My wife and I took this 12 hour excursion to Samana through Caribbean Dream and let me tell you....it was one of the best excursions we have ever taken in our lives. We have taken European cruises with shore excursions and vacationed in Aruba with some awesome excursions and have seen Jamaica through some cool tours....but this was hands down the most fun excursion we have ever been on.
First of all the tour company picked us up at our hotel at 6:25 a.m., and they were right on time. Perfect. They take us to the airport where we board a small regional plane that seats only about 40 people. We fly to the Northern part of the Dominican Republic to Samana. Where we board an open air jeep vehicle. It takes us on a cool tour of the Samana area and makes a stop at a local house where we get to learn about some of the native plants and agricultural exports from the DR (coffee, tobacco, cocoa, and others). We get samples too.
Next we get back on the jeep and it takes us to this horseback riding ranch where we all get our own horse to ride with a guide. The horse back riding was so fun! Unbelievable. We ride on horseback for 30 minutes to the most gorgeous 165 foot waterfall I have ever seen. We get off of our horse and get to swim at the base of the waterfall!!!!!! Sweet jesus. This is when you realize that the earth is beautiful and the planet has tremendous natural wonders. After about 30 minutes of swimming we get back on our horses and ride back to the original starting point.
Next, we board the jeeps again and it takes us to a dock where we board a private catamaran! I mean, oh my god. This tour is awesome. The boat takes everyone to a secluded beach spot where they have a delicious lunch waiting for us. It's awesome. With a great photo op after lunch. The place looks like heaven on earth!
Next we get back on the boat and it takes us to another private beach area with the most gorgeous beaches where we get free time to just swim in the ocean and lay out in the sun for about 2 hours. Drinks at the bar included. I mean talk about relaxing! This is it.
Next, we get back on the boat and it takes us back to the open air jeeps, where we head back to the airport for the 30 minutes flight back to Punta Cana.
This excursion and this tour company is exceptional. Make no mistake, the tour operators and the tour leaders took care of us and made sure that we were having fun. It was awesome. A great combination of learning about culture and history, sight seeing, adventure seeking, relaxation and just pure awesomeness. This tour was the best and it had it all. I very highly recommend this tour. This tour stands apart from a lot of tours we have taken (we have taken guided tours through Rome, and Aruba, and Jamaica, and through the French Riviera)....this tour was the most fun we ever had. I can't say enough about it. This tour was the highlight of our vacation it was amazing.
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