DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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I was invited to join my friends on a trip to Dominican Republic already third year in a row. But this year I decided to finally really do it. And I did.
The flight was easy as I flew directly from Madrid, while the landing in Punta Cana surprised me a little. It was raining. No matter what, when we arrived to resort Punta Cana, it was already fine. As the weather here is tropical, it is quite random to rain from time to time.

The week was phenomenal and I am absolutely in love with the beaches. I would say it is one of the most beautiful places Ive been, and I travelled a lot already (even tho I am still young).
The biggest adventure was going to an uninhabited island Saona. It is popular for tourists to come by for a day, which I highly recommend. We did it a bit extreme and decided to camp over night. Everything was spectacular, except for mosquitos that practically ate us alive!
Water is clear – blue and turquoise, palm trees everywhere..
The next day we went next-door to a beach called Tao for Lunch. Spectacular. With the beautiful beds everywhere. I spend most of my time enjoying in a hammock :)

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I have to give a lot of credit to the food as well, which is a bit similar to Mexican, but for my taste even better. Quite spicy with a lot of sauces and herbs, but very tasty. A lot of seafood and grainy dishes. On my surprise there was also a lot of meat, but I mostly sticked to the fresh seafood!

IMG_6133Food in El Arponero Restaurante

I stayed in La Romana, on the southeast coast, an hour drive from Punta Cana. There is this beautiful resort called Casa de Campo (Spanish for “Country House”) is a Ponderosa-style, tropical seaside resort. It is a complex of many residential houses, including various restaurants, hotel, shops, private beach, golf course and marina. Highly recommend!
In the small village inside of Casa de Campo you will find small shops with the designers from Dominican Republic, as well as foreign brands. Must visit Villa Hermosa and from the restaurants I would say try La Piazzetta in Altos de Chavón.

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IMG_6137With the girls on the beach of Casa de Campo

And regarding the real life. Place Boca de Yuma is a small village where you can see the real life of the people in Dominican Republic. Very untouched with not many tourists (haven’t seen any to be honest) and really friendly people. When I wanted to take a picture with the locals they even borrowed me their traditional sombrero for the real authentic picture :) The place where we went for lunch is called El Arponero Restaurante, and its really worth a try.

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Oh and a reminder for all of you who like to travel one way and change the destination later. Be sure to have a return ticket or any kind of ticket proving your departure, otherwise they will not allow you to fly in the country in the first place.

Be sure to pack also long dresses and cover ups for evenings, or light linen trousers. Not because of the temperature (it stays warm) but because of mosquitos. So if you don’t want to end up like me, bring cover ups for the whole body :)

Some fact about the Country:
The Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the Caribbean. The year-round golf courses are among the top attractions on the island. A geographically diverse nation, the Dominican Republic is home to the region’s tallest mountain peak, Pico Duarte, as well as the Caribbean’s largest lake and lowest elevation, Lake Enriquillo. The island has an average temperature of 26 °C (78.8 °F) and great climatic and biological diversity. The country is also the site of the first cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress built in all of the Americas, located in Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone, an area declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Music and sport are of great importance in the Dominican culture, with Merengue and Bachata as the national dance and music, and baseball as the favorite sport.

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IMG_6433Saona

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IMG_6407While driving to Saona I got hit by a squid that literally jumped into me :)

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IMG_7269With the girls going for dinner in Casa de Campo – Villa Hermosa

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Lots of love and travel to new, unknown places. There is where the mystery lies and the wisdom comes out.

MM