Monday, April 4, 2011

Punta Cana Hurricanes

Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic has a very nice warm tropical climate. A tropical climate like this one implies lots of sun and sometimes rain. However one thing that will never bother you in the tropic is the snow which is the reason why many tourists prefer to go a tropical area when going on vacation. You can expect warm temperatures during the whole year; it will only get a bit colder during the winter season but just slightly.

Only during hurricane season is when you have to be really aware of the weather here. Hurricane season starts in June and ends the last day of November. Even then hurricanes have appeared in the Atlantic Ocean before June and after November. You do not have to worry too much because the probability of a hurricane to hit the Dominican Republic is low. In 80 years the Dominican Republic has been hit by 11 hurricanes. They are Jeanne, Georges, Hortense, Gilbert, Emily, David, Beulah, Ines, Edith, Katie, and San Zenon. These hurricanes have hit the Dominican Republic between the months of August and October. September is the most dangerous month in respect to hurricanes. Of the 11 hurricanes that have affected the Dominican Republic 9 have been on September.

One of them hit on August and the other one hit on October. One detail to notice this is the count for hurricanes only; there are tropical systems of less intensity like tropical storms and tropical depressions that have hit the Dominican Republic with more frequency. Tropical storms have hit the Dominican Republic outside hurricane season like the case of tropical storm Olga that hit on December. Even when tropical storms are not as powerful as hurricanes they still have to be considered as a threat. Most of the resorts on the island are prepared to act in case of any tropical system that might hit the island. Since the experience of the past hurricanes they have installed underground phone lines and prepared the infrastructure better to withstand the impact.

In most cases the resort management will send you to another resort far from the main affected area to spend the rest of your vacation. Still the probability of one system to hit the island in the moment that are vacationing there is quite low. The best measure to avoid any tropical inconvenience is to travel after October or before August. This way your vacation has an extreme low chance of being ruined by a storm.

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It’s Monsoon Again!

In another article, I wrote about the excitement that spring brings to those who live in temperate climates, but what of people who live in the tropics? Contrary to the notion of many, the tropics do have seasons too. And although these seasons are by no means uniform, a three-season pattern of hot, wet, and ‘cool’ is quite common. In Thailand, for example, the hot season is the tropical equivalent to a winter. I remember travelling through northern Thailand at the end of the hot, dry, season, and if it weren’t for the soaring heat, from the train you might think you were seeing winter in a Mediterranean climate. A great many trees shed their leaves during this season (just as deciduous trees do in the winter), and regain them when the rains come.

In Chiang Mai, Thailand, you’d expect the people to be accustomed to this heat but on the contrary, they seem to hate this season and grumble about it just as Northerners grumble about the winter.

Then the day comes when there are thunderclaps, the temperature drops about ten degrees, and buckets of water pour down from the sky, causing great delight and joy from the people in the street. Soon after the monsoon begins the water festival is held. It’s a joyous and raucous affair, and everyone is drenched from being splashed by the buckets of water that are freely distributed to anyone with hands to reach.

The water festival, like nearly all festivals in Thailand, is a Buddhist rite, but I suspect that its origins go back far further. In these parts of the world, the onset of the monsoon is always a joyous time of year. It ensures another good harvest, and that fruits and vegetables will soon be plentiful once again. Conversely, should a monsoon fail, a feeling of dread and fear darkens the land, for it could very well mean famine. Hooray for the monsoon!

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Great Places to Visit in the Dominican Republic

Imagine pure white sands and a sapphire blue sea lapping against the shore; that perfectly describes the Dominican Republic. This island is well known for its visit by Christopher Columbus.

In recent years, the Dominican Republic has grown in popularity with overseas visitors and you can see why. The cultural heritage and fascinating history makes it a must see location for many. There are many holiday hot spots spread across the island.

One of the big attractions if you are a golf fan are the beautiful courses. If you love shopping, then you are spoilt for choice, and may buy more than you intended when you see the prices. Beautiful pieces of Amber are a very popular souvenir, as are cigars which you can pick up very cheaply when visiting the factories where they are produced.

Punta Cana, in the East of the Dominican Republic, has evolved into a luxury resort. It can now proudly boast to be one of the top tourist attractions in the world.

Punta Cana is a beautiful resort, enhanced by its glorious stretches of sand and the fact it is a lot cheaper than you would expect. The luxurious resorts offering all inclusive are too numerous to mention.

Surfing and wind surfing are incredibly popular pastimes, and if this is what you want from your trip to the Dominican Republic, head for the golden sands of the Playa Dorada, in the beautiful Northern resort of Puerto Plata.

One of the smaller resorts, but one that is home to a museum full of artifacts from the area is La Romana. Further south than the other resorts, it still has a few places where you can stay all inclusive. A trip well worth taking is a boat over to Catalina Island.

The oldest American city, which also houses the oldest Cathedral, is Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic’s chief city. All inclusive is the way to go here, with a great choice of resorts.

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Punta Cana Golf Paradise

Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic has long been known as a great vacation destination for beach lovers, but did you know that it is the best golfing destination in the Caribbean and has some of the best golf courses in the world? There are ten courses open and many more are under construction. No other Caribbean location offers the quality and variety of golf that is now available in Punta Cana.

Punta Espada, the Jack Nicklaus designed course in the Cap Cana development, is the best golf course in the Caribbean and Mexico according to Golfweek magazine. They rated Punta Espada golf course number one of the top 50 courses in the Caribbean and Mexico. This immaculate course will only be open for public play for a short time, so get there before it goes private as it is something special, with 8 holes directly on the ocean. Jack Nicklaus is currently building another course in Cap Cana called Las Iguanas which promises to add even more to the golfing choices available in Punta Cana.

Jack Nicklaus isn’t the only famous golf course designer in this area. Nick Faldo,Tom Fazio and P.B.Dye also have designed courses. The newly opened Faldo Legacy at Roko Ki golf course has two stunning holes set dramatically on oceanside headlands and has been named one of the ten best new courses in the world for 2008 by Travel and Leisure golf magazine. Tom Fazio has designed the Corales course which is a private, members only course, but it is available for play to anyone who stays at the spectacular Tortuga Bay Villas. P.B. dye has designed the La Cana golf course which also hugs the ocean and is located at Punta Cana Resort and Club.

Other courses available include: Barcelo Bavaro Golf Club, White Sands golf course, Cocotal Golf and Country Club, Cabeza de Toro golf course (9 hole), Punta Blanca course and Catalonia Caribe course. Courses currently under construction include: La Hacienda golf course and the Moon Palace course and others are set to start construction this year.

There has never been a better time to experience the wealth of golfing choices available in this Caribbean golf heaven. It won’t be long until the secret is out, so book your golfing vacation soon and enjoy all the courses in Punta Cana, the player’s paradise.

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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Location – Kottayam, Kerala
Temperature – Summer 35 degree C and Winter 29 Degree C

Situated on the banks of Vembanand Lake, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for bird watchers. Sprawling in an area of 14 acres, the sanctuary is set within the lush acres of wooded land. Kumarakom Sanctuary is not only heaven for local birds but also to large number of migratory birds, which travel for the Himalayas and some even from Siberia.

Kumarakom – Enriched Avifauna Bird watchers get thrilled when they spot exotic avian species including migratory and breeding with their binoculars. Visitors can listen to the chirping of birds like waterfowl, egret, cuckoo, heron, night herons, woodpeckers and many more. Siberian birds like wood beetle, parrots, larks, teal etc. visits during their respective migratory season.

Explore the Bird Sanctuary It is truly an enthralling experience to explore the Kumarakon Bird Sanctuary while boating. Wildlife lovers can undertake houseboat cruise along the Vembanad lake and spot numerous variety of bird species.

Added Attraction of Kumarakom Sanctuary Apart from enjoying the exciting wildlife tour to the sanctuary, also visit a picturesque island, Pathiramanal. The serene island covers an area of 10 acre and can be accessed by boat. The place is haven to several migratory birds, which reaches here from different parts of the world.

Best time to visit Best time to visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary is between June and August and November to February. Migratory birds flocks the sanctuary on winter season – November to February.

How to reach

Air: Cochin International Airport is the closest airport

Rail: Kottyam is the nearest railhead

Road: Visitors can hire taxis and auto rickshaws from Kottayam.

Kerala tour packages can be customized as per the traveler’s requirement and need.

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Ocean Blue Punta Cana Resort Review

The Ocean Blue Golf & Beach Resort is located in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and it’s only 35 minutes away from the Punta Cana International Airport. It is an all-inclusive resort, which means that you don’t need to worry about anything because almost everything, including all your meals, is already included in the price. Once you arrive at this hotel you will be sure that you made the right decision.

One of the biggest concerns that many tourists have is about how the room or suite will look like, if it will be big enough or very comfortable. Well, you should know that the Ocean Blue Punta Cana Resort has 296 junior suites, 72 junior deluxe suites, and 6 honeymoon suites. Each suite includes all the commodities you need to make your vacation experience even better. To give you an idea of how comfortable suites are there, this is what you will find : telephone, cable TV, hair dryer, air conditioner, one (king size) bed or two (queen size) beds, ceiling fan, a beautiful balcony, Jacuzzi, safety deposit box, and a mini fridge, just to mention a few.

Did you know that one of the most common questions that guests have in mind is how are they going to spend their vacations? Well, the answer is very easy. Tourists can just simply relax, spend most of the time by participating at the activities available at the resort, go shopping, or even plan a trip to go visit the cities nearby.

There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy at the resort. Beach volleyball, scuba diving, snorkeling, tennis, basketball, horseback riding, and aerobics are an example of how many sports you can practice there. If you are looking for other activities, then the swimming pool might be the answer. There are also Jacuzzis, a spa, sauna, a game room, and more.

With so many things to do, it’s time to think where are you going to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Well, fortunately this will not be a problem here because there are seven a la carte restaurants to choose from : Bucareno, which specializes in seafood, El Bodegon, La Brasa Caribbean Grill, Margarita Mexican Restaurant, La Casa de mi abuela, I Mascherati Di Venezia Italian Restaurant, and Route 66 American Restaurant. There are also areas where you can have snacks at any time. In addition to this, you can find 10 bars, some of them located at the restaurants.

For families with children there is available baby sitting service for a small fee. Children from ages between 4 to 12 can have fun at the Kids Club and for teenagers from ages between 12 to 17, the Teens Club is a great place to meet new friends.

If you are planning a trip to Punta Cana and haven’t decided where to stay yet, the Ocean Blue Punta Cana is the resort you are looking for.

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What to Do in Punta Cana

The longest coral reef in the entire island, standing at about some 35 kilometer’s long is in the Punta Cana. The shores which are nicely cut out at select areas of the reef makes Punta Cana snorkeling a memorable one. A variety of snorkeling activities one can engage in can include a snorkeling excursion with a group out to the Aquarium towards the reef of El Cortecito or take a guided snorkeling tour through the warm waters, giving you an introduction to the colorful marine life of the Caribbean. Below are the activities I partook off and it was worth every bit of it.

Caribbean Festival Snorkel – This constitutes snorkeling around the Bavaro coastline. The popular snorkeling site along the Bavaro presents a view of sharks and rays, although a guided snorkeling activity is best yet. If you are on a cruise, then timely light refreshments and a Caribbean dance show for your entertainment awaits you on-board, endeavor to join in and feel the spirit of the Caribbean. They can be heavenly. The Marinariun Shark and ray experience – Experience the beauty of the underwater world as you swim and snorkel along the coral reefs of Punta Cana, becoming intimate with the giant sting rays and “homely” sharks. Then try the natural pools where you may want to enjoy a beautiful cocktail With something for everyone including the family. Get to know the native marine life, get your snorkeling equipment and receive safety instructions from the Park supervisors. I will advice you start by snorkeling with some of the friendlier creatures of the deep before taking the plunge and entering the domain of the sharks. Catalina Island Snorkeling – You can discover the untouched beauty of the Island of Catalina, snorkeling on some of the most amazing coral reefs amongst the abundance of colorful animal and plant life. The clear turquoise water is perfect for snorkeling. From an anchor point directly above a coral reef, you can enjoy the best underwater view. After the amazing views of the colorful sea life, you can have lunch on the white beach of the Island of Catalina. Punta Cana Snorkeling for starters – If you have never snorkeled before and are feeling uneasy about the experience, then this short trip serves a perfect introduction to the popular water sport. You will visit one of the shallow reefs, protected from the open ocean by its corals. Enjoy the incredible daily live in the crystal clear sea. Use of snorkeling equipment and a local guide are included on this easy Punta Cana activity, just in case you have not got one. You can enjoy a slow and relaxing sail – From Punta Cana over the crystalline-like waters along the stunning white coast line of the Bavaro making a detour around the wreck of Astron, a freighter that lies close to the shore. Along the sail you can see a cluster of barracuda, blue fishes and yellow tail snapper. You can decide to make arrangements for this adventures as you prepare for your holiday. You may want to individually pick on one after another to enjoy, it is completely up to you as the former is as memorable as the next especially if Punta Cana Snorkeling is just your priority.

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This Christmas, Give the Gift of Romance: Couples Weekend Getaway Packages

Long after the original excitement of Christmas Day was started to wind down, you want your wife or girlfriend to absolutely radiate with love when she thinks about what an awesome Christmas gift she has just received. One of the most meaningful Christmas gifts you can give to your significant other is to create an unforgettable experience that she will never forget. And so, rather than buying her a designer bag or new trinket that will get stashed in the back of the closet within a few month’s time, why not surprise her with a romantic couples weekend getaway for Christmas?

Romantic Weekend Getaways for Couples – Favorite Locations

There are definitely some considerations to make when determining a destination for your romantic vacation getaway. Have you ever vacationed before as a couple? Does the like the glitz and glamour of the big city? Has she been dying to ski down the bunny slopes at a ski resort? Is she into the total luxury and relaxation you can get from a weekend’s worth of massages and spa treatments? Or is she more into the understated quality time spent together at a bed and breakfast? Of course some popular romantic vacation destinations include the beaches of South Florida, the Poconos, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, or even the resorts of Sedona, Arizona.

An international trip may be out of the question for a quick turnaround of a weekend, but she may also appreciate you taking out the time to plan a week-long trip to somewhere romantic like Paris or Rome. Other popular destinations are of the all-inclusive resort variety – think Ochos Rios or Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic – or even a cruise across the Grand Bahamas or to Cozumel. If you’re thinking cruise, make sure she doesn’t get freaked out by being out on the open sea or worse, that she easily gets seasick, because this could be an absolute killer of whatever romantic moments you were planning on sharing with her.

Romantic weekend getaway packages are a great idea to give as a Christmas gift for your honey. Surprise her with the news by including a portrait or postcard of your intended destination as a stocking stuffer. Let her know that she doesn’t have to lift a finger except to pack – all details are taken care of – and don’t forget to bring along the lacy unmentionables for a weekend of interrupted bonding, pampering, and grown-up playtime.

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Enjoy Your Holidays at Dominican Republic

How can you enjoy your holidays in Dominican Republic? There are several reasons why you must visit the Dominican Republic during your next holiday, if you are not aware about the amazing advantages and attractions. You only have to visit some important web pages or ask to your trip advisor about that. You will find several information about hotels, resorts, touristic apartments, beaches and wonderful places.

If you are planning to have a great vacation with your family we recommend you consider Santo Domingo in your plans. You could enjoy more a vacation there than in other place around the world paying less money. Having a vacation in this natural paradise not only will make you know how beautiful is the nature of his half-island but you will realize a country with more than 300 days of sun during the year and with a wonderful weather, beautiful beaches, mountain and very kind people.

There are several hotspots in the Dominican Republic that you can can start your own research about. There are places such as Punta Cana that is an impressive touristic place in the Dominican Republic that offers all inclusive hotels and resorts where you can enjoy activities such as diving, skiing, mountain climbing and more. The most relevant thing you should have in mind is doing a good plan that will have everything under control in terms of your holidays vacation.The planning process for your next vacation can start since the moment you make the decision to visit the Dominican Republic.

No matter if you don’t have sufficient funds, you can start saving money during a whole year and I am sure you will find some of the all inclusive holidays packages for your next vacations.One of the main advantages of the tourism in this country is its affordability and quality. You will have a wonderful vacation package without having to invest a lot of money. Get the most out of your vacations in Dominican Republic.

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The Top Ten Sexiest Spots on Earth

Sometimes there comes a time in your life when you crave some excitement. What better way to have an exciting experience than to travel somewhere breathtakingly beautiful?

Boring holidays are a thing of the past. Forget about dreary resorts and rainy cities and concentrate on sexy, sizzling destinations – places where romance and love thrive.

Whether it’s a romantic getaway, special honeymoon or just a trip with close friends, we have picked what we think are the most desirable destinations in the world.

This pretty Greek island is famous for its breathtaking views, stunning sunsets and unusual beaches (there’s a black pebble beach, red beach, and white beach which is only accessible from the sea). The white-washed traditional Cycladic buildings and blue-domed churches give Santorini its unique character which has long been popular with the fashionable set.

It wouldn’t be possible to write an article about the sexiest spots on earth without mentioning Paris, which everyone recognises as one of the most romantic cities in the world. This city of love is also one of the sexiest spots to visit, thanks to its chic designer boutiques, dramatic gourmet restaurants, grand buildings and impressive galleries.

Located in Thailand approximately 800km from Bangkok is this stunning destination which is popular with honeymooners. The palm-fringed sandy beaches in Krabi are white and soft underfoot and the water is crystal clear, making it ideal for snorkelling.

With a backdrop of lush green mountains and secret caves to discover, this destination is made for exploring.

Bora Bora
Travel 150 miles north-west of Tahiti and you will discover Bora Bora, an idyllic destination with endless white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, secluded lagoons and beautiful green mountains.

The island is dominated by two large black peaks, and is renowned for ample watersport opportunities – snorkelling and scuba-diving amongst the favourites. This is the perfect place for hot romantic getaway.

Rio de Janeiro
Attracts many visitors each year, hoping to experience a slice of Brazilian life. Carnival is the most popular time to visit, bringing in masses of tourists, ready to party the night away in the hot, humid streets. This is by far one of the sexiest places in the world to visit – even the hip-shaking music oozes sensuality.

There’s nothing more intimate than staying on a private island, surrounded by calm blue water, soft white sand beaches and lush green foliage. The Maldives is one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations and it’s easy to see why. Spending time in such a tranquil and beautiful destination helps you forget your former busy life and focus your attention on one another.

Visit Dhoni Mighili or Rangali Island to experience luxury at its very best. With personal butlers on-hand and traditional style accommodation on stilts in the ocean, a stay at either one of these resorts is guaranteed to leave you with unforgettable memories.

Punta Cana
Many would argue that Punta Cana features some of the best beaches in the world, with soft sand, calm blue waters, and gentle swaying palm trees. If you don’t want to spend your time just lazing on the beach, then there is a range of watersports available, such as snorkeling, jet-skiing, scuba diving and sailing.

During the day, enjoy the thrill of a jeep safari through the Dominican countryside and when the sun goes down sample the delicious local cuisine before dancing the night away under the stars.

This is the third largest island of Hawaii and has famously been used as the prime location for countless films and TV programmes, including Lost and Jurassic Park. This is due to the island’s dramatic landscapes: green mountains, pristine beaches, steamy jungles, urban cities, lush valleys and breathtaking cliffs.

The exotic location with its outstanding natural beauty will provide visitors with a unique holiday experience where anything is possible.

This group of 99 unspoilt islands are located approximately 30km from the mainland coast of north-western Malaysia. Shrouded in mystery and legend, these beautiful islands offer plenty to experience and explore.

The perfect romantic destination – visualise long white beaches set against a background of lush vegetation, unusual limestone rock formations, sparkling azure waters, secret caves and breathtaking waterfalls. It really doesn’t get better than this.

This unique ‘city of water’ simply has to be experienced first-hand to appreciate its true beauty. Take a romantic gondola tour of the narrow, winding canals, taking note of the impressive bridges and unusual architectural delights. There’s an abundance of attractive piazzas, palaces and churches to go and see – this city thrives on beauty and artistic expression.

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Getting the Best Snorkeling Equipment For a Perfect Snorkeling Experience

Snorkeling is a lot of fun, but before you go into the water, there is a couple of things you need to know. You need to choose your snorkeling equipment carefully and properly learn how to use it. Let’s consider some of these equipment.

Snorkeling Mask:

How do you know if a mask fits well? Take your snorkeling mask and put on your face as if you are going to wear it, then you try to breathe in through your nose and see if the mask sucks up against your face without leaking air. If the mask will stay on your face when you let go of your hands then you probably have gotten a good fit.


Another nice piece of equipment to have is the snorkel. Well you do not have to have a snorkel, its just that it is really tiring to constantly lift you head up out of the water to breathe, so a snorkel solves that problem. There are several type of snorkels, amongst a variety is a special kind of that has a little float at the upper end. What it does is that when you go under the water the float closes off so the snorkel doesn’t fill up with water. It is particularly a nice type to have as you can enjoy an extended stay under the water.

Snorkeling Fins:

Another nice piece of snorkeling equipment to have is a pair of snorkeling fin. Now if you are in really shallow water say two to four feet deep, you might not need the fins. But if you are in water that is a little bit deep or if you want to cover a wider area then its nice to have fins because they help you glide effortlessly through the water and when you are snorkeling you want to be very relaxed and just try not to work too hard so you can enjoy it.

Generally, just about any sandy beach for instance in Florida is going to be a good snorkeling when the water is clear, there are also few places where there are natural geographical features that makes snorkeling even more fun. Moving further north to the Tampa bay area there is the Egmont Key, another great place will be the St Andrews state park in Northwest Florida near Panama city. Otherwise, you may want to go book a snorkeling holiday abroad with interesting experiences like with the Punta Cana snorkeling or you may want to try snorkeling in Cabo for a change of scene and refreshing experience.

Now we have learned how to choose our snorkeling equipment and how to use them and how to go out on the water and thrive in one of our going to be best snorkeling experience.

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Top 10 Spring Break Destinations Outside the US

College students, we know you are ready to put done their books and pick up bottles of suntan lotion! As midterms are winding down and students are becoming tired of the snow, they begin to dream about lying in the sun and soaking in culture. Since you’re probably tired of studying, we took the legwork out of looking for a place to enjoy your break, and found the top ten spring break destinations outside the United States.

Acapulco, Mexico
Acapulco has been a vacation hot spot for a number of years. While you are there, be sure to catch the La Quebrada Cliff Divers, the peaceful Pei de la Cuesta, the small bay Puerto Marquez and the beautiful beaches of Isla de la Requeta.

This Caribbean island is located northeast of Venezuela. It has been dubbed “Little England” after all of the English settlements that once inhabited the area. Barbados is divided into five parts – Bridgetown, Central Barbados, Eastern Barbados, Western Barbados and Southern Barbados. Be sure to pack your sunscreen and stay hydrated, Barbados is 13 degrees off the equator so sunburns are easy to get.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
This vacation hot spot is located on the tip of the Baja California peninsula. If you are visiting Cabo San Lucas, expect to find large marine, beautiful bay, great beaches, a casual atmosphere and exciting nightlife. While there, don’t miss the El Arco arch, an amazing natural rock formation at Land’s End.

Cancun, Mexico
Cancun is a great place to enjoy sun and beautiful beaches. If you are visiting this spot, you can do everything from swimming with the dolphins and scuba diving to snorkeling and fishing. Be careful when you jump in the water, the Caribbean waters can have a strong undertow. Don’t forget to take a day trip to Mayan ruins. Cancun is close to a number of great sites that you won’t want to miss.

Ibiza, Spain
This city is located in the Balearic Islands. During your visit to Ibiza, be sure to visit the hidden cove Atlantis, the Hippy Market and Bar Anita – a gathering spot for artists and writers since the 1950s.

London, United Kingdom
London is the largest city and the capital of the United Kingdom. It is divided into Central London, the Inner Boroughs and the Outer Boroughs. While you are there, be sure to stop by the iconic Westminster Abbey, take a ride on the London Eye and look for early preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games. Do London for less with a museum pass that gives free entry to 50 attractions and free “line cutting”. If you are there for more than a couple of days, consider getting an Oyster card, a refillable smartcard for easy transportation.

Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau is known for its white sand and crystal blue waters. You can enjoy beachside bars with fruity fun drinks during the day and exciting nightclubs after the sun goes down. While you’re there, check out the shark diving opportunities!

Negril, Jamaica
This city is well known for its seven miles of cool white sandy beach. It is more laid back than Montego Bay and more touristy than Ocho Rios. Be sure to stop by Negril’s tourist craft market for inexpensive souvenirs and knick knacks.

Paris, France
If you want a cultural spring break, the City of Lights is for you. Paris is one of the most luxurious cities in the world, featuring the best designers, restaurants and cultural attractions. You don’t have to splurge when visiting this fantastic city, consider purchasing a Museum Pass for free entrance to more than 60 museums and monuments. You can choose from two, four or six day passes.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana is located n the northeast tip of the Dominican Republic. Like any tropical oasis, it has beautiful foliage, lagoons and exotic animals. While in Punta Cana, visit Santa Domingo, the first European settlement in the Western Hemisphere, and the artists’ village of Altos de Chavon, or take a Bavaro Runners safari excursion. You can also enjoy rafting, helicopter tours and Segway tours.

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How To Find A Place To Live In Dominican Republic

First you have to examine what is more suitable for your needs: a house or an apartment. If you are thinking of a house you will have more privacy, but also more responsibility. You will need to install an alarm system, gas for your stove or oven, if it is not furnished you need to buy all the furniture, also a generator or inverter because of all the blackouts in the country. All those appliances add more costs to your purchase price or you have the option of buying or renting a furnished house and avoiding the headache of buying all the furniture.

If you are thinking of an apartment you have the same options, to buy or rent, furnished or unfurnished, new or previously owned. All those choices will modify the price of the apartment. The least expensive option is a previously owned unfurnished apartment in a neighborhood outside the city. You can find surprising prices, for instance, I am selling one with 3 bedrooms for US$46,000. The down side of this option is that there will be more blackouts and noise in this area.

The most expensive option is an apartment located in the central zone of the city like: Naco, Piantini, Serralles, and Evaristo Morales, among others. Those kinds of apartments sometimes are furnished and most likely come with generators, lobby, parking spaces, and security staff and are constructed with premium materials. The price range is US$1,200 per square meters, so if you want an apartment of 200 meters you will most likely pay US$240,000 and will rent it for US$1,500.

If what you are looking for is beaches Dominican Republic has many options: the world known Punta Cana, Bayahibe, Puerto Plata and a paradise yet to be discovered by the world: Samana. The prices of these properties vary if they have beach front or by their distance from the beach. The closer to the beach, the higher the price will be. We cannot forget about the astonishing properties of Casa de Campo and Cap Cana with all the golf courses designed by the famous golf player Jack Nicklaus. These are perfect properties if you are coming for retirement in paradise.

Lastly, you need to find a reliable and qualified person to help you find those properties that can speak your language to help you mediate the purchase or rent negotiations. This person is a Real Estate Agent that ideally is associated with a know company, so you can avoid the numerous scams that are out there, because you won’t be able to read the deeds and you don’t know the Dominican laws, and that can make you an easy target for scams.

I hope I can help you find the property of your dreams and that I can answer any question not covered in this article. Go to my blog and leave me a comment or write me with your concerns.

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The Moon Palace Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

When it comes to taking a vacation, one of the first places people think of is the Caribbean. Not only is the weather gorgeous, but the beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. The water sparkles with a hint of bright blue and green and is so clear you can see your toes.

So where is a great place to enjoy the sun and beach? Look no further than Punta Cana located in the Dominican Republic. The Moon Palace resort is located there, which is a 4/5 star resort that will blow your mind with its amenities.

First off, it’s worth mention that the Moon Palace Resort is an all-inclusive resort that allows you to eat, drink, and enjoy shows without ever having to worry about money. Not only is this easier on your wallet, but it also allows you to relax since money is never an issue.

There are more than 10 restaurants in the resort and they all serve a variety of different foods including Italian, American, Japanese, seafood, as well as a steakhouse. You can even order a bottle of wine to go along with your meal. It feels great not having the pay the bill once you are done with your amazing dinner.

Besides food, the Moon Palace Resort also offers a wide range of fine drinks including wine, beer, and liquor. The drink of the day is a great way to try new drinks and you can relax knowing that if you do not like it you can simply order a different drink.

The resort itself is also amazing. Not only are there more than 8 pools, but a few of them even have a pool bar where you can sit in the water and enjoy your drinks. A few of the pools also overlook the beautiful ocean.

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Dominican Republic Weather

The weather of the Dominican Republic is basically tropical with lots of sunshine to enjoy the sand and sea. It has an average temperature of 77 degrees all year round. The temperature reaches around 89 to 95 degrees during the summer season, and in the winter months the temperature varies from 75 to 90 degrees. The weather records a lower temperature in the mountain regions. Usually, Dominican Republic’s weather tends to have two rainy seasons. The heaviest rainfall is from May to August. During the months of November and December there is only light rainfall.

The republic’s weather is hot in coastal areas. The northern coast of the Dominican Republic experiences a wet season from October to January. Northeast and eastern region receive heavy rainfall during June-November. The summer starts in June and lasts till September. May through October is wet on the southern coast. The eastern end lying between Bavaro and Punta Cana, experiences a dry period from December to March. The weather on the southeast coast is dry from December to March and is wet during May. Compared to other parts of the country, this region receives a lower annual rainfall. The southwest region tends to have a dry period in July-May and October.

Over the past decade, the country has experienced several tropical hurricanes. Usually, hurricanes come in the months of June to November. August and September are highly prone to hurricanes. Two major storms rocked the country in August 1979 and in September 1998. The Dominican Republic is a well-known tourist destination with sandy beaches, mountains, and casinos. The best time to visit the country are from March to April.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

The Punta Cana Airport

Punta Cana’s airport is not only a welcoming structure to visitors arriving on the island, but also an environmentally-friendly building that gives back to the island’s environment.

As the flight reaches the Dominican Republic, one cannot miss the thatched roof and the open air design of the Punta Cana International Airport. The airport was designed to both welcome visitors, and be environmentally responsible, using native design and materials.
There is a modern new air-conditioned terminal for passenger arrivals.

Upon arriving at the Punta Cana airport, each passenger is required to purchase a $10.00 tourist card before entering customs. After retrieving luggage and clearing customs, passengers are usually greeted by their tour company representative and directed to board the correct bus for transfer to their resort. The Department of Migration photographs United States citizens who enter the Dominican Republic with birth certificates and photo identification. This will not affect United States citizens who travel using their passports. This is being done to prevent illegal entry back into the United States. The computerized systems are in place at each of the international air and maritime ports. However, visitors in general are advised to confirm travel documentation with the nearest Dominican Republic Consulate.

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A Review of Popular Punta Cana Resorts

Punta Cana is made up of over a dozen beautifully situated resorts spread over 20 miles of white sand beaches. Many of the resorts are all-inclusive — offering travelers everything from food, drinks accommodations and activities in one set price.

Club Med established the first resort in Punta Cana in 1981. It was once known for being a popular haunt of singles but in recent times it has become a sought after resort for families. This beachfront resort is situated just ten minutes from the airport and offers all kinds of activities like windsurfing, sailing, swimming, snorkeling, water polo, beach volleyball, tennis, flying trapeze, archery, kayaking, basketball, rollerblading and soccer. Visitors can enjoy the daily regatta, get down to some deep-sea fishing, play a game of golf and go horse riding. The resort has wonderful rooms with breathtaking views of the ocean or the lovely tropical gardens. Typically priced at an average of $295 per night, each room has air conditioning, cable or satellite TV and a mini-refrigerator.

The Punta Cana Resort and Club is situated on the largely undeveloped eastern tip of the island. This 432-room resort is set a away from the beach. The resort uses a variety of environmentally sensitive features like water- and energy-efficient buildings, gray water recycling, organic gardens and the use of native plants. The resort maintains at least 30 percent of the original vegetation on every plot. The open-air common spaces are made of local coral stone, wood and the
cana leaves that gave the area its name. The resort offers ample opportunities to ride horses on the beach, play tennis, windsurf, kayak, dance at the nightclub and enjoy fresh local fish.

Accommodations range from $80 per person per night to $1,950 per villa per night. The RIU hotel chain has an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana situated on prime property that runs from the beach back to the lush tropical interior, where the accommodations are located. Visitors can use the shuttle facilities to commute between the restaurants, room and beach. The chain has five hotels in Punta Cana, each having both family-sized and other suites. The suites have air conditioning and satellite TV and are situated so that each has a stunning view of the lush tropical gardens.

The Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort is located 13 kilometers away from the Punta Cana International Airport. Situated on Bavaro beach in the midst of a coconut grove, it is part of a complex of five different hotels, with a full range of features including a casino, activities and various forms of entertainment. The all-inclusive plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, at different restaurants. There are facilities such as free non-motorized water sports, tennis, and two discotheques.

The guest rooms at the Barcelo Bavaro are spacious and equipped with a balcony or terrace, each offering a brilliant view of the ocean. There is also an oceanfront swimming pool surrounded by palm trees. The accommodation prices vary from $260 to $346 per night.

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A Guide to Punta Cana Beaches

Punta Cana Beaches are among the most beautiful in the world and offer a recreation area for young and old to enjoy.

The beaches around Punta Cana and Bavaro, are full of white sand and beautifully maintained. The clear blue waters lined with tall palms, seem to go on forever. The calm waters around the Punta Cana area make for great swimming, especially for younger children, and are ideal for water sports as well. All beaches offer a wide range of excursions, water sports, and beach activities including beach volley ball, boat tours, paragliding and sailing trips. Most of the beaches offer guided instructions and classes for diving and other water sports ranging from beginner courses for children and advanced training for professionals.

There are various diving packages available ranging from $41 for one dive with your own equipment to $800 for 25 dives and equipment is also available to rent on the spot. There are also diving tours available for those who prefer them. Prices of these tours may vary from $200 to $1,200 depending on the kind of package offered. Before taking part in these activities it is advised that visitors carry a doctor’s note stating your fitness level.

In Punta Cana, there are a lot of large, all-inclusive resorts along the beach that seem like small, self-contained cities. Resorts like the Bavaro Beach, Paradisus, Iberostar and others offer everything from swimming and water sports activities, different restaurant and nightlife options, casinos, golf courses, spas, tropical gardens and even mini-zoos. Some resorts have freshwater lagoons and provide facilities for visitors to snorkel among a fantastic array of sea creatures.

Some beaches are children-friendly while others have big waves, strong undertow and rocks. Visitors are advised to stick to the shore whenever in doubt. As with anywhere else in the world, the same rules apply in Punta Cana. It is best not to take a swim soon after a meal. Avoid swimming alone and leave your valuables at the hotel in order not to risk losing them.

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Secrets Sanctuary – Dominican Republic Hotel

As compared to other Dominican Republic hotels, the Secrets Sanctuary Cap Cana is considered as the perfect venue for special events most especially weddings. The exclusive resort hotel is located in a scenic area in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

When you arrive at the Punta Cana Airport, the travel time to get to the resort is only fifteen minutes so you will not get tired at all. Upon reaching the resort hotel, you will be impressed with its lovely brick pathways, exquisite fountains, and lush gardens with palm trees all over the place.

In addition, you will be amazed with the splendid Spanish Colonial design of the whole resort. Certainly, the place will give you an authentic European feel while at the same time enjoying the ambiance of a secluded Caribbean island. The over-all design is simply stylish and accented with modern embellishments.

For the pleasure of all the guests, the sprawling hotel has 175 villas and suites to choose from. Usually, you can choose from the range of rooms based on your budget and preference. But whatever room you choose, you can be certain that it is spacious and with a view of the beach. To top it all, the beds are comfortable and the rooms are always kept clean.

As for the food, a buffet style dining is available in the resort and they usually prepare Italian, Asian, and American dishes. Typically, this buffet style dining is already included in the hotel package. All of these dishes are first-rate and served excellently. However, if you want to experience something more, you can choose from the 5 other restaurants that are also found inside the resort hotel.

Moreover, the entertainment that they offer every night are so much fun because the entertainers themselves are often in a great mood and they are focused on making the people to have a great time. The kind of entertainment that they give really makes the whole resort so alive.

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A Review of Popular Punta Cana Hotels

Punta Cana is an affordable destination in a magnificent tropical setting. There are hotels that range from moderate to the luxurious. Capitalizing on cheap land and the virtually insatiable desire of Europeans for sunny holidays during the depths of winter, a half-dozen European hotel chains have rushed to acquire large tracts of sugarcane plantations and pastureland. As a result there are at least a dozen mega hotels, most with over 500 rooms, that attract a large clientele.

Some hotels in Punta Cana are designed by prominent Spanish architects – and are very impressive. They include all kinds of amenities from offering delicious food, drink, exceptional entertainment to sports activities and business facilities. Visitors can find hotels to suit both their budget and taste. Some hotels have their own Web sites and booking facilities while information on others can only be accessed through government tourist centers on arrival.

Built in 1993, the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Hotel is an all-inclusive hotel that caters to every taste. The property is situated on the beach and is surrounded by impressive greenery and a lovely coconut grove. The hotel has 594 rooms, each of which have balconies or a terrace with an excellent view of the beach. Apart from the regular hotel activities, this hotel has facilities for ping-pong, water polo, badminton, and other sports and games. It also includes a business center, multilingual staff, swimming pools for children, tennis courts and access to the beach. Accommodations offer air conditioning, telephone, television, mini bar and broadband Internet access.

The Barcelo Bavaro Golf and Suites is a deluxe hotel located 13 miles from Punta Cana Airport. It is also convenient to reach the hotel from the Santo Domingo Airport. This hotel overlooks the Bavaro Golf Club and is surrounded by tropical gardens that provide a tranquil atmosphere. The Barcelo Bavaro Golf and Suites resort can be the perfect getaway from hectic city life. The nearby Bavaro beach offers a wide variety of water sport facilities. Accommodations are comprised of elegant guest rooms with all modern conveniences. The hotel offers two restaurants serving Italian and Mexican cuisine. As the name suggests, this hotel is known for its 18-hole golf course. The hotel pampers its guests with personalized service to add to the facilities it offers.

Secrets Excellence Punta Cana is a relatively new hotel located on a mile-long stretch of beach. Situated approximately 50 miles from Punta Cana International Airport, this hotel is strictly for adults. The hotel has a large pool with bridges, a swim-up bar, snack bar, and six restaurants. There is also a more intimate pool. Visitors can enjoy scuba diving, 24-hour fitness programs, and evening entertainment that include both performances and interactive shows. All 446 rooms have balconies or terraces, hot tubs, bathrobes, hairdryers, vanity mirrors, data ports, mini-bars, irons, coffeemakers, and cable TV. The prices of the rooms range from $308 to $476 per night.

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