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  1. #41
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    Rincon is one of the easiest to get to remote beaches in DR.
    It's about 30 minutes from Las Galeras, an hour from Samana and 2
    hours from Las Terrenas. If you want, you can hit Limon and Rincon in
    the same day but as I think I have mentioned before, Limon is not
    that great of a waterfall. If you can, go to Salto Alto in Bayaguana

    I keep stopping at the same colmado about 15 minutes outside of Samana
    to get ice. I think it's called Colmado Wendy. I don't see that many
    ice machines close to Rincon so I play it safe and stop before.

    The turn to Rincon is just after the Texaco station on the road to Las
    Galeras. Get gasoline here if you are short, it's the last place.

    The road to Rincon is fine for even a car, it is dirt at the end but
    in good shape. When you arrive, you have a lot of options about where
    to go. Just be very careful: the road is generally ok for cars, but
    just off the road, it's "flojo." you'll get stuck. Even my "AWD"
    jeepeta got stuck... If you stop and the sand doesn't seem hard, look
    for a grassy bit to park on. This time, I saw CESTUR driving around,
    but it was the first time I've seen them. If you get stuck, you can
    google for the cell phone number of Cestur in Rincon and call them,
    they are nice and will pull you out, but they don't speak any english.

    This beach is HUGE. If you go to the left, you will arrive at a small
    stand of restaurants, Cana Frio. Lots of people will try to get you
    food, give you a beach chair to sit in, etc. If you are hungry, go for
    it, but this place is over crowded, full of trash, and not worth it.
    The river is cold but not that cold, good for rinsing off before you
    go home. There are some old pillars for a foot bridge, standing on
    those for a selfie is basically the famous Rincon photo. But as I something, take your picture, then scram for the beautiful

    Between that restaurant and the road you arrived on, are some palm
    trees the perfect distance apart for a hammock, and very few people.
    For most of the bay area, there are a few distinct levels of sand, and
    almost no rocks at all. For maybe 5-10 feet, there is very shallow
    sand, where the waves roll out. You can sit here and just enjoy being
    splashed. Then it suddenly is 1-3 feet deep, with waves that make it
    4-6 feet deep. Then it's 6' deep. The water in the shallow section is
    murky, but then it clears up normally. The waves here can be strong.

    Keep going to the right of your entrance road, and just keep going and
    going. It takes a minute or two to reach the other corner, at which
    point you can't even see people in the crowded mess that is Cana Frio.
    There is another set of restaurants at this end of the beach, and a
    protected bay for swimming. On either side of this bay, there are some
    rocks, but in the middle again it's just sand. That makes this area
    great for wading and enjoying, unlike some beaches with lots of rocks.
    You can also climb the hill to see out, with Las Galeras in the
    distance. If you climb down to the section of beach, someone will be
    along shortly to tell you that it's not safe and you should leave.
    Besides, that area the swimming is not good, better in the bay.

    In between those two end points, you can easily go somewhere without
    people in close sight. Cana Frio side will have 3-8 bus loads of
    people, the point will have 20 car loads, in between, nobody.

    This beach is somewhat popular for camping in groups, and we camped
    here solo without any issues. I would have felt much more comfortable
    with 1-2 other tents with us.

    The middle of the beach does have some trash. It's not pristine, but
    it's also far from the worst I've seen.

    Rincon is still one of my favorite beaches, the only reason I don't go
    more often is the drive, more than 4 hours from Santiago. But if you
    are in Las Terrenas, Saman or Las Galeras, I think this is the best
    beach in the area and a must see.

    Protected bay on east side

    gringo...not a post turtle

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  3. #42
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    Best thread in DR1.

    Your knowledge and experiences of these places is amazing and conveying it to the rest of us with your explicit writing is a plus -- add the pictures to it and you are a winner!


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    Agreed great posts jahjahwarrior

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    In the full heat of summer, the cold rivers finally begin to feel
    almost comfortable! Time to go rafting!

    We went to Rancho Jarabacoa, but Rancho Bayaguate is also very
    popular. All of the places don't seem to be directly on the river
    where you ride, meaning you get a helmet and life vest and paddle,
    then jump in a truck to go to the river with your inflatable boats.

    4 people to a boat, plus the guide, who gave us some simple
    instructions to follow like right, left, down, up, go, backwards, and
    stop. The guides have this down to a science! With a big group, they
    send someone ahead to monitor the boats going down the first drops, to
    keep them spaced out. Some of the biggest drops were near the

    They have named some of the drops after American pop culture, like
    Mike Tyson and Monica Lewinsky. We got stuck in Monica and had to wait
    for the next boat to bump us out...

    No one fell out, but the water did feel great when we stopped to float
    for a while. The 2-3 hours in the sun overcame my SPF30 sunscreen only
    on my shoulders.

    Side note: I like Blue Lizard SPF30 because it's not greasy, and the
    bottle turns blue in UV light. Helps you see even on cloudy days, the
    UV light gets through. On my tattoos I like to use a zinc sunscreen.
    Recently I've been using an Equate brand (Walmart in US) SPF50 that is
    Zinc but also has oxy and avobenzones... There is a brand made here in
    DR that is ok, but it doesn't soak in well, leaves you looking pasty
    unless you really rub. They have one that is anti mosquito and it
    leaves you smelling anti mosquito. I don't mind it, works well for the
    beach on your legs, but I wouldn't use it on my face.

    Anyways, there was no way to carry anything in the boat with us. The
    gopro stayed tied off to me, and I was glad, because there were lots
    of opportunities to lose it. The boat did have a big ring in the
    front, if you have a pelican case style box, you could bring that and
    clip it to the front, but of course anything you put in there is going
    to be absolutely soaked, plus be heated up in the sun. Still, if I
    could, I would have brought another tube of sunscreen to add. Or,
    better yet, wear a long sleeve shirt. Also, your shorts will ride up,
    the smart people had on long lyrca pants. Don't forget sunscreen on
    your knees, and if you use a swimsuit, go all the way up to.....well,
    go up pretty high. Pasty legs burn fast.

    We got splashed by tons of kids swimming in the river, and almost hit
    by one guy jumping in from a bridge. The guide told us at one
    point--"Do you know the movie jurassic park?" "yes" we replied, "Good,
    good, now do you see that mountain in front of us?" "oh yes!" we
    replied, and he says "well it has nothing to do with the movie, but
    it's very beautiful isn't it" Of course, now that I think about it, I
    am 99% certain he said it in spanish, but in my memory, I remember the
    moment in english. Funny how language works that way.

    When we returned to Rancho Jarabacoa we had a lunch that was very much
    "plato del dia" style food, meaning nothing to write home about, but
    it was absolutely perfect after a long day of enjoying the river. We
    scarfed down an entire plate and went back for seconds! The rancho had
    pool table, dominoes table, hammocks, and some playground equipment
    for kids, and bathrooms and showers. Pretty nice little setup, and I
    have to admit, it was one of the most fun days. We made friends with
    the other couple in our boat and after going over our lists of places
    to see and enjoy we found a few that none of us has been to yet, and
    are already making plans to go together soon.

    Another day in paradise! If you haven't even rafted down a river here,
    you have to go!

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    awesome posts
    going to dr in oct2 -16
    we've been before , not into resorts
    staying in condo's this time in Sousa
    love day trips
    would like to get more info from you as where to go

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    I put together a tour of the north coast a while ago here

    Planning a tour

    If I'm around I'm glad to meet up somewhere.

    If you are here for a while, go to bahia de las √°guilas. If I had a week free that is where you will find me. Stay in pedernales, there is a nice Italian couple with a hotel, you will feel super welcome. Hotel Italia. Bring a lot of sunscreen.

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    Just to add you can go on a horse ride from Las Galeras to playa Rincon, it is a nice little ride, slow and not too dangerous on the hills. Can't remember but maybe about an hour each way, the guide wait for you to eat and swim for a bit and brings you back. You also get to see a couple of other beaches on the way. Ask in town for tours and prices....

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