Discover a more authentic side of the Dominican Republic through getting off the beaten path and digging deeper into the local culture and life. The less explored north coast is full of vibrant communities, delicious eats, gorgeous beaches and dense jungles.
People may come here for the beaches and temperate climate but there is so much more to be discovered! The Dominican Republic is full of interesting history, lively music and dance, and diverse people with a strong foundation of family, community and cultural pride. Paddle board through hidden mangroves, zen out with sunrise yoga and meditation overlooking the ocean and eat healthy and nutritious food prepared by your private chef.
We partner with the Mariposa Foundation, helping empower female youth where we visit and engage with the participants' communities learning about life on the island for young girls and women. We also visit an Taino Farms a local organic permaculture farm where we meet local workers, taste exotic fruits and learn about permaculture practices through hands-on activities.
[B, L, D indicates whether Breakfast, Lunch and/or Dinner is provided each day.]
DAY 1: Arrival to Cabarete
After arriving and settling into our private and beautiful beachfront surf lodge, there will be time for relaxation and orientation. This will be followed by a bountiful dinner cooked by our private chef, Carlie Grob. (D)
DAY 2: Paddle Boarding Adventure
After breakfast, we head out to paddle board amount hidden and preserved mangroves. Don’t worry if you've never paddle boarded before since there will be instruction and calm waters. Lunch will be back at our lodge. The afternoon is free to unwind or you can take a trip into the lively town of Cabarete. There will be a sunset yoga class on an incredible seaside platform. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: Taino Farm
Greet the day with yoga and breakfast. In the morning we will tour a local farm and see what Taino Farm are doing currently. Depending on what is needed we will be participating in some farming activities such as seeding, harvesting or planting. Lunch will be provided at the farm in a true "farm to table" experience. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Community Engagement Day
Today will be a full day spent with the Mariposa Foundation. We will learn all about this incredible organization and meet the girls they are helping. We will go back into the communities where local girls are taking more leadership roles due to the skills and education they are getting at the Foundation. After dinner, we will have a moonlight yoga & meditation class under the stars- a truly magical way to end the day. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: Playa Grande & Dance!
Welcome the day with yoga and breakfast. We will then make our way to the truly exquisite Playa Grande, a beloved hidden beach 40 minutes down the north coast highway. The day can be spent reading in the soft white sand, playing in the turquoise waters and eating the local food. After returning to the lodge we will have a traditional Dominican feast and learn how to dance salsa and bachata! (B,D)
DAY 6: Free Day or Choose an Adventure
Morning yoga session and breakfast are offered, and from there the day is yours to plan. Beach it with a good book or laze by the pool. Head into town and experience lively beach vibes and shops. Cabarete is full of things to do with tons of fun restaurants and bars. Or, at an additional cost, you can choose from the following activities: another paddle boarding adventure, surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, zip lining, fishing tour, a trip to the famous 27 Charcos Waterfalls, or a heavenly massage. Lunch is on your own this day, and we encourage exploring the local restaurants. We'll meet back at the lodge for a special, last night dinner celebration. (B,D)
DAY 7: Adios!
Our last day will be greeted by a yoga session on the platform over the ocean followed by breakfast. Our drivers will be on hand for airport transfers if you are returning to the USA. (B)
February 16-22, 2019. 8+ available single rooms w/ shared bath