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I can’t decide.
The weekend of October 20-21 I will be in the Dominican Republic, bookending my Hispaniola-themed month. One of the few destinations in the region with time-saving middle of the night flights from the US, I have 49 hours on the ground. A Delta flight to Santo Domingo (SDQ) that Friday night at 9 pm and the return departs 2 am on Monday, leaving plenty of time to get to the office Monday and try to tidy myself up before colleagues wonder who is the disheveled backpacker.
My trip planning begins with a solid read of a Lonely Planet guide to form a comprehensive picture (pre-2011 editions, but I spare the rant). I study every chapter, even if an area initially seems unreachable or unappealing, often uncovering gems that shape my trips. I do not read guidebooks that do not provide full coverage of a country. For example, China guides often omit a number of provinces, which is baffling to me. In this process, plus a check at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, I usually form a good idea of what I want to do, and then try to find ways to connect the dots and throw in some bonuses.
I did a read-through for the Dominican Republic and a number of things interest me, though I have not locked on final choices. I have nothing but a rental card booked. So, readers, I welcome your suggestions.
The only stipulation is that I do not want to lay on a beach, though I am game to swing by a beach for an activity like snorkeling or whale watching. The roads seem in good enough condition in the compact country that any corner is within range.
Thanks in advance.