Of all the 3 excursions we did in Dominican Republican, this one (even thoguh closer) was our favorite. The guide, Robinson, was super friendly, attentive, helpful and making sure everyone was having a great time and even offering to take photos of us.
He picked us up at the promised time and we liked it was a small group, only 6 people (including him in the van).
From the beginning, Robinson played music, told stories and jokes, offered us bottled water and tried to keep us comfortable for the drive. Once we arrived, he told us where to sit in the 4x4 pickup to get good photos and enjoyed the view.
We didn't have issues going up although it was bumpy, it is not a long drive to the top. The drive and the landscape and once you see Laguna Limon and the beach it reminded me of Hawaii.
Once we were there, since we were there earlier, we had the place to ourselves. It was great, we walked around, and took lots of photos without being disturbed. I even used the hammock for a long time. We had some rain but it passed quickly and Robinson entertained us with his stories.
Also, there were some guys offering zip line but we didn't try it.
Then, around 11ish, it was time to eat lunch. The restaurant set us up in a private room upstairs to enjoy a nice view. The lunch had fried fish, rice with vegetables, salad and chicken breast with bell peppers and sauce. It was delicious and tasted homemade, everything was spotlessly clean. Of all the tours, this was the best lunch and there was plenty for everyone.
After the lunch, we went to Playa Esmeralda. Our ticket said that but perhaps there was a mixup with the other group as Robinson told us that we would go to Macao Beach but once we show him the ticket and the other group agreed, we went to Playa Esmeralda.
Playa Esmeralda was lovely, only 1 more family there relaxing and clean, no hustle and bustle, just the beach. Also, the waves were better for swimming, Macao is too rough for swimming. We were there for about 40 min, we swam, other people tried the mama juana Robinson had with him. After the dip in the sea, it was time to go back to the hotel.