If everyone will bear with me for a moment, I have a personal story to start today’s post off with. A little over five years ago, I lived in a magical land known as southern New Jersey. While there, I worked for several years preparing students for standardized tests. In particular, I helped students with the GMAT, which as any MBA will tell you can be quite the ordeal. The important bit, however, is that while preparing students for the GMAT I would always ask them if they had a business school they were applying to as their first choice. Invariably, they would respond “The Wharton School.” The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania has a reputation that precedes it, which is why it is such an honor to talk about some of the work they are doing with Puntacana.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about bees. As someone whose job it is to learn interesting facts about the Puntacana Resort & Club, there is no shortage of intrigue to be found here. In the last few weeks, we’ve thoroughly covered some of the more interesting adventures and excursions we recommend for our guests, but that is only scratching the surface of some of the more interesting parts of life at Puntacana, which brings me back to my first sentence and the question everyone is probably thinking: why bees?
Let’s Talk About Lobsters
As of this writing, we are right in the middle of a lobster ban in the Dominican Republic. Due to a combination of factors including overfishing and poaching, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters need time to repopulate, which is why we do not fish or purchase them during their mating season. Of course, we do this because it is the right thing to do and it helps guarantee we will be able to enjoy lobster for years to come. It is also, however, the law.
We have emphasized a lot of the more traditional sports on this blog. In fact, we have written at length about golf, tennis, and basketball. Obviously, we have no shortage of love for sports here at Puntacana, but we haven’t spent quite as much time on some of the more often overlooked sports here on the island. In fact, due to the unique condition of our beaches, which features flat, waist deep waters and steady trade winds, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is the perfect location to learn one of the fastest growing sports in the world. I’m talking, of course, about kiteboarding or kitesurfing.
Today’s video is a more unfocused and less structured look at the wonderful things you can do at Puntacana. This is a video for those of us who like to make our own fun and enjoy spending our vacation fully immersing ourselves in a certain locale. While we’ve given you a lot of wonderful activities to do over the last two weeks, today we’re going to talk about taking leisurely strolls and eating tasty, fresh food.
At Puntacana, we spend a lot of time thinking about the perfect day in the Dominican Republic. Is it the food that we eat? Is it the activities we enjoy? Is it the people we spend time with? One of our locals has already told us what her perfect day in Puntacana would be like, but there is so much to do on the island that I think everyone would give an answer if they were asked. While I don’t think we’re ever going to reach a consensus on what exactly makes up a perfect day, we have a few ideas that we wanted to share with you in a short video that we just uploaded to YouTube.
What are we talking about this week? What aren’t we talking about this week? Unlike our normal posts in which we explore a single topic in depth, this week we are talking about all the adventures big and small you can find in the ocean at the resort. As you can see from the video, there are a lot of them, so we better get started.
Back in October, we discussed some of the sustainable farming techniques that go into producing some of the fruits, vegetables, and herbs we use in our hotels. To recap: it is rather challenging to grow large amounts of sustainable, organic produce in Puntacana, but we have found a few clever ways to make it work. As part of our commitment to sustainability, we have a composting initiative that has worked wonders to make the soil capable of handling the organic produce we cultivate. What we left out of that last post, however, are the many different plants we grow and why we grow them.
Remember a few months ago when we talked about Carnival in Dominican Republic? Carnival is almost upon us, and as of this blog post being published we are only about 28 hours away from the festivities. I’m sure that you are all asking the same question: what do we have in store for you this year?
For those of you who haven’t visited us in a little while, last week we discussed sustainable tourism and went into a little bit of detail as to why it’s so important to us. In that blog post, I made a comment that we are lucky to be located in paradise, and that it was up to us to keep it beautiful. I wanted to spend a little more time today elaborating on that idea, and all of the different ways that it applies. As you will soon see, sustainability is not only about preserving the flora and fauna in the area but also enriching the community as well.
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