Exploring the Caribbean from a local view – here is a local’s perspective on things to do in Saint Martin beyond Tourist Town.
So much of travel is about “doing” things—zipping from place to place, checking off activities, and coming home more tired than when you left. But a visit to Saona Island, Dominican Republic, served up an ideal day when nothing was required of us but just to enjoy being.
When we stop in cruise ports, we usually try to avoid the crowds by going somewhere a little less touristy. But sometimes we head right into the heart of the tourist hub. Knowingly. And that’s what happened when we visited Maho Beach in St. Maarten.
For over an hour, we floated over the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. We gazed at the white buildings of Higuey and hovered over the ponds. We passed trees that looked like broccoli from our vantage point in the sky, sometimes hanging low over fields that seemed almost within reach.
We had barely stepped through the door when we were handed the hairnets. A crucial part of any food-related activity, the white, synthetic caps would ensure we were making quite a fashion statement for our morning at the chocolate factory.
Hanging out at the pool, watching the sunset, visiting the midnight buffet—some experiences are common to every cruise. But some trips also offer something different. And that’s certainly the case with a trip on the Adonia.
A Fathom cruise is not a typical cruise. Sure, there’s a pool, great food, and plenty of fun. But the real reason to take a Fathom cruise goes much deeper.
The Amber Cove cruise port in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, provides a world of things to do only a few steps from your ship.
Every day, you open the news and see more stories about the strange disease called Zika. But what should travelers do to protect themselves? Here’s a Zika travel information resource with everything that’s known and how you can protect yourself from Zika.
Puerto Rico. There is so much that is misunderstood about this island. Yes, it’s a territory of the United States, but is far more than the “American Caribbean.” Here is our must do Puerto Rico itinerary for a long weekend.