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SnapShots: Santo Domingo’s National Aquarium (Acuario Nacional)

I’ve come to understand – as best I can in six years – the delicate balance of the Dominican Republic. Natural, pristine beauty amidst littered streets. Tranquil beaches to feast your eyes upon with ear-piercing dembow as “background” music. Fresh fried fish ordered straight to your table in the sand with week old fish bones buried under your chair. The Acuario Nacional, the National Aquarium of Santo Domingo is no different. From the outside, you’d think there isn’t much to see, and...

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...

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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,...

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Grupo Bonye in the Colonial Zone: The One Thing You Cannot Miss in Santo Domingo

Let me give you a little background here. When we first arrived to DR, our new friends, in finding out I was Cuban, beamed with excitement to tell me about the free music event on Sunday evenings in the Colonial Zone. Of course Husband and I wanted to go… but Sundays? For a teacher? Like Kryptonite to Superman. So for five years, we have attempted to go when we had a Monday off and for five years, for one reason or...

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Notes from a Local Scene: An Ashram Grows in Santo Domingo

It’s almost impossible these days to plan on a whim. A last minute call from a kidless friend to “do dinner” is the evergreen reminder that we are no longer our single selves. It’s fine, of course, but always a bummer to say, “Sorry. We can’t tonight.” So the other day, when I received a last minute call from a friend wondering if Husband and I wanted to join them for Indian food at Jeeva restaurant and ashram she had recently...

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An Authentic Family Destination in Las Terrenas: A Quick Mini-Guide

Earthly. That’s what Las Terrenas would be translated to in English. And it totally fits because Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, is a place where you notice the world around you in a very organic way. We first came to LT for the first time five years ago. Our daughter was 8 months old and traveling with an infant – heck, planning to travel with an infant – is not easy. She screamed through car rides so the drive would have to be short. The beach...

Pekara Juan Dolio

DR Guide: Pekara

This weekend we took a day trip to Juan Dolio to check out an apartment for my parents that will be staying with us in DR for some time between January and March. After breakfast, checking out a dope apartment at Club Hemingway, and spending some time at Hemingway’s fabulous beachfront/pool area we decided to stop at Pekara’s for lunch on the way out of Juan Dolio. I’ve spoken briefly about Pekara before and visited their place on Carr Nueva (on some...