Bacardi Island & Land of Mamajuana

Trip Start Mar 18, 2011
Trip End Apr 13, 2011

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Flag of Dominican Republic  , Samaná,
Saturday, April 9, 2011

Cayo Levantado is a tiny island off the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic.  It is better known as Bacardi Island as the beach and palm trees looks like they came from a  Bacardi Rum ad.  Looking down upon the island from our ship, the island is small but lovely.  We tendered over to it for about an hour, while other passengers headed out for excursions to Samana and beyond.

There we were greeted by some beautiful dancers in traditional dress and by a small steel band. The island has several hotels and a section which is taboo for non guests to walk to so we were pretty much stuck in a small section of a small island.  Walking to the beach area are dozens of kiosks selling souvenirs and rum and mamajuana which is a concoction of herbs, leaves, roots, bark and spices.  It is sold in a bottle ranging from 15 to $25.  What you then do is add rum and a little honey to the bottle and let it rest for 3 days.  After that you have a drink and it is supposed to act as an aphrodisiac or the Dominican version of viagra.  Anyway, we passed on that.

We wandered the beach, George dipped his toes in the Caribbean and we took several photos.

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