Santo Domingo and Saona Island | Nick: maggie
Santo Domingo and Saona Island | All Inclusive Barcelo Talanquera
2006-03-17 | Viewed: 352 time(s) | No vote yet | Rank
The resort we stayed in was ok but not really impressive. It did not bother us because we did not spend too much time within the resort.( Unlike other people who go to places like that) After the first day of walking back and forth from the beach to the pool, and one bar to another ( I guess the unlimited drinks are the best part of an all inclusive package, although the alcohol could be of better quality:) ) we came to the consensus to rent a car next day. We decided that smoking awesome Cuban cigars on our balcony.
Unlike that ghetto I have mentioned before there are totally different parts of Dominican Republic. Its capital- Santo Domingo is nicely restored, well maintained, and a clean city. Comparing to what we sow before a little fancy , but very pleasant for strolling and photo shooting. There are lots of restaurants, cafes, old churches, gift shops, and art galleries. We have visited a little bit of everything (church including since it was Easter Sunday), we took lots of pictures and we started to look for a place for dinner.
We had enough of exploring cities and towns we decided to get to the little island called Saona. It was quite a ride from our resort, but we managed to find a tiny little town where there are boats taking people to the paradise we wanted to see. Saona Island was discovered by Christopher Columbus and it is part of the national park. The island itself and surrounding it waters are absolutely pristine and breathtaking! There are many different species of birds and tropical fish. Before I go any further with Saona I really want to mention one interesting phenomenon that we observed driving the roads in Dominican Republic. It seems like there are no rules and everybody drives like there was nobody else on the road. They do not seem to notice any traffic lights, or stop signs. But miraculously- we did not see a single accident!!!
Going back to Saona Island, when we finally got to the little marina, we sadly found out that all the boats departed for the day. We were simply too late! The only option we had was to rent a small motor boat on our own. After a quick research we found out that the cost of that trip was really high. When we were very disappointed and sure that we not only have missed a great chance but also waisted a day, two French girls showed up with the same problem that ours.
Summarizing- all the best experiences that we've had during this all inclusive vacation were absolutely outside of the resort, and we would never trade them for any attractions that the hotel had to offer! :))
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