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Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Other Places Publishing (January 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935850091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935850090
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Dominican Spanish, "aplatanado" means deeply rooted in and illustrative of Dominican culture and way of life.(like a plantain tree)This book will help you reach that level, regardless of whether you plan to stay 5 days or 5 years. This guidebook excels at helping the visitor really see and experience the country as a local. What is up to the reader is to determine what type of Dominican he or she would like to be - the capitaleño who frequents restaurants and resorts? the cocoa farmer? the artisan? - because with this book as your guide the island is your oyster!

I am a Country Director of a non-profit organization that also hosts many college interns and visitors yearly, and I always highly recommend this guidebook to my visitors who come to work and embrace the real Dominican Republic.
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Nobody gets to know a country like a Peace Corps volunteer; That becomes obvious when you flip through the pages of this travel tome, written by two Peace Corps volunteers who served in the DR. The authors clearly know the country, and their knowledge of Dominican culture and customs adds flavor and context to the book. There is no better way to get to know this country quickly than to buy this book!
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As a former Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) going to the 50th anniversary celebrations in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, I wanted to have a guidebook that I could trust ... and this is a good one! I was a PCV from '62-'64, so i knew things had changed a lot ... even though I had been back in '74 and '07 for short visits. The country has changed so much. However, with this book in my backpack I was able to successfully negotiate Santo Domingo, and to travel by bus to Santiago and Jarabacoa, selecting hotels, restaurants, things and places to see. Highly recommended.
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This guide is perfect for the 20-somethings set who want a bit more than an isolated all-inclusive resort experience. The book's tongue-in-cheek humor kept us engaged, and the information was top-notch. Following the book's recommendations, we stayed in Cabarete on the north cost. From there we were able to take day trips out to Playa Grande and Laguna Dudu and up to Santa Isabel. The prices we encountered were slightly higher than those listed in the book, but that is only to be expected.

Thanks to the book, we found a gem of a breakfast place, Claro, which we would have never otherwise found; it is off the main street, but down a driveway and not clearly marked at all. The staff were friendly and laid-back, and the food was delicious. We only found it on our last day, but some friends we made there told us that they went back every morning for the rest of their trip. The guide was full of similar suggestions on where to get the best local food and the most complete Dominican experience.

It of course includes all the normal tourist attractions, but if you are looking for a guide that will challenge you to get outside your comfort zone and explore all that the Dominican Republic has to offer, then this is the guide for you.
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Great book with great advice. We used this and another book to guide our travels through the Dominican. We used both because at any given time both had current and outdated information (such is the Dominican). Overall the maps were a problem since the DR is rapidly developing its roadway systems. At any point at least one to all 4 maps we were using (two from the DR) were completely useless and outdated.

This book had AMAZING recommendations. I fell in love with so many of the places recommended by this book. We actually changed our plans to stay longer at these places.
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This is an excellent travel book; this will help you with all aspects of a Dominincan vacation if you want to see the country from a broader perspective. It gives you clear instructions for transportation and accommodations which are comfortable and reasonably priced. You will see the most charming places in the DR. With this book you can really make a special vacation. Please do learn a little Spanish....just a few words will show you are trying to communicate and are interested. (An experienced travellor in the DR).
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Awesome. As with any travel guide, it can't tell you everything. Concise 3-page history of the country. Contains many reference sections (i.e., glossary, index, cities, etc.). Good if you want to visit the DR in a way that is respectful of the people while being gritty and authentic.
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This is an awesome companion for the traveler who desires to venture away from the all-inclusive resorts and fully experience the DR in its entirety. The book pulls you in by introducing the reader to the country's rich history and from there builds describing the colorful culture, and music. This travel guide fully details the geographical highlights as well as many local spots of interest that are not to be missed. Particularly, its travel notes on La Samana introduced me not only to the many beautiful pristine beaches that have yet to be developed but also a national park which showcased the country's natural wildlife and artifacts of its indigenous people. I highly recommend this for the reader who wishes for something more than the generic tour book.
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