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National Aquarium Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

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...

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Husband’s Choice: A Midtown Food Tasting Adventure

“We could try and see if we could find cheap tickets for a show?” I half-heartedly suggested to Husband. He was silent a little too long so I continued, “Or we could just walk around and eat!” Immediate agreement. Husband and I are foodies, plain and simple. Give us the option and we’ll choose to get to know a city by a handful of restaurants every time. After all, what better way to get to know a place than through...

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Dominican Art and Date Night in the Colonial Zone

Last night was date night and, in spite of traffic and crummy weather,  we took it to the Colonial Zone for a Dominican Art exhibit that we heard was happening at Galería Toledo. We had an idea of where the gallery was located but we needed to do a little searching. I asked the doorman who stood outside of the Nicolas De Ovande Hotel, “Oh La Casa de Betty?” He asked. I repeated the gallery’s name, “Galeria Toledo.” Apparently we were...

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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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...

at the Romeo Santos Concert in Punta Cana

At the Romeo Santos Concert in Punta Cana: My Proudest Dominican Moment

Alllllllllll the feels. Standing on the lawn of the vast space that is the Hard Rock Punta Cana Resort’s concert venue, drinking a Presidente, and swaying to DR’s *King of Bachata, Romeo, gave me all the feels. It was not lost on me that I was at the Romeo Santos concert in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. There was a feeling among the audience that would be impossible to create anywhere else in the world. A certain sense of ownership floated about for this...

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SnapShots: Irresistible Vacationing at Playa Rincón

One of the best things about our life abroad in DR specifically* is a combination of two things. The first being that we have a pretty amazing group of friends that are like-minded in work, travel, and fun. The second being that we live in a place where the hashtag popularly used to describe it is “I live where you vacation”. I don’t often use the hashtag because, well, why rub it in? It goes without saying that people from all...