Will I have an opportunity to travel in the DR?
Yes, classes will be held Monday through Thursday. Generally, students will have Friday through Sunday available for travel. Popular areas to visit are:
Samaná: The Samaná Peninsula may just be the Dominican Republic’s best-kept secret. Samaná offers everything you need to feel a part of nature at its wildest. Santa Bárbara de Samaná is its major city with about 51,000 inhabitants. Almost all of the province’s economy revolves around the beach destinations of Las Terrenas, Las Galeras, Portillo, Cosón, Playa Rincón and Playa Bonita, although the Salto El Limón waterfall also deserves a visit. Most hotels in Samaná are privately owned, and aren’t as large as the all-inclusive resorts found on other parts of the island.
Samaná is an incredibly diverse peninsula. Measuring 540 square miles, it is even larger than most Caribbean islands. It has a unique environment, with green palm tree lined hills creating a stark contrast up against unspoiled white beaches. There is much to discover in this natural paradise, including the world’s largest coconut plantation.
Samaná is an ecological paradise. Here, you can go to Los Haitises national park to see mangrove swamps, islets, and caves with cave art. Other highlights include Salto El Limón [waterfall], Cayo Levantado [islet] and humpback whale-watching from the middle of January until mid-March.
Jarabacoa: Situatied in the mountains of the Central Cordillera, Jarabacoa is a great place for long hikes through beautiful pine trees. Although it can drop to 45 F (7 C) in winter, Jarabacoa nearly always has a pleasant temperature from 60 to 75 degrees F (16-22 C). Locals call this steady climate the “city of eternal spring,” which is perfect for growing strawberries and flowers. Three rivers flow nearby, Baiguate, Jimenoa and the Yaque del Norte. These are particularly popular because of their level-two rapids.
Jarabacoa is the main gateway to the mountains of the Central Cordillera: Pico Duarte, La Pelona and La Rusilla. They are so tall, that they are known as the Dominican Alps. The fastest route brings you two miles
Santo Domingo: With over three million residents, the cosmopolitan city of Santo Domingo is possibly the most vibrant place in the entire Caribbean. Santo Domingo features a rich culture and history juxtaposed against modern developments. In the historic Colonial City, newer hotels are located on ancient cobble-stoned streets; luxury cars share the roads with horse-drawn carriages; an avant-garde international cuisine scene thrives amid classic Creole cuisine; and 21st century buildings rest beside 15th and 16th century traditional houses.
As the oldest city in the New World, Santo Domingo’s Colonial City boasts the first street, cathedral, university and hospital in the Americas. In fact, visitors usually notice that the well-preserved ancient city, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990, makes them feel as if they had been transported back to another time.