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Dominican Republic Targets More Adventurous Travellersdominican-republic

People love to travel to the Dominican Republic to escape winter due to the excel­lent deals and affordable all-inclusive packages, but today’s savvy traveller also wants to explore beyond the resort and dis­cover the surrounding communities and landscapes. And according to Dominican Tourism authorities the government is out to help make that easier.

We learned about these plans at the recent 2016 Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE), the country’s official and biggest trade show for media and the travel indus­try. Strategies include new roads through­out the country connecting the lesser known interior regions and new activities focusing on nature explorations to get visitors off the beaches and into more active adventures. Tour operators will be offering more activi­ties such as river rafting, mountain biking, zip-lining, paragliding, rappelling and hik­ing. Also planned is increased air access to lesser-known tourism destinations like Puerto Plata and Samana.

We had the opportunity to attend the Sunscape Puerto Plata’s opening in the Dominican Republic last March, and we were very impressed. It’s a lovely family friendly and very affordable all-inclusive resort on picturesque Playa Dorado beach. They also offer an adult-only section and pool, which adds to its allure for those seeking a more serene escape. It’s not a new complex, but it has been beautifully refurbished to enhance the grand colonial style charm and it also crests an inviting Robert Jones Trent designed 18-hole golf course. Though none of the 585 rooms are oceanfront since a protected mangrove forest sepa­rates the resort from the sea, it’s a very short walk to the beach and the trek through the ancient trees is well worth it. They also have an excellent kid’s club and they were putting the finishing touches on a their new Spa by Pevonia which will be comprehensive and luxurious when com­plete.

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