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Saona Island Day Trip, Dominican Republic + Beach Day Tips

If you're planning a trip to the Dominican Republic, you won't want to miss the relaxed day trip to Saona Island excursion.

This stress-free day starts with an hour's drive in an air-conditioned van, where you'll make a stop at a local gift shop and take a quick bathroom break. On our tour, we had a lead guide that spoke English and two other staff members with you for the entirety of the trip which made us feel welcomed. After the van ride, you'll be dropped off at a marina where you'll board a speedboat to Saona Island. The ride to the island is an activity in itself, as the speedboat bumps along the way. If you're looking for an adventure, this ride is perfect. However, if you're not comfortable with a very bumpy ride, you may want to find an alternative ride to the island.

As you make your way to the island, you'll stop at a natural pool where you can basically pre-game with local rum and coke while enjoying the views and music. After about 45 minutes, you'll continue your trip to Saona Island where you'll spend about an hour exploring.

On the island, you'll be provided with a buffet-style lunch of spaghetti, chicken, and salad. There are also many local craft vendors and masseuses on the beach, providing the perfect opportunity to indulge in a bit of shopping or pampering. The day ends with a cruise back to the marina on a catamaran boat, where you can dance to Latin music and enjoy the beautiful views. Overall, this full-day excursion is highly recommended for anyone looking to experience the beauty and culture of the Dominican Republic. Don't miss out on the opportunity to visit Saona Island and create unforgettable memories!

Beachy Tips!

Going to the beach for a day trip can be a great way to unwind, relax, and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. Here are some recommendations for the perfect day beach trip:

  1. Check the weather: Before you head out, make sure to check the weather forecast for the day. Avoid going on days with thunderstorms or heavy rains, which could ruin your plans.

  2. Bring sunscreen: Sunscreen is essential to protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays. Make sure to apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and reapply every few hours.

  3. Pack plenty of water and snacks: Staying hydrated is important when spending time in the sun, so bring plenty of water to drink. You can also pack some healthy snacks like fruits, veggies, or nuts to keep you energized throughout the day.

  4. Bring a beach towel, umbrella, and chairs: You'll need a comfortable place to sit and relax, so make sure to bring a beach towel, umbrella, and chairs or a beach mat.

  5. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes: Choose comfortable clothing and shoes that are appropriate for the beach. Sandals, flip-flops, or water shoes are ideal for the beach.

  6. Bring a beach bag: A beach bag is perfect for carrying all your essentials like sunscreen, towels, water, and snacks. Make sure to choose a waterproof bag to keep your belongings safe.

  7. Don't forget your entertainment: Bring along some beach games like a frisbee, volleyball, or paddle ball to keep yourself entertained.

By following these recommendations, you can make the most out of your day beach trip and enjoy a relaxing and fun-filled day.

Happy Travels!

p.s. you can watch the adventure on our Instagram & Tiktok @letterstoyoublog



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