"House of the Mermaids"
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Thanks to Gus Vasquez, you can review the many tours that are available right from the comfort of your villa. Most are the same that are offered by the packaged tour operators at Playa Dorada, which is about six (6) miles away. You'll save time and transportation expense thanks to this exclusive service provided for our guests.
We urge you to review and book your tours as soon as possible since space is limited on many, and several of the packaged tours only go on certain days of the week. So, in order not to lose out on booking tours that appeal to you, please discuss them promptly with Gus.
Our goal is to see our guests enjoying themselves. We want them to feel that they got good value for their money. For that reason, Gus will be very candid about the various tours. He’ll share with you the pros and cons so you can make a reasonable decision as to what best suits your needs, budgets and interest.
For example, on some of the most popular packaged public tours, guests enjoyed the destinations but disliked the transportation arrangements and some of the limitations of traveling with a group of up to 60 people of diverse nationalities, requiring the use of several languages.
To remedy this problem, Gus worked with reliable, small operators to create private, customized tours to these destinations. It has meant you have the option of traveling with a small group, going directly to the destinations, and having an English-speaking guide. In some cases, you’ll be able to enjoy additional attractions and explore sights off the beaten path. You will travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned van. For these private customized tours, you will pay slightly more.
Or you can choose the lower priced, larger packaged tour. The disadvantage of these large tours is that your huge bus will make 15-25 stops at various hotels along the way, picking up guests. This can mean an additional 2-3 hours per day that you will spend just picking up and dropping off people. But you will save some money. So if you have plenty of time and a limited budget, you may opt for the larger packaged tours.
PLEASE NOTE: If you choose to cancel a tour, you must give Gus at least 24 hours notice for a refund.
Discover the natural beauty of the Dominican countryside on a jeep adventure. If you like to get away from the crowds and travel in an open jeep, this is for you. You’ll pass through charming, colorful country villages in the low-lying mountains. Lots of stops are made along the way for picture-taking to capture the panoramic vistas, and to visit sites of interest.
Stop in a small village for a hearty Dominican lunch with rum and soda included and then continue on your way. Upon arrival at your destination, you’ll take a 15-minute walk across a shallow river and wade through several streams in the forest, to arrive at a magnificent waterfall and natural pool.
Swim in the refreshing, pure water that comes directly from the mountain. Those who are more adventurous will climb to the top of the waterfall with the assistance of their guides, and enjoy a cascading ride down the natural slides. Others will just enjoy the swim.
Wear a bathing suit under casual, comfortable clothing. Aquatic shoes or tennis shoes help in crossing the river and wading through streams to the waterfall. Do not wear clogs or flip-flops. You can rent water shoes at the river crossing if you don’t have any appropriate shoes to wear. If you have time for only one tour, this is the one to take!!!
PRICE: $45 US. Pickup in front of Cofresi Cove mini-market at 9:15 AM, return approximately 3:45 PM. Leaves every day. Children under 11 are half-price.
NOTE: They do not take very young children, pregnant women past 7 months, or people with serious back problems. Gus issues strong warnings that the Jeep safari is a very vigorous tour. It is fun but better suited to the healthy. Do not select this tour if you have any health problems.
PRICE: $78 US. Pickup is at Cofresi Cove mini-market in Cofresi at 8:00 AM for a sailing departure at 8:30 AM sharp from Playa Dorada. Returns around 4:30 PM. Sails Monday, Thursday and Saturday only. Children under 12 are half-price and babies are free. Nice outing for families.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
An exciting adventure, one of our most popular tours! The white water rapids are of moderate difficulty (mostly Class III, with some Class IV). The trip is well organized with high standards of safety. All equipment, including body suits, socks, shoes, life vests and helmets are included. The scenery alone is worth the trip.
Hint: Good idea to wear a bathing suit under your clothes, and bring a dry change of clothes for the trip home. You may get dunked in the river!
You will be taken via air-conditioned vehicle to Jarabacoa, the mountainous interior of the country, famous for Pico Duarte, which, at nearly 10,000 feet, is the highest mountain in the
Available either with large packaged tour operator or with your own small private tour.
Private tour: $100 US per person with a minimum of 4 people. Air-conditioned van picks you up at Cofresi Cove mini-market at 8:00 AM and returns about 7:00 PM. Available any day. Includes breakfast and lunch at mountain ranch.
Packaged public tour: $85 per person. Huge air-conditioned bus picks you up at
JARABACOA MOUNTAIN TOUR
The highlight of this trip is a tour of the beautiful mountainous interior of the country, a region of abundant pine forests, mountain streams, where rice paddies and orange groves make way for vast farms of strawberries, snow peas and many other locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Your trip begins with a visit to a first-class cigar factory in
On the way back, you will visit a large ceramic factory where you will see the famous Dominican dolls and other local pottery being made. The large and very colorful gift shop here has reasonably priced local handmade items such as hammocks, outdoor ceramic lights, and many wonderful art and trinkets to bring back.
Packaged public tour: $40 US per person. Trip goes only on Tuesday and Friday. Large air-conditioned bus picks up at
Customized private tour: $50 US per person with minimum of 4 people. Available every day. Comfortable air-conditioned van picks you up at Cofresi Cove mini-market at 8:00 AM and returns between 3:00 and 4:00 PM. Private tour includes more sights and you will have more flexibility about making special stops to take photos or explore. You’ll go to the top of a mountain on the north coast where you will see more spectacular vistas at a lovely restaurant. You will have your choice of refreshments and very modestly priced delicious local food at your expense.
GRI GRI LAGOON AND PLAYA GRANDE TOUR
Once the boat reaches the ocean it heads for a very small cave, where the water is about 45 feet deep and a spectacular color. Inside the cave you will see coral reefs, brilliantly colored tropical fish and other fascinating forms of marine life. The boat then returns to Rio San Juan and you will be taken to Playa Grande, where you’ll be able to swim on one of the prettiest beaches in the
Packaged public tour: $35 US per person. Large air-conditioned bus picks you up at
Private customized tour with additional sights: $50 US per person. Goes any day. Picks up at Cofresi Cove mini-market at 8:00 AM and returns around 6:00 PM. Minimum of 4 people required. Lunch extra.
Extra features: After the visit to the ocean cave, your van takes you to a semi-private, unspoiled and peaceful beach on a lovely cove fringed with palm and shade trees. You can purchase very low priced, delicious fresh cooked fish and other foods and icy drinks from local Dominicans and enjoy a picnic on the beach. Swim and snorkel in the aquamarine, crystal clear waters or lounge on beach chairs that can be rented.
After this peaceful respite, your driver will take you to visit Playa Grande, one of the
Take time out for refreshments or a leisurely lunch in a restaurant perched on coral reefs overlooking the ocean. Browse through shops filled with colorful, unique arts, crafts and clothing to bring back as souvenirs or for special gifts.
Reservations are essential for participation in swims or encounters. Observers pay an admission fee and are permitted only, at this time, when accompanying a participating guest. Prices include 12% tax.
Dolphin swim: Adults and ages 13-17: $145 US; Children 6-12: $120 US. Children under 6 not allowed.
Dolphin Encounter: Adults and ages 13-17: $120 US; Ages 4-12: $80 US. Ages 1-3 free with paying parent in same session.
Sea Lion Encounter: Adults and ages 10-17: $85 US. Ages 1-9 not allowed.
Observers: Adults (ages 13 and up): $55 US; Ages 4-12: $40 US.
General information: Ocean World operates rain or shine and will not refund due to weather conditions unless Ocean World cancels the tour. In order for guests to receive refund, cancellations need a minimum of 24 hours notice.
Due to limited spaces, if cancellation is made less than 24 hours notice or guest is a no-show, there will be a full 100% penalty (exceptions will be made for medical emergencies with a doctor’s note).
Participants should come with swimwear underneath their clothes, change of clothes with towel for after program activity, sun block and extra money or credit cards for photos/videos/gifts.
TWO-HOUR HORSEBACK RIDE
Enjoy sunrise or sunset horseback tours of the beautiful tropical countryside around Playa Cofresi and the peaceful surrounding hills.
Price: $30 US per person for a 2-hour ride every day. Wear long pants and socks with tennis shoes or boots and take suntan lotion or wear a hat. This tour is available for beginners and advanced riders. A well-trained staff rides with you.
Price: $65 US per person. You may choose an all-day mountain tour which leaves at 9:00 AM and returns at 3:00 PM. You will be treated to breathtaking views, a full lunch and a soda as part of the package.
Price: $60 US per person. $375 US to charter entire boat with maximum of 7 people. Drinks and fruit included. Pickup at Cofresi Cove mini-market. Morning departure is at 7:45 AM, return around 1:00 PM. Afternoon departure at 12:45 PM, return around 6 PM. Goes any day.
A trip to an unspoiled paradise! Your air-conditioned bus follows the coastal highway along the north coast beaches and rice fields, through country villages, and into the endless coconut palm forests in Samana. Once you arrive at the fisherman’s dock in the center of Samana, a motor launch takes you to the
Since this island is in a protected bay, the beaches are beautiful and the clear blue water is calm. Here you can snorkel, swim or just relax. It is small enough to explore on winding paths through thick, lush forests and hidden beaches. You can purchase delicious locally cooked food and refreshing drinks to enjoy at picnic tables at one of the beaches.
This trip is especially interesting in February and March when the
Price: $45 US per person. Warning: this is a long trip. The bus picks up at
This is a wonderful journey to the southwestern part of the country to the Capital, which is the oldest European city in the
You will visit the Cathedral, the oldest church in the western hemisphere, and the new, controversial lighthouse, a memorial to
Price: $55 US per person. Large air-conditioned bus picks you up at
The north coast of the
Here are some examples:
Freighter Wrecks off Monte Christi
A few years ago, two freighters from the
Diving in caves in Cabrera
The freshwater cave in Cabrera will be one of the highlights of diving in the
Scuba Diving PADI Certification
If you’ve wanted to try diving, here’s your chance to learn right here in Playa Cofresi in First Class Divers School for PADI CERTIFICATION IN SCUBA DIVING. This 3-day course provides video sessions, lessons in the pool and training in the open water. They provide the highest safety and quality education. You’ll enjoy your first diving experience in a relaxed atmosphere. All equipment and transportation is included. Course price: $375 per person.
Note: People who are interested in becoming diving instructors can do training right in Cofresi. Ask Gus for details.