The Dominican Republic is located in the upper Antilles of the Caribbean, sharing a land mass with the country of Haiti. Originally peopled by the Taino and other indigenous communities, the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 would change the face of the island and forever impact the lived experiences of original inhabitants and the African people brought under enslavement to enrich the Spanish crown. Culturally, the Dominican Republic is a culmination of this history and the influence of the Black Haitian creole and French culture. Las Terrenas is a small, tropical town on the Samana Peninsula, the eastern most part of the Dominican Republic. Its rich history includes a strong African presence and intertwined history with African Americans who came to the region in the 1800’s. Considered a “hidden jewel”, Las Terrenas has miles of white sand beaches, waterfalls, rich terrane and people who are kind and full of the cultural richness that makes Las Terrenas a place to visit….and never leave. Join us as we explore the history, culture and opportunities to live and invest in the Dominican Republic.

Cost: $2,850.00 USD Installment Plan: Pay overtime March 1- June 1, 2021. $500 pp non-refundable deposit is due at registration. ADD $800 for single room occupancy.

Itinerary

Day 1: Santo Domingo

  • Fly to Santo Domingo (SDQ airport code) and plan to arrive by 5pm
  • Take free shuttle/private car from the airport and check into the Renaissance Jarajua hotel or similar
  • 7:00pm Hosted Free Island Girl Welcome Dinner at the hotel
  • Brief Evening Lecture: “The Political Landscape of Santo Domingo and Its People”

 

Day 2: Santo Domingo, Historic District

  • 8:30am Breakfast at the hotel
  • 9:30am depart from hotel for days activities
  • 10:00am Discussion on the “The African Heritage of Santo Domingo” with guided walking tour
  • Hosted Lunch 12:30-2:00pm
  • 2:30-4:00pm “The Musical Traditions of Santo Domingo: An Immersion Experience”
  • 4:30pm Dinner on your own (recommendations will be provided)
  • 7:00pm Group Cocktail Hour and Reflection

 

Day 3: Las Terrenas

  • 9:00am Breakfast at the hotel
  • 10:00am Depart to Las Terrenas on private bus
  • 1:00pm Hosted Lunch at Campo Kitchen
  • 2:30 pm Check into our beach front accommodations Wyndham Hotel La Samana
  • Free afternoon to relax and explore
  • 6:00pm Dinner with Lecture on “Race, History and the Global Black Experience of the Dominican Republic and the Samana Peninsula” Dr. Siri Brown, Historian

 

Day 4: Las Terrenas

  • 8:00am Breakfast at the hotel
  • 9:00am Panel Discussion “Living in Las Terrenas: The Expat Experience”
  • 11:00am Real Estate Tour: Visit to Houses, Condos and Land for Sale in Las Terrenas and the surrounding area
  • 1:30pm Hosted Lunch Tre Caravelle
  • 3:00pm Visit to an organic Coffee Farm to meet elders who have mastered the craft
  • 5:00pm Guided Meditation with Free Island Girl with Ritual of Ancestral Thanks at the ocean

(Note: Please wear all white and wear flip flops for this beach/ocean experience)

  • 7:00pm Dinner and celebration at a local restaurant on the water with fresh caught fish

 

Day 5: Las Terrenas

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Free day in Las Terrenas. Optional activities are available (shopping, snorkeling, ATV rides and more)
  • Lunch and Dinner is on your own

 

Day 6: Las Terrenas

  • 8:30am Breakfast at the hotel
  • 10:30am Lecture from political leaders of Las Terrenas on “Las Terrenas: Commerce, Investment and Improvement Projects”
  • 12:30pm Hosted Lunch at Nana Gorme
  • 2:30pm Expat Panel Discussion “Business, Residency and Working Remotely in Las Terrenas: The Expat Experience”
  • 5:00pm Dinner on your own

 

Day 7:  Las Terrenas

  • 8:30am Breakfast at the hotel
  • 10:00am “Education in the Dominican Republic” with Tour of local Schools. Participants donations of school supplies will be given to local families
  • 12:30pm Hosted Lunch
  • 2:00pm Real Estate Tour-Visit to additional homes for rent and for sale
  • 7:00pm Dance Performance and Lesson on “Traditional and Popular Dances in the Dominican Republic”

 

Day 8: Las Terrenas

  • 8:30am breakfast at the hotel
  • 10:00am Guided boat trip to Parque Haitises (to explore the ecological wonders of the area) and Cayo Levantado for snorkeling and enjoying yet another amazing white sand beach. Lunch included
  • Dinner on your own

 

Day 9: Las Terrenas

  • 8:00am Morning Mediation with Free island Girl
  • Free day to relax
  • 4:00pm at Playa Bonita
  • 6:00pm Closing Hosted Dinner at Mosquito Bar with group reflection of the experience

 

Day 10: Airport in Santo Domingo

  • 7:00am Breakfast at the hotel
  • 8:00am departure to Santo Domingo to the airport
  • All flights should be booked to depart 2pm or later
 

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