The restaurant is homespun. Just tables and benchs with a tatched roof. In this way they don't ruin the beauty of the place and you can have lunch on the beach protected from the sun.
Favorite Dish: Grilled fish and several foods you can take at the buffet. Inevitable the pasta (you know, Italian people can't do without it!).
To reach Isla Saona you have to go to Bayahibe, where the motorboats sail. In 1996 I left from here. After 40 minutes by boat I arrived at the island. This time I stayed at a holiday village along the coast, so I took less time.
At the village there are some stalls who sell beautiful naive paintings.
What to buy: I bought a bottle of coconut oil by an itinerant seller on the beach. They get the oil from the coconuts and fill up empty bottle of rhum. Obsiouvly when I came home the oil became solid. Never mind! I'll use it the next summer.
Where you are in the village many children sorroud you asking one dollar. I don't like give them money. I had just a packet of chewing gum. Bad idea! They swallowed them! I think it's better if you get them pastels, pens and exercise books. A fact is certain, if you give them something, you don't shake them off. But they are so nice!!more
This paradisiac place has a little hell. In the hurrican season it can happen that the storm passes down here. In September 1998 hurrican George caused great damages. Luckly don't happen frequently; about every 15-20 years people are obliged to take refuge in the mainland while the hurrican are destroying everything. After they come back and...more
I've been here 6 years ago. At that time the beaches were desert and wild. Today many tour operators took possession of part of these beaches, fitting out them with deckchairs and open air restaurants. Luckly they placed what is strictly necessary and didn't ruin the beauty of these places. Personally I liked better once.
Every day many tourists arrive at Isla Saona. On the whole is a nice trip, beginning from the leaving. The voyage is an adventure in itself. The motorboats sail along the coast of the Parque Nacional del Este, so you can see the wild nature and an enchanting sea with changing colours, from deep blue to turquoise...and green...and light blue...What a sight!!
Fondest memory: I've been here before in 1996 and I wanted to come back because this place is what I mean thinking at the Caribbean. The things I like most are the incredible colours of the nature and I filled my eyes with them. The blue of the sky, the torquoise of the sea, the white of the sand and the green of the palmtrees. They look like a picture of Garden of Eden.