• central america,  Dominican Republic

    Snorkeling in the Dominican Republic

    As explained in our previous post, we stayed in Punta Cana during our trip. The focus of our stay was resting, and snorkeling. We both had some great snorkel experiences before, and were pleasantly surprised by what the Dominican Republic had to offer. We booked our snorkeling trips with Dressel Divers, a local dive shop located on the beach in Punta Cana (near the Iberostar hotel). We did our research before leaving and they are a responsible diving and snorkeling company, with attention for the environment and the stability of the coral reefs – something very important to us. Looking back we are very pleased we booked our snorkeling tours…

  • central america,  Dominican Republic

    Staying in Punta Cana

    The Dominican Republic was an a-typical holiday for us. We had actually planned to go to Egypt that year. A group trip, a 3 weeks exploration with a travel agency known for adventurous travels. We booked a holiday in July, but in June we received news that we were the only ones who booked the holiday and the group tour couldn’t take place. They offered us the same trip, the same period, but with their Dutch partner organisation. Only: we had to pay €600 more. For the exact same trip. It was already a pricy trip, so we refused. So, a month before summer started we were left with no trip……

  • central america,  Dominican Republic,  unesco world heritage

    Santo Domingo

    When we visited the Dominican Republic, we focussed mainly on beach life and snorkeling. However, we decided to take in some culture as well: we took a daytrip to the capital Santo Domingo. The drive there by bus took us about 2 hours and a half, so it’s quite a long trip to make. It is worth it though! When we arrived we first visited the area of Ciudad Colónial, the colonial area that was declared Unesco Worldheritage in 1990. The area is packed with historical buildings. La Fortaleza Ozama is the oldest European built military structure in the Americas. It is situated right next to the palace of Diego…

  • central america,  guadeloupe

    The north of Grande Terre

    Our holiday on this magnificent tropical island was coming to an end. We still had a part of the island that was left unexplored: the north of Grande Terre. We started our journey with a swim on the beach Anse du Souffleur. It’s a popular beach with locals and it’s easy to see why. The water is shallow for a long way, making it pleasantly warm and safe for kids to play in. Nearby you have a beautiful mangrove in which you can take a walk, which we, as nature lovers, ofcourse did. It was steaming hot there, so the beach was a welcome refreshment upon our return as well……

  • central america,  guadeloupe

    The south of Grande Terre

    View from our room. It was time for us to switch to the second part of the island. We had spent a week in the mountaineous Basse Terre and were going to spend 5 days in La Toubana, located in Saint Anne on Grande Terre. Grande Terre is the flat part of the island and the inland is mainly occupied by sugar cane fields. We discovered that the southern part (apart from the Eastern point of Pointe des Chateaux) consists of a series of tropical beaches. You know, the ones you always see in brochures: white sand, palm trees and various shades of blue in the water. We were overlooking…

  • central america,  guadeloupe

    Ilet Caret

    pic by guadeloupe-paradise.fr A little bit offshore the North coast of Basse-Terre, roughly in front of Sainte Rose, you find the Grand Cul-de-sac Marin, an ocean spot covering 15000 hectares of coral reefs. You’ll find little ‘islands’ there, that are actually nothing more than sandbanks with some vegetation on them. They are tiny paradises for birds and you can visit them for a relaxed trip out. One of them is Ilet Caret, roughly 250 meter long and 20m wide. The fine white sand is made out of dead coral and the form of the island changes every year. On the picture to the right you can cleary see that there’s…

  • central america,  guadeloupe

    Les chutes du Carbet

    Near the volcan La Soufrière the river Carbet flows to the ocean through a series of waterfalls, called “chutes” in French. We decided to head to that area again to visit them. We left Deshaies around lunchtime and drove to the right part of Basse-Terre, since the waterfalls can only be reached from that side. We made a quick stop at a massive beach, where the water just looked to lovely to just pass by and drove further south afterwards. A litlle warning here is in place. At this beach there was a sign saying swimming was prohibited. We thought that it was because it’s a beach without a lifeguard,…

  • central america,  guadeloupe

    Hiking La Soufrière

    After the first excursions, we felt like it was time to do some serious exercise. We decided to hike La Soufrière, the active volcano on Guadeloupe. The starting point of the hikes is above the village of Saint-Claude and the views while driving up there where already quite spectacular. We had the luck of traveling on the island while the fire trees where blooming: quite the feast for the eyes! Starting our hike at 950m we continued untill the top, at 1467m in altitude. The steepness and difficulty of the path at some points and the hot, humid weather made it an uneasy walk though. Quite different from hiking in…

  • central america,  guadeloupe

    Route de la Traversée

    After our first encounters with the rich nature of the island, it was time for our first exploration. We drove our rental car through endless fields of banana trees up to the starting point of ‘la Route de la Traversée’, which roughly translates as the ‘Road of the crossing’. This beautiful road runs from west to east, crossing Basse Terre through the heart of the tropical rainforest, which is classified as national parc. Most people start the trip in Versailles (yes, it is a French island) and drive the D23 all the way up to Mahaut. At the start of the road, after about a good 6 km, you will…

  • central america,  guadeloupe

    Guadeloupe: pearl of the Carribean

    We have been travel blogging for a while now, but we have been traveling for much longer than that. In 2006 we met and in July 2007 we made our first trip together. As a destination we chose the tropical island of Guadeloupe. A dream trip and one we would love to show you! Guadeloupe is actually a part of Europe, since it belongs to the ‘Regions d’outre Mer’ (translates as ‘regions of the outer sea’) of France. This means that you can pay in € – which was a strange feeling on the other side of the world. The island is shaped like a butterfly and consists of two…