Best of: Dominican Republic 2012/2013

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It has been years since we spent the holidays in my mother’s homeland of the Dominican Republic. Continue reading “Best of: Dominican Republic 2012/2013”

Bavaro Hotel Review: Playa Turquesa

When looking for accommodations in the Punta Cana/Bavaro area, you won’t find yourself lacking for options. Famous for its array of all-inclusive resorts, there’s a place for every budget and need on this stretch of sand. But the idea of spending 4 weeks at an all-inclusive wasn’t appealing to my family and I, so we set our sights on finding a condo to rent. We wanted the flexibility to move around the area and have our own kitchen, but we still wanted resort-like amenities like pool and beach access. We found everything we needed at Playa Turquesa. Continue reading “Bavaro Hotel Review: Playa Turquesa”

How I Ended Up Working an Oscar de la Renta Fashion Show

In my past life (namely college) I worked several internships at public relations firms that put me in touch with a number of high end clients and in charge of a number of high profile events. It was exciting but utterly exhausting, and when I made the decision to stay at Canyonlands and not return to a job in the big city back in 2010, I thought I had left that world behind. I’ll admit that every now and then I’ve toyed with the idea of returning to that fast-paced scene, but never in a million years did I suspect I might collide with it in the context of the wonderfully slow-paced life I’ve been living for the past month here in the Dominican Republic. Continue reading “How I Ended Up Working an Oscar de la Renta Fashion Show”

Beaches, Blue Lagoons, & Swim-Up Bars in Cap Cana

On Christmas day our family group of 17 met inside the resort of Cap Cana to spend the day together at Juanillo Beach. Continue reading “Beaches, Blue Lagoons, & Swim-Up Bars in Cap Cana”

Punta Cana Hotel Review: Punta Cana Resort & Club

As you know if you’ve been keeping up with my past posts, my family and I have spent the past few weeks using Bavaro as our jump-off point for Dominican explorations. But on previous trips to the DR we have stayed at the Punta Cana Resort & Club, and since many members of my family are members of the club, we’ve come to this place on several occasions to enjoy their many amenities. Continue reading “Punta Cana Hotel Review: Punta Cana Resort & Club”

Luxury & Compromise

After splashing around in the freshwater lagoons at the Ecological Park, we decided to go see my Aunt, who works at a high-end retail store located within the same resort. The intention was simply to tour the store, visit with my Aunt, and head out. But our group became quickly distracted by the gorgeous apparel with very high price tags. Continue reading “Luxury & Compromise”

A Place of Peace & Protection

A few days into our beaching routine, we decided to switch things up a bit by heading to the Punta Cana Resort & Club to explore their Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. Continue reading “A Place of Peace & Protection”