Just a note about how we planned our day-to-day trip through the southwest. Basically, we didn’t. As we rode down the roads and up the trails we kept our eyes open for interesting stopovers and views and interesting places to stop and eat and sleep in for the night. Spontaneous. We discovered some great little places that we would never discover from travel brochures or travel guides and we are much the richer from the experience.
A couple observations. We NEVER felt the least threatened or uncomfortable on this tour into this new region to us. The people along the way were always friendly and helpful. Except for some of the backroads and trails up through the national parks, the roads were in very good shape and quite safe for any vehicle. There are no shortage of things to see that are just enough different from the north coast to make it interesting to explore the area again.
In this first video on Day Two, we check out a few little towns on the coast, stay in a great little Italian hotel, and head down the road toward the southern extreme of the Dominican Republic.
In this second video from Day Two, we check out a great little restaurant and cottages called The Cave. This place is first class and definitely a place we will come back to on our next trip into the region. We head from there over to Cabo Rojo (red beaches) and then on to border town of Pedernales.
Having lived and stayed on numerous islands across the world, one of the things I like best about the Dominican Republic is the diversity. We never seem to feel trapped or bored on this island like we have on smaller islands. I am sure that is due to the size and varying terrain, but I think it is also due to the friendly, open attitude of the people. Wherever you go, there always seems to a a welcoming atmosphere. Of course, big cities are just like big cities anywhere. Hustle, bustle and probably a little more petty crime. For us, we prefer the smaller towns and there are no shortage of them all over this big island.
In our next post we will take a look at a video from day three. In many ways, there was more to show you from day three than any other day because of some hair-raising 4wd trekking through one of the national parks. Unfortunately, that is also why we have limited video footage from day three. Frankly, it was simply not safe for us to stop and film…. we were up on two wheels more than once along the way and I was concentrating too hard on keeping us alive than I was on shooting some video. But oh was it fun….. We will be heading back to try it again.
For now, it’s Barry in the DR.