A postcard from the Dominican Republic

So sorry this spring break post has taken me so long to get out!  Seriously, where does the time go?!  I hope the end of the school year doesn’t have you going in a million different directions like it often does.  It seems like the end of the school year should be a chill time, but instead it seems to be a maddening and busy time for all.  It is fun though to see the kids so excited about the end of the school year, isn’t it?!

Well, take a few minutes and enjoy this post with a cup of coffee or maybe a fruity cocktail while planning your summer travels or summer camps.

After a fun three days in Miami Beach we headed down to the Dominican Republic for our last five days of spring break for some relaxation and fun in the Caribbean sun!  This was our second time heading to the Caribbean.  Nine years ago we vacationed in the Cayman Islands, which I would love to go back to sometime soon.

We spent our time in the resort area of Punta Cana, which appeared to be the most popular area for vacationers visiting the Dominican Republic.  We found it to be a very quiet and peaceful place to enjoy time together as a family.  The beaches were uncrowded and the local businesses and restaurants were always excited to see us!

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For the most part we stayed in Punta Cana and drove our golf cart from one beach club to the next and used it to drive to dinner at night, when we were not having dinner in.  Our girls had a ball driving it around and it was the one thing that caused them to have arguments.  As you can imagine, they both wanted to drive it all the time.  Great trails all over Punta Cana for running, biking, and for golf carts.

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There was a lot to do on this lovely island, but if you wanted to just relax and chill, there were plenty of places to do that without being disturbed.  We did some snorkeling, and my husband and older daughter made a visit to a monkey preserve and went zip lining, an hour from Punta Cana.  Renting a car is not necessarily recommended so taking a tour to your desired location is probably a good idea.

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An abandoned beach shack left behind from a shuttered hotel.  Hmmm…. maybe somebody is living in there?

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Love beautiful cloud formations and this one is just incredible!

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Like I mentioned, the beaches are pretty much empty.  Such a treat to vacation in a place where I wasn’t fighting for beach chairs or beach space.  No need to place your beach towels and belongings on chairs first thing in the morning!

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We really enjoyed cooking several dinners in at our home, but also enjoyed a few dinners out in the area. There was a lovely Oscar de la Renta resort down the path from us where we liked having cocktails and had a wonderful dinner with our kids on our last night. From what I understand, Oscar is from the Dominican Republic.  It was a very elegant and understated resort without being over the top.

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Have you been to the Caribbean?  What is your favorite island?  So many to choose from!

I will be back next week with some posts from my recent girls weekend in Cabo. I have a fun post coming up about some great dresses I wore while I was there and a post about where we stayed and more!  xo

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12 comments on “A postcard from the Dominican Republic

  1. Beautiful pics Ms. B! We spent two full winters in the DR many years ago (before we had kids, when Bob was playing pro ball there) and your pictures capture the loveliness of the island. i have to say though, my memories have a lot more people in them! Lucky you to get the beaches to yourselves. I’d love to talk with you about where you stayed etc, as we are hoping to go next Winter–a few days watching the baseball games and a few on a lovely and hopefully uncrowded beach!

    • Hi Robbie, Thanks so much for stopping by to say hi! How fun for you and Bob to have spent a few winters there! It would have been fun to catch a game but it was not the season. Some pretty amazing players have come out of the DR and I’m sure that must have been a great experience for Bob back in the day! I’m sure they are great people to play ball with. It was unfortunate that we didn’t get a chance to explore more of the country and Santo Domingo was on my list of places to see. So much history! Next time for sure. I would be happy to share our trip planning info. I hope you all get a chance to make it back there next year. It would be fun to show your kids all of the places you and Bob enjoyed while staying there many years ago.

  2. April, Gorgeous photos! The Dominican Republic is on my list and I love that the beaches are so uncrowded. That Oscar Resort looks lovely. Something about that part of the world I really love. We have done Grand Cayman and I hope to go back oneday. You just feel like you are at the end of the world and a million miles away from everything! So fun for the girls to get to drive the golf cart all over. My boys would love it too! Can’t wait to hear about Cabo trip!

    • Hi Kim, Yes, you are so right, we really felt like we were a world away from everything. And the uncrowded beaches were wonderful! I think my next trip down there will be back to the Caymans….such a beautiful island! Anguilla is on my list as well! I guess I have alot of places on my list! April xo

  3. I have never been to the Dominican Republic, but it looks lovely. Jim and I went to Aruba and Curacao years ago, and that Carribean sea is always so gorgeous.

    • Hi Renee, I know…aren’t the beaches so dreamy! Aruba and Curacao must have been fun! So many islands to explore in the Caribbean!

  4. Finally got to read this post- it’s been extra busy in our family with my mom traveling as you know and with checking in on my senior dad. I loved all the great photos!! I could have been there myself 🙂 Have never actually ventured to that part of the Caribbean, but it sounds peaceful and interesting. Thank you for doing such a great job of sharing your adventures with us all! ✨

    • Hey Bita, Thank you for your nice comments! The Caribbean beaches are so beautiful and calm – and that turquoise water gets me every time! Have a great weekend! xo

  5. What a beautiful place and those beaches look amazing! My husband was there recently on a golf trip with his friends but I have never traveled there. ..yet! Looks like you had a great family vacation. I am sure my boys would love riding around in those golf carts too! Thanks for sharing at my Take Me Away Party! I saw your comment – and yes, everything linked up perfectly! Enjoy your weekend!
    Shelley

    • Yes, the DR was beautiful and there were definitely a lot of golfers there…..a very popular spot for that! So many gorgeous courses to choose from and I’m sure your husband had a great time with his friends! He knows how to plan nice guy getaways! April xo

  6. What a beautiful place. I’m clicking over from Calypso in the country and am happy to have found your blog. DR is definitely going onto my “to-travel” list. Thanks for the great pictures. Did you stay at a resort or at a house? It might be in the post but I missed it. Thanks.

    • Hi Tanya, Thank you so much for stopping by!! I am so glad you found me and I am glad you enjoyed my post about the DR! We actually stayed in a home that we have access to through a vacation club that we belong to. I probably wouldn’t go back to the DR but would return to the Cayman Islands for a second visit. We went to the Caymans several years ago but would like to return again sometime soon. If you have never been to the Caribbean you might enjoy staying there first. I can always send you more info in an email if you want to learn more about our trips to those particular islands. I look forward to checking out your blog! Thanks again for stopping by! April

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