Sunday, September 25, 2011
Seattle Gay News travels to the Dominican Republic, Oahu, Baltimore
Not sure whether to vacation in the Caribbean or Hawaii on your next tropical getaway? Try a little of both.
Seattle Gay News explores the blistering temperatures, local scenery, regional delicacies and unique culture of two hotspots - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Oahu, Hawaii - in our newest special travel section, part of our September 23 weekly issue.
In Punta Cana, a two-hour flight from Miami, we savor the crystal blue beaches and magnificent all-inclusive Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe resort (http://www.barcelo.com/BarceloHotels/en-GB/Hotels/DominicanRepublic/PuntaCana/BavaroPalaceDeluxe/Home) in this coastal area, and go daytripping to nearby Sanoa Island, Higuey and the artist village of Altos de Chavon.
On Oahu, the most populous island of Hawaii and only five-to-six hours from the West Coast, we check out the North Shore's Turtle Bay Resort (http://www.turtlebayresort.com) - where the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall and TV show Cougar Town were filmed - and we then venture to another part of the island for a stay at The Kahala Hotel & Resort (http://www.kahalaresort.com).
Baltimore, an hour by train from Washington DC and forty minutes by plane from New York City, delightfully surprised us with its big city-small town feel, visitor-friendly public transportation, hip neighborhoods like Mt. Vernon and Federal Hill, and its rather interesting (yet oddly cool) American Visionary Art Museum (http://www.avam.org).
You'll find travel articles on Punta Cana, Oahu, Baltimore, plus Ottawa, Puerto Villarta and Minneapolis in the September 23 issue of Seattle Gay News, available throughout Metro Seattle this week in print and online at http://sgn.org/ .
From us to you, safe travels wherever you're off to next!
(Pictured: Sanoa Island, Dominican Republic)