I cannot say enough about this excursion. If you can only do one thing in Punta Cana I strongly recommend doing this one.
Pat came and picked us up...ON TIME...at our resort in a cute, charming van that totally fit the excursion. He was so well informed on the culture and I enjoyed hearing him speak about his experiences. Our first stop was the school. I swear this experience changed my family’s life. I have 2 teenagers who are obsessed with iPhones, video games, and material things. At this school I saw my kids change. They were so engaged and sweet. They saw kids as young as 2 sitting outside the school wanting to be able to attend, but because of political issues they were not allowed in. They saw the garbage around the school. They saw the crowded classrooms....but more than anything they saw how happy and sweet these kids were. At the end of the excursion my kids both hugged me and thanked me for taking them on this excursion. That never happens. Lol
Please bring school supplies, candies, or clothing if you come. The teachers and kids really appreciate it.
Our next stop was at a chocolate/rum/cigar shop. It wasn’t really my thing and I would’ve rather done something else but I did see others enjoy it. I don’t drink rum or smoke cigars so to me it was a waste of an hour but Pat was really good at informing us of the rums and cigars.
Our last stop was Macao Beach. It was so BEAUTIFUL!!! Here we were given time to swim or walk the beach. It’s a public beach so lots of locals. Just beware of all the vendors on the beach. They are VERY pushy. We basically had to tell them to get lost cause they were relentless.
Our lunch there was the best food I’ve ever eaten. That was echoed by my husband and kids. No running water or electricity but the staff made us the most awesome meal. We had sea bass, shrimp, lobster, and mahi mahi but I think the menu varies day by day depending on what is caught. You definately don’t want to miss this experience. I swear it’s changed our lives and i am so grateful we got off our 5 star resort to get to taste the real Dominican life. Thank you Pat for an incredible day!!
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