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Well yesterday (Saturday) was a funny old day. We were meant to be going on a trip to the national park but Simon had poo problems during the night and he wasn't feeling well so we decided to postpone it until Wednesday. We didn't do that much during the day as I didn't like to leave Simon on his own but by the evening he was starting to feel better so we ordered some room service. Under our door they posted a warning about Tropical Storm Bertha which ...
Hello! We have had a lovely first couple of days - here are the highlights: 1. The beach is lovely - there's a nice little quiet cove where the water is really still 2. The pools are really quiet so you can get beds any time you want. We have found a nice little spot where no one goes because we don't like talking to people. 3. We've bought a lilo - I had hours of fun being ...
After an epic journey to get here, we arrived last night about 8 to the hotel. The transfer took about 4 hours and we got to see quite a bit of the Dominican Republic! We saw all kinds of things on the way: lots of palm trees, the coastline, jungley bits, dusty towns, run down shacks, Jackie Nails, people standing in doorways looking, shops in sheds, lots of ...
... at the unlit corner of two dirt roads. With no cell phone to call, I was wondering where all the motoconchos went (motor bike taxis) and debating how I thought I should tackle the two miles to the hotel I reserved, Rancho La Cueva, when a tall, John-Goodman-sized man stumbled past me. He didn't even see me so I called out to him to ask if there was a motoconcho or any kind of taxi to get me to the hotel. He advised me, in between a string ...
... no crime” except for some drunken fights. The evidence suggested otherwise. Those homes and businesses with windows were all covered with metal bars. Businesses were surrounded by fences and razor wire. Both of these are very typical of these islands.
We drove by some kids in uniform walking to school. One waved at us with both hands, then was kind enough to turn them around and give us a double middle finger. I have to admit I had to laugh!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Don Pablo Collection Samaná Peninsula
This is a beautiful place an excellent hotel only just opened in December 2006. There are still some teething problems and bugs to be worked out but everyone from the management down is trying really hard to get things running smoothly.
Cayo Levantado is a pretty little island with a private area where the hotel is and a public area where all the day trippers and cruiseboat types come to spend some time on the beautiful beach.
The only negative comment I have is that if you are into a more active holiday this will not suffice. It is more for a relaxing, laid back beach holiday at a superb 5 star resort.
Belles plages, hôtel médiocre
J'ai passé deux semaines complètes sur l'île où il y a une très bonne ambiance et des plages très photogéniques. Malheureusement, l'hôtel n'était pas très bien entretenu, avait un menu limité et quelques unes des chambres étaient envahies par des cafards énormes. Le calme de l'île était perturbé par des nombreux touristes venus en excursion pour la journée, et nous (les résidents) trouvions que cela gâchait l'atmosphère d'île perdue à la Robinson Crusoé.
Sur une note plus légère, j'avais remarqué plusieurs serpents dans les broussailles, et j'avais demandé aux barmans de quelle sorte de serpent il s'agissait etc. Ils m'ont répondu qu'il n'y avait pas de serpents sur l'île. La tête froide, j'ai réussi à en attraper un et je l'ai amené au bar pour le montrer au barman. Sur quoi, il a débarrassé le bar et s'est enfui (ces serpents sont des constrictors inoffensifs).
Buenas playas, hotel flojo
Pasé dos semanas completas e la isla, que tiene mucho ambiente y playas fotogénicas. Sin embargo, el hotel no estaba muy bien cuidado, el menú era poco variado y algunas habitaciones estaban infestadas de enormes cucarachas. La paz de la isla se veía interrumpida por numerosas excursiones de un día y a los residentes nos parecía que tanta visita se cargaba la sensación de isla remota a lo Robinson Crusoe. También comentar, aunque no me importase tanto, que vi varias serpientes entre la maleza y cuando le pregunté al del bar de qué tipo eran, etc., me dijo sin inmutarse que en la isla no había serpientes. Conseguí coger una y la llevé al bar para enseñársela al camarero, que se marchó corriendo del bar (eran culebras constrictor inofensivas).
Gute Strände, schlechtes Hotel
Wir waren für ganze zwei Wochen auf der Insel und es gibt dort schönes Ambiente und fotogene Strände. Aber das Hotel ist nicht sehr gut gepflegt, hat nur eine beschränkte Speisekarte und einige der Zimmer hatten ein ernsthaftes Kakerlakenproblem. Der Frieden der Insel wurde von zahlreichen Tagesauflüglern gestört und wir (die Anwohner) fanden, dass es unser Robinson Crusoe Insel Feeling vermieste.
Eine lustige Geschichte: Ich habe einige Schlangen im Unterholz gesehen und habe das Barpersonal gefragt, was für eine Art von Schlange es sei usw. Mir wurde gesagt, dass es auf dieser Insel keine Schlangen gibt. Ich habe unerschrocken eine gefangen und habe sie zur Bar gebracht, um sie ihm zu zeigen. Der Barkeeper räumte die Bar ab und rannte aus dem Gebäude (die Schlangen waren harmlose Würgeschlangen).
Good beaches poor hotel
I stayed a full two weeks on the island which does have great ambiance and photogenic beaches. However,the hotel was not very well maintained, has a limited menu and some of the rooms were overun by huge cockroaches. The peace of the island was interupted by numerous day trip excursions and we (the residents) felt that this spoiled our remote Robinson Crusoe island. On a lighter note, I had noticed several snakes in the undergrowth and asked the bar staff what types they were etc. I was told that there were no snakes on the island, undaunted, I managed to catch one and took it into the bar to show the barman. The barman cleared the bar and ran out of the building (the snakes are harmless constrictors).
Don't miss out on this magnificant treasure
Travelled to Cayo Lavantado on March 30 - rented a car in Puerto Plata and hired the boat to take us to the beautiful breath-taking island, well worth the rental of car and boat! It was amazing - once you are there you don't want to leave......it is beyond paradise - it was magnificant!
The Best Beach We Found!
After 18 years of not vacationing in our native country, my husband and I stayed our first week at a wonderful resort in Punta Cana. Our second week, we spent in the Cibao visiting family and doing day trips which included Playa Bonita, Nagua among other beaches and Cayo Levantado. We found Paradise we thought! The unfortunate thing is that we only spent a couple of hours in the best beach yet! Our third week was spent at Boca Chica at another all incluside resort. Among all the beaches we visited during this three week stay, Cayo Levantado had the cleanest, most crystalline water to speak of. We want to go back and are looking for information on a new hotel that is suppose to be opening there. Anyone have any information please post it!
Best Beach Native Dominicans have found thus far!
I visited samana pennisula for a 2 week holiday and managed to stay on barcardi island for a week of that. the island is so beautiful. one side is exculsive to the hotel and the other to the hundreds of day tripers.
The last boat leaves the island for the main land at 6pm and if you miss it, then you are stuck!!
I would recommend a trip there, and even a few nights in the hotel which is lovely.
it is pure paradise
Amazin' Paradisiac Place!
I went there many year ago. I hope it's still as beautiful or even more that then. After driving for about 3-4 hours (we kind of got lost and made some stops), we finally got the the place. My first impression as we approached the key (yes, it's a little island and you have to take a boat to get there) was of some sort of paradise. It was definetely too good to be true. That was definitely the best beach I have ever gone to in my whole life. Take it that Playa Grande, Sosua and Caleton are awesome. But this one takes all the credits. The only drawback is that you have to leave by sunset. There was a hotel in the island but it was "out of order". I hope it is operational now. It would be radically awesome to stay overnight in such a beautiful place. Remember it's very important to bring your own food because resources may be limited. All in all, I definitely recomment this place for like a-day-at-the-beach kind of thing others, it's up to you.