican Republic. We chose Samana as our pied de terre but planned to take several day trips to explore the beautiful beaches nearby. Samana has a lot of great beaches and Playa Rincon was one of my favorites. This beach stretches for kilometres and it’s appeal is the fact that it’s still a virgin beach unspoiled by resorts and commerce. As we walked east, the beach got wider and the white sand cleared of seasonal seaweeds. Waves crush against rocks and the beach ends with an impressive rock which mimics the entry to a cave. Really stunning! We rented a car and drove further east to Las Galeras which also has a good beach. From there we stopped at Playita, a beach that was recommended to us by a Spaniard from Barcelona who made Dominican his home in recent years. This beach is a favorite with locals and it’s memorable because of the coral corridor we had to walk through to reach the open ocean. We had a great walk along the beach from El Portillo where …