Travel Tips & Suggestions

Getting Here

  1. Samana Airport (AZS) (Jet Blue on Saturdays and Wednesdays) – is a 1.25 hour, 40-mile drive along the ocean. This is the best option if the schedule works for you.
  2. Puerto Plata (POP) (Jet Blue and United Airlines, daily) – is a slower 1.5 hour, 40-mile drive through several towns, including Cabarete, an international kite-surfing village
  3. Santo Domingo (SDQ) (Jet Blue, UAL, and Delta, daily) – is a 2.5-hour drive from the south of the island, through the mountains on a pretty highway
  4. Santiago (STI) (Jet Blue and American, daily) – is a beautiful but curly 2-hour drive through the mountains. Not to be done at night.

You will need $10 USD per person when you arrive in the airport to pay an entry tax. This must be paid in cash. If you are traveling on Jet Blue, pay for the extra leg room in order to avoid time waiting on lines and paying this tax.

We highly recommend having the beach club set up a taxi for you. Driving in the Dominican Republic is very different from the U.S. and you will be much more at ease with a driver. While staying with us at the beach club, you will be able to use taxis to get around to local activities and outings.

The Aman

Our neighbor is building an Aman Hotel and Villas, called Amanera, scheduled to open in November 2015. If you would like to know more about that project, the exclusive offering of the Aman Founder Villas, or tour the site, please let us know and we will set that up for you. For more information please visit: www.playagrande.com and www.amanera.com​

Further Reading

Fiction

  • The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargas Llosa
  • In the Time of the Butterflies – Julia Alvarez
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents – Julia Alvarez
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
  • Drown – Junot Diaz

Non-Fiction

  • Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies (1552) – Bartolome de las Casa (Spanish friar)
  • Paolo Carozzo, From Conquest to Constitutions: The Latin American Tradition of Idea Of Human Rights, Human Rights Quarterly 25, 2 (May 2003)

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