TO JUMP...OR NOT TO JUMP?  That is the question at the 21 Waterfalls Aqua-hike.

TO JUMP…OR NOT TO JUMP? That is the question at the 21 Waterfalls Aqua-Hike.


This increasingly popular travel destination attracts fitness enthusiasts and value-savvy jetsetters who want to get fit and stay stoked on the Caribbean sports-adventure-of-a-lifetime. I sometimes describe the Extreme Hotel as an alternative eco-resort meets fitness boot camp. But cooler. And a lot more fun.

The Extreme Hotel just won the 2014 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award for Best Caribbean Budget Hotel for more than one reason.

First, imagine a beach-front budget resort that offers all the adventure of staying at an international hostel, with surf-inspired rooms, private outdoor decks, complimentary bottled water service, and access to a shared kitchen.

Now throw in a Kitesurfing school, a massive skateboard half-pipe, and an open air yoga studio where you can zen-out all day to the sound of the wind and waves.

As someone who has practiced Mysore, Hatha, and Bikram in some fantastic studios around the world, I still say the Extreme Hotel’s  waterfront “yoga bungalow” continues to be one of my favorites. Why? Because I love the smell and sound of the sea. It helps me meditate. It helps me relax.  And that’s a big part of what yoga is all about. Include an open-air, beachfront restaurant & bar that serves organic food all day long. If you love the starchy, fattening foods typically served on cruise ships or at commercial resorts, be warned:  The Extreme Hotel is committed to preparing local, sustainable, whole-food dishes fresh everyday.

At the Extreme Hotel whole-food nutrition matters  – its just part of the lifestyle. Come expecting mostly organic, local fare (fresh meats, fish, vegetables, fruit, beans and rice) that can be tailored to Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten Free diets. 

It gets even better. Killer Mojitos and cold $2 beers served up all day long, by the beach or by the pool, your choice, accompanied by eclectic mix of Latin, Caribbean, and Reggae tunes that set the surf-inspired mood perfectly. A situation like this is  approaches perfection in my book.

There’s more!  The Rogue Fitness CrossFit gym and outdoor flying Trapeze provide an opportunity for both serious fitness and serious acrobatics activities.  It’s also worth noting that The Extreme Hotel is  a solar-powered “eco-resort” that recycles all waste, and composts the fertilizer for the onsite Aquaponics systems. An off-site, “Permaculture” Farm, located 30 minutes from the hotel, provides the organic vegetables for  your nutrition-driven meal program.

A tour of the 10 acre farm is a great day-trip nature budget adventure, where you can see ‘old-school’ meets ‘new-school’ assimilation of sustainable farming technology.  The farm tour also includes an innertube float (with beer!) on the Yasica River, and an amazing vegetarian lunch made by the interns the Taino Farm Environmental Education program.

But kitesurfing, cliff jumping,  all the eco-friendly mojito drinking aside, what the Extreme Hotel is  really becoming famous for is the 7-day “Transformation Vacation”  fitness camps targeted at people who want a complete lifestyle-changing experience.  With daily coaching from world-class trainers, a nutrition-driven meal plan tailored to your needs, and unlimited CrossFit, yoga, and meditation classes everyday, these programs make sure you leave your vacation with the foundations of a healthier fitness-focused lifestyle

With private rooms starting at only $50 per night for a 7-day experience, its easy to see why the Extreme Hotel is known as one of the Caribbean’s best values for a world-class fitness adventure.

Overall, I found the 21 Waterfalls Aqua Hike to be one of the main highlights of my stay in Cabarete. This epic, day-trip budget adventure was unlike anything I had ever seen in places like Hawaii, Bali, Costa Rica or Brazil. Imagine sliding down natural rock water chutes, floating through underwater caves and tunnels, and then jumping or climbing down a series of 21 different waterfalls. 

If you arrive early enough to miss the crowds and be the first one to jump down the falls, you will find yourself transported into a pre-Jurrasiac looking world where nature, water and adrenaline come together in a perfect harmony.  For only $85 (with lunch and transportation) it is one of the coolest budget adventure travel activities I’ve done anywhere in the world.


For a truly extreme, life-changing experience try the Extreme Hotel’s 7-Day All Inclusive Transformation Vacation Fitness Camps that will leave you physically and mentally transformed for under $1500.

Highlights of this package include:

  • Unlimited Personal Time with world-class certified Personal Trainers and Instructors.
  • Unlimited Fitness classes including CrossFit, Yoga and Meditation
  • 6+ trainers on-site certified to teach CrossFit, TRX, Pilates, Yoga, and Kettle Bell.
  • Weekly Massages including Thai Yoga, Shiatsu, Sports Therapy, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Active Release, Myofascial Therapy.
  • Choice of Extreme Eco-Adventure Tour: Waterfall Aqua Hike, Canyoneering & Rappelling, Eco Farm & River Float, or Snorkling
  • Post-Training protein shakes ensure your body gets the right nutrients to preform well and transform quickly
  • Meal plans are sensitive to Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian and Vegan restrictions and are tailored to the individual and their fitness goals.
  • Organic ingredients are sourced locally from the Taino Organic Farm (owned and operated by the Extreme Hotel and committed to the principals of Permaculture)

This is the ultimate “Transformation Vacation” for anyone looking to make a significant life change for the sake of their health, fitness, and overall well-being. Now only will you come back relaxed, healthier and in better shape, but you will gain the knowledge, skills and momentum to lead a more adventurous, health-driven lifestyle.  And here is the best part:  All fitness levels can be accommodated!  A Fitness Test & Nutrition Evaluation will help your Fitness Coach determine the perfect mix of activity, fun, and relaxation for your stay.


7576958015243258454At $1,499 the “Budget Solo”  is the perfect  package for any fitness-minded single traveler with an appetite for taking adventures and making friends. Or bring along 4 friends to share the 3-bedroom beach-view penthouse for only $1,399 per person.

I  had a life-changing experience coming to the Extreme as a solo traveler. I met interesting, like-minded people. I made some friends for life. And I jump-started a new fitness program that would lead me to completing my first Ironman Triathlon less than 2 years later.  That’s the power of transformative travel.  It changes your life. For the better.

                                        CONTACT:  IAN OSULLIVAN | TRANSFORMATIVE TRAVEL EXPERT | [email protected]



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