Catalina, La Romana, Dominican Republic

Catalina is a tropical island of the Caribbean Sea, located in the southeast of the Dominican Republic in the province of La Romana. There are no inhabitants on the island but it receives thousands of people through the cruise ships that let their passengers spend a day of relax, sea and beach. Everything awaits you to enjoy this paradisiacal place; you will find sun loungers, parasols, services, snorkelling, etc. A buffet meal will also be offered by your cruise line. The island is a small paradise with stunning white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. It takes half an hour to get there from La Romana. You can snorkel or dive to discover its colorful fish. The island is surrounded by corals.

Tips

When leaving the ship, do not forget to bring the necessary items for a day of beach, especially sunscreen, glasses and towels. The rest you can find on site and the chairs are free. But be careful in the sea because there is no surveillance.

Consider that you will be transported there by the rescue boats of your ship and if you have sea sickness, plan to take your medicine against transport sickness and bring it to take it before returning.

You will find local craft items so bring in a little money if you want to buy some souvenirs.

If you like Latin music, you will have the opportunity to dance or learn how to dance with the local animation staff.

Varadero, Hicacos, Cuba

Varadero is a tourist destination located on the Hicacos peninsula, on the north coast of Cuba, with a million visitors a year, reputed to have more than 20 km of white sandy beaches. It is 140km from The Havana. The peninsula has 1,200 meters at its widest point and is separated from the island of Cuba by the Kawama Channel, but a bascule bridge connects it to the island. Punta Hicacos, is the nearest point of the United States.

Tips

You will find all inclusive packages at any time even with discounts depending on the company or the chosen hotel. Compare quality-price. If you like natural areas, you have the reserve of Punta Hicacos. Here you will find caves like the Cueva de San Ambrosio with pre-Columbian murals, a lagoon, Laguna Mangon and desert beaches. There are also 23 dive sites. Visit the Casa Dupont reflecting the origins of Varadero in 1930. It belonged to Irenee Dupont de Nemours. Bring items you are used to, especially toilet items or medicine because you can’t still find all what you would like on the island. Take a day trip to The Havana it’s worth it, you’ll learn a lot of history of the island. If you like music you want, go out to discover the local groups with dance demonstrations. And if your desire is just to relax under the sun, nothing better than a delicious ‘mojito’ (sweet drink made with folded fresh mint, sparkling water, lemon juice and rum).

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