Roadtrip (part 2): Jarabacoa


Day Two of our Road Trip took us to Jarabacoa.  Jarabacoa is a mountain-resort town, very popular with Dominicans and overseas visitors.  The locals come here for the cooler weather in the summer, the tourist come for the adventure-sports.

The town is on the banks of the Rio Yaque de Norte, a fast flowing river that hosts a number of water-based activities.  Rafting, canyoning, kayaking are all available to the adventurous.  Jarabacoa is also the main starting point for various treks up Pico Duarte – at 3087 metres the highest peak in the Caribbean.  None of these adventures was on our itinerary, but Jarabacoa was well worth a stop on our road trip.

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Un gran viaje / Roadtrip (Part 1)


Last week was Santa Semana (Holy Week) here in the DR. The college was closed for the week, so we decided to take a road-trip through the interior of the country. We hired a car (not the Big White Happy Truck this time) and over four days we covered a little over 400 miles.  When the roads are a mixture of potholed carriageways, switchbacks through the mountains, dirt tracks only fit for 4x4s, clogged city centre roads and the (very occasional) dual carriageway, four-hundred miles over 4 days is a long, long way.  Here’s the tale of our roadtrip. [Read more…]

A weekend in Samana (final part) – the Big White Happy Truck


Anyone who knows us from Bournemouth will remember the Big Blue Happy Bus (our 7-seater minivan/MPV). There was only one rule about the Happy Bus: You Had To Be Happy to travel in it.

In order to collect my parents from Puerta Plata airport, and for our trip around Samana Peninsula, we hired a car.  Over here in the DR they like their cars BIG – so Al wasn’t too surprised when I returned from the car hire company driving a Nissan Pathfinder (well, she did say I was in charge of car hire and it was the same price as the oh-so-sensible sensible minivan…..) [Read more…]