Dominican Republic Journals

Seven Days in Southern Dominican Republic

A December 2007 trip to Dominican Republic by Vagabondo

Plaza Toledo Bettyes Guest House Photo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic More Photos
Quote: One week backpacking in and around the capital of the Dominican Republic.

Seven Days in Southern Dominican Republic

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Overview

El Conde Photo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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The vast majority of American and European travelers to the Dominican Republic (DR) go for the worry-free, relaxing, and sheltered sorts of vacations expected and found behind the walls and fences of the all-inclusive resorts concentrated in and around Punta Cana, and sprinkled elsewhere on the DR side of the island. While such all-inclusive style pampering may be rejuvenating and revitalizing for the body and soul, it does not seem like an effective way to experience the culture or observe the human and physical geography of the DR. My trip was designed to accomplish as much as possible of the latter metrics, thus requiring that I spurn the resort lifestyle in favor of budget accommodations, uncert...Read More

Plaza Toledo Bettyes Guest House

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Hotel

Plaza Toledo Bettyes Guest House Photo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Bettyes Guest House is the only proper hostel in Santo Domingo, and quite possibly the entire country. The owner, Betty, is an extremely accommodating, knowledgeable, and gregarious American expatriate from Tennessee. Her homey Guest House includes approximately 12 beds in two large shared rooms with one hot water-equipped bathroom for the hostellers, and one private room with bath for those guests seeking a bit more solitude. There is a full kitchen in the hostel area and a water cooler that one can use to fill up personal bottles before heading out on the town in the morning or for quick (and safe) rehydration after nights spent imbibing Dominican beer and rum. Betty provides a continental break...Read More

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Plaza Toledo Bettyes Guest House
163 Isabela Catolica
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The Main Drag in Bayahibe Photo, Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
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Bayahibe is hailed by backpackers in the DR as being one of the “must do” spots in the country, and for very good reasons. Its location on the Caribbean coast provides opportunities for some excellent swimming, snorkeling, and diving; the diminutive town is charming in its austerity and surprisingly lively after the sun goes down; and the small but sparsely populated public beach is downright gorgeous. Bayahibe is not located on a major bus route so in order to get there it is necessary to transfer to a minibus in La Romana. The one-hour trip from La Romana to Bayahibe is quite picturesque, which makes the voyage that much more worthwhile.This oceanfront, spec-on-a-map town of just 2,000 can ...Read More