If over the last few months you’ve been thinking of leaving it all behind and taking a trip to the Caribbean but have no one to go with, don’t worry! Traveling alone is the in thing. A mere ten years ago only 5% of Spaniards were willing to travel unaccompanied, but today 15% are adventurous enough to go it alone. Economic and social factors such as an increase in the number of single-parent and single-member households have had an impact on this new, fun travel phenomenon.
Upper-middle class women in the 35-to-50 age range looking for alternatives to the traditional travel packages for couples and families are the most likely solo travelers. Numerous alternatives are now available to accommodate the singles tourism phenomenon. Gone are the days of limited options for those who wanted to travel but didn’t have a travel partner. Today, singles can choose from Mediterranean cruises to theme parties in major US cities to singles-only triathlons and much more.
PACKAGE DEALS … FOR SINGLES
There are even package deals specially for singles, like the Singles Week at the Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort ‘adults only’ hotel at Playa Bávaro, one of the Dominican Republic’s most popular resorts. This themed week from the 9th to the 16th of October comprises a combination of R&R and sporting events such as kayaking, zumba, volleyball, aquabiking and even yoga on the shores of the Caribbean.
For foodies, the culinary delights are exactly what you would expect at this kind of international destination: everything from typical Dominican dishes such as mangú, pollo guisado (chicken stew) and habichuelas (kidney beans) to the most sophisticated Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.
Of course, singles week would not be complete without a Mr. and Ms. Single contest, dinners with live music and parties that kick off when the sun goes down. There’s a 70s and 80s night at the Higuey bar, with a strict dress code (think leisure suits and bell-bottoms!) and a Fiesta en blanco night where Caribbean attire is mandatory.