Coffee, Rum, Cigars etc… the Dominican Way

Wait… Rum and coke?! Already!!? But… It’s only 9..no 9:30..10 AM !! What.. is that a handle of rum? (bleary-eyed) And that my friends, is how our culture tour of the Dominican Republic started. This lovely truck here? Picked us up around 8 or 9? It was way too early for us… We got to […]

My Best Snorkel Thus Far – Paradise Island (Cayo Arena)

What makes a great snorkel experience? ❤ Clarity of the water ❤ Abundance of fish and sea life ❤ Easy waves ❤ Proximity & vibrancy of the coral reefs ❤ Awesome buddies Bonus: Seeing exotic creatures (sea turtle, nurse shark, etc) The snorkeling trip around the perfectly circular reef of Paradise Island / Cayo Arena in the Dominican Republic has […]

Paradise Island (Cayo Arena) via Speedboat

This tiny island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean was such a treasure. Only a short boat ride away from the shores of Punta Rucia, Isla Paraiso or Cayo Arena, as the locals called it, was a dream excursion and the most beautiful way to end our trip! (Yes, it looks like I’m […]

BlueBay Villas Doradas

My best friend and I had the most wonderful stay at BlueBay Villas Doradas in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. This will be my first adults-only all-inclusive resort! Yes, that means buffets, bars, restaurants and non-motorized activities are included in the price. I very happy to come back and say that the food was pretty good, […]

Postcards from Punta Rucia

Off the beaten path, Punta Rucia is a hidden gem on the North Coast (aka the Amber / Silver Coast) of the Dominican Republic. In my last post, I’ve hinted at what I’ve been up to on this island. What started out as a beach and relaxation vacation in celebration of my best friend’s birthday turned […]