Hello everyone! I know that I’ve been away for a couple of weeks, but I’m here to finally share with you all details and pictures of my recent trip to the Dominican Republic! (Between passages, I will list all outfit + accessory details where appropriate.)
Before I get into the trip itself, I will go over a few details pertaining to when and where we booked, and other such helpful pieces of info if any of you are interested in booking your own Caribbean vacation.
My friend Breya and I booked our trip to the DR in late December through a company called Cheap Caribbean. Cheap Caribbean is a reputable online travel resource that offers all-inclusive packages to various Mexican and Caribbean destinations via air or cruise. There are several reasons why we ultimately chose to book through this company (and why you should too if you’re looking to travel to these particular areas):
- It is literally a one-stop shop for all of your travel necessities. When booking through Cheap Caribbean, the process is made very simple. First, you choose your destination. You have the options to filter your outgoing airport, the dates you will be vacationing, the number of rooms you’ll need, the number of adults and children, etc. From that point, it will populate a list of hotels or resorts to choose from. What’s so great about this website it that you can also book your flight at the same time, as well as travel insurance, airport transfer transportation, and even some excursions if your destination so offers. At the end, there is only one cost associated with all that you chose during the previous steps.
- You can pay in installments. This was an extremely attractive option. Most (not all) destinations on Cheap Caribbean allow you to pay in installments. First, there is a deposit that is made during the booking; then, approximately 2-3 weeks before your trip is scheduled, the remainder of the total cost is due. Of course, you can opt to pay it all at once, but this is an extremely helpful option if you’re looking to save some money before making the final payment.
With all of those details completed and checked off of our list, April quickly approached and it was time to leave for the DR!
Thursday, April 13 – Departure from the U.S.
Breya and I departed the country on April 13 from the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, GA. We flew Delta Airlines, and left at around 1100 and arrived in Punta Cana at approximately 1430.
Shirt: Forever 21
Pants: Wet Seal
Jacket: Forever 21
Watch: Charming Charlie
After arriving at the Punta Cana International Airport and being shuttled to our resort, we were finally able to enjoy the view. Seen below is a picture of our resort: AlSol Luxury Village. AlSol Luxury Village is located in the private resort area of Punta Cana known as Cap Cana. It features villa-style suites surrounded by the Cap Cana Marina.
What I absolutely loved about this resort was its vintage feel, but still maintained the contemporary aspects of a vacation spot.
Shirt + pants: Edge (in the Augusta Mall)
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Friday, April 14 – AlSol Tiara Cap Cana + San Juan Shopping Mall + Circus/Cirque de Soleil
The great part about being in an all-inclusive resort is that we didn’t have to pay for any of the meals that we ate while we were there (unless we went out of the resort)…and unlimited mimosas, of course. The main eatery at the resort offered a buffet-style menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; however, it also offered Italian, Argentine, and Japanese restaurants that were menu-styled and open for dinner. Poolside, there was a bar and grill open for lunch and dinner, of which we just about visited them all.
After breakfast, we ventured to our neighboring resort called AlSol Tiara Cap Cana which was only a 5-minute walk from our resort. Here, we were able to walk along the marina for a couple of hours.
Later that day, we caught a shuttle to go visit the San Juan Shopping Center, where we were able to pick up a few souvenirs. I also purchased some jewelry made from larimar. Larimar is a rare blue stone only found in the Dominican Republic! Oh, and this ice cream was pretty great too, and super helpful in combating the heat.[wpvideo cqfv89jO]
For dinner, Breya and I decided to try out the Italian restaurant that was at our resort called Il Ciao. Besides the good food that we received, we were also introduced to mamajuana, a Dominican drink concocted by allowing rum, red wine, and honey to soak in a bottle with tree bark and herbs. After 6 double shots, I think we had out fair share of “Dominican power”.
Admittedly very happy and a little tipsy, we made our way to the circus/cirque de soleil show that they were having at AlSol Tiara Cap Cana. It was super entertaining, and yes, I let the man on stilts pick me up!
Saturday, April 15 – Playa Juanillo + Resort Foam Party + Barbecue on the Beach
Because our resort wasn’t directly situated on the shoreline, we had to catch a 7-minute shuttle to the beach. And it was well worth the quick trip.[wpvideo 7lixXl2x]
The beach we arrived at was called Playa Juanillo, and we stayed for approximately 4 hours to do nothing more than tan, play in the water, and drink sangrias.
(Okay, so this coconut wasn’t as good as I was expecting it to be. I think I’ll stick with just using coconut oil instead.)
After a few hours at the beach, we headed back to the resort for a night of foam and food. This was perhaps one of my favorite parts of the trip. First, the neighboring resort hosted a foam party; then, a barbecue at the beach was offered during the night.
Swimsuit: Forever 21
The barbecue on the beach was absolutely beautiful. The resort offered an entire spread of food buffet-style, and we got to sit beachside and enjoy listening to a live band.
Sunday, April 16 – Scape Park
Sunday was dedicated to our excursions. We spent a full day at Scape Park horseback riding and zip lining.
All of the guides at the park were super nice and helpful, not to mention, they let us hold the animals!
Each of our excursions were 2 hours: we went horseback riding first, ate lunch, then went ziplining last before heading to the resort. (The excursions were really the only activity that we had to pay out of pocket for.) It was a very long day, but well worth it.
Monday, April 17 – Departure from Punta Cana
After our excursions, our trip had come to a close. We headed back to the U.S. Monday afternoon and arrived to our respective homes that night. I have to say, it was a beautiful vacation, and I truly enjoyed the time that I spent there.
Dress: Forever 21
I hope you all enjoyed this post! Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks!