by Tom Flynn
Photography by Laurette Veres
Beautiful beaches, world-class kite boarding and affordable accommodations await you in the Dominican Republic.
The all-inclusive Grand Ventana Beach Resort will cover room, meals, and booze for $145 per person per night, double occupancy, so you’ll have plenty of cash for extracurricular excursions.
If you can peel yourself off the chaise lounge and away from spectacular ocean views, Laurel Eastman can teach you to race over the pristine blue waters holding on to a 12-meter kite. One of the sports superstars, Laurel, will have you competently executing basic kiting maneuvers in 4 days. Since size and strength have very little to do with kiting ability, it’s a great activity for couples to learn together. You can use your newfound skills back in Texas. Conditions for kite boarding are usually extremely good from Galveston to South Padre.
For those shunning athletic activity, there are shops and beachside bars where you’ll find good deals on locally produced art, jewelry, and cigars. Sightseeing tours can give you the history of the island from 1492 when Christopher Columbus arrived, through the plantation years and the relatively new focus on tourism. Baseball is a big part of the community’s entertainment and they’re very proud of their homegrown star, Sammy Sosa.