Villa Baya Aparta-Hotel
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We landed a little bit early at Punta Cana International Airport which was surprising but welcome. Our plane didn't pull up to the terminal, it parked away in a sort of plane parking lot. We were greeted on the Tarmac by a strange bus with no seats. They really don't need seats as the journey is quite literally 2 minutes to ...
Punta Cana is the easternmost point on Hispaniola and the
center of the biggest concentration of large resorts. I was surprised to learn
that Dominican Republic is third in Latin America in terms of foreign tourism
receipts after Mexico and Brazil. Maybe it’s because I’ve mostly lived in the
western U.S. where people mostly go to Mexico on their beach vacations, but I
hadn’t realized how big a tourism industry there is in the D.R. ...
... Nacional Parque del Este where Isla Saona is located is also said to be the best area in the country for scuba diving.
After a lunch with exceptionally slow service I went for a drive to the national park. The road turned to dirt at the park’s entrance (nothing my little KIA couldn’t handle) and then ends a short distance beyond at a deserted park headquarters. An attendant emerged to collect my park entrance fee, and then I was off on my hike to Cueva de ...
... backpack! Only trouble I had was I got my backpack wedged in between the seats on the guagua to Bayahibe from Romana so took me a while to get out at Bayahibe! The hotel I'm staying at is really nice, staff are very friendly and it's a bit further out of the way from the main street so it's bit quieter, can still hear music blaring in the distance but not as noisy as most ...
I still can't believe that I managed to convince Dave to come to Punta Cana. It's not his type of place, to say the least. Between the beaches, buffets and sunburns, it was quite a culture shock for my boyfriend. He thought that we'd only see poverty, and while there certainly were some sad moments, he seemed shocked that this beautiful country's citizens were happy.
Like any tropical location, it looked like a paradise. Our beach had a section blocked off for the ...