I'm not sure it can get much better than a warm day on the beach in the Dominican Republic, especially if it's on Catalina Island.
When you volunteer abroad for a semester with International Language Programs (ILP) you'll have plenty of of time to travel and see different, gorgeous beaches (here's a little more info about volunteering in the Dominican Republic). We think you should make Catalina Island one of the places you visit!
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As an ILP volunteer, you'll have tons of free time during the day, every single Saturday and Sunday off, plus vacation days to explore other places around the DR ... which is good news, because you will probably want to visit Catalina Island a few times. Here are our pro tips:
How Can I Get There?
If you are volunteering with ILP in Puerto Plata, it will be about a 4 1/2 hour bus ride to the southeast part of the DR (read this post about our favorite bus tours to take you around the island).
Once you arrive to La Romana, you will need to take a taxi to Bayahibe, Once you're in Bayahibe you'll hop on a boat or ferry to Catalina Island. The island itself is only about 1.5 miles from shore, so once you get to La Romana you'll be to the island in no time.
Head's up, there are some amazing things to do Bayahibe, like take a tour to nearby Soana Island, AKA starfish island.
Can I Visit On A Weekend Or Is This A Vacation Spot?
Because it isn't too far away you could easily visit on a weekend for a little getaway to see something new. Score.
What Is There To Do?
Click here to check out some excursion opportunities. You can book them through that link. Not only will they take you scuba diving or snorkeling, but they will set up transportation to get you out to the island.
The island is a great place just to sit on the beach and relax, but there are also things to keep you busy. There is coral right of the shore and that is one of the big things that draws people in. The snorkeling is beautiful and the water is crystal clear and warm. You can book tours to go snorkeling or scuba diving once you get onto the island, or do some research before hand to see what looks good to you!
If snorkeling or swimming isn't your thing, spend some time people watching with a treat or two. On the island you'll find places that will whiz up a smoothie or will sell you some fresh tropical fruit.
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