The Dominican Republic boasts some of the most stunning beaches I have ever seen.
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to visit Saona Island with my very good friend Larysa Fedorchenko. Larysa really knows her way around most of this island!
This was not the usual Saona Island excursion that consists of a catamaran full of tourists guzzling down Cuba Libres at 9 am. It was a small private trip, complete with a local Capitan. We went to see another side of the Dominican Republic, far off the beaten path and simply spectacular.
Saona Island isn’t all-inclusive resort territory, and thanks to strict planning laws it should stay that way. Saona Island is a beautiful place, a hidden land pleasantly lacking the all-inclusive resorts that keep guests in- and keep the island out.
We begin a 1 hour drive from Punta Cana to Bayahibe, where we meet the Capitan who would take us over to the Island. It was just an amazing variety of shades of blue and green water, mile after mile of our 40-minute boat ride to the Island.
First we arrive at an isolated part of the island, (There wasn’t even any cell phone signal) and enjoyed some of the nice afternoon, warm water and had fresh fish for lunch, cooked over an open fire.
We get ready to go to another side of the island, and we arrive at Manojuan. The first thing we see as we arrive are colorful wood huts selling some souvenirs and paintings.
As usual, I check out the local real estate options. Some very cute beach front homes, complete with solar panels and CLARO TV dish! (although we could not find a home for sale…)
Small local shops with fresh fruits and juice for sale, pigs and horses running wild. Local residents were so friendly and welcoming.
If you’re looking to get off the beaten path and out of the tourist ridden Punta Cana, this is it. Experience the real Dominican Republic that many visitors often miss.