By Lynn Ponder: It all started by accepting to help a friend in her wonderful initiative related to social media and little did I know that I would be invited by The Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic to a trip of a lifetime. The experience of giving unconditionally creates goodness, which in my opinion is part of the spiritual side of life!
A mix of 15 people, families with children, couples and singles from Milwaukee to Italy landed in Santo Domingo the capital of Dominican Republic for a six-day press trip. It is not easy to harmonize in a big group like this, some of us even meeting for the first time, but let me tell you this group became a big “familia”. Together we learned about the amazing Dominican Republic, while caring for each other and having a blast!!!
Latina Social Media Influencers in Dominican Republic: Dania @lafamiliacool, Lorraine @lorrainecladish, Denisse @denisseicaza, Ana @AnaRC, Maura, @mauraalcantara periodista Dominicana and our host Yaniris Felipe @yanirisfelipe plus me @ponderful @webcitygirls
Dominican Republic is situated on the southeast coast of the island of Hispaniola, at the mouth of the Ozama River. My recommendation is that you start your trip in The Colonial City of Santo Domingo. Hopefully your tour guide is Kin Sanchez, who will describe in a very animated way, about the city that was discovered by Cristóbal Colón in 1492. You might get invited to go through their underground tunnels called “alcantarillados” which where used for hiding and protection. On the other side of the City be ready for a huge variety of restaurants, fun nightlife and great shopping from major chains from all around the world.
If you are in the city for business they have great hotels that cater to young professionals like de Crowne Plaza recently renovated, but if you are on vacation you need to stay at Hostal Nicolás de Ovando (prices are affordable starting at $135 a night). Guests at Nicolas de Ovando expect to wander inside the hotel through large arcades, magnificent picture windows, lavish gardens and refreshing colonial patios with fountains where their fabulous food is served.
Next day we were off to La Romana to visit some hotels and for a two-night stay. Dominican Republic has 1,600 km of stunning coastline beaches and their number one economy is Tourism. Actually the Ministry of Tourism does an amazing job hosting press teams scheduled through their 28 offices from around the world. Ministry hosts were a friendly top-notch knowledgeable team, Yaniris Felipe and Prudencio Ferdinand, whom we learned from and who made our trip delightful.
La Romana includes their own International Airport with direct flights from the US, Europe and more. La Romana is a popular tourist destination with the “all-inclusive” concept that works wonders for families on vacation. We were invited to a magnificent gala dinner at the 5 Star charming Be Live Hotel chains that offers children day care and all sorts of perks for an enjoyable and affordable vacation. Our tight schedule did not allow us to visit “Altos de Chavon” a replica of a 16th century mediterranean village located just minutes from La Romana ..Next trip for sure!
This trip “no se acaba aqui”, I am posting Part II on Tuesday with stops at Bayahibe, Punta Cana and Bávaro wepa! Thank you for stopping by