Dominican Republic is one of my favorite islands to visit because of the friendly people and the atmosphere it has. I`ve been here a couple of times (you can read about previous stays in my Dominican Republic travel guide). A while ago I came across this stunning picture of an island in the Dominican Republic I hadn`t seen before and thought: next time I`m going to DR, I want to go there.
Guess what? It was one of the cruise excursions offered on this cruise. So, there was no doubt in this port of call: I wanted to see Cayo Levantado! – I have to say, if it had been here during whale season (January 15 – March 15), I would have definitely done that too, but unfortunately I was there in December… –
Cayo Levantado, which measures only one square kilometer, is located in the south of the Samana Bay (Dominican Republic) with one hotel, Hotel Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado. It`s a beautiful island to enjoy the beach and just relax (if you`re not into beach, this isn`t the place for you). It has palm trees, merengue music playing and not to forget rum 🙂
You can sunbath, go for a swim, play some volleyball or dance to the music. Get a massage in the shades, have a cocktail or two 😉
If you don`t want to have a beach break, you can take a tender to Samana. Some fellow passengers did this and went to look for some of the waterfalls that are to be found in this area.
Another excursion that`s really nice (I`ve done this daytrip at a previous stay) is a visit to Los Haitises National Park, a trip where you make your way through mangroves, visit caves and learn about the history.
Either way, you won`t get bored 😉
To get ashore, the cruise ship offers tenders that go back and forth to Samana, but also to Cayo Levantado during the day. The ship is not docked at a pier here (which can cause a problem for persons with disabilities, check with the cruise lines first).