Bahia Principe Travel Guide

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Bahia Principe Local History

The Dominican Republic has the honour of being the first European settlement, as the Capital of the New World. Having the first University, first Church, first Cathedral, first Mass and first Royal Court, the importance of Santo Domingo declined when the continent became the target for conquest and colonization. The French established the colony of Haiti on the eastern side of the Island, where the slaves claimed and secured freedom in 1804.

After 1822, the Haitians held control of the whole island for 22 years, until 1844 when the Dominican Republic secured independence from Haiti, before becoming a Spanish colony once again in 1861. In 1863, independence was regained. To guarantee payment of debts with US and European banks, the United States occupied the Dominican Republic for 8 years, from 1916, and in 1930, the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo took power, which he held resolutely until his execution in 1961.

Trujillo's death was followed by some years of upheaval. Juan Bosch was elected President in 1962, but was ousted by a military coup. Thereafter there ensued a series of short-lived interim governments until a revolution broke out in 1965.

After overcoming the political crisis of 1994, and as a result of controversy surrounding the results of that year's election, the "Pact for Democracy" was signed, with the approval of Dominican civil society, friendly governments and international organizations such as the OAS. This pact reduced Joaquin Balaguer's last presidential term to two years, so another general election was held in May 1996.

Dr. Leonel Fernandez, the Dominican Liberation Party's candidate, was elected and started his term on 16th August 1996.

Bahia Principe Attractions

Bahia Principe Shopping

The Casa Verde Gift Shop and Larimar Factory - This establishment is situated some 100 meters from the Cathedral, and is one of the better gift shops in the city. Located on Isabel la Catolica No. 152. Tel: 809/686-8331.

Tu Espacio - This interesting shop, on Cervantes Street in Gazcue, with room after room of antiques and arts and crafts, is a good place to browse.

Museo del Hombre Dominicano - The gift shop in the museum, has objects of anthropological interest, original ceramic works, and Taino reproductions. The shop is located in the Plaza de la Cultura, on Pedro Henriquez Urena, near Maximo Gomez.

Pueblo Principe - Is a Dominican-style shopping and leisure centre where, to the rhythm of a vibrant merengue and other tropical beats, tourists will be able to enjoy the sultry Caribbean nights with live music and excellent entertainment programmes. This area offers an unlimited choice of services and a series of shops that will make your holiday even more enjoyable. Here visitors will find a photo shop, a snack bar, a karaoke bar, boutiques, jeweller's, handicrafts, beach articles, a gift shop, and a music shop.

Bahia Principe Activities

Bahia Principe San Juan Mini-Club - The hotel offers the facilities of the mini-club for the enjoyment and healthy entertainment of children. The club has fully qualified staff responsible for entertaining children with various recreational and interactive activities to ensure they enjoy their holiday in a healthy and safe way.

The Mini-Club is available to children aged between 4 and 12 years. Every night in the entertainment area, children will get the chance to enjoy and participate in a show created especially for them, with dancing and contests that will delight these youngsters.

Bahia Principe Parks & Gardens

Botanical Gardens - This garden complex has a wide variety of local plant life covering 2 million square meters.

National Zoological Park - One of the largest in Latin America, with a wide variety of animals. A good place to visit for the entire family.

National Aquarium - The scientific, educational and cultural park showcase CR marine, and fresh-water plants and animals.

Los Tres Ojos Nature Park - The park houses three fresh-water lakes, one of which has stalactites and stalagmites, and a fourth that is sulphurous.

Bahia Principe Beaches

Bahia Principe - Located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean, Bahia Principe makes an idyllic holiday location. The resort is set in a stunning location with lovely, sandy beach that has calm waters while also being sheltered by a coral reef. If you would like a lively night out while on holiday, then you should make your way down to Rio San Juan which also maintains its traditional Dominican surroundings. The beach is good for swimming and water sports.

To experience a traditional Dominican feel Bahia Principe is highly recommended. Many return each year because of the tranquil and relaxed atmosphere along with the amazing beach which is particularly good for swimming and water sports. The area hosts a few large resorts, nice beaches and other attractive scenery - the most famous being the Gri Gri Lagoon. You can take boat tours through this lagoon's clear waters and see unusual rock formations entirely surrounded by magnificent mangrove trees to hidden caves and beaches. Snorkeling and diving can also be done in this area.

Bahia Principe Restaurants and Bars

Snacks are very popular in the Dominican Republic, and visitors will find burgers, empanadas (savoury patties), frituras (fritters) and pastelitos (meat-filled parcels), appear at streetside stalls all over the country. The Dominicans love to eat outside and you will find that snack stalls even provide deck chairs.

Be sure to try some of the tripe stew mondongo (not to be confused with mofongo, spiced mashed plantain), casseroles (cazuelas) and soups (sopas), such as asopaos (a thick soupy rice dish with meat or seafood), that are also widely offered. Desserts are often incredibly sweet, made with the best of the island's fruits. Rum, of course, is the main alcoholic drink in the Dominican Republic.

Bahia Principe Restaurants

Most Dominican Republic hotels offer 'all-inclusive' packages, and the options for eating out in Bahia Principe are typically sparse. Local specialties include creole dishes, including sanchoco (meat stew) and mondongo (tripe stew), seafood, and bastidas (fruit and milk punch). The typical costs for a 3-course meal per person without drinks and service is budget £3-5, mid-range £6-14, top-of-the-range £15+, Glass of beer: £1, Glass of wine: £2, Bottle of wine (in a restaurant or bar): £10+, Can of soft drink: 80p.

Bahia Principe Bars & Clubs

Andromeda - This is a high-voltage club off the lobby that opens nightly at 11pm. The cover charge here ranges from RD$30 to RD$50 (US$1.50-US$2.50). Located in the Hotel Heaven. Tel: 809/586-5250.

The Playa Dorada Hotel - The complex contains about 20 hotels, 5 of which have discos that welcome anyone, guest or not, into their confines. These after-dark diversions tend to be filled mainly with foreign visitors, although it occasionally attracts locals looking to hook up with tourists. None charge a cover, and the almost-universal drink of choice, Presidente Beer, costs RD$100 (US$5) a bottle.

Bahia Principe children's activities

Bahia Principe San Juan Mini-Club - The hotel offers the facilities of the mini-club for the enjoyment and healthy entertainment of children. The club has fully qualified staff responsible for entertaining children with various recreational and interactive activities to ensure they enjoy their holiday in a healthy and safe way.

The Mini-Club is available to children aged between 4 and 12 years. Every night in the entertainment area, children will get the chance to enjoy and participate in a show created especially for them, with dancing and contests that will delight these youngsters.

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