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A little ode to plantain

a large bunch of green bananas

When we travel to a different country or even continent, we love eating their local foods and dream about the possibilities. As South American food gets more and more popular we want to introduce you to a local favorite: plantain. Cause this plant is delicioso. In any way, shape or form! The green banana Some…

Who were the Taino people?

a close up of a rock

One of the reasons for the widely spread cultural similarity in the Caribbean is the Taino heritage and culture most islands countries share. As the original, indigenous inhabitants, the Taino people left a presence that is still felt and even sometimes revived. But who were they, and how did they leave their mark in the…

The Dominican avocado

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Wow, they are huge! It is the Dominican avocado/ aguacate that have many wondering if they are real. In this edition of BOP goes local a little lesson on one of the biggest export products of the Dominican Republic. Did you already spot an avocado tree in Punta Cana? They come in all shapes and sizes….

Truthfully, how safe is Punta Cana?

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The one question most travelers want to know about, next to dining tips, scenic routes and good accommodation: how safe is my destination? We’ve been telling you all about life in Punta Cana, and of course, safety is one of the many factors that make a society. What can you expect from this town, as…

Semana Santa, the Holy Week

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We’d like to chat about one of the most important weeks in the Dominican Republic: Semana Santa! This Holy Week starts on the 14th of April and ends on the 20th of April, one day before Easter Sunday. Lots of things are happening during this week, and be assured: we’ll definitely keep you updated! But…

27 Feb? It’s Dominican Independence Day!

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Happy Independence Day! As we celebrate the Dominican Republic’s 174th day of independence, it’s good to look back at the events that brought us here. The 27th of February is a day of festivity, freedom and dancing. How about a short history lesson before we head off to the party? 1844: independence for the Dominican…

Go organic in Punta Cana

Go organic in Punta Cana with fruits and veggies. Featured on Best of Punta Cana. Dominican man between fruits and vegetables in Punta cana

With such a wide variety of homegrown fruits and vegetables, the Dominican Republic has a very rich vegetation. But did you know that a lot of these fruits and vegetables are organic in Punta Cana? Eating fruits and vegetables in the Dominican Republic is healthier than you might think. Most of these foods are actually…

Seaweed in Punta Cana

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“Is there still seaweed in Punta Cana?” This question haunts many of you. We understand, because who would want to spend their holiday on a beach covered in algae. That is why we dedicated this post to inform you about this natural phenomenon. Just to answer your burning question as we begin this post. Yes,…

5 delicious, rare Dominican fruits you never heard about

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One of the best things about being on a holiday is trying the local produce. Like we explained in our article on organic in the Dominican Republic. Of course, it depends on where you’re from, but chances are that some of the local delicacies you find in the Dominican Republic are totally new to you!…

Labor Day in the Dominican Republic the 30th of April or the 1st of May?

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For many countries over the world May 1st is Labor Day, also called International Workers’ Day or May Day. A day when people have a day off and celebrate workers all over the country. In the Dominican Republic labor day was moved to the 30th of April but is officially on the 1st of May….