Catalina Island, Dominican Republic

Nancy Norris, December 2003
Nancy Norris We set anchor about 8:00 am off the shores of Catalina Island, Costa’s private beach escape 10 nautical miles from the Dominican Republic. By now, you know I am a beach person, so I was anxious to explore the island. Tendering began about 9:00 am, but as we had not booked a shore excursion, we eased into our day and headed ashore about 10:30. The tendering service was swift and efficient; the best I have encountered of late. Although the beach appeared crowded, I soon discovered that there were a number of available lounge chairs. Catalina Island reminded me quite a bit of Coco Cay, before the latest improvements and additions. A very nice buffet area provided the typical buffet on the beach fare, but was well-designed for accommodating many guests, absent long lines. Makeshift tents had been resurrected for diners, and I can only assume as they continue to develop this retreat that more permanent structures will be built. The standard water sports were offered, as well as beach volleyball and local entertainment. A palapa bar and beach service was also available, but to Costa’s credit, the typical “hawking of beach beverages” was kept to a minimum. I like to take beach walks, so I spent a good portion of the afternoon exploring. Now, for those that are so inclined, if you prefer topless sunbathing, wander away from the tender dock and you will find a number of like-minded individuals. With the international mix of passengers aboard, this very acceptable practice is quite common. While I was exploring, my friend chose to take advantage of the massages offered beachside for $1 a minute. Although out intent was to return to the ship early, we ended up being on the last tender at 4:30.

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