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Today is Duarte Day! Which means that this weekend is a long weekend! WooHoo! We celebrate Juan Pablo Duarte every year for his liberal thinking and patriotic drive without which the independence of this beautiful country never would have happened!

The Dominican Republic was under Spanish rule and was known as the colony of Santo Domingo until Haiti took power in 1821. Juan Pablo Duarte, with help from Francisco del Rosario Sánchez and Matías Ramón Mella, organized the patriotic youth movement, La Trinitaria, to fight against the haitian occupation.  In 1844,  thanks to the efforts of Duarte and La Trinitaria, the Dominican Republic finally won its independence! Juan Pablo Duarte is considered the father of this country and is honored every year!

Duarte Day is a national holiday, awarding everyone the day off on Monday the 29th of January!  This year, why not spend the long weekend exploring beautiful areas of this incredible island we are fortunate to call home? Below is a list of adventures close to Casa de Campo to consider embarking on to make the most of your Duarte weekend!

Hoyo Azul

The Hoyo Azul, located at the base of a cliff, is a natural cenote! This beautiful hidden turquoise swimming pool is just an hour away in Punta Cana and is surrounded by jungle!  Get lost and feel the serenity of being with nature at the Hoyo Azul this weekend!

Macao surf camp

Surfing in Macao Beach

Less than an hour and a half away from Casa de Campo, Macao Beach is located on the north east part of the island and is known for its surfing! Head out east if you want to explore a new beach and try out a new sport!

Snorkeling in Catalina

A quick boat ride south and you’ll be able to snorkel the beautiful reef filled with all kinds of Marine life! Catalina Island is also a natural park, perfect for breathtaking beach walks!

Visit the Cave of Wonders

Located just outside of La Romana, The Cave of Wonders (Cueva de las Maravillas) is  filled with ancient Taino paintings!  It is the perfect cultural adventure that takes you back to primitive times!

Explore Bayahibe

Bayahibe, La Romana’s neighbor, is popularly known as a fishing and diving town! Explore the town, walk the beach, and be sure to stop by Captain Kidd restaurant for fresh lobster!

We are blessed to call this country home! So why not take advantage of the extra day off and explore somewhere new?  Enjoy the long weekend!