Golfing Guavaberry in Dominican Republic
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We Canadians consider ourselves a hearty people, however, 2003 winter was excessively bitter cold and endless. By February we had had enough and were ready to trade in our winter boots for a pair of sandals.
Travel ads for Caribbean beckoned us south like Siren's called to Odysseus. One by one our colleagues seemed to disappear for a week then reappear sporting tans and relaxed smiles. Feeling left out, a person can crack under pressure and decision is made. South or bust!!!
I walked into my kitchen and yelled at nobody in particular, "I'm officially sick of winter!", I emailed my editor and suggested he plan a trip south to write a golf article. He jealously obliged and my travel companion and I soon began planning a golf/relaxation trip to Dominican Republic, to write about two new Hilton properties (Marien Coral by Hilton and Costa Caribe Coral by Hilton) and Guavaberry Golf Resort. Our departure date couldn't arrive too soon! The Dominican Republic is a well-known favorite destination of Canadians from Newfoundland to British Columbia. It is second largest island in Caribbean, with a population of eight million and a landmass of 48, 442 square kilometers. The island offers something for everyone - seductive sunsets, highest mountains in Caribbean, rolling landscapes, villas, busy cities, and over 1,500 kilometers of gorgeous beaches. The island is actually entitled (Hispaņiola) and hosts two countries: Haiti and Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is located on east side of island and is surrounded by Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
My traveling companion, Kevin, an avid bogey golfer like myself, and I, flew into Puerto Plata, located on northern tip of island. We were looking forward to experiencing and writing about two hotels recently acquired by Hilton and Guavaberry golf course.
Prior to departing we considered best method of getting around island. We obtained maps; we inquired about car rates and researched public transportation and hotel shuttle services. In end we were undecided and concluded that this was one item we could arrange upon arrival. We have driven in many places including: London, England; Athens, Greece; Germany and even Montreal. Heck, if you can drive in Montreal without an insurance claim, you can drive anywhere, right? As a result, we opted to a rent a car to get us around island. Figuring we're both careful and confident drivers and competent navigators, we didn't anticipate too many problems.
Our arrival in Dominican was a pleasant and swift custom's experience and we quickly found ourselves outside quaint airport watching taxis and buses come and go, and all other tourists boarding their all-inclusive package shuttles.