Happy Fri-yay, party people. Today’s post is about my trip last week to the Dominican Republic! My husband and I had an absolutely BLAST and I can’t wait to break down the best parts of the trip – must see places, food you HAVE to try, the best resort to stay at, and the BEST activities to do while you are there!! By the end of this post, you are going be booking your ticket there. Let’s dive into it!
Call me a newbie, but I really like staying in all inclusive resorts. I know that seasoned travelers like doing it themselves but I really like when everything is pre-packaged, so all I have to worry about is having a relaxing vacation, and getting myself from one place to the next.
WHERE TO STAY:
We stayed at the Catalonia Gran Dominicus in Bayahibe. The resort was GORGEOUS. It was clean, bright, and very well accommodating. We stayed in a privileged suite so we had a little patio, a king sized bed, a walk in shower, an a large closet (not to mention 24 hour room service).
The customer service is so friendly, and they make the best effort to try and make everyone happy. The wait staff and clean staff are so excited you are there and they really make the resort. The beaches were SO stunning. The sand what white, the water a clear turquoise. It was warm, and the waves weren’t overwhelming while we were there. The resort is fairly exclusive, so it wasn’t crowded at all on the beach.
My one struggle (and this is 100% my own fault) is that very few employees speak English. Thank goodness my husband speaks fluent Spanish, or else I would have had a really hard time talking and understanding the language. However – when you go to another country that doesn’t have their main language as your main language, that is what to expect! I will make sure to brush up on my Spanish next time we go so that I can do a better job of speaking and understanding.
Slight warning to those wanting to travel with children: while this resort is definitely kid friendly, the beach doesn’t have any discouragement from women going topless on the beach. It caught us off guard the first day, and I don’t know that I would have felt super comfortable bringing kids with me. That being said, it didn’t overly bother my husband and I once we knew where to sit so that it wasn’t directly in our face.
WHERE TO EAT:
The restaurants in this resort were fairly good. The buffet was the best part, and I feel we got the most authentic version of the food you’d typically find in the Dominican. There were quite a few more Americanized restaurants but I just felt so-so about them.
The bread was AMAZING — fresh baked, soft, fluffy and basically I wanted to stuff my face with ONLY bread for the entire trip. They also had a traditional rice and red bean dish I really enjoyed, and home-made crepes in the morning for breakfast. The fruits and vegetables are locally grown and taste incredible.
WHAT ACTIVITIES TO DO:
Well..there is the obvious (the beach, of course). We had the best time swimming in the ocean. It was SO clear and so beautiful. The water was warm enough that you could swim in it without freezing. It was supposed to rain while we were there but it never actually did. We were able to lay out in the sun and enjoy relaxing.
There are also other fun activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing and we really loved the ocean kayaking! It was so fun to go out into the water because you could see down to the sand and it was so deep but so clear. You could take your pick and plan your activities with the activity department right there on the beach.
We also walked down the shoreline until we hit the line of beach shops! This was such a fun part. I loved looking at all the different handmade items and talking with the shop owners. Again – I was glad Adam spoke Spanish! That always makes my life a little bit easier when we are abroad.
PIN THIS FOR LATER:
I am so grateful that Adam and I were able to take this vacation together. It was much needed after such a crazy year! I am so blessed to be able to travel with my best friend and partner. I can’t wait to plan our next trip! We would go back to this resort in a heartbeat if we could.
Have you ever been to the Dominican Republic?? Let me know in the comments below what you loved/hated and where you stayed!