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... properties from a place where there is public access to the
Punta Cana is full of Europeans and North Americans playing
golf, baking in the sun, stuffing themselves on hotel buffets, and taking bus
day trips on all-inclusive packages. I saw some of those tour buses at the
basilica in Higuey and even driving through the sugarcane fields and felt so
glad to be in my own car rather than on a package tour.
I continued northwest along ...
... way cornfields do in the Midwest. The town main cities heading east are mostly sugar processing centers also famous for producing many of the Dominican’s star baseball players for the American major league. With lots of "motos" (motor scooters) on the road and little in the way of rules of the road Dominican Republic is probably the most stressful place I’ve driven so far, but the flow of traffic is something I’d quickly get used to in my two weeks driving.
Another day, another port. The Dominican Republic is the eastern side of the island of Hispaniola. The western side is Haiti. We docked at a port called La Romana. There are a few different things you can do here. We chose to visit some caves call Cueva de las Miravillas (the cave of miracles). It was a great option because we got to see a bit of the countryside, we had a very good taxi driver who told us a bit about the island life ...
... customs. In a manner I've not before witnessed each and every bag and each one of us travelers were whisked through customs by a young Dominican with a bright white smile and a waving hand of greeting ushering us right on through. Not a single bag was opened. Not a single piece was held up. At dinner as we were debriefing from the days travel adventures Felicia recounted a conversation she had with her husband Josh that morning. He asked her how ...
... right nice), potatoes and onions, boring salad and of course the obligatory rice and beans. All this washed down with Presidente beer.
After stuffing ourselves, there were hammocks nearby. I managed to get one overlooking the beach in the distance with an amazing view, where I had the best food nap ever. When I awoke everyone was napping under the palm trees.
After relaxing under the trees, Pepe our guide took us on ...