Dominican Republic

Indulge Your Appetite for Life in Punta Cana

Posted April 2, 2010 by Jaclyn Liechti

Punta Cana With some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, Punta Cana is a popular sun-and-sand destination. All-inclusive resorts and lounging poolside are the name of the game, but there's still plenty of local flavor beyond the hotel gates. Springtime, after the snowbirds have vacated the island but before hurricane season begins in June, can be the perfect time to save money.

Captain Cook’s: Punta Cana is the perfect place to satisfy your cravings for seafood, and there’s no better place to do it than Captain Cook’s. Situated right on the beach, this simple eatery serves up favorites such as fresh lobster, shrimp, and paella just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge. And if you’re really in the mood for something exciting, try a drink of mamajuana, an island specialty rumored to have healing and aphrodisiac qualities. Meal prices average between $20 and $45 per person.

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(Photo: Courtesy of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism)

Find Adventure in Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Posted July 6, 2009 by Kate Hamman

DR-Cabarete-IguanaMama-DEF Located on the Northern coast of the Dominican Republic, Cabarete attracts adventure and water enthusiasts to its natural playground of crashing surf and rainforests. If you're a novice, there are plenty of ways to get your feet wet, either by cascading down waterfalls or riding the waves on a boogie board. And you don't have to be a thrill seeker to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the town, where you're welcome to watch the waves crash as you feast on fresh seafood.

Iguana Mama Canyoning and Cascading: Whether you're 16 or 60, take a hike and go cascading down the 27 waterfalls of Rio Damajagua. Here, you will discover a world filled with limestone pools, and the rainforest's flora and fauna. You'll climb and scamper your way up to the 27th waterfall, then jump, slide, or cascade down into the crystal clear pools waiting below. Tours run Tuesdays and Saturdays; cost $79; and include transportation, equipment, drinks, and fruit.

Villa Taina: Rise and shine to the sounds of the ocean right outside your window at Villa Taina. After a swing by the breakfast buffet, you can take a spin on a kayak or boogie board, or even try your hand at windsurfing for free. Devoted to living harmoniously with nature, the resort has incorporated the art of Feng Shui in the decorating and planning of the building. The all-inclusive resort is only steps from town, making it the ideal location for exploring Cabarete. Rooms start at $85.

Natura Restaurant: Sit outside under a palapa as you dine on fresh and flavorful seafood dishes, such as pistachio-crusted tuna or shrimp sautéed in a rum sauce. While you wait for dinner, watch as the Swiss chef prepares the daily specials in the open kitchen. Seafood may be this beachside restaurant's main draw, but you can also find vegetarian and Dominican specialties. Entrees start at RD$420 (about $11.66 U.S.; check with for current exchange rates and use currency abbreviation"DOP" to search).

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(Photo: Iguana Mama)

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