Three days ago, I got back from a trip to the Dominican Republic (Country 20!) with my family. It was truly an amazing trip, and I loved getting to meet new people, and experience the Dominican culture. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite parts of the trip, and why I loved the Dominican so much.
(As a side note, I made a video of our Dominican adventures which is up on my youtube channel, so go check it out! Dominican Trip 2018)
The first few days of our trip, we spent some time at the beach and at our resort. We stayed at the Paradisus Punta Cana which was beautiful, and I highly recommend it. The water was so clear and warm, and the weather was so nice. We also met a few families from the US, as well as from Chile, and got to learn about them and form some new friendships!
The first adventure we went on was to Santa Domingo, the capital city of the country. We stopped at Los Tres Ojos national park and saw some beautiful caves where movies such as Jurassic Park, and Tarzan were filmed. We then went to the Zona Colonial in the city, and I’m not going to lie, I was hesitant at first. It’s a very poor city and since my sister and I are tall, white girls we stood out, and got stared at and cat called a lot. However, it ended up being a really eye opening experience and I’m glad we had the chance to experience how the locals live and what their culture is like, which is something I try to do in every new country I visit.
The next adventure we went on was probably my favorite day of the entire week. We went on a tour to Los Haitises National Park which was about 3 hours from our resort. First, we took a truck up a mountain, which was kinda scary but so fun. The views from the top were so beautiful. Then we drove to a ranch where we had an authentic Dominican lunch which was delicious, the best meal of the whole trip, and we also got to jump off a waterfall. We then drove to the park and got on a catamaran. We got to ride through the mangroves and saw the rock formations in the bay. (One of only four places in the world that has this!) We also got to explore caves and see drawings done by Los Tainos which were pretty cool.
Finally, my favorite part about this trip was the staff at the resort. They were so kind and funny, and really made this experience wonderful for us. They danced with us at night, and I learned to merengue and bachata, which was 100% the highlight of my trip. Some of them didn’t speak English, so I got to practice my Spanish which was also so nice. I really really miss them, however we still communicate over facebook and WhatsApp.
The Dominican Republic was so beautiful and I definitely recommend it. I am hoping we get to go back soon. Have an amazing day!