Suggested Items to Bring:
Sandals or Shoes * Comfortable Clothing * Bathing Suit * Hat * Sunscreen * Camera * Insect Repellent
Cash or Credit Cards for Shopping * School Supplies (Donations to School)
We start our day with a visit to a local community that is home to many who have migrated from other parts of the island. Far from lavish, the Hoyo offers a glimpse of Dominican reality. Within the Hoyo we visit a school, far from the traditional "tourist trail".
Started a little over 9 years ago, this is the "little school that could". We now provide a quality education for a good number of the children of the Hoyo, most of whom would receive next to no education of value, had the school not been opened. Far more than a "drive by opportunity", we take the time to socially interact with the students, as well as the society around the school. For many, this is a real eye opener and something few ever forget.
Cigars, chocolate (cacao) and rum are 3 of the major exports from this country. The region's "only" volume cigar producer is our next stop of the day. We personally take you through the steps of building a quality cigar, from the sorting rooms, and ovens to the production floor and humidors. I personally buy my cigars here and endorse the product without reservation!
I will admit... both Pat and I are rum lovers! I have had the best and the worst of rums (yes...there are some BAD rums). The smallest producer of rum in this country is also the leader when it comes to quality! Available for sampling and purchasing are a selection of rums aged on average, 12 to 30 years! We are talking quality product!
With our rum behind us, we re-board the van for a drive northward to visit one of the region's most beautiful beaches! Unfortunately the days of being the only one on the beach are long gone, but I know of a little secret that takes us back in time to the days of wood fired cooking, fresh off the boat seafood and a vibe that can only be considered to be 100% "island time".
At Playa Macao you will have time to do as you wish! Take a swim in stunning turquoise waters (most days!!! LOL), perhaps help beach a newly arrived fishing boat loaded with Mahi Mahi, lobster and other treats of the sea! Just sit and chill! Whatever you want, the time is all yours!
Lunch is very reasonable and cooked to perfection! As it is cooked from fresh, it does take some time, but worth the wait! Just read the many reviews! Enjoy fresh local seafood cooked over open wood fires. (chicken available as a non seafood option)
I will save the story about the place until the tour, but for many in the past, the word is "this is the best food I have had on my vacation"!
Munchies in Macao...the most popular tour for many reasons!!!
Pricing: $89.00us Adults (cash only)
$79.00us Children 3 to 12 years old (cash only)
Groups of 6 or more: 10% off
Lunch available at additional cost (generally $10 to $20 per person on average). Based on fresh local seafood. Chicken available as a non seafood option.
All beverages supplied, including quality alcohol, beer, soft drinks and water!
Tour Duration: Approx 8:30am to 3:30pm on average.
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