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Falling in Love with Las Terrenas

I will never forget when I fell in love with her. It was June of 2011. The sky was a golden pink and magic hour was upon us. The ocean was calm and the sound of waves (if you could have called them that) was drowned out by my ATV. But that didn’t matter to me in the least because in place of the soft sound of waves, freedom combed my hair and the sea breeze was my breath. My...

Dominican Republic Resorts: Cadaques Bayahíbe, Studio Rental

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC RESORTS: a studio rental at CADAQUÉS BAYAHÍBE HEADLINE: GREEN LIGHT, GO! OVERALL RATING: 🍷🍷🍷🍷.4  (4.4 OUT OF 5) SUMMARY: If I told you how much we paid for a night here you wouldn’t believe me (keep reading to find out.) And when you see what we got for that price, you’ll be even less likely to believe me. I mean, just look at that war. We’ve done a good amount of visiting in the Dominican Republic and this place for...

Beach Vacation Checklist: A Wishlist for a Weekend Trip

Here’s a riddle: What do island people do after a hurricane? We go to the beach…  which is what I’ll be doing this weekend and at my favorite beach town on the island, nonetheless. You don’t need much to happy in Las Terrenas, just a few things: swimsuit, flip flops, and a drink in hand – but here’s my beach vacation checklist – some things on my wishlist for this weekend’s beach vac-heeeey. BEACH VACATION CHECKLIST ✅ WEAR ✅ BEACH COVER-UP Getting something that is...

SnapShots: Weekend Getaway at Cadaqués Caribe Resort

As promised last week (and then reminded by a Facebook friend), I’m reporting back with the scoop on our family weekend at Cadaqués Caribe Resort & Villas in Bayahibe, Dominican Republic. With online promises of mediterranean life meeting relaxed island vibes, I was thrilled to check this place out but wary. Was this place too good to be true? Swim the Caribbean and stroll Europe? Sand between my toes and cobblestone streets? Was this place really going to be able to deliver? Well, as you probably guessed,...

Friday Roundup: A Seriously Good Belly Laugh & Beautiful Beach Pics

Daily life in the Dominican Republic is hardly as easy as daily life in New Jersey. It doesn’t have all of the “luxuries” and more dangers (aka driving) but it does have its benefits. Take, for example, this weekend. This weekend we’re going here: This is Bayahibe, a fishing town 10 miles east of La Romana. We are staying at an AirBnb in Cadaqués. Inspired and named after a town in Northern Spain, it is “the unique combination of daily...

SnapShots: Juan Dolio at Sunset

There aren’t too many things more beautiful than sunsets in the Caribbean or sunsets in general. Nature has a way of outshining all of us with tremendous ease. On this particular evening in Juan Dolio at Sunset, I said to my mom, “I don’t even have to try. Every picture I take is perfection.” So here’s a photography tip: if you’re looking for a fabulous family portrait or a magical photograph to frame and complete a bare wall in your home...

MicroAdventure: Exploring Juan Dolio

For as long as I’ve been abroad, I’ve counted down the days until my parents were both retired from work and responsibilities so they could join us in the Dominican Republic for a few months. This was the year. On January 17th, 3 days before my birthday, my parents’ plane touched down in Santo Domingo. They stayed with us for 3 weeks before moving into their digs at the beach in Juan Dolio for the next month. It was the perfect choice for us since JD is...