Adventure Guide: The Dominican Republic

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Overview

This is a thorough update for this cruising season, with extensive details on every vessel travelling in the Med. The author, a cruising veteran, covers all facts from level of service, cabin size, decor and layout, to ship amenities, passenger/crew ratio and dining options. Sailing routes are reviewed candidly, and the pitfalls and bonuses of each are given, making you an educated cruise traveller. Port profiles are tailored to the cruising visitor - taxi tours, dockside phones, the best shops, plus a list of operators who are familiar with cruise schedules and will get you back to your ship on time. You'll find walking tours and out-of-town attractions keyed to detailed maps. The coverage includes Portugal, Spain, France, Monaco, Corsica, Sardinia, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Black Sea, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and the Atlantic Isles of the Canaries, Madeira and the Azores.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588436269
  • Publisher: Hunter Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Adventure Guides Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 530
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
History     1
Government & Economy     14
Government     14
Economy     15
Geography     18
Diverse Terrain     20
Climate     26
Flora & Fauna     30
Flora     31
Fauna     32
Land Mammals     32
Sea Mammals     33
Reptiles & Amphibians     35
Fish & Shellfish     37
Coral     38
Birds     39
Flying Mammals     41
Insects     41
National Parks & Reserves     41
The 12 Major National Parks     44
Minor National Parks     52
Major Scientific Reserves & Sanctuaries     43
Culture & Customs     54
Language     56
Greetings & Manners     58
Dress     59
Music     60
Society     62
Responsible Tourism     64
Practical Information     67
Documents You'll Need     67
Extending Your Stay     68
Traveling with Children     69
Embassies &Consulates     69
What to Expect Upon Arrival     70
Money Matters     72
Changing Money     73
Tipping     74
Bargaining     75
Pre-Trip Planning     76
When to Go     76
National Holiday     78
Events     78
Climate     79
Time     81
How to Get There     69
Tourism Boards     82
Maps     83
Websites     84
Accommodations     84
All-inclusive Chain Resorts     85
Independent Hotels     87
Apart-Hotels     87
Guest Houses & Pensions     89
Camping     89
Price Ranges     89
Authors' Favorites     90
Eating & Drinking     90
Where to Eat Dominican Food     91
What to Eat & Drink     92
Menu Prices     97
Authors' Favorites     98
When to Eat     98
Getting Around     98
Domestic Flights     99
Taxis     99
Public Transportation     101
Rental Cars      105
Health Concerns     107
Sunburn, Dehydration & Heat Stroke     109
Traveler's Diarrhea     111
Dengue Fever     112
Malaria     113
Fish Poisoning     113
Giardiasis & Bilharziasis (Schistosomiasis)     114
HIV/AIDS     115
Traveler's Medical Kit     115
Traveler's Health & Emergency Insurance     115
Communications     116
Santo Domingo     116
History     116
Festivals     117
Getting Here     118
Getting Around     128
Orientation     134
Visitor Information     135
Sightseeing     135
Museums     135
Parks     142
Family Attractions     144
Adventures on Foot     147
Zona Colonial Walking Tour     147
Adventures on Water     167
Sports     168
Cultural Venues     169
In the Colonial Zone     169
Outside the Colonial Zone     170
In Plaza de la Cultura     171
Spanish Language Classes     174
Day Trips      174
East of Santo Domingo     174
Campo Las Palmas     174
West of Santo Domingo     175
Ingenios (Sugar Mill Plantations)     175
Cuevas del Pomier     175
Places to Stay     177
Zona Colonial     179
Gazcue     184
Malecon     186
Places to Eat     187
Zona Colonial     187
Gazcue     191
Malecon     192
Beyond the Tourist Zone     192
Nightlife & Entertainment     193
Shopping     197
Jewelry     197
Music     199
Books     199
Art Galleries     200
Cigars     201
Clothing     202
Camping Equipment     202
General     202
The Caribbean Coast     203
History     205
Festivals & Events     206
Getting Here, Getting Around     206
Information Sources     207
Sightseeing     207
Adventures     209
On Water     209
Beaches     209
Diving & Snorkeling      214
Watersports     217
Riverboat Tours     217
On Foot     217
Hiking     217
Golf     218
On Horseback     220
On Wheels     220
Eco-Travel     221
Parque Nacional del Este     221
Bases for Exploration     223
Boca Chica     223
Getting Here, Getting Around     224
Places to Stay     226
Places to Eat     229
Nightlife & Entertainment     230
Juan Dolio     231
Getting Here, Getting Around     232
Places to Stay     233
Places to Eat     236
Nightlife & Entertainment     239
San Pedro de Macoris     240
Places to Stay & Eat     241
La Romana     242
Places to Stay & Eat     243
Bayahibe     247
Getting Here, Getting Around     248
Places to Stay     249
Places to Eat     252
Nightlife & Entertainment     253
Boca de Yuma     254
Getting Here, Getting Around     256
Places to Stay & Eat     256
The Coconut Coast     257
History     259
Festivals     259
Orientation     260
Getting Here, Getting Around     260
Adventures     263
On Water     263
Group Snorkeling & Waverunning Tours     263
Fishing     265
On Foot     266
Golf     266
On Wheels     266
In the Air     267
Helidosa     267
Family Activities     267
Day Trips     268
Santo Domingo City Tour     268
Isla Saona     268
Altos de Chavon & Isla Saona     269
Fly-Fishing Isla Catalina     269
Cultural Excursion     270
Shopping     271
Places to Stay & Eat     271
Barcelo Hotels & Resorts     274
Fiesta Hotels & Resorts     278
Iberostar Hotels & Resorts     280
Sol Melia Hotels     281
Occidental Hotels     283
Other Resorts     284
Sunscape Resorts     288
Nightlife & Entertainment     290
El Cortecito     291
Places to Stay      291
Places to Eat     292
Samana Peninsula, Bay & Surroundings     295
History     296
Festivals     298
Getting Here, Getting Around     298
Information Sources     300
Sightseeing     300
Adventures     302
On Water     302
Beaches     302
Whale Watching     308
Diving     311
Fishing     313
Snorkeling     313
On Foot     313
Hiking     313
Rock Climbing     313
On Horseback     313
Eco-Travel     314
Bases for Exploration     321
Santa Barbara de Samana     321
Getting Here, Getting Around     322
Places to Stay     322
Places to Eat     324
Nightlife     325
Las Galeras     326
Getting Here, Getting Around     326
Places to Stay     326
Places to Eat     329
Nightlife & Entertainment     330
Las Terrenas     330
Getting Here, Getting Around     332
Places to Stay     333
Places to Eat     337
Nightlife & Entertainment     339
El Portillo     339
North by Northwest     341
History     343
Festivals     346
Orientation     346
Getting Here     347
Getting Around     348
Information Sources     349
Sightseeing     349
Historic Sites     350
Museums     354
Family Attractions     355
Adventures     358
On Water     358
Beaches     358
Diving     367
Snorkeling     373
Windsurfing & Kitesurfing     373
Fishing     375
Cascading     376
Lago Dudu     377
On Foot     377
Golf     377
Hiking     377
On Horseback     378
On Wheels     378
Mountain Biking     378
Tour Operators     380
Spectator Sports     380
Eco-Travel     381
Laguna Gri-Gri     381
Parque Nacional el Choco     381
Parque Nacional Isabel de Torres      382
Laguna Estero Hondo     383
Parque Nacional Montecristi     384
Bases for Exploration     385
Rio San Juan     385
Getting Here, Getting Around     385
Places to Stay     387
Places to Eat     388
Nightlife & Entertainment     389
Cabarete     390
Getting Here, Getting Around     391
Places to Stay     392
Places to Eat     396
Nightlife & Entertainment     399
Sosua     401
Getting Here, Getting Around     403
Places to Stay     403
Places to Eat     406
Nightlife     407
Side Trip to Santiago     408
Puerto Plata     411
Getting Here, Getting Around     414
Places to Stay     415
Places to Eat     424
Nightlife & Entertainment     426
Punta Rucia     427
Getting Here, Getting Around     428
Places to Stay     428
Places to Eat     429
Montecristi     430
Getting Here, Getting Around     431
Places to Stay     431
Places to Eat      432
Cordillera Central     435
History     437
Getting Here, Getting Around     438
Festivals     440
Information Sources     441
Sightseeing     441
Historic Site     441
Adventures     442
On Water     442
Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking     442
Swimming     444
Canyoning & CasCading     444
On Foot     447
Rock Climbing     447
Hiking & Trekking     447
Climbing Pico Duarte     448
On Horseback     455
On Wheels     455
Mountain Biking     455
Quad Biking     456
Eco-Travel     456
Reserva Cientifica Valle Nuevo     456
Reserva Cientifica de Ebano Verde     456
In the Air     457
Base for Exploration     458
Jarabacoa     458
Places to Stay     459
Places to Eat     460
Nightlife & Entertainment     462
Side Trip to Constanza     462
Places to Stay     463
Places to Eat     464
The Southwest & Along the Haitian Border     465
History     468
Festivals     470
Getting Here, Getting Around     471
Orientation     474
Tourist Services     474
Trip Planning     475
Information Sources     475
Sightseeing     476
Adventures     478
On Water     478
Diving & Snorkeling     478
Windsurfing     478
Beaches     479
On Wheels     481
Haitian Border Road Trips     481
Eco-Travel     489
Lago Enriquillo & Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos     489
Laguna Rincon Reserve     493
Parque Nacional Jaragua     493
Parque Nacional Sierra Bahoruco     497
Bases for Exploration     499
Las Salinas     499
Orientation     499
Places to Stay & Eat     500
Barahona     500
Places to Stay     501
Places to Eat     501
Nightlife     502
Bahoruco     503
Places to Stay & Eat     503
La Descubierta     504
Places to Stay      504
Places to Eat     505
Pedernales     505
Places to Stay     505
Places to Eat     506
Nightlife     507
Las Matas de Farfam     507
Places to Stay     507
Places to Eat     507
Dominican Spanish Glossary     509
Pronunciation Guide     509
Spanish Words & Phrases     510
Glossary     518
Index     523
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