Magaly Toribio, a representative for the Dominican Republic
’s Ministry of Tourism, notes that, despite some damage, the hurricanes had no major impact on the country’s tourist destinations. All its cruise ports – including the new $85 million facility in Puerto Plata – were operating normally within days, and Virtuoso’s five hotels there are all open.
Indeed, tourism in the country is trending this season, with an increasing number of travelers visiting, although the island still remains relatively unexplored. Beneath its azure waters lies a diver’s oasis, and Toribio says the best way to explore the capital of Santo Domingo, home to a burgeoning gastronomy scene, is “with a fork and knife.” Los Haitises National Park, accessible only by boat yet close to North Coast resorts, is one of the best spots in the world to see humpback whales during the spring. Located within the exclusive Cap Cana community, trendy Juanillo Beach is the hot spot to see and be seen.
Puntacana Resort & Club hosts the DR’s first-ever PGA Tour event, from March 19 to 25. Recent renovations at the resort’s Oscar de la Renta-designed, 30- room Tortuga Bay
added a new bar, wine cellar, and kitchen in Bamboo Restaurant.
This summer, a Michelin-starred chef pairs up with golf fans for Eden Roc at Cap Cana’
s Golf & Gastronomy Weekend on the Caribbean’s top-ranked course. New beachfront suites are perfect for families with kids attending the 86-room resort’s Barcelona Football Camp in July and August.
Samaná is a featured stop on Oceania Cruises
’ ten-day southern Caribbean voyage aboard the 684-passenger Regatta. Departure: April 26, 2018. The line partnered with All Hands Volunteers, matching up to $1.25 million in guest donations for the region.