Dominican Republic | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 14 | Dominican Republic

What could be better than relaxing on the beach with your toes in the sand, palm trees swaying overhead and a drink in your hand? How about browsing local shops for art and jewelry or taking in the views of the white sand and stunning blue water from horseback? Or perhaps the thrill of navigating the sand dunes or snorkeling among the coral is your ideal vacation day. Whatever tropical dream vacation you seek, you’re sure to find it in this issue of RTX Traveler Magazine. Keep reading for even more inspiration for your upcoming vacations, and don’t forget that RTX has much more to offer than just timeshare exchange.

Punta Cana (27)

Divide your time in the Dominican Republic between stunning beaches, world-class golf courses, and exciting excursions ranging from horseback riding to dune buggy rides to eco-tourism. The most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean has perfect tropical weather year round. Choose from Punta Cana in the east or Puerto Plata in the north, grab your sunscreen and your umbrella drink, and hit the beach!

 

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Know Before You Go | Dominican Republic | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Know Before You Go | Dominican Republic | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Five fun facts about the Dominican Republic to help you get acquainted before you even arrive.

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Presidential Suites, Punta Cana | Dominican Republic | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Presidential Suites, Punta Cana | Dominican Republic | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Presidential Suites is located in the heart of the action of Bavaro Beach, but the resort itself is sleepy and cozy. There is nightly entertainment provided by the hardworking employees, but don’t expect any wild parties lasting long into the night. Instead, find a relaxing atmosphere that begs visitors to slow down and take in the brilliant azure waters and bright white sand beach.

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Exploring Bavaro Beach | Dominican Republic | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Exploring Bavaro Beach | Dominican Republic | RTX Traveler Issue 14

The resort zone stretches for miles in either direction. Oceanside, head north on the white sand beach and miles away, you’ll reach the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. There isn’t too much to see on the way other than resorts and a brief shopping district just north of Presidential Suites. The sand is exquisite for a long beach walk, though, and the rule in Punta Cana is that the hotels can’t be built higher than the tallest palm tree, so a fantastic sunset isn’t blocked by a huge building.

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Bavaro Adventure Park | Dominican Republic | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Bavaro Adventure Park | Dominican Republic | RTX Traveler Issue 14

The local Dominican accent turns dune “buggy” into “boogie” and the mispronunciation is so common, it’s entered into the island lexicon: you’ll see signs offering “boogie” rides all over. If you’re seeking a more relaxing boogie ride that’s convenient to the hotel zone in Bavaro Beach, head over to the Bavaro Adventure Park.

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Excursions & Eco Tourism | Dominican Republic | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 14

Excursions & Eco Tourism | Dominican Republic | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 14

Snorkeling, deep sea fishing, swimming with dolphins: the world is your oyster in the tropical Caribbean paradise that is the Dominican Republic. Scout the island and find abundant marine life, perfect beaches, warm, clear water, and vacation excitement around every corner.

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Tostones | Recipe | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Tostones | Recipe | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Tostones, or twice-fried plantains, are Dominicans’ favorite side dish. They are slices of plantain that are fried, flattened, then fried again. You can find them on street stands and at the dinner table in the Dominican Republic. Here’s a great recipe that includes a dip if you want to serve tostones as an appetizer.

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