Kimkim Trip Reviews for the Dominican Republic

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Amazing trip to the Dominican Republic
the Dominican Republic | Apr 20 - Apr 25, 2023

Arlette
Arlette V.
Lutz, FL | Reviewed on May 02, 2023
Our trip to the Dominican Republic was amazing thanks to Kimkim and our local travel specialist Marina. The trip was well-planned and customized appropriately to our needs and wishes. This service allowed us a stress-free trip preparation experience and enabled us to enjoy traveling to a country where we we not fluent in the language. All of our accommodations, drivers and excursions were awesome! We got the authentic travel experience we wanted, and learned so much about Dominican history... Read more

Our trip to the Dominican Republic was amazing thanks to Kimkim and our local travel specialist Marina. The trip was well-planned and customized appropriately to our needs and wishes. This service allowed us a stress-free trip preparation experience and enabled us to enjoy traveling to a country where we we not fluent in the language. All of our accommodations, drivers and excursions were awesome! We got the authentic travel experience we wanted, and learned so much about Dominican history and culture during our stay. We much appreciated the included meals, which featured nutritious, locally grown products, and enabled us to sample Dominican cuisine.

An important note to mention however is, if you are like us, and want to support small local businesses, it is good to come prepared with a mindset on what you want to purchase or how much you can spend prior to entering shopping spaces, and being prepared to negotiate on price (or even politely say no). Although the majority of the vendors we encountered were easy-going and helpful, several of the vendors at Tres Ojos National Park were overly aggressive and tried to overcharge for their products. Being prepared for this and having basic level Spanish helps the traveler immensely in these situations. This was a minor issue however, and did not detract from what was an overall great trip to the stunning Tres Ojos limestone caves.

Our most memorable excursion was the hike adventure to El Limon Waterfall, where the views were breath-taking. We were fortunate to have a wonderful guide Andres, who took great care of us on this challenging trek through the forest and rocky landscapes.

Our day trip to Playa Rincon and Caño Frio was also memorable for the natural beauty of the Samana region and our knowledgeable guide Frank, who gave us a wealth of information on Dominican life. This was a relaxing way to spend the last day of our trip.

On the last morning of our trip, we encountered a problem when our driver had car trouble and was not able to pick us up for transport to the airport. It was a simple process for us to contact our travel specialist Marina, who came through for us and arranged for an alternate driver (Cabayeron), who was diligent about getting us to the airport safely and on time. Kudos to Marina for exceptional local travel specialist support during this trip. We love the Kimkim business philosophy and would definitely use Kimkim again for future trips. We whole-heartedly recommend Kimkim to other travelers.

Hotel Reviews
Mosquito Boutique Hotel
Las Terrenas

Mosquito Boutique was delightful place to stay. Located right on the beach, the views were exquisite, especially at sunrise and sunset. The onsite restaurant was very convenient for dinners, and also provided an awesome daily breakfast for hotel guests. The overall vibe of the place was very relaxed and friendly, and hotel staff were very accommodating. Our room was clean and comfortable.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hodelpa Caribe Colonial
Santo Domingo

Great hotel for a stay in Santo Domingo. It is conveniently located in the Colonial Zone area with many restaurants and historic places to visit within walking distance. Our room was clean and comfortable. Hotel front desk staff were professional and very responsive to our needs. Complimentary breakfasts were delightful and featured many local dishes.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Full day excursion to Playa Rincón
Full day excursion to Playa Rincón
Samaná
Quality of Experience
Food
The local lunch provided onsite at the beach was wonderful.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hike Adventure to El Limón Waterfall
Hike Adventure to El Limón Waterfall
Samaná
Quality of Experience
Food
The Dominican lunch provided by Restaurante Santi after our hike was awesome!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Los Tres Ojos National Park Excursion
Los Tres Ojos National Park Excursion
Santo Domingo
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Marina Courtaut
Marina
Marina Courtaut
Local specialist in Madrid | Replied on May 12, 2023

Hi Arlette, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed trip review! I will pass your kind words to the rest of the team :) I appreciate your comments about your experience at Los Tres Ojos National Park, I will make sure to warn the travelers more about this matter. It has been a pleasure helping you plan this fantastic trip to the Dominican Republic. I am happy to hear you had a great time and liked all your activities. The Dominican Republic is truly a unique destination and I am happy you got to see and experience the true essence of the island. Warmest regards, Marina

Dreams of Dominicana
the Dominican Republic | Mar 7 - Mar 10, 2023

Carly
Carly M.
Columbia, MD | Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022
I cannot say enough good things about the Dominican Republic! KimKim always gets me in touch with the best travel specialists for unique, culturally-centered experiences. Marina and her team made me feel very well taken care of and safe while visiting the DR solo! From my drivers to my tour guides, everyone was an absolute pleasure to be around. They embraced me and made sure I had an amazing experience with every activity.
Mosquito Boutique hotel staff was unforgettable and I will...
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I cannot say enough good things about the Dominican Republic! KimKim always gets me in touch with the best travel specialists for unique, culturally-centered experiences. Marina and her team made me feel very well taken care of and safe while visiting the DR solo! From my drivers to my tour guides, everyone was an absolute pleasure to be around. They embraced me and made sure I had an amazing experience with every activity.
Mosquito Boutique hotel staff was unforgettable and I will definitely be back to Las Terrenas very soon!
If you haven’t used KimKim for your vacations, you’re missing out! Can’t wait for my next one!

Hotel Review
Mosquito Boutique Hotel
Las Terrenas

Love this place!! The restaurant and hotel staff made me feel very welcome. It was alive on the weekends and very chill during the week. I also love all the friendly cats and dogs on site, they kept a solo traveler company :-)

Tips for future travelers

Minimal wifi in rooms

Authenticity & Character
The staff was super friendly and vibrant
Location
Right on the beach!
Staff
Took care of me!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were pristine
Local specialist: Marina Courtaut
Marina
Marina Courtaut
Local specialist in Madrid | Replied on Jun 23, 2022

Hi Carly! Thank you SO much for writing such a detailed review and for your kind words! It has been a true pleasure helping you plan your trip to the Dominican Republic and I am so glad you had such a fantastic trip :) The Dominican Republic is a true paradise and I am glad you got to discover the island. I will share your kind words with all the team! I look forward to helping you plan another adventure in the future! :) Warm regards, Marina

Marta was an absolute pleasure to work with. ...
the Dominican Republic | Jul 8 - Jul 17, 2021

farah
farah a.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Marta was an absolute pleasure to work with. She planned everything from the stays, to excursions, to any last minute changes we needed and was always easily accessible and available to help. She was very adaptable to our requests and worked her hardest to make sure we had everything we needed! We had an absolutely wonderful time in the Dominican and would love to go again!

Local specialist: Marta Bermejo Acosta
Marta
Marta Bermejo Acosta
Local specialist in Spain | Replied on Aug 05, 2021

Hello Farah,
Thank you so much for your kind words!
It was my pleasure helping you plan your Honeymoon to the Dominican Republic and I am happy to hear you enjoyed your trip and that you would like to visit the island again!
I wish you the best and I look forward to working with you again in the future.
Warm regards,
Marta

Fantastic Trip to Dominican Republic During Uncertain Times!
the Dominican Republic | Mar 27 - Apr 3, 2021

Lindsey
Lindsey F.
Sacramento, CA | Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021
We can’t say enough good things about Marta. She helped plan an unforgettable trip to the Dominican Republic in March/April 2021. We had a mix of adventure and beach relaxation! Marta set us up with Johnny who was our driver for the whole trip and Johnny was incredible as well! Marta made the trip easy and stress free. All rides and tours were
coordinated through Marta and we had zero issues. Marta’s communication and accessibility is awesome! She was constantly checking in with us and...
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We can’t say enough good things about Marta. She helped plan an unforgettable trip to the Dominican Republic in March/April 2021. We had a mix of adventure and beach relaxation! Marta set us up with Johnny who was our driver for the whole trip and Johnny was incredible as well! Marta made the trip easy and stress free. All rides and tours were
coordinated through Marta and we had zero issues. Marta’s communication and accessibility is awesome! She was constantly checking in with us and Johnny to make sure we were doing well! We stayed at some incredible hotels including the Dominican Treehouse Village in Samana and the Bahia Principe in Punta Cana. Tours included horseback riding to El Limon waterfall, Scuba Doo in Punta Cana, hiking and jumping off the 27 waterfalls, a day trip to Playa Rincon and a bike tour in the Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo! I can’t wait to use Marta again for when I go to Portugal!

Local specialist: Marta Bermejo Acosta
Marta
Marta Bermejo Acosta
Local specialist in Spain | Replied on Apr 13, 2021

Hi Lindsey!

It has been a pleasure helping you plan this fantastic trip to the Dominican Republic. I am happy to hear you had a great time and you liked all your activities. The Dominican Republic is truly a unique destination and I am happy you got to see and experience the true essence of the island. Thank you very much for your kind words. I am looking forward to helping you plan your perfect trip to Portugal!

Marta