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Haiti and the Dominican Republic: The Island of Hispaniola (Bradt Travel Guide Haiti & the Dominican Republic: The Island of Hispaniola) [Paperback]

Ross Velton

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1 Jan 1999 Bradt Travel Guide Haiti & the Dominican Republic: The Island of Hispaniola
Together, Haiti and the Dominican Republic form the island of Hispaniola. Haiti is virgin territory for the low-impact traveler while the Dominican Republic has a well-developed tourist infra-structure with both excellent beaches and accommodations. With easy cross-border travel between the two countries, this guide is targeted at the independent traveler, enabling them to explore off the beaten track and providing all the necessary practical information. Hikes through the lush tropical jungle of the interior, mountain biking, and whale watching can all be experienced. Hispaniola is a good base for island hopping in this part of the Caribbean and information on this feature is given in the guide with a special section for the cruise market. This is the first guidebook to cover Haiti in such depth and is essential for every visitor.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent, really informative - enriched my traveling 13 Sep 1999
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Prior to visiting the Dominican Republic I'd heard alot about the all inclusive holiday camps that operate there but didn't know m uch more. Our three week trip traveling around was therefore preety enlightening. We took a couple of guide books but it was this one we came to rely upon. It deals with everything we needed & went alot further interms of advising on appropriate conduct & giving context to the living standards we'd see & reassuring on safety. I would Thorougly recomnended this guide for the republic - it added to an enjoyable & very different trip by giving insight & saving us alot of time.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Guide to Haiti 12 April 2000
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It was with some normal fear that I planned my first foreign trip, one going alone to Haiti for the first time. I found the contents of this book to be invaluable. From listing considerations on what to take, providing suggestions on travel and great directions in the towns and villages listed, I found this book to be very useful. I took it with me and it was a constant reference. I also found the background and history section to be both accurate and interesting. Thanks for helping make my trip a success.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable on the road -- and off 7 Mar 2000
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I was surprised to read the review of this book by David from Miami. Prior to a recent trip to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, I found it to be an excellent source of information as I swatted up on the background to these two very different countries. The author seemed to be genuinely passionate -- and knowlegable -- about the island. The book didn't let me down when I actually hit the road. The practical information proved to be very accurate and comprehensive, and I would have been lost without this book. Unlike many guides, Velton's book is also a jolly good read.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A sorry excuse for a guide book 14 Oct 2000
By Peter - Published on
I have used this book as a guide while travelling around in the Dominican Republic by car. While I can fully recommend doing so, I would not recommend using this book as a your travel guide.
Often we found inaccuracies or even misleading information, particularly when travelling outside the charter tourist hot spots. We were often sent on wild goose chases by the so-called guide book. It is also often lacking in detailed information about the location of interesting things/places to see, so you could only read about it, but not locate it. Consistently we found the quoted prices to be wrong - sometimes actual prices were more than double the quoted prices (the book had been finished 1 years before we travelled, it was in the low season and annual inflation had been less than 5 per cent, so there is no obvious explanation for this).
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sensitive and thorough account of an island split in two. 31 Mar 2000
By Ruth Sylvester - Published on
Mr Velton displays a sensitivity in his observations that suggest both a deep knowledge of and an intimate respect for the people of Hispaniola. He delves deep into the culture of two people providing those fortunate enough to travel to that island with both a wealth of practical travel knowledge, such as well researched places to stay, eat and relax, but also things to do and see that seek to inspire the traveller better to understand these two fascinating countries. Thank you Ross.
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