Dominican Republic 2012
I’m writing this in front of a fire in a cabin on the edge of Algonquin Park. Coincidentally, our cabin is called ‘Dominican’. The inspiration for writing this review here is that we brought all of our cameras along this weekend to find out which one works best. One of the cameras has been sitting in a draw since 2012 and the last photos on it were the Dominican trip. A trip that was so uneventful for me that even looking at the photos didn’t bring back much of a sense of interest or remembrance. This was the all inclusive trip that we decided we just didn’t want to do all inclusives any more. As I am writing years after this trip, I will admit, we have been on one since (to Mexico). This trip was a last minute, pick the cheapest vacation you can to someplace you’ve never been before. We selected the Bayahibe region of Domincan Republic. I believe DR is a very beautiful place, however this whole vacation was a bit off. We landed in Punta Cana and had to drive for about 3 hours to get to our resort. The driver kept saying – almost there whenever someone asked. The only nice part about the small bus ride to the hotel was that we did see some scenery and there was fresh cold beer. I’m not actually a beer drinker and this was the first beer I had in years and year…amazingly refreshing!
Overall, I remember very little about this trip, I imagine because it was one of the more unremarkable trips we have taken. Almost everyone at the hotel was from Italy. I have never seen so many people smoking in my life. Everywhere you walked in this hotel there were people smoking and talking away in Italian. Although, we knew we were in a foreign land, we didn’t realize it was going to feel like Italy We swam, we sunned, we read, we took a catamaran tour and another boat tour. We took a taxi into the little village and had a beautifully prepared Paella at a 2nd floor restaurant overlooking the water. Thus ends our trip to the Dominican.
When Johnny and I were driving home from our weekend away when I wrote this blog post, I was talking about how disappointed I was with the Dominican trip and how I didn’t remember very much of it. He reminded of a few of the highlights of the trip….one was having a tasty dinner on the beach close to our hotel. The little cafe was owned by a French woman and she served us complimentary tastings of Mama Juana a special Dominican liqueur! We also discovered Brugall a lovely rum while in Dominican. We also spent a bit of time chatting with a great gal named Anne from Vermont who I still keep in touch with via Facebook.
Hotel stayed at: Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach Set on the white, pristine sands of Bayahibe-La Romana. No clue why we flew to Punta Cana to get there 🙂 I imagine because it was later in the season.