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MEXICO

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

JAMAICA

AIRPORT TRANSFERS TOURS WEDDINGS MEETINGS & INCENTIVES TOURS IN MEXICO, JAMAICA & DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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WEDDINGS Celebrate your dream wedding at one of our beautiful and exotic locations. Our professional wedding coordinators help you with your venue selection, décor, music, flowers, photography, minister or judge, pre-wedding site inspection, menu & beverage selection and rehearsal dinner coordination. We can even make reccommendations and reservations to some of the areas most popular restaurants.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS Amstar DMC offers airport transportation at your arrival in the destination. Modern, air-conditioned motor coaches, vans and private vehicles in excellent conditions for both individuals and groups.

MEETINGS & INCENTIVES If you are traveling to Mexico, the Dominican Republic or Jamaica, plan your Meeting or Incentive Trip with Amstar DMC. We are dedicated to providing creative advice and to professionally organizing international groups and incentive travel events. We believe that the success of your program lies in our ability to deliver services the way YOU want them.

TOURS We cover all types of services: Meet & greet at airport Private transfer Deluxe transfer Limousine transfer with special VIP services.

ACTION, ADVENTURE, EXHILARATION, EDUCATION, RELAXATION, ROMANCE just a few of the reasons travelers around the globe head off in search of exotic lands. Amstar DMC’s knowledgeable destination teams have discovered, developed and then fine-tuned an extensive list of activities and excursions that fulfill the fantasies of world traveler’s quests for extraordinary experiences.

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TOUR CIRCUITS Extraordinary opportunities to experience a great deal about a country in a relatively short period of time without the complicated process of preparing an elaborate itinerary on your own.

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Amstar DMC circuits and expeditions enable participants to immerse themselves in a multitude of sights, sounds and adventures by visiting more than a single destination or region over a selected number of days.

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WELCOME

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It is a pleasure for us at Amstar DMC to welcome you to our beautiful destinations and to a cornucopia of wonderful experiences. In Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica,

our enthusiastic and service minded teams await to tailor make your

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Golf Weddings MICE Special Tours Mexico Mexican Caribbean Cancun Riviera Maya Cozumel Mexican Caribbean Tours Puerto Vallarta Los Cabos Acapulco Huatulco Ixtapav Dominican Republic Punta Cana La Romana Puerto Plata Dominican Republic Tours Jamaica Montego Bay Negril

programs and to convert ordinary stays into unforgettable life-time

PRIVATE TRANSFERS

experiences.

providing exceptional destination services and products to individuals, groups, corporations, tour operators and meeting planners. With 20 years of experience, we are proud to offer first-class services and top-notch facilities throughout the destinations we operate in. Our extensive list of services, products and activities include a full range of

Deluxe Private Transfers * For an extra touch of elegance or to celebrate a special event or date, why not treat yourselves to luxurious chauffeur driven private transfers and enjoy being treated as VIP guests in Mexico. With a range of deluxe vehicles available and well trained bilingual staff to match, you will never want to travel any other way again!

transportation options, exciting innovative

excursions,

incentive and meeting planning expertise and a wonderful, multilingual staff that ensures all goes according to plan. Whether looking for pleasure and relaxation in sunny tropical surroundings, or a boost of adrenaline through exciting adventure and action tours, rest assured we will fulfill those dreams. Organizing a golf, fishing or spa get-away with love one(s) or hoping a romantic wedding fantasy comes true‌ Amstar DMC know what it takes to surpass expectations and bring dreams to life.

Begin your visit in style with an Amstar DMC private transfer

Private Transfers Leave the crowds behind you and guarantee a smooth beginning and end to your well earned vacation, by reserving Private Round Trip Transfers between your point of arrival in Mexico and your chosen accommodation. With no need to wait for your fellow passengers, enjoy personal, fast-track service in a modern, fully air conditioned vehicle providing you with the level of service and experience that you expect.

Amstar destination management companies are dedicated to

and

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On arrival in destination, look out for the Amstar DMC sign!

Limousine Transfers * The classic mode of transportation for a wedding group, a bachelor/ bachelorette party or simply for a couple wanting to be noticed. Stand out from the bustling crowd as your smooth limo gently whisks you away to the vacation accommodation of your dreams - while you relax and enjoy all the VIP amenities that stars expect! * Deluxe Private Transfers and Limousine Transfers are not available in all destinations. Check online for availability: www.amstardmc.com

www.amstardmc.com EDITORIAL DIRECTORY March 2010 Operations Director Ged Kennedy Editor Dorte Nielsen Graphic Design Julieta Arce Photography: Shutterstock, Dominican Republic Tourist Board, OVC Cancun, Huatulco, Cabos, Cozumel & AcapulcoTourist Offices & Suppliers Advertising Sales (Cancun) Jeff Rosenstein +52-998-881-9578 jrosenstein@amstarmexico.com

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GOLF

Enjoy a great selection of breathtaking designer courses Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica have in recent years increased their popularity among discriminating golfers. All three countries offer an impressive selection of professional World Class courses in stunning surroundings.

AMSTAR SERVICES

Mexico has for several years been a leader in the construction of gorgeous courses designed by the top names in the business in the top destinations of Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. Signature courses designed by such innovators as Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones and Greg Norman have set very high standards and the stunning natural features incorporated into the course layouts leave players breathless. The wonderful, year-round climate has further enhanced the appeal of Mexico as a preferred destination for international tournaments. Even the lesser known resorts of Huatulco and Ixtapa have gained popularity as golf destinations. The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean’s most impressive golf paradises with its powder white beaches, green tropical landscapes and mild tropical breeze. The best known golf resort on the island is the “Casa de Campo” resort in La Romana with three Pete Dye courses. Puerto Plata and Punta Cana also boast fabulous courses designed by Robert Trent and Pete Dye respectively. Jamaica boasts 10 golf courses throughout the country, which are distinguished by the quality of the very individual attention provided by the caddies. The Tryall Golf Club at Montego Bay is considered one of the best in the country as is Sandals Resort and Golf Club on the Northern coast. In addition, the all inclusive resorts in Negril offer great golfing options. Golf Circuits in the Mexican Caribbean Amstar DMC Mexico is delighted to announce a brand new set of Golf products in the hottest & newest golf destination in the world: the Mexican Caribbean. Select from a choice of circuits which include multiple rounds of golf at different and spectacular courses; private transportation to and from your hotel each day and pre-confirmed tee times as requested by you. E-mail us now at: enquiries@amstardmc.com Visit www.amstardmc.com for more information Call from US: 1-877-329-4461 Call from Mexico: 01-800-267-8270

WEDDINGS

Plan your wedding with Amstar dmc Which bride has not dreamed of saying “yes” right on a breathtaking tropical beach with powder-white sand, brilliantly sparkling Caribbean Sea at tip-toe’s reach and swaying palm trees above? You simply can not find a more magnificent setting. Make this dream become reality! Enjoy an unforgettable oceanfront wedding with Amstar in Cancun or Riviera Maya, Mexico or Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. We’ll make sure that all your expectations are met - just leave the details to us. Whether you are getting married, honeymooning or renewing your vows, our dedicated team of wedding planning experts will work with you to ensure that your special day, and your entire special vacation experience is better than you, or your invitees, could ever have imagined. Contact us at: enquiries@amstardmc.com Call from US: 1-877-329-4461 Call from Mexico: 01-800-267-8270 6

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Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Expositions Meetings & Incentives in paradise! If you are traveling to Mexico, the Dominican Republic or Jamaica, plan your Meeting or Incentive Trip with Amstar DMC. We are dedicated to providing creative advice and to professionally organizing international groups and incentive travel events. To ensure your perfect satisfaction, we assign a group specialist to your program, who will personally manage all details of your event from the beginning of the planning stages, throughout the entire program and right up until your return home. We believe that the success of your program lies in our ability to deliver services the way YOU want them. Our goal is to provide your group with an experience outside of the ordinary. We understand how important your business is and want to add value to your event. With custom programs tailored to each group, we ensure that incentives and business events will be ones your clients will never forget, in destinations worthy of remembering. Visit www.amstardmc.com for more information. Contact us in Mexico at: sales@amstardmc.com

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Amstar DMC has prepared several tour circuits in Mexico which are packed with exciting components ranging from 6 15 days in length. Each circuit offers an expert Tour Director, deluxe transportation, local specialists as required, excellent accommodations and a variety of included activities. Every detail is organized in advance and our expert staff makes sure all runs according to schedule. Amstar DMC also develops custom designed circuit itineraries to meet the specific needs of Agencies, Meeting Planners and private groups. Give us a few basic requirements and leave the rest to us. We will research the possibilities, provide you with a recommended itinerary and work closely with you deliver a fantastic experience. Visit www.amstardmc.com for more information. Contact us at: enquiries@amstardmc.com Call from US: 1-877-329-4461 Call from Mexico: 01-800-267-8270 Call International: +52-998-881-9550

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Mexico

AMSTAR DESTINATIONS

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exico has become one of the most popular international destinations for individuals and groups. Mexico has everything: breathtaking mountain landscapes, valleys, deserts, immense tropical jungles, paradise beaches, rivers, lakes and waterfalls, preColombian pyramids, colonial cities, small native towns and modern city life. Moreover, the world famous Mexican kitchen will please even the most discriminating palate. Mexico is colors, flavors, sounds and emotions; a country that touches all senses. Its unsurpassed beauty and unique geographical diversity combined with a cultural treasure trove provides an array of fabulous venues and exciting activities. Mexico consists of 32 states, each with its own characteristics expressed through its people, dialects, ethnic groups, handcrafts and traditions. Whether you come for relaxation and sun, cultural experiences, adventure or a combination of it all, Mexico has it. Moreover, the well known hospitality and friendliness of the Mexican people will make you feel very comfortable and welcomed. Mexico has so much to offer once you have visited, you’ll want return again and again and again!!!

MĂŠxico LOS CABOS PUERTO VALLARTA

MEXICO CITY

CANCUN COZUMEL RIVIERA MAYA

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Mexico General Tips and Info

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Required travel documents: To enter Mexico you need a valid passport. All visitors are asked to fill out a 90-day tourist card upon arrival. Drinking water: The tap water in Mexico is not drinkable. Buy bottled water or mineral water. Money exchange: The easiest and less expensive way to change money is to use the ATM-machines located in all banks, most hotels, malls, shops and street corners in major towns and destinations. Most credit cards are normally accepted. Banks are open weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm, with some open on Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm. Tips play an important role in the income of most Mexican employees (mostly in the service sector) and a 10-15% of the bill is expected as tip in restaurants. Shopping: There are huge shopping opportunities in Mexico and every state produces its special hand crafts such

as: hand wowed carpets, embroidered blouses, ceramics, crystal products, textiles, painted wood figures and many others. Bargaining is expected in the local markets and tourist stands since the prices are typically twice the amount the shopkeepers will accept! All tourist destinations have exclusive and luxury shopping malls with international brands. Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean have lower taxes than the rest of the country (11%, compared to 16 % in the rest of the country) which makes the area a very attractive shopping mecca. Food and beverages: The Mexican kitchen is as diverse as it’s many cultural differences and has influences from both North - and South, but primarily from the Pre-Columbian cultures that introduced corn, beans and chili peppers as the main ingredients in tasty and wide-ranging dishes. Mexican beer, tequila and even wine have gained world-wide reputations.

Prices in restaurants are generally moderate with more expensive menus in hotel restaurants and top resorts. Weather: Mexico has several climates; temperate, subtropical and tropical. Generally, all destinations have lower temperatures between November and April, while the other six months are hot and along the coasts, often very humid. The central part of the country has its rainy season between April and September. Average temperatures in coastal destinations lie between 15-31º C . / 60-88º F. Time zone: GMT -6

SPECIAL DAYS IN MEXICO January 6: Day of the Kings (Día de los Reyes): Traditionally, gifts are exchanged. February5: Constitution Day (National holiday). This Mexican holiday celebrates the constitutions of 1857 and 1917. February 14: Valentines Day (Día de Amistad & Amor) February 24: Flag Day (National holiday) March 21: Holiday to celebrate the birth of Benito Juárez (National holiday). Official date of the beginning of spring.

Between March and April: Holy Week (Semana Santa) (National holiday) A Pre-Easter holiday that ends with Easter Sunday. April 30: Day of the Children (Día del Niño) A holiday similar to Mother’s and Father’s Day, but for the children! In Mexico, usually elementary schools are closed to honor the children. Often they are also given candies and goodies to celebrate their special day. May 1: Labor Day (National holiday) May 5: Cinco de Mayo, Celebrates the victory at Puebla against invading French troops. (National holiday)

May 10: Mother’s Day (Día de las Madres) September 16: Mexican Independence Day (Día de la Independencia de México) (National holiday) November 1: All Souls’ Day (Día de todos Santos) Honors the souls of departed children. November 2: Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). Honors the souls of departed family members. November 20: Revolution Day, Anniversary of the Revolution. (National holiday) December 12: Day of our Lady of Guadalupe (Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe) December 25: Christmas (National holiday)

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Mexican Caribbean General Information

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Cancun

exico has its own part of the Caribbean. The Yucatan Peninsula offers 300 kilometers of snow-white beaches from Cancun in the north to the state capital Chetumal on the Belize border in the south. Cancun has for a decade been the principal draw card with its many hotels located directly on the beautiful beaches, the incredible turquoise color of the water, its famous nightlife and amazing shopping opportunities. However, over recent years the Riviera Maya (which is the stretch of coast between Cancun and Tulum) has experienced a gigantic boom in tourism and a significant increase in population. Playa del Carmen has now turned into an extensive and multi cultural city from the small provincial beach town and back packer paradise it used to be. Today it attracts all kinds of tourists and budgets, and is famous for its “easy going” and relaxed atmosphere. Other smaller communities along the coast, such as Tulum, Akumal and Puerto Aventuras, are also very attractive thanks to their tropical paradise beaches, beautiful coral reefs & wildlife and the many activities available in the area. The Yucatan Peninsula is covered by low tropical forest that hides countless treasures; ruins and temples from the ancient Maya culture, such as Chichen Itzá, existing Mayan communities, richness in flora and fauna, subterranean caves, rivers and cenotes. There is an abundance of action and adventure in the exciting nature parks and eco-tours including zip lines, snorkeling and diving. In addition, the region boasts an impressive selection of world class resorts, professionally design golf courses, luxurious spas, deep sea fishing and dolphin programs. Cancun and Playa del Carmen boast an eclectic mix of international and Mexican restaurants, bistros and cafes that will satisfy any palate; while an amazing choice night clubs, discos and bars will amaze even the most seasoned night-life revelers. Whether plans are for a romantic escape for two, a family vacation, an adventure packed get-a-way, a “dream come true” wedding or a group event, the Mexican Caribbean has everything for an unforgettable experience.

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AMSTAR CANCUN

Cancun

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ancun was only a twinkle in the eyes of visionaries dreaming of a paradise not yet realized. This “mirage”, shimmering up from a sun-drenched sliver of powdery, white beach was home to no one and known only to a few fisherman and those looking for solitude. Nothing but nature itself occupied this Caribbean diamond in the rough. Today Cancun has become a world leading vacation, meetings, incentive and conference destination. Cancun offers an array of activities that includes a “New 7th Wonder of the World” – the archaeological site of Chichen Itzá and incredible snorkeling and diving on the 2nd largest reef in the world. The destination also offers championship golf courses, luxurious spas, world class gourmet restaurants and a dazzling night life. Cancun has it all!

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Experience the best of Mexico’s foods, moods and music in one delightful place — Paloma Bonita — the first choice of locals and visitors alike. Classic recipes, 30 styles of tequila (and our famous Tamarind Margarita), live traditional music and the warmest hospitality in Cancun. Come feast with us — next to Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa.

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Riviera Maya General Information

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eading south of Cancun a new world opens up - the world of the RIVIERA MAYA. Along this stretch of the Mexican Caribbean, the towns are smaller, the pace slower and the eclectic mix of languages reveals this part of Mexico as a favorite hideaway for visitors from every corner of the world. On one side of the coast road you’ll find small independent communities with miles and miles of white sanded beaches protected by the second largest barrier reef in the world. The Riviera Maya boasts some of the most fabulous All Inclusive Resorts in the world with excellent convention facilities as well as fabulous professional golf courses. For those in pursuit of thrills and adventure - just take a look at the quality of the activities on offer; there are awesome eco-adventure parks, excursions into the lush tropical jungle with crystal clear cenotes, underground rivers and fascinating Mayan Ruins. The Riviera Maya invites you to explore.

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Cozumel

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Mexican heart... with a Caribbean soul! Just 12 miles off the Yucatan coast, directly across from Playa del Carmen, lies the island of Cozumel. Its waters so clear, its coral reefs so spectacular, famed marine biologist Jacques Cousteau called it the “best diving area in the world.” Boasting the second largest barrier reef in the world, this sleepy island draws divers, swimmers and snorkelers from around the globe. A mecca for SCUBA divers, Cozumel offers World Class dive sites just a stone’s throw from the shore and justly merits its place among the leading dive locations of the world. Boasting the archaeological site of San Gervasio, Chankanaab National Park and the Punta Sur Ecological Reserve, Cozumel has a huge amount to offer the visitor - both above and below the water line!

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Chichen Itza Incredible!

Recently designated one of the NEW Seven Wonders of the World – this is an extraordinary visit to one of the most impressive archaeological discoveries on the planet!

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MEXICAN CARIBBEAN TOURS

INCLUDES Multi-lingual guides Lockers Zip-line harness and helmet Life jackets 2-Seater amphibious vehicle Raft and hand paddles Buffet lunch & beverages Optional: A/C transportation from your hotel

INCLUDES Deluxe a/c, restroom-equipped coach, English-only presentations by professional guides, all entrance fees, beverages, snacks on board, buffet lunch in air conditioned restaurant (1 beverage included), pillows & blankets for additional comfort, movie on the way home and all taxes.

Xplor A fascinating underground world hidden for millenniums below the surface of the Yucatan Peninsula, beckons visitors to rediscover emotions energized by incredible natural phenomena most people have never had an opportunity to experience. Xplor offers over 6 miles of adventure featuring: zip lines, amphibious vehicles through the jungle, swimming in an underground paradise of rivers and a rafting route through stunning subterranean caverns.

Primax Swim with Delphinus

Marvel at the construction of massive structures such as the Kukulcan Pyramid, designed by Mayan architects without modern day technology; test the acoustical magic in the largest Ball Court in the Americas and walk the same paths as Mayan priests did centuries ago to offer sacrifices to their gods at the Sacred Well. 24

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INCLUDES Round Trip Transportation Lockers Towels Available at: Delphinus Dreams Cancun Delphinus Xel-Ha Delphinus Riviera Maya

Primax Delphinus is an amazing succession of events with the dolphins, where you’ll experience thrills and tender moments, from dancing holding the dolphin’s fin and getting a kiss, to the culminating moment – the foot push, where the dolphins push you through the water by your feet at astonishing speeds! There is plenty of time to interact with these incredible animals since the 45 minutes in the water is one of the outstanding features of Delphinus Primax. In addition, only 6 swimmers share the program.  Our certified trainers will also teach you some interesting facts about dolphins throughout the Primax program. www.amstardmc.com TOURS AVAILABLE IN CANCUN, RIVIERA MAYA AND COZUMEL

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INCLUDES A/C transportation from your hotel Bilingual Guides Snorkeling gear

Snorkeling Adventure

INCLUDES Round trip sail to Isla Mujeres aboard a Catamaran Cruiser Bilingual host and crew Choice of Dinner Buffet and Lobster option Domestic Open Bar

MEXICAN CARIBBEAN TOURS

Caribbean Carnaval

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Life Jackets - mandatory Full lunch buffet Soft drinks, margaritas, daiquiris, tequila & coffee

Enjoy a “Robinson Crusoe” type day away from the busy beaches and pools of your hotel. Great for beginners and veterans alike. You will jump into warm Caribbean waters and swim with colorful tropical fish and amazing diversity of marine life as you marvel at the coral formations on the Great Mayan Reef - the second largest reef system in the world. Small launches take you just a short distance from the beach out to the reefs and return to shore after the snorkeling session, so you’re not on the water the entire day.

INCLUDES A/C transportation from your hotel Bilingual Guide

Shopping

Enjoy the open bar and dancing on the upper deck as you cross the bay to Isla Mujeres aboard a comfortable catamaran cruiser. Once on the Island you will feast on an “all you can eat buffet” right on the beach and a domestic open bar all evening long while you enjoy a show filled with lively rhythms and native dances of exotic places.

Xcaret PLUS

INCLUDES Deluxe A/C equipped coach Bilingual Tour Conductor Entrance fees Entrance to evening show 1 Lunch buffet and beverages (lemonade, purified water, coffee) 2 coupons each valid for 1 (soft drink, water or bag of chips 1 beer = both coupons)

Snorkeling gear and life jackets (mandatory)

Lockers Showers and towel in exclusive “PLUS” area

All along the Mayan Riviera you’ll find plenty of places to shop. You’ll come across everything from modern shopping malls to traditional & colorful markets, where you can buy handcrafts, imitation stone figurines of Mayan gods, hammocks, t-shirts, ceramics, wood carvings and more. In Playa del Carmen, a favorite shopping spot is Fifth Avenue. There are also several shopping areas with exclusive boutiques that have the latest beach wear, sports accessories & finest jewelry / perfume shops in the destination. 26

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Natures Sacred Paradise! Once an ancient Mayan seaport, this eco-archaeological park is designed to keep you busy all day. Swim through underground rivers; relax in crystal clear lagoons; observe exotic tropical animals in natural habitats; snorkel in protected inlets or take a siesta in a hammock under the palm trees. You’ll love the impressive coral reef aquarium and how the park is helping to protect endangered sea turtles. Stay for the evening and you’ll step back in time with a magical show bursting with color, music & folklore in a spectacular covered amphitheater. www.amstardmc.com TOURS AVAILABLE IN CANCUN, RIVIERA MAYA AND COZUMEL

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INCLUDES Deluxe A/C motorcoach Bi-lingual Guides All entrance fees At the ECO-PARK: Snorkeling equipment Lockers and towels Water floats Buffet lunch and snacks All beverages All taxes

Tulum Xel-Ha

INCLUDES Snorkel Bicycle Tour Ecological Tour Other activities with an additional cost: Tour on “ATV’s” Scuba Diving Massages Isla Mujeres Downtown Trip

Relaxed or frenetic, lazy or activities all day; Caribbean Funday allows you to do as much….. or as little as you want on the quaint Isla Mujeres. An easy sail with tropical music and open domestic bar brings guests to the private beach club and then it’s up to you! Full lunch or favorite snacks, refreshing beverages all day, snorkeling, bicycle ride, shopping in the small village or just kicking back on the beach or in a hammock. The energetic team will host all sorts of activities where you can learn to dance Salsa or how to prepare a delicious ceviche recipe. 28

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Cozumel Deluxe

Around The Island INCLUDES Modern air-conditioned vans Professional bilingual driver from the Cozumel Taxi Union All entrances Water and soft drinks

Tulum is the only walled city built by the Mayans along Caribbean. This ancient fortress atop a cliff overlooking the coast was so formidable in its day that the Spanish by-passed the area on their way to conquering the Peninsula. The views are spectacular, and the site offers a unique look back in time. At Xel-Ha, enjoy the extraordinary network of natural pools and waterways, walking paths and tropical forest. Jump into an incredible “natural aquarium” where you can snorkel in calm waters. Grab a float for a lazy ride in gentle currents, or grab a hammock, lay back and relax.

Caribbean Funday

MEXICAN CARIBBEAN TOURS

The tour starts with a visit to the Island’s Museum to give the visitors a clear idea of this beautiful island. Afterwards, the comfortable Suburban Van will take you to the Mayan ruins of San Gervasio. After an interesting 45 minutes guided tour in the ruins, the trip continues on the eastern side of the island to the Punta Sur Nature Park. At this most Southern point of Cozumel, you will visit the viewpoint and have the opportunity to see crocodiles, visit the ruins of the Caracol grave, take photos from the lighthouse and visit the Navigation Museum.

Diving

Amstar offers a wide range of high quality dive courses and dives. Among the dive courses you will find both PADI open water courses and introduction to SCUBA in a pool or reef. For the Certified Open Water divers or Advanced Open Water divers there are special options such as Cenote (cave) Dives, Deep Dives and Night Dives. Equipment is available for rent or you can bring your own. Check: www.amstardmc.com for details.

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INCLUDES 12 minute ferry ride out to the Atlantis Submarine Bilingual guide/marine specialist Submarine ride Dive Certificate stating you reached 100 ft underwater onboard the Atlantis XII. Complimentary Rum or Fruit Punch

Atlantis Submarine

Puerto Vallarta

Discover why Cozumel is rated one of the top 5 spots in the world for undersea adventure. Climb aboard the submarine ATLANTIS. Dive up to 100 fT. in a REAL US Coast Guard Certified submarine piloted by a professional and licensed crew in full air conditioned comfort. Chankaanab is an environmentally protected marine park and home to amazing coral formations and an impressive variety of marine life. With the large viewing windows providing “front row seats” and the live English narration presented by an experienced copilot - you’ll feel like you are part of a Discovery Channel TV expedition.

Isla Pasion

INCLUDES Catamaran sail to island Double kayak (max. combined weight 410 lbs)

Bi-lingual Eco-Naturalist guide Welcome drink on arrival to the beach club Mexican buffet lunch

The adventure begins aboard a magnificent catamaran, as you sway to the rhythms of tropical music on your way to Isla Pasion. Enjoy this tiny cay’s hidden beauty kayaking through mangroves. Freshen up with an ice cold welcome drink, relax in a hammock and taste a delicious lunch buffet while enjoying the incredible view of the Caribbean. Take a swim, play on a water trampoline, shop with the friendly vendors or even schedule an optional massage. And the kids have their very own club too - Ewan-O Club! 30

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Puerto Vallarta

AMSTAR PUERTO VALLARTA

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uerto Vallarta is located in the state of Jalisco, the cradle of Tequila, Mariachi and the Charro cowboy. Long before this coastal town nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains and overlooking the Pacific became known as one of Mexico’s top international vacation destinations, Vallarta was a thriving Mexican village. Much more than a mere resort, this destination combines all that is wonderful about Mexico; its people, its diverse cultures and architecture, its sheer beauty and its food and drink! From the bustling “Old Town” to the new, plush Riviera Nayarit area, Vallarta is a must in Mexico. Puerto Vallarta offers a terrific selection of fun and exciting activities – including the seasonal arrival of impressive humpback whales “vacationing” in the bay. Puerto Vallarta gives you some of the best Mexico has to offer .

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INCLUDES Speed boats and 4x4 Unimogs transportation to/from your departure point Professional Bilingual Adventure Guides All adventure gear and harnesses Safety Helmets and gloves Bottle water, light snacks & fruit Lockers

Outdoor Adventure

PUERTO VALLARTA TOURS

DETAILS Arrive at the Vallarta Dolphin Center 30 minutes before your scheduled swim Wear bathing suit under shorts

Dolphin Swim A speed boat ride takes you to Boca de Tomatlan and from here, an off-road expedition aboard 4x4 Unimogs will take you 2000 ft above sea level to a base camp in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Further into the sub-tropical forest, you’ll begin a series of thrilling zip lines, rappel down waterfalls, cross jungle bridges and splash through natural river pools.

Las Caletas

INCLUDES Catamaran sail to Las Caletas Bilingual host and crew Light breakfast Buffet lunch Beverages

Las Caletas is an exclusive tropical beach hideaway on Banderas Bay where you can enjoy an extraordinary day of sun, fun and adventure, accessible only by sea. Beginners and certified divers can explore the treasures of Banderas Bay while non-divers enjoy a fun-filled day of beach, lazing in the sun and snorkeling with sea lions. Las Caletas’ private cove offers something for everyone, combining fantastic diving with one of Mexico’s most famous beaches. 34

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This 60 minute program begins with an interactive presentation on dolphin characteristics, how to use hand signals and positive reinforcement to communicate with your dolphin and various safety guidelines. Next, you and your group of no more than 8 guests head to Dolphin Lagoon where you will wade into the shallow, clear waters to start your exclusive dolphin swim experience. Here, you will meet and play with a dolphin for 30 minutes, getting to know each other through hugs, kisses, rubdowns and, ultimately, a one-on-one swim and exciting belly ride!

Rhythms of the Night

INCLUDES Sunset Cruise Bilingual host and crew Candlelit dinner Domestic open bar Contemporary Dance Show

This adventure begins with a scenic sunset cruise on Banderas Bay as the sun sinks into the Pacific and you enjoy a gorgeous view of the glittering lights along Vallarta’s coastline. You’ll sail under the star-studded sky - until a flicker of torches guides the boat into the secluded cove of Las Caletas. After a scrumptious dinner buffet the pulsing beat of native drums summon you to an outdoor amphi-theater for a mesmerizing show that will keep you spellbound through music & modern dance. www.amstardmc.com

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INCLUDES Mercedes 4x4 all-terrain vehicles Professional Bilingual Adventure Guides Guided nature walk Guided tours of local villages and farms Snacks and beverages during day

Sierra Madre

Los Cabos

This exciting jeep safari is designed to discover traditional “Old Mexico” in the mountains & jungles of the Mexican Outback. Climb aboard specially designed Mercedes Benz all-terrain vehicles, go through mountain streams, past forgotten villages and over bumpy terrain to reach the heart of the Sierra. Later you’ll head for a golden expanse of virgin coastline, where you’ll enjoy a barbeque lunch and then relax on the white sands of a beautiful, secluded beach.

Whale Photo Safari

INCLUDES APEX Speed Boats Bilingual Marine Mammal Behavior Specialist Snacks and bottled water

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to photograph Humpback whales in Banderas Bay!! A photo captures a single moment in time and this specialized excursion is designed to capture that magical moment when you encounter wild dolphins and majestic humpback whales in their natural habitat. Using APEX inflatable speed boats to ensure a safe & comfortable ride, your photo safaris is guided by marine mammal experts who are passionate about protecting wildlife & the environment. 36

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Los Cabos

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One of the most beautiful and exclusive destinations in Mexico, Los Cabos is located at the end of the Baja California Peninsula. Consisting of three distinct sections: Cabo San Lucas, San JosĂŠ del Cabo and the Tourist Corridor that runs between them; the area was known primarily as a playground for the rich and famous. In recent years however, Los Cabos has been enjoying an explosion of notoriety, and a significant boom of development has arrived featuring wordclass resorts, luxurious marinas and fine dining options. Among the best activities available in the area, Los Cabos is well known for hosting a significant number of migrating whales in its protected waters as well as offering deep sea fishing, dolphin programs, water sports, professional golf courses and a plethora of action & adventure activities. The combination of inspiring desert landscapes and mesmerizing seascapes makes Los Cabos one of the most unique regions of Mexico.

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INCLUDES Bilingual Marine Biologist Refreshments on board

Whale Watching

Los Cabos is world renowned as one of the most privileged locations to watch whales and follow them on part of their migration journey. The experience will take your breath away! Between the months of December and March each year is the Whale Watching season; when both Humpback and Grey whales visit the waters off Los Cabos. During this season it is not uncommon to sea schools of dolphins & sea lions accompanying the whales as they swim through the Los Cabos waters.

4x4 Desert Safari

LOS CABOS TOURS

INCLUDES Deluxe A/C motor coach to/ from your resort Bilingual Tour Guide Soft Drinks & Beers on board Glass Bottom Boat trip All entrances fees

City Tour

This is a “must do” local adventure! The tour includes visits to interesting places such as the Mission of San Jose, a Glass Blowing factory; the Main Plaza; the famous Tourist Corridor; the world renowned golf courses and the stunning beaches. The day’s itinerary allows time for shopping in local plazas, and to top it off, this multi-interest tour even includes a glass bottom boat trip.

Dolphin Swim

INCLUDES Minimum age 5. Children 5-9 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Duration: 60 minutes 30 minutes of in-water interaction with the dolphins

INCLUDES Bi-lingual Adventure guides Bottled water Light Snacks

Climb aboard special, open-air Mercedes Unimogs specially designed for rugged terrain; for a fun-packed day. Astounding views, natural canyons and desert exploration are all part of an unforgettable experience. Fun & knowledgeable guides take you into the heart of the desert for an educational experience through untouched desert vegetation and to visit a local family living independently off the surrounding land. They’ll invite you into their home to try freshly made tortillas and other authentic flavors of Mexico. 40

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Experience the thrill of up-close and personal contact with your dolphin! Dolphins are as curious about us as we are about them and they will offer their sleek, graceful bodies to be stroked and gently petted, making it easy for you to get acquainted with caresses, hugs, and kisses. Once everyone is feeling chummy, you’ll have time to swim and play with your dolphin. www.amstardmc.com

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Fiesta Cabaret

INCLUDES Bilingual DJ / Master of Ceremonies Open Domestic Bar Hors d´Oeuvres International Cabaret Fiesta Show Imported Chilean wines Port tax

Aboard the Fiesta Cabaret, the premier entertainment vessel in Cabo San Lucas, you will be treated to delicious dinner and beverages from the all-night open bar as you watch the sun set over the beautiful Pacific Ocean, creating fabulous photo opportunities. Then gather to watch the evening’s main event - the Fiesta Cabaret, as the colorful costumes and lively traditional displays take the floor.

Fanta Sea Martini Lounge ???

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Los Cabos is a destination renowned for its incredible Sunset Views! Don’t miss the chance to experience this exclusive opportunity aboard the FANTA SEA, a 75 Ft. Brisbane Catamaran. Enjoy the serene surroundings of a lounge bar, sipping delectable martinis, cocktails, delicious Hors d’Ouvres, great music and a friendly vivacious Chill Out atmosphere. Navigate across the Sea of Cortes and Pacific Ocean, and visit the natural and beautiful attractions of the area -the Arch, the Sea Lions Colony. 42

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Acapulco

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he original resort destination in Mexico, and still a place to be seen! Whether it’s the history of pirates, the golden beaches and a breathtaking bay or the high-rise hotels, glittery nightlife and famous daredevil cliffdivers, there has always been something special about Acapulco. A new tourist life is being breathed into the city, both by American university students and by the huge new tourist developments including world class golf facilities, spas and worldrecognized fishing tournaments. Acapulco offers an impressive selection of adventure and water activities, plenty of shopping and a “complete menu” of restaurant options to satisfy any whim. Acapulco has its own very special ambience which has attracted so many famous people during the years.

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Palao Island

Cliff Divers Show With Dinner

INCLUDES Domestic Open bar Salad, fruit & snack bar Bilingual guide

INCLUDES Boat ride Bilingual tour guide

This beautiful fresh water lagoon is considered to be one of the most important natural attractions of Acapulco. This picturesque lagoon is thick with palms, water hyacinths and native flora. Your tour will include a boat ride through the dense vegetation. An unforgettable experience!

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INCLUDES Transportation Entrance to diving viewing gallery in hotel International buffet dinner 2 Tropical drinks with dinner

Enjoy the best tour to PALAO ISLAND onboard an “eye opening” glass botton boat. Admire the daring cliff divers, see Our Lady of Guadalupe´s underwater shrine, enjoy a spectacular Pre-hispanic Show and do the Latin conga! Later jump into the Pacific for a refreshing swim off Palao Beach and relax with a delicious Salad, Fruit & Snack Bar and domestic drinks from the Open Bar.

Coyuca Lagoon Tour

ACAPULCO TOURS

An experience of the sophisticated atmosphere of “La Perla” located in front of daring cliffs of “La Quebrada”, while watching the spectacular and famous cliff divers show. Afterwards an international dinner will be waiting at the restaurant offering a magnificent view of Acapulco.

Sunset Cruise Aca Rey

INCLUDES Tour of Acapulco bay by day or by night Bilingual Animation staff Domestic open bar

ACAREY is the best option for a fabulous afternoon cruising around Acapulco Bay. Admire the spectacular sunset and take pictures of the Rich and Famous Residences, hotels, Roqueta Island, Traditional Acapulco and the natural beauty of the bay. Every night is party night on board ACAREY so join us for great time! The show, the beautiful night time view of the bay and dancing under the stars will make your night unforgettable. www.amstardmc.com

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AMSTAR HUATULCO

Huatulco

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uatulco is one of Mexico’s newest, greenest and beautifully unique tourism development areas. Also called “Mexico’s best kept secret,” it is located along the coastline of the colorful state of Oaxaca, at the southern end of the Sierra Madre Mountains, stretching 22 miles along the cobaltblue Pacific Ocean. Within her borders, Huatulco boasts its famous 9 bays and 36 pristine and well protected beaches. Once a small fishing village, Huatulco has undergone a gradual transformation, as modern, first-class resorts, one of the country’s best golf courses and other updates to tourism-related infrastructure have begun to re-define the coastline. Yet for all the new additions, the region still maintains an unspoiled sense of tranquility. The area surrounding Huatulco is lush and exuberant with banana, papaya, coconut and coffee plantations hidden amidst the beautiful, jungle covered mountainside that slopes easily into the Pacific Ocean. Huatulco is truly one of Mexico’s wonderful “secrets” worthy of discovery!

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INCLUDES Deluxe Catamaran Cruiser Professional bilingual Cruise Host Open Domestic Bar on Board

Seven Bays Tour

Climb aboard a comfortable catamaran cruiser for a super day exploring 7 beautiful bays along Huatulco’s coastline. Relax with beverages from the open bar as your cruise host offers interesting details about the geography, flora and fauna of the region. You will make a stop at San Agustin to relax in the calm waters, bask in the sun or snorkel nearby. In Maguey’s Bay, you can lay out on the fine, white sand shores and float serenely over tranquil waves.

Local Villages & Traditions

INCLUDES Deluxe A/C bus or van from your resort Professional Bi-lingual Guide

Heading out to the small town of Santa Maria, the tour will make stops along the way at some local homes to observe, among other traditions, the preparation of 2 Mexican specialties: tamales and corn tortillas. You’ll even have a chance at making your own! Later visit a local bakery (panaderia) and taste some of the freshly prepared treats the villagers enjoy daily. In the center of Santa Maria, you’ll have time to stroll through the small plaza & market and visit the quaint church and town hall. 52

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HUATULCO TOURS

INCLUDES Deluxe Sailboat or Catamaran (depending on weather)

English speaking Cruise Host Wine, beer and soft drinks Snacks

Sunset Tour

This is the only way to catch a fiery Pacific sunset in Huatulco with the high Sierra Madre’s obscuring the view. A moment you will not forget. Drinks and snacks are served on board as you watch a fiery orange globe sink into the horizon. A laid back, romantic sail that has you back to the pier in time to continue the evening with a romantic dinner in one of the local bistros in town.

City & Shopping Tour

After snapping some post-card perfect photos of the panoramic beauty along the way, you will visit the village of La Crucecita where you can stroll through its charming main plaza and shop in the handicraft market for hand painted figures, woven goods, leather and silver jewelry. In the seaside village of Santa Cruz where you can visit the local church and see the largest painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe, you’ll also find an open-air market with more handicrafts and restaurants. www.amstardmc.com

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Ixtapa

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xtapa-Zihuatenejo is one of Mexico’s most beautiful Pacific coast beach destinations; a sleepy paradise snuggling between the dark-blue waters of the Pacific and the lush green mountain sides of the Sierra Madre range. Whereas Zihuatanejo is a small, picturesque fishing village where early inhabitants first settled; Ixtapa, located a short 4 miles up the coast from her older sister, boasts modern upscale resorts, a luxury marina, world-class golf courses and full tourist services. While delivering first class services and an unlimited amount of activities, Ixtapa maintains its authentic tropical coastal charm and unspoiled natural beauty where everything is within walking distance. Ixtapa offers the perfect ingredients for the perfect vacation!

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INCLUDES All equipment needed Professional bilingual Guides Two energy bars and one drink (Soda, Water or Beer)

Parque Aventura

This activity was created to satisfy those who love adventure activities and enjoy nature. Parque Aventura offers a mix of canopy and zip line activities the whole family can have fun with. The exciting journey provides just the right mix of fun, physical challenges and pure adrenalin rushes with the biggest thrill coming as you fly over the trees on a 250 mt. long zip line!

INCLUDES Round trip transportation from your hotel Domestic Open bar Light Snacks Tour guide

Sail & Snorkel Picante

IXTAPA TOURS

Enjoy a fun and exciting boat trip along Zihuatanejo’s coastline and an unforgettable snorkeling experience on a section of coral reef. The reef, located off Manzanillo Beach, is home to a wide variety of marine flaura and fauna. Then take a deep breath before flying high over La Ropa beach on the spinnacker sail - an adventure not to be missed!

Combo Tour

Swim with Dolphins

INCLUDES Pick up from your hotel Professional and certified Bilingual Guide A/C transportation Lunch

INCLUDES Introduction details and the activity The experience of a life time interacting with dolphins! Choose from; Swimming with Dolphins: Here you will be able to gently touch and kiss the dolphins as you swim among them before flying on top of the water with a famous ‘Foot Push!’ (minimum age: 8 yrs old). Encounter with Dolphins: Hang out with your dolphin in shallow waters and learn about these beautiful animals and what the like to do. Delfiniti Kids: An introduction to the world of dolphins. Children will enjoy seeing and coming in contact with a smiling dolphin! (ages 3-7 yrs old). 58

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A terrific opportunity to enjoy a combination of cultural experiences first hand in and around the places we call home. Use all of your senses as you take in a city tour of Zihuatanejo, see a variety of tropical fruit trees and learn about one of Mexco’s traditional art forms at a local tile factory. Then visit Petatlan, an old Mexican town in the outlying foothills. After strolling through the small church and the gold market, relax with a traditional lunch prepared in a beautiful, country-style restaurant. www.amstardmc.com

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Dominican Republic

AMSTAR DESTINATIONS

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f you are looking to relax in the cool shadows of a palm tree, step back in time in a city filled with Spanish colonial history and be captivated by a wonderfully unique tropical setting, the Dominican Republic is the perfect destination for you. This Caribbean jewel is known as a real tropical paradise with its immense white, sandy beaches & turquoise waters; lush tropical vegetation; coffee, sugar & coconut plantations; merengue rhythms; tasty rum and aromatic cigars as well as a privileged climate all year round. The capital, Santo Domingo, offers modern shopping malls, night life and restaurants amidst the historical heritage of Columbus and the discovery of the Americas. Both the cities and the country side are characterized by a relaxed, “laid back� mentality and a very friendly people. The destination offers a wide selection of activities for any taste including; any imaginable water sport, golf on top-notch courses, deep sea fishing, sailing to the nearby tropical islands and exciting excursions into the heart of the country.

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Required travel documents: To enter the Dominican Republic you need a valid passport. Visitors are asked to fill out a 90day tourist card upon arrival. Drinking water: The tap water in the Dominican Republic is not drinkable. Buy bottled water or mineral water. Money exchange: The easiest and less expensive way to change money is to use the ATM-machines located in all banks, most hotels, malls, shops and street corners in major towns and destinations. All credit cards are normally accepted. Banks are open between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays.

Tips play an important role in the income of most Dominican employees (mostly in the service sector). 10-15% of the bill is appropriate in restaurants. Shopping: There are good shopping opportunities in the Dominican Republic on hand crafts in flea markets and souvenir stands and bargaining is normal. The exclusive beach destinations have shopping malls/areas with hand crafts and international brands. Food and beverages: The Dominican Republic has a very interesting and tasteful kitchen with strong Creole influence. Dominican Rums are famous

and broadly consumed in all social levels of the population. Prices in restaurants are generally low with exception of the hotel restaurants and top resorts. Weather: The Dominican Republic has a rich tropical climate with sunshine all year round, a fresh sea breeze along the coast and temperatures ranging between 30.5º C / 22.7º C – 87 / 73 Fahrenheit Time zone: GMT -4

SPECIAL DAYS IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC January 1: New Year (Año Nuevo) (national holiday) January 6: Day of the Kings (Día de Reyes) January 21: Our Lady of Altagracia (Virgen de la Altagracia) (Catholic celebration) January 26: Birth of Juan Pablo Duarte (Día de Juan Pablo Duarte)

February 27: Independence Day (Independencia Nacional de la República Dominicana) (national holiday) March/April: Easter (Semana Santa) (National holiday) May 1: Labor Day (Día del Trabajo) May/June: Corpus Christi (Catholic celebration)

August 16: Restoration Day (Día de la Restauración) (national holiday) September 24: Our Lady of Mercedes (Virgen de las Mercedes) (catholic celebration) November 6: Constitution Day (Día de la Constitución) December 25: Christmas (Navidad) (national holiday)

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Punta Cana

AMSTAR PUNTA CANA

General Information The vibrant destination of Punta Cana lies on the Eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, complete with its own international airport, and lined with over 40 miles of breathtaking “postcard perfect” beaches and clear blue ocean. With more than 62 beachfront hotels, a great choice of 8 world-class golf courses, endless water sports activities and diverse dining options, Punta Cana is one of the most popular and by far the fastest growing destination in the Caribbean. Punta Cana has an excellent variety of attractions and activities like: ‘off the beaten track’ jeep tours into the county side, swimming with sharks or rays, interacting with incredible dolphins or cruising the coast on a catamaran. Activities also include scuba diving and certification courses, great deep sea fishing, snorkeling, windsurfing and Banana Boat rides. A rich night life offering a variety of discos, casinos and restaurants completes the Punta Cana menu.

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La Romana

AMSTAR LA ROMANA

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outheast of Punta Cana and 100 km from Santo Domingo lies La Romana, one of the most important spots of the Dominican Republic and a preferred destination amongst discriminating travelers. With clear azure waters and endless white sandy beaches it is no surprise that La Romana attracts an increasing number of visitors. The 7,000-acre Casa de Campo Resort at La Romana has won several awards as a preferred place for both business travel and individual visitors and gives life to the small village of La Romana. Home of Peter Dye’s legendary golf course and an amazing blend of restaurants, spas, shopping malls and a Toscana-style village, La Romana offers an attractive luxury escape in paradise surroundings. Close to the Dreams La Romana Hotel lies the small fishing village Bayahibe. Even today this is the place to watch the local fishermen bringing their daily catch back to shore to sell to the local restaurants. La Romana truly combines the real Caribbean taste and culture with endless luxury.

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Puerto Plata

AMSTAR PUERTO PLATA

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uerto Plata is another paradise destination located on the Amber Coast with endless unspoiled beaches on the north side of the Dominican Republic. The Playa Dorada hotel complex is located in Puerto Plata on 250 acres and is a self contained area offering travelers the choice of fourteen resorts, discos, casinos, restaurants and a 13 mile stretch of beautiful sandy beach. Nestled within the complex, the open-air mall “Playa Dorada� offers grocery stores, medical supplies, souvenir shops, bars, fast food restaurants, jewelry shops and banks. The prestigious Playa Dorada golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones. More than 47 hotel restaurants, 3 casinos, spas, water sports, bars and discos complete the incomparable offerings of Playa Dorada. Further along the coast from Puerto Plata, the resort of Cabarete proudly boasts one of the top locations in the world for windsurfing and kite boarding.

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Santo Domingo

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TOURS

Shopping Tour

Hunt for local treasures! Arts, crafts and everything you might want! With or without lunch truly, the best way to spend an afternoon!

Outback Safari

Rediscover the first city of the new world! Walk through the Colonial Zone and visit monuments and museums. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the world famous Hard Rock CafĂŠ and then enjoy great shopping on Conde Street a pedestrian walkway with shops on both sides! 72

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Discover mountains and rivers; visit sugar cane and cocoa bean plantations, have a taste of freshly brewed coffee that you can grind! See how Dominicans live and learn all about their customs. Have a typical lunch on our mountain ranch. After siesta time, head out to a secluded beach for some boogie boarding and snacks. www.amstardmc.com TOURS AVAILABLE FROM PUNTA CANA, LA ROMANA AND PUERTO PLATA

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Marinarium

Discover the fascinating underwater world. Board our glass bottom boat and explore this fantastic scene. Swim with nurse sharks and stingrays; or have fish eat from your hand! Enjoy a cold beer in our natural pool, while Caribbean rhythms take you away. Truly the best snorkeling in Punta Cana!

Reef Explorer

Have you ever hugged a stingray? Have a close encounter with stingrays and nurse sharks or snorkel and discover our varied marine life. You can also explore the reef on a kayak, relax on one of our floating sun beds and even get a massage. Enjoy a variety of snacks and drinks from our health bar.

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Cayo Paraiso

PUERTO PLATA TOURS

Don’t miss the most idyllic spot on the north coast. Speedboats whisk you over to a fantastic desert island where white sand and turquoise water are there to greet you. This natural sandbank boasts a colorful coral reef. It really is a sun lover’s paradise! Discover the beautiful reef with a snorkeling tour and see the amazing array of bright colorful fish.

Puerto Plata City Tour ½ Day

Visit this quaint, colonial city that is vibrant and colorful, with characters to match. Visit the famous Brugal Rum Factory, and buy your duty frees at factory price. A scenic ride along the sea front to San Felipe fort. A stopover at the Amber Museum where you can learn the secret of these rare stones. Visit the many shops set around the park square to barter for your souvenirs and gifts. Not to be missed!

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Jamaica

AMSTAR DESTINATIONS

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his caribbean island is typically associated with reggae and Rastafarian culture. Being the 3rd largest island in the Caribbean, with warm tropical climate all year round and more than 10,000 km of coastline with beautiful beaches, Jamaica offers the visitor a huge diversity of natural beauty, culture and entertainment. The omnipresent Rastafarian movement is expressed through the very particular dreadlock hairstyle and the characteristic colors. Frequently live bands perform in the streets and plazas all over the country, and the legendary Bob Marley’s birthplace, the small village Nine Mile, is today a well known tourist attraction. Jamaica’s fabulous beaches along its tropical coastlines, surrounded by coconut and fruit plantations invite the visitor to enjoy a broad range of water sports. The highest point of Jamaica, Blue Mountain Peak at 2256 m, rises among the beautiful Blue Mountains called this because of the bluish mists that always envelop them. The Blue Mountains have a unique and rich flora and fauna, waterfalls, lagoons and in the lower regions grows the famous Blue Mountain coffee. Adventure, fishing, golf, shopping, dining, night life, famous Great Houses and excursions are among the many options Jamaica has to offer.

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Required travel Documents: To enter Jamaica you need a valid passport and all visitors are asked to fill out a 90-day tourist card upon arrival. Drinking water: The tap water in Jamaica is not drinkable. Buy bottled water or mineral water. Money exchange: The easiest and least expensive way to change money is to use the ATM-machines located in all banks, most hotels, malls, shops and street corners in major towns and destinations. All credit cards are normally accepted. Banks are open between 9am and 4pm on weekdays. Tips play an important role in the income of most Jamaican employees (mostly in the service sector) and 10-15% of the bill is expected as a tip in restaurants.

Shopping: There are good shopping opportunities in Jamaica on hand crafts in flea markets and souvenir stands; bargaining is normal. The exclusive beach destinations have shopping malls/areas with handcrafts and international brands. Food and beverages: The Creole influenced food of Jamaica is delicious and very often based on fish, tropical fruits and vegetables. Jamaica Rum is famous and broadly consumed across all social levels of the population. Prices in restaurants are generally moderate with the exception of the hotel restaurants and top resorts. Weather: Jamaica has a rich tropical climate with sunshine all year round, a fresh sea breeze along the coast and temperatures ranging between 30.5º C / 22.7º C – 87 / 73 Fahrenheit Time zone: GMT -4

SPECIAL DAYS IN JAMAICA January 1: New Year February (changing dates): Bob Marley week (festivals and celebrations) February 25: Ash Wednesday (religious celebrations) March/April: Good Friday (religious celebrations/national holiday)

April (changing dates): Easter Monday (religious celebrations/national holiday) April 22: Earth Day (festivals and celebrations) May 10: Mother’s Day (festivals and celebrations) May (changing dates): Labor Day August (changing dates): Emancipation Day August (changing dates): Independence Day (national celebrations)

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August 8: Tribute to Our Lady Bustamante December (changing dates): Marathon Reggae (sport events) December 25: Christmas (religious celebrations/national holiday)

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Montego Bay

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ontego Bay is located in a beautiful bay and surrounded by mountains on the north-western part of Jamaica. Being the second largest city in the country, and with its many attractions, relaxed charm, friendly people and perfect climate, Montego Bay is one of the most popular spots in Jamaica. Montego Bay has beautiful beaches, fabulous natural surroundings and a sparkling city life with abundant shopping, music and restaurants. The famous Dunn’s River Falls invite one to visit and refresh directly in the incredible falls. Montego Bay has excellent golf courses and among its many activities are diving, deep sea fishing, river rafting, wild life tours, water parks and the nearby Greenwood Great House which makes for a fascinating visit.

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Martha Brae Rafting

Take a ride on a 30 ft. bamboo raft down the Martha Brae River. Your captain will guide you through the flora and marine life of this tropical island. Lunch is optional.

Mayfield Falls

A great “gush & splash of fun” Riverwalk at Mayfield Falls. Explore the varied “natural Jacuzzis” and river sculpted caves or simply splash in the soothing waters of the river. Lunch included. 82

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Canopy Adventure

MONTEGO BAY TOURS

Aerial sightseeing with an “extreme” twist. Zip line across the jungle on the canopy. Get a bird’s-eye-of-view of the amazing rain forest, imposing mountains and spectacular river canyon. For the adventurous and wannabees.

Luminous Lagoon

Visit glistening waters at twilight. A truly rare experience. Take a 45 min. sail in the lagoon where nature comes alive as the water illuminates while cruising. Don’t forget your swimwear. www.amstardmc.com

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Jeep Safari (Chukka Blue)

Negril

Travel through the untouched and marvelous terrain in a 4x4 to Jamaica’s interior. Do the river and swim.

Dreamer Cruises

Relax on a catamaran while sailing to the marine park for swimming, sunbathing or snorkeling. Enjoy a soothing aloe vera foot massage while sipping a drink from the open Jamaican bar with music on board. Sail off to Margaritaville for unlimited rides on the 110 ft. waterslide. 84

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Negril

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egril is an extremely interesting area of Jamaica, due both to its very relaxed, laid back atmosphere and because of its natural beauty. Located in western Jamaica, about an hour from Montego Bay Airport, and originally “discovered” by hippies in the 1970’s who fell in love with the place, Negril has in later years become a very popular tourist destination for all budgets. Negril is renowned for its beautiful pristine sandy beaches with crystal clear water, its special “Negril vibe” characterized by the relaxed and friendly attitude of its people, its many activities and its stunning surroundings. Whether you are looking for a real tropical sun & relaxation vacation in an open and friendly atmosphere with the Jamaican people, or for adventure, action, sightseeing and culture, Negril is a perfect option.

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Negril Shopping

Drive to the town of Negril for duty free shopping. Then on to the local craft market to shop for local authentic craft items.

Deep Sea Fishing

Come aboard this 32 ft. Luhrs. Try your luck at catching Blue Marlin, Mahi Mahi and Tuna Whale. Light refreshments, bait and tackle are included in this half day charter. Full day charters are also available. 88

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Bob Marley’s Nine Miles

NEGRIL TOURS

Drive along the north coast before turning inland to the mountains – Nine Miles – the birth and burial place of “Robert Nesta Marley,” the undisputed King of Reggae. Then visit Ocho Rios before capping the day off at Dunn’s River Falls.

Black River Safari & Y.S. Falls

Travel along the beautiful south coast by bus, then sail through the rugged terrain of the island’s longest river, the Black River. Keep a watch for native wildlife in their natural habitat. A visit to the Y.S. Falls is a great opportunity to get some beautiful pictures and enjoy a sumptuous lunch. www.amstardmc.com

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Cool Runnings Dunn’s River Cruise

Spend an exciting time of sailing in the glistening waters off Dunn’s River Falls. You’ll have time to sun bathe or snorkel at Crystal Reef at the fall’s base. Climb the 600ft. glorious cascading waterfall. Snacks and drinks included.

Mystic Mountain

A truly mystical experience! Race through the forest on Bobsled Jamaica. Soar above the treetops in a state-ofthe-art Sky Explorer. Zoom through the sky on the popular Zipline- Canopy tour. Infinity pool and 75m water slide included. 90

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