Dominican Republic offers a wide variety of adventure sports, including Scuba Diving, hiking, and swimming (all of my favorite activities). On our recent trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic we planned for all of these activities with scuba diving at the top of my to do list!
From Punta Cana there are a few dive sites north & south of the island. The south side is known for calmer water and better visibility,so I looked south for a good dive and snorkel spot. I am a huge fan of wall dives, and the wall at Isla Catalina sounded perfect with scuba, snorkel, beach day complete with souvenir shopping and hot BBQ lunch.
Puerto del Rey is the largest marina in Puerto Rico, and even the largest in the Caribbean! I am slowly falling in love with this marina and all of the businesses and events hosted there. I am a certified scuba diver and all around fan of boats and water, sadly I am not a boat owner (yet). I still manage to visit the marina and enjoy the boats on a regular basis. Here is a quick guide of the services and facilities at Puerto Del Rey for non-boat owners.
Sea Ventures is 5 star PADI scuba company, and recently awarded the blue flag for Sustainable Boating Tourism Operator. They are active with Project Aware and PADI events. Sea Ventures is the #1 reason that I go to the Marina. There are a fantastic group of instructions and scuba divers. I feel safe and welcome every time I dive with Sea Ventures! With only 20 dives logged, I am still considered a newbie diver and I will continue my advanced certifications and instructions with the knowledgeable staff at Sea Ventures.
Overview of Fajardo, Puerto Rico for Seven Seas beach, Bio Bay kayaking tours, scuba, dining, and the El Conquistador hotel.
Our first experience with Puerto Rico was Old San Juan, and I was hooked! When planning our next visit, we knew we needed more time, and we wanted to explore several areas of the island. We started in beautiful Isla Verde, just outside of San Juan, then rented a car and headed out to Fajardo for a few days. Six months later, I find myself back in Fajardo.
Fajardo is an hour East of San Juan, at the meeting point for the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea on the Northeast tip of the island. Fajardo boasts one of the world’s rare bioluminescent bays, a must-see at night during the new moon, when it is darkest.
Mexico has a bad reputation for crime and violence, it is all over the news. Yet, there are some beautiful and safe parts of Mexico, like Cancun. It is on the eastern tip of Mexico, sitting on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. It is well protected from most of the hurricanes and enjoys gorgeous weather year round. There is no need to drive across the border, Cancun is easily accessible from most major airports.
Cancun boasts beautiful beaches, the northern section of the Great Maya Reef, Mayan ruins and museums, art, spa activities, shopping, nightlife, and friendly locals. Far less expensive than the Mediterranean cities, Cancun is a great value for a luxury vacation on a budget.
The Hotel Zone offers spectacular views from the variety of resorts represented by the major brands. Cancun adds a bit “extra” for your beach vacation.
Many are all-inclusive food & drink resorts and a few are no children under 16 allowed, like Hyatt’s Zilara Resort. This is a fabulous option for honeymooners or any romantic getaway.