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Thread: Any tips for our trip? Punta Cana > SD > Cabarete > Samana > La Romana > Bavaro

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virgo View Post
    Surfing near PC should be fairly limited. The PC area mostly faces a CANAL between two islands, and/or the Caribbean SEA (an interior sea similar to the Mediterranean, NOT the Ocean). That is far from ideal for real surfing.

    The Ocean is near the northern part of PC, so there may be some surfing possibilities to the North and West of Macao, towards Miches, in front of Samana, but I doubt it will be at the level of Cabarete and nearby.
    I would hardly call The Mona Passage a "Canal".

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    The OP said wrote: '(we did surf before, but are still beginners)'

    Forget Cabarete or Macao

    Playa Bonita or Coson is good for them to surf.....great location just around the corner from Playa Coson and LT and perfect place to relax



    Samana whales and island Cayo Levantado, Playa La Valle and zip Line, Las Galleras and snorkeling and diving, Salta Limon, Playa Rincon, Las Terrenas.

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    Playa Coson


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    Noticed you are from Slovakia.......on Playa Bonita you have the Atlantis Hotel and they had a Czech receptionist working there a year back. The owner is also the French consul and ex chef of former French President Mitterand, and in keeping with Las Terrenas and much of Samana, the atmosphere is more European for tourists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamborista View Post
    I would hardly call The Mona Passage a "Canal".
    Except that that is its official name: El Canal de la Mona.

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    If you say so, it's 80 miles wide, that would be considered a strait, not a canal.
    You would actually do us all a favor here by swimming across.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamborista View Post
    If you say so, it's 80 miles wide, that would be considered a strait, not a canal.
    You would actually do us all a favor here by swimming across.
    The official Spanish name is CANAL DE LA MONA.

    Now, one can argue that one shouldn't translate Spanish CANAL as English Canal, which may or may not be true.

    Would you be any happier if we say Mona is a Channel as opposed to a Canal?

    Channel = Canal in many contexts.

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    Thanks for all your comments. We made a tough decision and we will skip Cabarete. This our current itinerary:

    24 - 28.2. Bavaro - probably around El Cortecito and Los Corales, good choice?
    29.2. Santo domingo - just a quick stop to break the journey and see the Zona Colonial and maybe some live music
    1.3. - 6.3. Samana
    7.3. - 14.3 Bayahibe
    15.3. Flight from Punta Cana

    Where would you stay in Samana? One option is to do few days in Las Terrenas and few days in Las Galeras (maybe in El Cabito) another option is whole 6 days in Las Terrenas and do some day trips with guaguas. I have the feeling that daytrips with guaguas can be quite difficult in this areas, so maybe staying in 2 places would be better. Or would you go somewhere else? Samana town? Is El Cabito good place to stay for 2-3 nights without car? It looks pretty for sunset dinner, but I wonder if there are any beaches in walking distance.

    We will probably skip all-inclusive resort, because booking last-minute and without a package with flight seems to be overpriced. So in Bayahibe we will look for airbnb or small hotel in Playa Dominicus. Good choice?

    Surfing? We will try something in Samana, possibly El Coson
    http://www.wannasurf.com/spot/Centra...son/index.html

    Thanks, You already helped us a lot.

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    Samana days.....

    Suggest you travel first to Las Terrenas.......bus schedule below

    http://www.las-terrenas-live.com/las...-publicas.html

    For surf school you might be better trying Carolinas Surf School on Playa Bonita https://www.facebook.com/carolinasurfschool

    Playa Bonita is quite and very beautiful part good for surfing and part good for swimming and about ten minutes from town but from there you can walk around the point onto Playa Coson which is some 10km long. You have a choice of hotels there including the surf school. You can get to town using motoconchos.

    I would suggest you move on to Samana or maybe Las Galleras on your way you can take in Salta Limon in the morning. There are regular guaguas plying the Las Terrenas route. Can't recommend any hotels in that area but the Dominican Tree House might be a different experience http://dominicantreehousevillage.com/. Right by the areas hidden secret, the gorgeous beach Playa La Valle. Reality is that 5 or 6 days in Samana Peninsula is far too little and we haven't mentioned whale watching where you take boats from Samana. Maybe I'm biased having lived there but it is a much more varied and beautiful location than Bayahibe which doesn't feature on my list of places to visit in DR.

    Carib Tours has regular buses back to Santo Domingo from Samana. But don't discount the 4 times daily ferry from Samana to Sabana and from there guaguas to wherever......cuts out a lot of bus time.

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