Be whisked away to a private island for a day of fun. Leave your ship by boat and head to the island of Cayo Levantado. Here, you're on your own to explore the gentle hills, swim in the turquoise sea or relax on the beautiful white-sand beach. Take a moment to browse the quaint gift shops featuring locally made art, crafts and souvenir items. Try some merengue dancing or play a game of beach volleyball. Kayaks, pedal boats, sun floats and snorkeling equipment will be available for rent. Return to your ship as per tender schedules.
Note: At the beach, a barbeque and a tropical lunch is available at an additional charge. Credit card or cash is required for water sport rentals. Wear your swimsuit and bring a towel.
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Rating Snapshot(8 reviews)
5 of 8(62%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Cayo Levantado is beautiful. It was about a 15 minute ferry ride from the ship. Nice facilities. Beach chair was included in price, but the workers made it seem like you had to pay for one. Drink prices were reasonable. Didn't try the food, but the family next to us on the beach didn't like it and threw most of it away. Enjoyed sitting on the beach in the sun and swimming in the beautiful water. Found the local vendors a little pushy.
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Review 2 for Cayo Levantado Beach Escape
Date:January 29, 2013
I was nervous to do this excursion. I heard lots of not so great things about this port before cruising. BUT I loved it. We have a 4 year old and he had a great time at the beach. I didn't think it was too crowded at all. The vendors were nice and I was able to do some shopping. The pineapple and coconut drinks are AWESOME!!!!! A must for sure! I would go here again in a heartbeat.
Cayo Levantado was a pleasant surprise, after reading some of the so-so reviews. It is isolated from the mainland, but has all the amenities. We enjoyed shopping for local crafts as well as swimming, eating and drinking on the beach. There are some underwater rocks to avoid, but that's the extent of our difficulties. If you are going to get off the ship, this is the place to go!
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Review 4 for Cayo Levantado Beach Escape
Date:January 1, 2013
Not worth it for us
The ship anchors between the main island of the Dominican Republic and this dinky island with a neat beach. You can go to one or the other but not both. I thought the beach would be more important to me, but as soon as the main island was in sight, I wanted to see it. It just looks different from the other stops on the tour, and I was so disappointed I couldn't get onto the main island at all. I even tried to leave early to catch a tender over to the main island, but it did not work out. I would definitely recommend doing something on the main island instead. That said, the little island was quite beautiful, and I was enamored with the vegetation and tiny lizards. The beach itself is very crowded with folks from the cruise ships, and there are no umbrellas at all. There are palm trees, but those provide dappled and very unreliable shade. Just accept that you will sit in the sun and get one of the chairs at the very front, so you have a good view of the water. Otherwise you will not be able to see anything other than the back of the chair in front of you. Take the earliest excursion time, so you can choose your chairs. Good chairs were coveted and in short supply. The regular lunch offerings (hamburger, cole slaw, etc) were terrible, and I threw mine in the trash without eating it. Most people ate theirs anyway. However, my husband and son sprang for the lobster with rice and veggies. Those were good and worth the money. Bring all the stuff you'd regularly bring in a beach bag. Bringing your own bottle of water will be good, but there are lots of drinks available for sale--mainly alcoholic drinks in pineapples and that sort of thing.
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Review 5 for Cayo Levantado Beach Escape
Date:November 28, 2012
Not worth it
We would not do this excursions again. The beach area is small, as well as the swimming area. You can not go out very far before it gets really deep. The sun chairs were moldy and broken. The water is green and it looks dirty. Did not enjoy this beach at all and we have been on many cruises and have never run into this issue at any of the beaches. Never mind the fact that it was a tiny little island, not the mainland of Samana.
I love this beach. I went here in April 2011. The workes at the beach wer nice. It was very nice and quiet. Only the people on our ship were on the beach. The pina coloda was good too. If you want to just relax on the beach then this is the beach for you.
It was a pretty beach with serene water, but it was overcrowded and we had a hard time finding chairs. The palm trees, hammocks, and facilities (more than one bathroom!) were nice, but there were so many people and the beach was very small, so we didn't feel very relaxed. Shortly after you come to shore, there is an area where you can see local handmade arts/crafts/jewelry. The items were really pretty, but my advice is do not engage in a conversation with the vendors -- you will not be left alone if you do as much as say hello (unless you really want to buy something!). If you walk through this area, keep to yourself. Bring cash and be ready to negotiate a price! One other tip -- wear bugspray when not on the beach! There are a lot of trees on the island and the mosquitos found me in these areas!
We took a tender from the Norwegian Dawn to the island. We walked a short distance to the beach where someone helped us locate a chair with a wonderful view of the beach. A server came around selling drinks which where wonderful. I had a coconut drink in the coconut itself while my husband had a pineapple drink in a hulled out pineapple. There were venders on the island, but not on the beach itself. No one interupted you while you were on the beach. It was extremely peaceful and relaxing.