Laguna el Dudu Day Trip
After living in Cabarete for over two months, I finally took my first ‘road/day trip’ to Laguna el Dudu in the Dominican Republic. All of us circus folk and friends who were visiting piled into a vehicle with not enough seats available for the group. But who needs seats? We jumped in the back (don’t tell my mom!) and chowed down on all the local fresh fruit we’d bought at Miguel’s, before setting out. We also packed water, small snacks, bathing suits, towels, change of clothing, money, sunscreen, bug spray, underwater cameras, snorkel and mask, and a volleyball that, unfortunately, didn’t survive. The drive from Extreme Hotel to Laguna el Dudu took about 1 ½ hours and included a beautiful view of the north coast of the Dominican Republic.
Arriving there, we pulled in the parking lot. A fair warning: they did not allow us to take our container of pineapple in with us. But they also didn’t check our personal bags. Pack accordingly. We bought tickets to get in for 150 pesos (about $3.00 USD, these days). Once in, we found the restrooms in the cafeteria, which is inside the park and open for you to purchase food and drinks. From there, we ventured down into the first lagoon. A few of us decided to take the plunge for 25 pesos a turn, off the zip line and into the lagoon. I don’t know the exact distance of the drop, but let me tell you, it feels long! I see myself as someone who isn’t afraid of heights, yet when they blew the whistle to ‘let go’, I thought to myself, ‘Really?’ But I did, a little late, and only regretted the fact that I didn’t point my toes. For style, but mostly, for the slap my feet endured going into crystal calm waters.