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Punta Cana: Culture, Conservation and Carribbean Vibes 2018-09-10T00:10:19+00:00

Program Highlights

The Real Punta Cana:

  • A week immersing your family in Dominican culture
  • Visit Punta Cana Ecological Foundation to learn about how this organization is supporting marine conservation efforts and community development in the area
  • Snorkel excursion with and hands-on educational workshop about coral reef restoration
  • Half day surf lesson at Macao Beach
  • Global family partnership program visit to La Romana and Clinica la Familia
  • Plenty of time enjoying the beautiful weather on world-renowned beaches

Adventure Includes:

  • Accommodations for 7 nights with space for 2- 4 people in Bavaro. Have another hotel or resort booked already? No problem- we can still help you add some outdoor adventure, culture, and learning to your vacation.
  • Local Liaison ( she will greet your family at the airport, check-in with you during the week and be available to chat if you have any questions while traveling or want suggestions)
  • Personal driver (includes airport pickup/ drop off & two local trips a day)
  • ½ day surf lesson at Macao beach with transport to and from hotel
  • ½ day snorkel excursion with an introduction to coral reef restoration
  • ½ day educational visit to a local non-profit, the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation
  • If participating in the Global Family Partnership Program, we also include logistics for your family’s visit to one of our partner organizations in La Romana or Hato Mayor.

Optional to Add:

  • Spanish language crash course ( 2hrs- multi-day depending on interest)
  • Dinner with a local family
  • Other local excursions!

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Accommodations

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 :

  • Arrive via Punta Cana airport
  • Meet your driver at the airport & get checked in at your aparta-hotel
  • Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the beach

Day 2:

  • Explore the local town with your driver/guide, he’ll show you some of the main attractions, point out some great local eateries and give your family tips about cultural norms
  • Relax on one of the picturesque beaches in Punta Cana
  • Dinner and drinks on the beach at any one of the many seaside restaurants
  • Whatsapp your driver when you’re ready for a ride back to your hotel

Day 3:

  • Visit the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation and learn about their work promoting environmental sustainability in the region.
  • Try a traditional Dominican lunch
  • Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach, then enjoy the sunset
  • Dinner on the water

Day 4:

  •  Morning snorkel session while you learn about the Ecological Foundation’s work on coral reef restoration. If you’re a certified scuba diver you will have the opportunity to do a certification course in coral reef restoration, just let us know!
  • Lunch in town
  • Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach OR exploring the coast on an SUP
  • Dinner and drinks on the water

Day 5:

  •  Half day surf lesson at Macao Beach. For folks that just want to watch, Macao is a nature preserve and one of the most beautiful beaches in the region.
  • Traditional Dominican lunch on the beach
  • Afternoon visiting a non-profit in La Romana or Hato Mayor (if participating in Global Family Partnership Program) OR enjoy the beach in Punta Cana!
  • Dinner at a local Italian brick-oven Pizzeria
  • Music and dancing on the beach

Day 6:

  • Morning enjoying the beach in Punta Cana OR depart for cave-swimming and indigenous art excursion near Bayahibe
  • Lunch in town
  • Relax in Punta Cana
  • Traditional Dominican dinner at local restaurant
  • Go to a professional Dominican Baseball game (in season)

Day 7:

  • Hang out on the beach
  • Lunch in town
  • Explore local souvenir shops
  • Pick-up game of beach volleyball
  • Dinner on the beach

Day 8

  •   Depart for home

Surfing at Macao beach

A Message for you from the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation

Program Details

Thoughtful Accommodations

Comfort, Good standing in the local community & Great Value

Stay in a beautiful apartment-hotel with a kitchen, couch, bathroom, picturesque pool and in-house restaurant that offers fantastic local cuisine.

Cultural Immersion

Provide your family a local perspective

Your package includes an excursion designed to give your family a glimpse behind the curtain of local culture. You will be able to learn about history, get a sense for the pulse of local culture and become enmeshed in your community.

Easy, Safe & Reliable Transportation

Get where you need to go safely & learn about the community in the process

No need to stress about renting a vehicle or driving on unknown roads with “unique” driving conditions. Our drivers have flawless safety records, speak fluent English, and, most importantly, are awesome people who can show you a new side to their community. All of their vehicles are inspected and are in tip-top shape. Your driver will welcome you at the airport, drive you to your accommodation, provide your family two local rides /day (to and from your volunteer site or activities for example) and drop you off at the end of your stay.

Surf & Kitesurf Setup

High quality lessons and rentals, perfect for families

We work with local shops that have 5 star ratings in safety and gear quality, so you can book assured that your family will have a blast learning the ways of the wind and waves, stress free. Also, if you already shred, you can count on this gear to suit your needs: no beater gear.

Your package here includes a half day of surf rentals or lessons, transport to and from the lesson included (see section on transport below).

Want to learn to kitesurf, windsurf or SUP? Just let us know and we’ll set it up!

Educational Visit to local Nonprofit

An opportunity to learn about and contribute to this community

Your package includes an educational visit with one of our local non-profit partners. This visit is designed to give your family a deeper understanding of the place you’re visiting, by learning  about the state of local education, environment and economy through the lens of locally embedded nonprofit or community organization.  Most of our partner organizations work in general youth and family support, and are similar to organizations like the Boys and Girls club, which you might be familiar with from the U.S. These organizations are providing safe spaces for local youth to participate in afterschool programs such as homework help, English language learning, sports and healthy living. Volunteer opportunities with our partner organizations are available on a case by case basis. If this is something that your family is interested in, in addition to your educational visit, please let us know ahead of time.

Likely projects for your family would  include English language tutoring, painting and general maintenance of the educational facilities or whatever the immediate priority of our partner organization is.

Adventurous Extras

Challenge your family to embrace adventure and a new perspective

Padre Nuestro, Jungle, Caves and Snorkeling Expedition

Explore the tropical forest of the Padre Nuestro national park. After a 40 minute hike through the forest, observing the diverse local flora and fauna you’ll have the opportunity to cool off in the crystal clear waters of cave pools. You will explore the DR’s indigenous history as seen in the archaeological features of the cave and learn about local geology.  The natural beauty and intrigue of this site is hard to capture in words; your family will be amazed by this experience

Sail to Isla Saona

Saona Island is the most famous national park in the DR for good reason! This key off of the eastern coast of the DR is the epitome of relaxed island life and offers an amazing coral reef for snorkeling or diving and the lost island feel that is truly unique.

  • Price per week for Family of three or more: $515 per traveler

    Kids under 5 travel free!

    Includes

    • Cultural Immersion Program logistics
    • Excursions + Surf Lessons
    • Daily Transport
    • Local guide on call
  • Price per week for Family of three or more including accommodations: $855 per traveler

    Kids under 5 travel free!

    Includes

    • Cultural Immersion Program logistics
    • Excursions + Surf Lessons
    • Daily Transport
    • Local guide on call
    • Seven Night’s Accommodations 

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