Frequently Asked Questions
What is the HBCU Getaway
The HBCU Getaway is a NEW 6 day 5 night annual Caribbean getaway produced by the same Team that has brought you the very successful Memorial Day Getaway over the last 13 years. This event is designed to celebrate and create awareness of the HBCU history, and discuss the present and future status. We think it’s an essential part of Black culture that needs to be celebrated, supported and maintained. This Event will promote networking and relationship building among Historically Black College and University Alumni. However, you don’t have to be a graduate of one of the 107 institutions identified as HBCU. Black education has extended globally now. This international event honoring Black education in a fun-filled atmosphere is an example of that. It all takes place Labor Day Weekend in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic!
Where is Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic?
Founded in 1502, Puerto Plata, is one of the longest established ‘New World’ settlements in the Dominican Republic. It is the third largest city in the DR and is located on the central North Coast of the island. It is referred to as the “Silver Port”. The people of Puerto Plata and the DR were voted as the most tourist’ friendly in the Caribbean.
What are the dates for the HBCU Labor Day Getaway?
The main event will take place on Thursday Au. 31st– Tuesday Sept 4th, 2023. However, you can arrange to stay as long as you want to for the same discounted rate. The minimum length of stay is 3 nights.
What Deposit is Required and is there a Payment Schedule?
Our objective is to make this trip very affordable with a variety of room accommodations and payment methods. All bookings require a non-refundable $100, $150 or $250 deposit by each person depending on the date of your registration and room type. Each person MUST make the required initial deposit within two weeks of the date of the registration. All final payments must be made 30 days before the event start date or the room will be cancelled.
What airport in the Dominican Republic is most convenient for this event?
When is my room Confirmed?
What travel documents are required for the Dominican Republic?
Are there any discounts for the HBCU Getaway? Are there group discounts?
Yes, We have Group discounts available. The minimum group size is 10 and the maximum for a single group is 20. You can have multiple groups but for administrative purposes we have a min and max group size. The group eligible for the discount MUST be defined by leader and individual traveler name within 30 days from the initial request.
Do I have to book through NextLevel Vacations?
What if I find a better rate at the host hotel or book through some other travel provider?
What if I book at another resort and want to attend HBCU Getaway at the host resort?
What is the cancellation policy
Can I stay longer than 5 days?
Is my room type guaranteed?
What is the name of the resot?
The host resort is Lifestyle Holidays Resort and Vacation Club located in Puerto Plata Dominican Republic. www.lifestyleholidaysvc.com
What is an HBCU?
Historically Black Colleges and Universities are institutions of higher education that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African American community. Most of these institutions were founded in the years after the Civil War and are concentrated in the Southern United States. There are 101 HBCUs down from 121 that existed in the 1930s. The share of total Black students currently attending HBCUs is 8.5%. This is down from 13% in 2000.
Is This An All-Inclusive Vacation resort? What does that mean?
This is a mandatory all-inclusive vacation resort. The Labor Day Getaway controls the room cost and the All-Access Event Cost. You will pay the Labor Day Getaway for your room and your all-access Event Pass will be included in your room cost. The Resort controls the mandatory all-inclusive cost. This cost is paid directly to the Resort at check in. The resort accepts all major credit cards and debit cards.