Dominican Republic – Casa de Campo
Collected by Nina Dietzel, AFAR Ambassador
I heard about this school years ago, when I studied design in the UK. An Israeli classmate had studied art at Altos de Chavón and wouldn't stop talking about the experience. I'd forgotten about 'the art school in the jungle', until I stumbled on...
22000, Dominican Republic
When wind and waves cooperate, it's only a swift boat ride from Casa de Campo's beach to Catalina Island. Babtized 'Santa Catalina', by Christopher Columbus in 1494, the island is located about 2 kilometers from the mainland, and occupies less...
Many of the Dominicans I've met on my travels love horses and have a huge passion for polo. Casa de Campo has a serious, pretty expansive equestrian center where guests can take polo lessons, learn horse jumping, or go on one of the more leisurely...
Prolongacion Caracoles, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic
Altos de Chavón, a replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village, is perched high above the scenic Chavón river. Build just a smidge later than the 16th century, in the late 1970s, it was the brainchild of Charles Bluhdorn, who was Chairman of...
Altos de Chavon is made of many magical places, but my favorite was the pottery studio. I got a special tour and introduction to the workspace by wonderful long-time resident teacher, Damaris. Quick history: 1984, shortly after the village of...
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