Oooops ... slipped into the ruts

Oooops … slipped into the ruts

Johnny decided to sit out the trip up the little mountain in Monte Cristi…. something about “not being crazy enough to chance sliding off into the ravine”.  As you will see in this video coming back down the hill on the “goat-trail”…   maybe Johnny had a point.  At one point along the way ole Yoda was leaning almost 40% as it slipped into some of the deeper ruts in the “road”.

Monte Cristi has been a good stop along our road trip through the North West region of the Dominican Republic.  We would definitely put it on the list for a followup visit on a future road trip to the region.  But now it is time for a good night’s rest and an early start to our next adventure.  While nothing about this trip is cast in concrete… we will probably head up to Punta Rucia then down toward the Jarabacoa region.

I promise, when you come participate in our free North Coast Discovery Tour, we will not drag you along on roads like the one you will see in today’s video…..

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Monte Cristi Made It To The TopIf you have been following our little trip through Monte Cristi Dominican Republic you know that we had to scratch the itch to somehow get to the top of that little mountain just outside Monte Christi to see what we could see.  We finally made it.  As you watch this video, keep your eye on the front of Yoda as we try to navigate through the rather extreme ruts in this “road”.  And I do use the term “road” rather loosely as you will see.  Just be happy that we were using the camera stabilizer so that you did not have to rock and roll along with Yoda.

Monte Cristi View Of The CliffsAs you know, we love exploring this wonderful island and we love getting off the main roads to sample some of the places that most tourists never see.  This was definitely one of those little diversions.   This trail up the little mountain was probably better for mountain goats than most cars.  But then, that is what makes it a challenge.

Come along as we work our way to the top and check out the views….

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Monte Cristi Cliffs By The OceanHeading on down the malecon road we are headed to the end of the road and to a cliff lined beach I remember from years ago.  The roads are better and there have been a few access changes, but the views are still just as impressive.  Along the way we noticed a rarely used, if ever, road heading up the side of the little mountain.  Of course, we couldn’t resist giving it a try… it is what we do when we have 4 wheel drive.

Monte Cristi Rough Road Up The MountainYou will see in this little video how a barely accessible road quickly degrades to some serious washout and ruts in the road.  But, we didn’t let that stop us.  We wanted to see if we could get to the top so shoot a little video for our readers.  So, we did.

In this video you will see what we were up against, and in the next video we will share some of the views from the top….

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Monte Cristi Malecon RoadWe are enjoying our little visit to Monte Cristi.  Reminds me more and more of the Florida Keys way back when, before the heavy commercial development.  In fact, we liked it so much we decided to grab a hotel room to extend our stay.  In this little video we stop by the restaurant we mentioned earlier for a tasty lunch.  After lunch we head out on the road down the malecon along the coastline.

Monte Cristi Headed For The MountainDefinitely not a lot of development here, but that is kind of nice in a charming sort of way.  We are headed out on the malecon road toward the mountain you have seen in our pictures at the end of the road.  It has been years since I was out here and I am looking forward to checking it out again.  If I recall, there is a national park out on that end.  Maybe we will get a chance to take a look.

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Monte Cristi Beach RoadContinuing our little road trip through the North West region of the Island, today we will check out one stretch of beach along the coast in Monte Cristi.  It always amazes me that it is so easy to find beaches that stretch miles yet have no one on them.  No crowds. No giant condos.  No hustle and bustle.  Just nice quiet beaches waiting to be discovered.

I remember this stretch of beach and a few of the little hotels from my last trip over to Monte Cristi almost 7 years ago.  Not much has changed.  Maybe a few more small hotels, but mostly the same.  Of the towns we have visited on this North West road trip, we think Monte Cristi has the most to offer and warrants a visit again.

After our little run down the beach road, we will stop for a dinner in the next video.  I remember this restaurant from years ago.  I hope it is as good as I remember.

But first, lets explore the beach road…..

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Montana Y MarMontaña y Mar has come a long way from it’s humble beginnings as just a “dream” of affordable ridgeline ocean view homesites overlooking Cabrera and the ocean from Cabrera to Playa Diamante.  If you have been following our progress you have seen many of our “dreams” materialize.  From rough dirt roads up the mountain to nice, new paved roads.  From four-wheel trails out to the property to nice paved roads through the neighborhood.  From “no-structure” to well developed infrastructure.  Yes, things are shaping up nicely at Montaña y Mar.  And although the first property buyers are sitting on some nice appreciation, the lots are still some of the most affordable premium ocean view lots in the Caribbean.

If you have not checked them out… you should.

In today’s video, we take a look at an amazing transformation of one of our owner’s lots….. from almost no view to 180 degree views. Amazing transformation….

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Monte Cristi Clock Tower In The Old Town

On the way out toward the beach in Monte Cristi Dominican Republic we passed by the clock tower in the older part of town.  Having grown up for several years in the Florida Keys, this part of Monte Cristi reminds me a little of the early Keys before the major development.  It is common to […]

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Monte Christi Dominican Republic – The Next Leg On Our NW Road Trip

Once again, we took the backroads from Mao to Monte Christi to continue our NW road trip.  Now we wish we would have settled for the direct route because there really was not much to see on the backroads.  Flat and dusty and definitely not something we would go out of our way for next […]

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North West Road Trip – Day One Wrap Up

So far in our little road trip through the North West region of the Dominican Republic we have seen nothing that really rivals all that we have right here in the village of Cabrera, but it is only day one.  Somehow we managed to turn what would be a simple 3 hour trip for most […]

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Luperon Beach Reminds Me Of Boca Beach Near Cabrera

We couldn’t visit Luperon without also checking out the beach.  It has probably been 6 or 7 years since we have checked out the beaches in Luperon so we were curious how they have held up.  We are pleased to say that they are every bit as beautiful as we remember them.  This Grand beach […]

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