The Dominican Republic is a one-of-a-kind destination boasting beautiful landscapes, mouth-watering cuisine, and a remarkable variety of arts and entertainment options. Here you'll find a colorful tapestry of Spanish, French, Haitian, and African influences woven in its rich history.
Distinctive souvenir shopping, magnificent national parks, year-round sports, and world-class gambling make for a fun-filled vacation. However, when you see the spectacular beaches, you might want to postpone everything and just relax. Outdoor activities like golf, snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and boating are a great way to experience the natural beauty of this area's land and sea.
The Dominican Republic has over two dozen national parks, and other quieter options for getting in touch with nature, such as hiking and bird-watching, are also available. Indoor activities offer you the chance to hit the jackpot, dance the night away, or shop for curious mementos like carnivalmasks, amber, and a unique liquid cure-all called Mamajuana. Gaming is the perfect evening activity.
The fastest growing tourist area in the country - Punta Cana/Bavaro - is located in the East Coast region. With just one look at the surroundings, there is no question as to why it is so popular. It is the place to be for tourists seeking all-inclusive style vacations among picturesque beaches.
Regional Managing Director
The ideal skill set for an operations manager in the event business is an extremely broad knowledge of transportation and the hospitality industry, and the ability to provide unequalled customer satisfaction. That’s why Ramon Rijo is the perfect guy to do this job for IVI in the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Rijo is an “information sponge.” He loves soaking up knowledge and information. So it’s no surprise that his education includes physics and mathematics, computer programming, the English language, airline continuing education programs and Dale Carnegie leadership training.
Ramon began his career in the hospitality arena as a ticket agent with ACES, the Columbian-based airline that later became part of Avianca. He then joined Swissport Dominicana, an airport management and security company.
Since then, Rijo continued to add to his experience with increasingly responsible positions with tour, vacation and destination management companies. He has worked at Premiere Tours, Amstar, Vacaciones Barceló and Coco Tours as an excursion agent, reservations supervisor, commercial business manager, office manager and operations manager.
Along the way, Ramon has earned a number of “best employee” and business performance awards. He now is applying his extensive tourism and hospitality knowledge and experience to IVI, where he is empowered to follow his personal credo to “never say no” to client requests.
In his leisure time, Rijo first and foremost is a family man who enjoys spending time with his wife and kids. He also likes music, and as a history buff he enjoys the Discovery and History Channels on television. Ramon’s favorite book is “The Purpose-Driven Life,” and he says he enjoys Christian music because it “gives me peace and strengthens my spirit.”
As a native of the Dominican Republic, Rijo’s favorite sport is baseball, and he is a fan of the Boston Red Sox. And (like many baseball players) he now is learning to play golf.
Local Attraction – El Cortecito Beach and Los Corales. This is a great beach at a delightful beach town and fishing village. With lots of shops and restaurants, it’s considered the “downtown” of Punta Cana.
Recreational Activity – Swimming. With so many gorgeous beaches, going into the water is hard to resist!
Restaurant – Captain Cook’s. This is an excellent seafood restaurant right on El Cortecito beach. It’s a really scenic al fresco dining experience. They specialize in lobster – I highly recommend it.
Local Tour – ATV four-wheeling. It combines a highway and off-road excusion that offers great scenery along with some entertaining trail adventures that will elevate your adrenaline.
Local Event – Carnaval de la Vega. I think this is the best of the Dominican Republic’s many carnival celebrations in February. It features great costumes (with lots of mostly humorous Devil masks), colorful parade floats, lots of music and many masked dance groups.
Karina del Rosario
Business & Planning Manager
Born in San Pedro de Macoris, known for its Baseball, Sugar Cane and the biggest Rum Distilleries. Studied Tourism at the University Dominico-Americano. Started her career in 2003 at the SOLMELIA Hotels and has experienced different division in the hotel industry before she moved Travel Plan Tour Operator attending Groups and Events in 2008-2009.
Returned to the hotel industry as took charge of the Boutique hotel Suite Colonial in Santo Domingo in 2009. In 2011 returned back to Punta Cana, worked at Now Larimar & Secrets Royal Beach as Group & Event Manager, then took the Challenge to work as Meeting Planner with a DMC until she joined the IVI Family in September 2012
Local Attraction-Samana Peninsula, located in the province of Samana. The main peninsula contains many spectacular beaches with white sand, vast bank of swaing coconut trees and transparent green-blue sea. Each year, between mid January and mid March, we have the humpback whales visiting our waters to give birth and to procreate. For those interested in eco-tourism, Samana has its own international Airport and has rivers, waterfalls, high mountain, caves and located close to the National Park Los Haitises. Constanza located in La Vega province, at a height of 1220 meter (4000ft) with an average temperature all year round between 41°F (5°C) and 68°F (20°C). They Valley is 8km long and 4 km wide and here you can see the widest variety of Flora and Fauna. Very well known for its strawberries, peaches, apples, garlic, potatoes and wide variety of flowers, specially roses.
Recreational Activity-Likes to visit new destination, learn of its history and new food. Like to be involved charity events and love to spend time with her kid. Has great faith in GOD's word and tries to live by her believes and preaches whenever possible. Is a fanatic baseball fan and love to watch a good baseball match.
Restaurants-Aqua Mare's located at the Marina of Cap Cana. Had the best risotto and steak of the area. Mama Luisa, located in Punta Cana village has the best homemade Italian food and is decently priced.
Local Tour-Saona Island, part of the National Eastern Park , featuring one of the best natural beaches. An amazing tour including a Catamaran Sail and a speedboat ride to the natural pool with stop at the sandbank in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. One can observe the sea star up close.
Outback Safari, a way to get in touch with nature, culture and real homemade Dominican Soul food. A chance to meet local school children and to give back whenever possible by donating school utilities.
Dune Buggy adventure & Hoyo Azul, an adventure on board the dune buggy while going through the local forest, unpaved roads, untouched beaches and a fresh spring water located in a cave for a cool swim.