Palmera Fishing Charters in the Dominican Republic is owned and operated by Palmera Travel, S.R.L., an incoming tour operator and DMC (Destination Management Company) located in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic.
Palmera Travel was founded in 2000, and owned by a Dominican. When I arrived in Punta Cana in November 2004 and met the owner on one of the golf courses in the area, Palmera Travel was a small company that worked mainly as a DMC for leisure/incentive/corporate groups from the US and Canada. Palmera Travel was also one of the few tour operators that provided golf reservations in Punta Cana.
The owner hired my girlfriend (she is now my wife) as a representative and soon after we began talking about expanding his golf operations, which I was naturally interested in giving my background as a PGA golfer. The owner agreed, and we began brainstorming until one day he asked if we would be interested in buying Palmera Travel! He had been working with tourism for about 15 years and needed a change. His wife had recently started working in real estate (which was booming at the time), and he wanted to join her.
My girlfriend and I considered it and decided to go for it! It was a huge step for two young people in their 20s who did not have any money, but luckily we were able to get a loan in order to buy the company. In the spring of 2005, we moved to Punta Cana, became residents and owners of Palmera Travel.
Today, Palmera Travel is a full service tour operator and DMC offering hotel reservations, airport transfers, excursions (e.g. fishing), golf reservations, etc. We work with individual travelers as well as groups of all sizes and from all over the world.
For more information about Palmera Travel, our services and/or inspiration for your next trip, please visit www.grouppalmera.com