On a previous visit to adjacent local shops just outside the resort, we befriended a local tour guide, Jose - a very friendly, and just way-down-to-earth person. He had given us tips around town - where to go, what to avoid, and of the people, their ways and their culture. He offered us to walk with him to town, just about 30minutes away from the resort.
This is our first time to be outside the resort. The walk to town was very nice, and in a way felt very familiar: often times stopping by Jose's friends or relatives, or getting into someone's house just to introduce us, greeted often by kids playing at the streets, or even stopping by someone else's front yard as Jose tries to show us a fruit tree or how they lived, or calling out someone at the shore about a fresh 'mahi-mahi' that someone just caught. We already felt at home!
Jose brought us to a friend's place where they cooked fresh fish to whatever liking; often times negotiating for us and helping them serve us.
On one of our conversations, we happen to mention about young coconuts and mangoes, and how expensive they were at the resort. Next thing you knew, he disappeared and came back with a bagful of ripe mangoes. He also promised us to bring young coconuts everyday for the rest of our stay. And he did! All these hospitality - without the mention or hint of some sort of payback or a tip! But we knew, he deserves more than a tip!
Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic