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Stories and Tips Dominican Republic

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Humpback whale watching in Samana, Dominican Republic

Written by happysh2009 on 13 Jun, 2011

To celebrate my birthday I had a holiday in Samana, Dominican Republic, during January 2011. The highlight of my Dominican Republic trip was to go humpback whale watching in Samana Peninsula.Brief information about humpback whale watching:The humpback whale is a species of baleen whale and…Read More


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Bayahibe: The Jewel of the Caribbean Coast

Written by Vagabondo on 06 Apr, 2008

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…Read More


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Birthplace of the Americas

Written by Jose Kevo on 23 Mar, 2005

The majority of travelers visiting Santo Domingo have crawled out of bed early at some resort and had time to raid the continental breakfast buffet before boarding a luxury bus. Some will ride more than 4-hours one-way; trading beach for questionable encounters in the…Read More


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God's most beautiful, intriguing people (Added 3/02)

Written by Jose Kevo on 01 Mar, 2002

In the beginning of most guidebooks are sections describing the local culture and people. Dominicans are some of the most friendly people on the face of the earth. And while I'm not a sociologist, I'd certainly like to further detail some of my…Read More


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Transportation Update 3/2002

Written by Jose Kevo on 01 Mar, 2002

When I'd written last year's other Free Form about transportation risks, I must confess it was done with stinging pain after losing a young brother in my Dominican family to a motorcycle incident. Another young man was killed the same way while I was…Read More


TRANSPORTATION ADVISORIES & SAFETY TIPS

Written by Jose Kevo on 28 Mar, 2001

Travelers should be aware that DR is said to have some of the highest accident, fatality rates in the world involving mostly locals but not excluding tourists as passengers/drivers in modes of resort/public/private transportation involving autos/cycles/boat craft. Needing transport is inevitable; especially for independent…Read More


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Globalization Influence on a Third World Country

Written by Jose Kevo on 10 Sep, 2003

We were leaving La Romana's newest electronics store after buying a replacement part for the VCR when I was obviously paying too much attention to the cellphone I'd just been handed. Stepping out into the street, thankfully I was immediately pulled back as the…Read More


SEX FOR SALE...Confessions of a Dominican Sanky

Written by Jose Kevo on 10 Sep, 2003

In unbiased fairness to travelers planning a trip to the DR, I can no longer excuse or dodge the taboo subject of Sex For Sale, which goes far beyond the hordes of prostitutes and hustlers that flood Boca Chica's Avenida Duarte each evening. Sanky is the…Read More


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Other Suggested Tips & Precautions

Written by Jose Kevo on 10 Sep, 2003

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES It's not just a sterotype, but there's cause and reason why islanders have long been portrayed wearing their pressed/starched all-white clothing. Obviously, lighter colors are cooler and attract less bugs, but the biggest factor for white? It doesn't show sweat stains…Read More


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The Long Forbidden Road Home

Written by Jose Kevo on 02 Feb, 2006

Exiting at the last west-bound stop in Higuey, finding a bathroom was least of my worries. It was 5:30pm, with dusk beginning to illuminate skies behind the massive basilica, a denouncement for committing one of the country's gravest cardinal sins--getting caught out after dark! With…Read More


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