Start with a bike tour of wonderful Santo Domingo’s vibrant cafés, museums, shops and bars. During the day you might think the nation’s capital was a little ‘sleepy’, but as temperatures drop merengue bars begin to fill with locals, and restaurants open their doors – although they’re nowhere near busy before 10pm – this is Latin America!
Arriving at Las Terrenas, the next few days and nights offer a host of experiences – boat trips to secluded beaches and hidden caves, spotting dolphins and whales, riding ATVs, hiking to waterfalls, and cocktails in a garden bar before a private 5-course Dominican culinary experience.READ MORE +
From GBP £5,490 USD $6,530 pp excl. flights
12 hours 50 mins from London
3 hours 45 mins From NYC
A guided bike tour is the easiest and most fun way to get to know the oldest Colonial City in America and its history, art and culture. Visit the main points of interest as your guide gives reviews and recommendations on things to do. The route is personalised according to your interests, whether it’s churches, architecture and history, or art galleries, bars, and restaurants, and can be customised to visit areas of interest.
Visit the Amber Museum accompanied by Joarla Caridad, a second-generation local artist working with precious stones, particularly Amber and Larimar to produce jewellery inspired by the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Caribbean. Joarla is recognised internationally and has been featured in numerous fashion shows and publications, and after exploring the museum, you’ll visit her store to be taken through her creative processes and shown some of her stunning pieces.
Pick up your snorkelling gear and boat from Playa Playaitá beach before heading out to explore the stunning Samaná coastline. Watch for dolphins along the way and, depending on the season, humpback whales too. The steep cliffs and caves here make these beautiful beaches accessible only by water, and you can explore two or three with plenty of time to relax and swim at each.
Ride an ATV (‘All-Terrain Vehicle’) to discover the beauty of the Peninsula of Samana and the region around Las Terrenas. Experienced or not, you’ll soon enjoy the ride as you navigate the countryside between sea and mountains, away from asphalt roads. A beginner-level dirt track takes you across impressive landscapes of authentic Dominican life, before meeting a family with the very kindness and smiles that characterise the warm-hearted locals.
Explore Playa El Valle before a boat journey to the picturesque Ermitaño beach for some R&R. Return to the beach for an authentic Dominican meal, then set out on a 30-minute hike along the dry stream to the awe-inspiring El Castaño waterfall. Take a refreshing dip and immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings, enjoying some free time to soak in the natural beauty.
After a big day of exploring, head to the garden bar where you can sit and enjoy a welcome cocktail before moving to the Atelier for a presentation by Chef Luis Alfredo and a 5-course tasting menu on the terrace. Each ingredient in the Dominican dishes is fresh and straight from local sources, giving this meal a Farm to Table touch!
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