INCLUDED:

Lodging, personal chef, most meals, private yoga classes and guided meditations, transportation and driver, bi-lingual guide, excursions, paddle boarding adventure, community activities.


NOT INCLUDED:

Roundtrip airfare, airport transfers, some meals, alcohol, snacks, personal expenses, tips, free day activities.


REFUND POLICY:

Minimum enrollment for this trip is 8 women. If minimum enrollment is not met 90 days prior to departure date then trip may be cancelled in which full payment will be refunded. 

* Should you choose to withdraw from the program, unfortunately the DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE (unless the program is cancelled by PN).  

**Cancellation by you up to 90 days prior to departure to will result in full reimbursement MINUS deposit. Cancellation by you less than 90 days will result in no refund.** 

* In the event that a trip is cancelled due to inadequate enrollment, Purposeful Nomad is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets. While we do our absolute best to fill each trip, we highly recommend you buy refundable airline tickets. 

* Purposeful Nomad is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies. 

* A cancellation request must be received in writing by email from participant. Verbal notice will not serve as a valid cancellation.  

GROUP SIZE:

8-12 women

MEALS:

Meals will be prepared by your private chef each day and be eaten together is our private villa space. Food restrictions and allergies can be accommodated, just please let us know beforehand.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS:

Unless a specific person has been identified you will be assigned a roommate and room upon arrival. Every person will have their own bed and bathroom- even the double rooms. If you wish,  you may pay an additional fee for a single occupancy.

FLIGHT INFORMATION 

There are two airports to choose from: POP (Puerto Plata) and STI (Santiago). POP is closest to our hotel- about 50 min- but flights can be limited from some parts of the USA. STI is a bigger airport with more flights. It is about 1 hour and 20 min from our hotel.

A shuttle with our driver will be arranged by Purposeful Nomad once everyone has their flights so someone will be there to meet you when you land. The shuttle from POP is $30 and a shuttle from ST is $90. Both prices are based on the trip so that price can be split with others. 

FULL PAYMENT DEADLINE:

The remaining balance should be paid 90 days prior to departure.If you are booking within 90 days of departure, then full payment is required at the time of booking. 

PACKING LIST:

Bring layers. It can be hot during the day and cool and windy at night. Comfortable yoga and workout clothes, stuff for the beach and swimming, informal wear for the daytime and a rain jacket of course. Pack some old clothes you don't mind getting dirty for service days. 

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE:

Here at Purposeful Nomad we do our best to ensure that every program is a success. However, in the event of something unexpected we want you to be fully protected. We REQUIRE that you purchase international insurance. 

Purposeful Nomad is an affiliate partner with World Nomads but you may choose any company. Click here to purchase insurance through World Nomads: INSURANCE

Make sure you have sufficient supplies of any prescription medicine, it might be wise to bring a small personal first aid kit, including any patent medicines you prefer. You are responsible for taking all necessary health precautions before and during your trip. It is the client's responsibility to ensure they seek professional medical advice before travelling and to take all necessary health precautions and preventative measures.

Vaccinations:  Be an informed traveler! Ultimately it is up to you to consult a physician. We are here to help but can not legally provide medical advice. Here are some great websites:

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/ecuador

http://www.mdtravelhealth.com/destinations/samerica/ecuador.php 

MONEY & TIPPING:

The currency in the DR is the Dominican Peso. If you are bringing cash please do so in smaller bills (20's are fine) as larger ones are harder to change. You may also bring pesos but keep in mind there are ATM's where you can withdraw cash if needed. Credit cards aren't always accepted so please don't depend on them as your only means of buying something. 

You will need money for the lunches that are on your own, any souvenir shopping you want to do, any alcohol you consume, extra snacks and things and if you want to do any additional activities. 

TIPPING: There will not be many situations where you will need to tip but as always if you feel a service given to you deserves it, than it is up to your discretion i.e. driver, hotel staff, instructor....If you do an optional tour or surf lesson generally a 10% tip is appreciated. For room cleaning generally $5 per day per person, for driver generally $5-$8 per day. Please keep in mind these are all just suggested amounts!

Is it safe for women to travel to the Dominican Republic?

Yes. The DR is a highly traveled country and typically very safe. In the most tourist areas it is always a good idea to bring only what you need and leave all valuables at home. Don't leave stuff unattended on the beach. Like most countries in Latin America it is not uncommon for men to cat call or whistle. Generally this is pretty harmless and best to ignore. 

Do you have a payment plan for this trip?

Yes!  After paying the deposit for the trip, you can chose to pay the remaining balance in 3-5 installments up until 90 days of departure. 

What is the weather like in Cabarete?

This glorious area of the DR has a pretty steady temperature through out the year. Generally highs in the 80's with lows in the 70'S/high 60's. The wind can pick up on the coast quite a bit which is why this area is such a mecca for wind sports. It rains on and off with the heaviest months being July and December. 

Will the group be together the whole time?

Groups travel together at all times in a private van with driver and guide.  There are specific days where you are allowed to choose your own adventure, wander into town or just hang out. 

Can I drink the water?

No. It is not recommended to drink tap water. We will have big jugs of filtered water. Having said that, please bring a reusable water bottle as most hotels and tourist destinations offer refilling stations.

Do I need to speak Spanish?

It is certainly not a requirement but always fun to try! Every group has a bilingual guide so there is nothing to worry about.

Is there internet?

Yes. There is wifi at the beach lodge where we will be staying but please be aware that sometimes it does go down and/or the signal is lost.