Any time a country or region imposes any sort of visa stipulation - even if it’s a waiver - the travel industry sighs a collective groan, knowing the obstacles and headaches to come.
Excursions can add zest to any vacation. And guests at the Senator Puerto Plata Spa Resort certainly have lots to choose from. So let’s dive right in, shall we?
With Sosua Tip Top, passengers board at Sosua and sail off to snorkel at Tres Rocas, a site known for its aquatic splendour. Lunch is served as the catamaran sails back to Sosua for more snorkelling. Freestyle Catamaran Puerto Plata offers snorkelling at Sosua beach and sailing along the north coast, not to mention cocktails, dance and music on board. A light snack and drinks are included. Snorkelling at Sosua Bay is a family-friendly adventure that teaches the basics of snorkelling. It starts with a swim at Three Rocks reef in the Atlantic Ocean, an area teeming with tropical fish and coral reefs. Then the adventure continues across the bay, amid diverse fauna and clear waters that seem to go on forever.
The Glass Bottom Kayak & Power Snorkel Combo begins in glass‑bottom kayaks, allowing rowers to admire Sosua Bay above and below the surface. Next, groups dive in to marvel at undersea life while moving about with handheld power units. The Power Snorkel Adventure also offers a high-tech spin on snorkelling. After a scenic ride to Sosua Bay and a safety briefing, participants use underwater scooters to take in the underwater sights.
Among the land-based excursions, Quad 4-Wheelers is an ATV trek through the countryside to see sugar-cane fields and tropical fruit plantations. Afterwards, everyone gets to cool off in a river and swim at Bergantin Beach. Puerto Plata Runners offers pearly-white beaches, lush forests and rich culture, as groups enjoy close-up views of the country’s flora and fauna and mingle with locals.
The Charcos De Damajagua excursion reveals waterfalls cascading down limestone cliffs, so beautiful they’re considered among the best-kept secrets of the Dominican Republic. The Triple Adventure, meanwhile, is an action-packed combo that includes a visit to a dozen waterfalls for some swimming and sliding in crystal-clear waters, a horseback ride through the forest and a thrilling zip-line journey through the forest canopy.
The Monster Buggy and Monster Cross tours are chock-full of beautiful views of vast sugar‑cane fields as participants ride through plantations. Groups get time to cool off in the Rio Camu and at Bergantin Beach. At the bottom of Mount Isabel de Torres, they’re treated to a typical cup of Dominican coffee.
For culture, the Cable Car & City Tour highlights some of Puerto Plata’s top attractions: Macorix Museum, the downtown area for local colour, views of Victorian architecture and a visit to an amber manufacturer. The crowning touch is a cable car ride up Mount Isabel de Torres for breathtaking panoramas of the north coast.
For some lively entertainment, the Bravissimo Fiesta is a can’t-miss. The dance performance takes the audience on an enchanted Caribbean journey with tropical rhythms and elaborate costumes. A photo session with the dancers and free access to the casino are included. For a VIP-style evening, there’s the Bravissimo Fiesta Premium, which also includes a welcome cocktail, dinner and, after the show, free access to the casino, disco or Ocean World terrace. Participants must be at least 18 years of age for both the Bravissimo Fiesta and Bravissimo Fiesta Premium.
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