Hello everyone! I’ve just got back from my first visit to the Dominican Republic, and as it’s one of my new favourite places I thought I would write a little blog post to document it. It’s going to be more of an update/reflection than a travel guide, but if you do have any questions feel free to leave a comment or message me privately! Enjoy xxxx
The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is the second largest island in the Caribbean and is known for its beaches, resorts and ocean waters...and I can most definitely see why. In terms of resorts, we stayed in Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa, and it was honestly one of the best resorts I have ever stayed in by far. Not only were the grounds absolutely beautiful (the most gorgeous weddings were taking place every day, perfect location!), but the people were so lovely and showed so much love for their jobs..and there was SO much to do!
It’s an all inclusive resort, which is perfect considering how delicious the food was. There was a mixture of the main buffet, beach bars and grills, pizza bars and a la carte restaurants. The breakfast in the main buffet was especially delicious...I ate nutella and banana crepes form the crepe station for ten mornings in a row LOL. There is also a cafe that serves the yummiest cakes, sandwiches (apparently...my sweet tooth obviously never ventured past the cake counter) and drinks, which we made a habit of going to at 5pm every day to get out of the sun before getting ready for the evening. And of course, plenty of bars for cocktail o clock.
The staff were so friendly and really made an effort to remember everyone and always make sure everyone is okay (or “happy happy” and “excellente” as they would say). In particular, the hotel porter (I so wish we knew his name!) was the loveliest and most helpful staff member in the world - I hope he gets the praise he deserves. The entertainment was fantastic...beach zumba, water aerobics, bingo, dance lessons, cocktail making, watersports, aqua spin...the list goes on and on and on! No matter your age and no matter how much or how little you wish to do, there’s something for absolutely everyone.
And of course, I couldn’t not mention the resort’s flamingos and parrots. The parrot loved to have chat, and I found it the funniest thing when the flamingos just wandered themselves down to the pool haha. CUTIES ♡
But we didn’t just stay in the resort. We also went on a couple of trips, including one of my favourite experiences ever...snorkelling with sharks and stingrays!!!
Snorkelling with Sharks and Stingrays
Anyone who knows me will know how much I love to be in the water, so to swim alongside some of the most beautiful creatures in the world was just an absolute dream come true. The entire day was so much fun. Starting with a little boat trip out far into the ocean, we then hopped off the boat and began snorkelling with the most beautiful fish and coral reefs. I really liked that each family on the trip had their own guide looking after them - ours was great at pointing out everything to make sure we didn’t miss a thing! Then was the most exciting part, for we swam round to the other side and found the sharks and stingrays...WOW! The stingrays were so much bigger than I ever imagined, and so so beautiful. The sharks were absolutely stunning! We swam with nurse sharks, considered one of the least dangerous sharks in the world, and they really were so friendly docile. I just could not believe what was happening, and I don’t think it has sunk in yet.
The rest of our time in the ocean made the day even more perfect. With a health bar and fresh fruit to nibble on, a free massage, kayaking and paddle boarding, it was just the best day ever. It’s a day I will never forget - and to any water babies visiting the Dominican Republic, I would recommend this experience 100000%.
In addition to the best day ever, I always think it’s really important to explore the actual country itself as well - and “Outback Adventures” was the perfect trip for this. In an open truck we explored the countryside of the Dominican Republic and it was so much fun. From seeing the local schools and homes, to swimming in the river, from wine and rum tasting, to learning so much about coconuts, cocoa, sugarcanes and so much more, this trip was so much fun. Even fainting didn’t ruin my day haha! Again, the tour guides and everyone we met were just the loveliest people with a real love for their country. Amazing day that I would recommend to anybody visiting Punta Cana ♡
Overall, I had so much fun in the Dominican and absolutely fell in love with the place. I’d recommend it to anybody 1000%.
Thank you so much for reading! If you have any questions, or have ever been yourself, I would love to hear about it in the comments! Hope everyone has a lovely summer☀