Dominican Republic – paradise

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The small hidden places nobody knows about. The hidden places you hear about only when you are 100-200 km away from them. Then you understand they are more than just a local attraction. You understand that the brightest memory of this country is going to be exactly of this sheltered hidden place. You are surprised how it hasn’t become more famous. Then you feel glad it hasn’t because if it had, then its charm would’ve been only a memory, and not one of yours.

tour in the heavenly Dominican Republic

 

We present Isla Paradiso, Blue Lagoon, the mango forests, the beaches Caleton and Grande, also… the plantations and the local production we were introduced on the way.

Our tour began with the mini-zoo and garden. There are snakes, spiders, iguanas – cute animals. Those cuties were the prelude to the malicious crocodile. Even though they tried its patience by hitting the water around it, it had only one trick – it scared everybody witless by jumping up surprisingly high and opening its jaws. This action is sure to wake up anybody who stayed sleepy while passing by the snakes. Makes you wonder which animals are more dangerous, those in the cages or those which pass by you. The dancing of the crocodile demonstrated the need for the sign “Don’t lean on the wall”.

zoo and a garden from our trip in the Dominican Republic
zoo and a garden from our trip in the Dominican Republic

The garden was more attractive. Especially the part when we tasted everything we passed by. We enjoyed bananas, pineapples, coconuts, and cacao. The finale was the perfect addition to the rum – bananas, covered in cacao powder. This way we enriched our culinary knowledge with a new recipe – easy and delicious.

zoo and a garden from our trip in the Dominican Republic
zoo and a garden from our trip in the Dominican Republic
зzoo and a garden from our trip in the Dominican Republic
zoo and a garden from our trip in the Dominican Republic
zoo and a garden from our trip in the Dominican Republic

 

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We reached the first beach for the day – Caleton. It is quite well- hidden, if you pass by without knowing about it, you are sure to miss it.

Apart from the surfers and the bright blue waters, the beach attracts the attention with the white sculptures of heads. They seem to look towards the sea. We couldn’t figure out their origin, maybe they present the crew of some sunken ship. Even though it’s a small beach, there are several vendors who offer piña colada. So nobody stays dry…

relaxing on Caleton Beach in Dominican Republic
relaxing on Caleton Beach in Dominican Republic
relaxing on Caleton Beach in Dominican Republic
On our way to the Blue Lagoon we pass by a high rocky waterfall, which looks like a hole in the forest. Several boys impress us with their boldness – they jump and throw somersaults midair. Even more interesting is how they climb the almost vertical rocks. If you want you can tip them for the acrobatic show.
traveling to the Blue Lagoon in Dominican Republic
traveling to the Blue Lagoon in Dominican Republic
While some are going down, others are climbing
traveling to the Blue Lagoon in Dominican Republic

Around the Blue Lagoon itself, there is a whole garden for relaxation with gazebos and ostriches.  To reach the well-hidden lagoon in the low and the wild vegetation there are two options – you can take the steep stairs or swing by a rope and get dropped in the middle of it. It is a matter of choice. It is of crucial importance how you land in the water, though. People with operations around the stomach area- avoid jumping!

traveling to the Blue Lagoon in Dominican Republic
traveling to the Blue Lagoon in Dominican Republic
traveling to the Blue Lagoon in Dominican Republic
traveling to the Blue Lagoon in Dominican Republic
Just a moment before splashing in the water
traveling to the Blue Lagoon in Dominican Republic

 

Our last stop as the Grande beach. It was quite a big beach, but the people were few.

Apparently, a very small number of people are “tricked” into trying the different trips. Because there are many beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic, people don’t tend to crown only one. The best place to eat- the combination of beans and rice and an amazing view is priceless!

adventure on the Grande Beach in Dominican Republic
adventure on the Grande Beach in Dominican Republic
adventure on the Grande Beach in Dominican Republic
adventure on the Grande Beach in Dominican Republic
adventure on the Grande Beach in Dominican Republic
The beauty never gets boring so we decided to spend one more day there. It took us about an hour by bus to reach the fishing village Punta Rusia where we got on speedboats to Isla Paradiso. It is a natural sand island with an incredibly small surface.

The water around it hides thousands of fish, which can be observed for hours with snorkel or you can dive deeper with scuba diving gear and see the corals and the underwater plants. On the island itself there are several shelters to leave your things or buy rum and fruits (no way will you be left hungry or thirsty) and…let the photos speak for themselves.

relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
It is barely visible from afar
relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
Ready for diving
relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
The people gather gradually
relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
Morning yoga practice
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relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
Attempt of synchronized jumpie
relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
A dance in knee-high water
relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
The bar

The great thing about speedboats is that they get your blood pumping, especially on the sharp turns. There were many on our way back from the island. The Mangroves look like sunken trees with only the crown visible above water. They are surrounded by interesting fauna – fish, snakes and all kinds of birds. Some of the passengers couldn’t enjoy the fauna because they got scared on the turns. Sometimes it’s like this – the road to the best places is bad.

relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic
relaxing on Isla Paradiso - the heavenly island in the Dominican Republic

 

In Punta Rucia we had one of the tastiest lunches – in several sheds, presented to us as a restaurant. The fishing village was authentic to the last detail. It sent us on our way with happy memories. In the next village we were shown the process of making cigars. The question of how to recognize the quality cigars, especially if you’re not a smoker, still stands…

traveling to Punta Rucia in Dominican Republic
traveling to Punta Rucia in Dominican Republic

It’s not easy enjoying yourself, the Bulgarian saying goes. Tired but happy we came back. A reel of our days in the Dominican Republic passes before our eyes on the edge of sleep.

This article was brought to you in English by Marta Petrova.

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