Postcard of the Week: San Felipe de Puerto Plata

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Wherever you end up staying in the Puerto Plata area, carve out a half-day to stroll through the city–officially called San Felipe de Puerto Plata. Take in its colorful Victorian architecture, its museums, local comedores cafes, and newly cobblestoned streets leading you down to the seafront Malecon.

Stay tuned for the release of Moon Dominican Republic (September 2016) for my specific recommendations – or reach out here if you’d like to get my expert insight on your travel planning questions.

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A Day with Fathom in the Dominican Republic

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It’s one of the most talked about news in travel this year. FathomCarnival Corporation’s new brand–is offering 7-day “social impact” or volunteer cruises, beginning in April 2016.

Cruising with a purpose–can you fathom that? (I couldn’t help it.)

I first heard of this concept in the summer of 2015. A local Puerto Plata community tourism organization I know and highly respect shared with me that it was collaborating with Fathom–as were a couple of other DR-based non profits–and helping identify and shape social impact (volunteer) activities on this north coast. This would mean that Fathom would be supporting their hard work in building sustainable communities.

As most of you know, I’m not one for hopping on a giant ship to the Caribbean, not least because you barely get to know the destination and because it contributes little to the local communities visited. But a smaller cruise focusing only on social impact activities and cultural immersion? And starting with the Dominican Republic? Color me intrigued. So when I was invited to join a Fathom pilot held in Puerto Plata last week (as a Continue reading »