Macao Buggy Tours

With transportation provided to and from their secluded ranch, the Macao Buggy tour was quite the adventure, but it's not for everyone. Because the equipment (buggies and ATVS) are older, we don't recommend this for children or older adults. The rides through muddy, rocky farmland makes for a bumpy ride and may not be enjoyable for certain age groups. You'll want to make sure you have cheap sunglasses that offer good eye coverage. We had aviators on but the dirt and sand still got to our eyes. This made it hard to drive. Essential is a bandana to protect your face and mouth from muddy splashes and dusty dunes. If you forget your bandana or sun glasses they do sell some at the ranch. Now, if you're still up for the adventure, we're going to share ours:)

With transportation provided to and from their secluded ranch, the Macao Buggy tour was quite the adventure, but it's not for everyone. Because the equipment (buggies and ATVS) are older, we don't recommend this for children or older adults. The rides through muddy, rocky farmland makes for a bumpy ride and may not be enjoyable for certain age groups. You'll want to make sure you have cheap sunglasses that offer good eye coverage. We had aviators on but the dirt and sand still got to our eyes. This made it hard to drive. Essential is a bandana to protect your face and mouth from muddy splashes and dusty dunes. If you forget your bandana or sun glasses they do sell some at the ranch. Now, if you're still up for the adventure, we're going to share ours:)

You'll make 3 stops...

PLANTATION

In the middle of the Dominican country is a plantation that produces the most sought after harvest. You'll visit a small hut where the host educates about the making of cacao, coffee, coconut oil, Mamajuana and more.

We taste tested the coffee, cocoa and green tea all naturally made at the plantation. You are able to purchase these products with cash or charge to your hotel with a $50 minimum. 

There are also other merchants that sell cute little trinkets, souvenirs, etc. The proceeds will help the local elementary school. 

LA CUEVA TAINA

Next stop is a quick little trip, and dip, to the cave. This is the perfect opportunity to cool off and wash off in the middle of your tour. Other tours were at this stop as well so there was a line to wait in before jumping in. It''s a small area so only about 4-5 people were allowed to swim at one time. You'll have about 2-3 minutes to swim round then the line continues. Like we said, quick trip and dip.

MACAO BEACH

Alas, is the longest stretch to the final stop. Ranked one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, Macao Beach offers  blue waters and fine sand with coconut palms lining the coast. Since this beach is resort free, it's one of the most popular for Dominicans on the weekends. Note that you might be approached by club promoters or guys with parrots and iguanas. Have your cameras ready!

... swerveeee

Along the muddy terrains you may run into some delays. Many other tours use these trails as well and for your safety your tour guide will let them pass by. Our longest delay was about 15 minutes. While you're stopped, village children will approach your buggy attempting you sell you flowers for a dollar. We wish we had known this would happen because it didn't feel good to say no. You'll see these children running around with no shoes on and old clothes and the last thing you want to do is deny them of one dollar. They might also ask your for you water if you bring any. Just a heads up.

What to bring

  • Sun Glasses

  • Bandana

  • Cash

  • Water

Come prepared

  • Wear your swimsuit

  • Put on sunblock

  • Protect your phone- in a ziplock 

Our total cost:

2 person buggy     $110

Cocoa                      $   7

Green Tea              $   5 

 

Total                       $122

*prices may have changed since our visit.

Photo taken at Macao Beach.