Travel Journal: Dominican Republic Tree House

Dominican Republic Treehouse

Curi­ous what inter­na­tion­al trav­el is like now? With COVID trav­el restric­tions at the top of the news we decid­ed to see for our­selves what trav­el is like in 2022. We inter­viewed The Clym­b’s Trav­el Ser­vices Man­ag­er, Ash­ley, about her recent trip to the Domini­can Repub­lic. Read on to learn more about her trav­el expe­ri­ence and why she chose The Clym­b’s Domini­can Tree House Vil­lage adven­ture as her first inter­na­tion­al trip in the COVID era.

Why vis­it the Domini­can Republic?

The food and cul­ture is what ini­tial­ly drew me in. The cap­i­tal city of San­to Domin­go was named a Culi­nary Cap­i­tal of the Caribbean for a rea­son. But when I got there, it was so much more. You have the beach, moun­tains, and the jun­gle all wrapped into a small island. You also get the bustling city vibe in the cap­i­tal along with the stun­ning colo­nial architecture.

What is it like trav­el­ing inter­na­tion­al­ly right now?

It real­ly was­n’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I thought that it was going to be time con­sum­ing and con­fus­ing. It was the com­plete oppo­site. And fly­ing home was just as easy. We had to get a Covid test before we left the coun­try and thank­ful­ly the hotel assist­ed in set­ting that up. My advice is to check the U.S. Embassy’s web­site before trav­el­ing to anoth­er coun­try. That will tell you exact­ly what to expect and what is required to enter anoth­er coun­try and return home.

Check out: US Embassy in the Domini­can Republic

What is it like stay­ing at the Domini­can Tree House Village?

The Domini­can Tree House Vil­lage is this amaz­ing grove of trees that has been trans­formed into a par­adise retreat. I have nev­er stayed in any­thing like it. It’s open air but you have cur­tains you can close for more pri­va­cy. You get to expe­ri­ence the sights and sounds of the jun­gle right out­side your door — it real­ly is pic­ture per­fect. I fell asleep to geck­os call­ing and woke up to light rain­fall on the leaves.

Pictures of interior and exterior of Dominican Tree Houses

Tell us about a typ­i­cal day on the trip.

I would wake­up, have break­fast at the main lodge, and then drink my cof­fee in one of the ham­mocks over­look­ing the jun­gle. After a relax­ing morn­ing, we’d head out for the day’s adven­tures — snor­kel­ing, zip-lin­ing, scooter­ing, and explor­ing local beach­es and restau­rants. We usu­al­ly end­ed our day hang­ing out by the pool before din­ner. I may have sneaked a nap or two in there as well.

Picture of Dominican Tree House Village

Any must-do rec­om­men­da­tions in the Domini­can Republic?

Go explore! Take a scoot­er ride around the area. While dri­ving in the Domini­can Repub­lic is an adven­ture in itself, it also allows you to see the coun­try­side. We rent­ed scoot­ers for a day and it was absolute­ly worth it. You also need to try tostones (twice-fried plan­tains) and if you don’t mind alco­hol, a tra­di­tion­al drink called Mama Jua­na. It’s said to be an all-inclu­sive heal­er. Tak­en in shot form, it’s a fun way to cheers to your upcom­ing adventures!

Expe­ri­ence this jun­gle tree­house adven­ture for yourself!

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