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This trip includes it all. You get some highway cruising, some beach-front driving, several miles through a palm grove along a secluded coastline, and a run through a fairly muddy and pothole infested jungle trail which the buggies make easy work of. You also get several snacks and a traditional lunch at a jungle hotel, a horeseback ride where they open up fresh coconuts for you to drink from, and to see a very secluded family's way of living far away from paved roads. The driving pace was quicker than I expected which was a pleasant surprise, but by no means reckless. You should be fairly confident in driving a standard as the description says, but only one person per buggy has to drive. Overall this is among my favorite day trips ever. You will get very dirty. You will have a very good time. HIGHLY recommend.
Have to say......BEST experience of our trip!!!!!! we got to experience Punta Cana and the lifestyle in a true form. The description does not do this excursion justice. We drove on highways, beaches, back roads, villages. You name it, we did it. Got to drive our own buggy. Guide was insightful, warm, and shared all he knew about the culture of Dominican republic with us. We got muddy so prepare for this. My husband drove but I had the time of my life. Would rate this a 10 star adventure. Would do it over and over if we come back. Worth every penny spent.
Pick up = spot on time - easy to communicate with befor e
Explanation of buggy= we covered the basics before setting off, however YOU MUST BE ABLE TO A DRIVE MANUAL CAR or this tour will be awful for you and all others there!
Tour guide = fantastic knowledge and helpful!
This was the best tour! So much fun and informative! The stops on this tour were amazing, the guide was great! Plenty of food, great pictures you can buy! I can and #39;t say enough how much fun this was! Very friendly tour company!
We had an absolutely wonderful time. It was so much fun to be driving all throughout the Dominican Republic countryside. We stopped at this incredibly beautiful hotel minutes from the beach, in the middle of nowhere and had a great Dominican lunch. We got totally covered in mud on the way. We loved that it went to not touristy areas. We got to see Dominican life and how beautiful the country is. Would totally do another tour with the tour group.
Charlie was great and the tour was easily the most fun tour I've done in a long time! Given we've been marooned on our resort until this trip, it gives a good perspective of what the DR is really like. If you take one thing away from this review, it's that you should not bring clothes you care about. You WILL get mud everywhere and it's unavoidable now matter how good a driver you think you might be. Even though it's mentioned in the tour info, be sure someone in your group is comfortable with driving a manual transmission...my buggy had a fussy tranny as it gave me a fair bit of trouble downshifting and I've been driving stick daily for 15 years. Charlie instructed his guy to check it out as soon as we got back, but I was stuck with it for the 100 miles. There are very reasonably priced photos available for purchase after the trip that get burned to CD I just need to find a DVD drive somewhere now.
totally amazing although it was just me and the tour guild I found it fun and informative and although it rained for the first 2hr I still had so much fun and it was the best trip I had that holiday and I would recommend it to anyone.
Great adventure and lots of fun. Great way to see the countryside.
This was an EXCELLENT excursion! This was by far the best handled excursion we took the entire week, from beginning to end. This family owned business took care of everything! Transporttion, lunch, horsback riding....it all went extremely smooth! What a great excursion, this on is a must do!
The best excursion ever! I would reccomend this to everyone! You will get really dirty (duh riding an open buggy) but worth every minute! Guides were fun and so informative. They showed us more than I ever expected; the real culture of DR. This is a must do if you are planning a trip! Thank you!!!
This is a must do tour. lots to see throughout the island and very educational.
This trip was so great Charlie was a wonderful guide and he took us and showed us how Dominicans really live. You dont see this on your resort. You get muddy and dirty but I LOVED it We went in late Jan 2015 We had lot to eat and at Hotel La Cueva was great. It was in the middle of nowhere amazing. We were able to swim in the ocean, horseback rideshort drank coconut water in ate coconut Charlie took a bunch of pictures and videos at the end of tour asked if we wanted them we would pay 20, no pressure. I took them even though I had my own camera and am I ever glad Charlie took some great pics. Would recommend this tour to everyone.
We all had a super time.
Charlie is a great host and guide, made the trip very enjoyable.
Don't miss out on this experience of a lifetime...
If you don't know how to drive a standard VW don't drive, just be a passenger.
the views are fantastic.
We did the full day Dune buggy adventure with Charlie and his crew back in 2012. Loved it so much we came back in July 2014 and brought my 8 year old son. You learn so much about the culture and see the way of life there. Love the countryside that we saw and the stop off and great food at Lemon Lagoon. Definitely recommend to anyone traveling to Punta Cana. Only dislike has nothing to do with the trip but how much the industrial roads have grown out in the countryside.
Words are not enough to describe the great time we had! (Need more than 300 characters to describe it). A visit to a small town store, great traditional lunch, horseback riding to "Lemon Lagoon", snacks and a stupendous tour guide left us breathless! I recommend it 100% Must take the tour again!
If you want to truly see the Dominican Republic, this is HANDS DOWN, the way to go. You MUST be very efficient with a manual transmission and not afraid to drive somewhat aggressively. The locals do, so you can't be tentative about pulling out into traffic, passing, etc. You can also expect to be covered in dust and mud, depending on recent weather. The entire vehicle is open around you with only a floor board. The buggies perform great and are a lot of fun to drive. That being said, the trip from start to finish was outstanding. Due to construction and road closures, we travelled about 150 miles thru the day and saw so much of the interior...thru villages, towns, roads thru the backcountry, the mountains, etc. For an extra $20.00, you could purchase a cd of about 150 pictures taken by a great guide and that was well worth it. If you bring a camera, it must be water and dust proof. GREAT time..........Thanks Charlie and Karl!
We loved this adventure! Many firsts for me, and you really get to see some of this island away from the tourist/resort area. The owners and tourist guides were fun and friendly, definitely book early and full day.
This was by far the best excursion we have ever done!! So worth the money. An excellent way to spend a whole day seeing the real Dominican Republic.
We had a great trip on the Punta Cana Full Day Dune Buggy Adventure to Lemon Lagoon Bay. Our day started with a personal pick up in a dune buggy at our hotel, which drew many eyes and wonderment as to what we were doing. Our short trip back to the business our driver was very personable and she gave us some history of the area...after checking in and waiting for the others to arrive, we chatted with their mechanic and he informed us on the making of their dune buggy's and how they started in this business..Charlie and his wife were originally from Australia. We had a great ride through the country side, through small towns,out in the open country and along beaches. Stopping along the way to stretch and get a little sample of the towns... We had a very short ride on horseback to the beach and back...sampled fresh coconut milk and coconut meat, not what we are used to having here in the states. He went from cool morning to sunny afternoon to rainy late afternoon. We were soaked and muddy in the end. As they state wear old clothing as it will be more than likely ruined by the time you are finished...We were prepared so it was no problem. We purchased the photo disc and can say we were overjoyed by the pictures that Charlie captured as a remembrance of our tour. Thanks for the wonderful day!
great day out Charlie was a good tour rep, had lots of fun and got really dirty, don't wear cloths you don't want to spoil, learn about the island meet nice people ,
This is the only dune buggy tour to take. After talking to some people in our resort, we were worried. They all complained that you are taken from one tourist trap to another and spend your whole day saying no and pushing people away that are trying to sell you everything under the sun.
This company is completely different. You don't go to a single tourist area. They take you to an actual town where they get you a snack in a local grocery store and tell you about the way people live. They tell you NOT to give money to the children asking for it in the street. You have lunch at a hotel out in the middle of no where that serves fresh, local and delicious food. There is one place where the kids are far from town and don't get to go for supplies often. If you bring some hard candy, like Jolly Ranchers, you can give that out to them. But no money.
You will get dirty! I don't mean a few specks of dust, I mean head to toe (especially if there has been a decent amount of rain lately) covered in mud. So don't wear your fancy resort clothes. Make sure to take something old that doesn't really matter to you. It is so much fun.
And make sure you call to verify your pick up time like the voucher says or they won't be there to get you, which would be a shame, you don't want to miss out on this.
This was such an unbelievable trip. This is not your regular dune buggy adventure for sure, Charlie was our guide and he was so amazing. He also educates you about the Dominican culture during your trip. Just a heads up, prepare to be dirty...really dirty but it was so fun! You will learn about culture, you will drive fast, and you will see different things. However, be sure you know how to drive a 5 speed if you want to do this, its quite moderate to advanced level of driving so be prepared. Overall, charlie and the dune buggies are fantastic! good if you have the need for speed.
Best excursion we went on in Punta Cana. It was all day and we did and saw so much. I would recommend this excursion to anyone!
One of the funnest things we have ever done. not only was it fun, Charlie made it educational as well. So much beauty, fun and food. You will not gohungry on this adventure.
Advise for anyone going on this adventure...Bring a Go-Pro camera to experience it all from your view point
Outstanding excursion!!!! It was the best we've ever taken!!! Our guide, Charlie, took us to places other tourists never see. We had fresh pineapple, a local gave each of us fresh coconuts, and we stopped in a little town for chocolate and root beer (all local). Oh, and the dune buggies were a blast!!!! The travel representatives at our resort told us that Extreme-Buggy was out of business but they are alive and well!!!! We were able to purchase a CD from them the Next day which had pictures and videos of all of us that Charlie took while taking us around the countryside. We ate lunch on china at a country hotel then kayaked to the ocean where we swam. It was an incredible day!!!!! Thanks so much Extreme Buggy!!!!!
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