I hope everyone is having a great start to their New Year.
My first travel post of the year and I hope 2017 brings me more travel (the fun kind of course!) and adventures.
This past December, my uncle invited my family to spend Christmas with his family in the Dominican Republic. We happily escaped the NY winter and enjoyed six glorious sun-kissed days at my uncle’s house which was an hour away from Puerta Plata, close to the town of Gaspar Hernandez. The Dominican Republic has one of the best beaches in the Caribbean with its gentle waves of crisp blues, greens and turquoise and gorgeous night sky with a gazillion stars !
The house where we stayed at was sprawling with huge rooms and very airy. There was an old-fashioned kitchen at the back where all the food was prepared every day. The grounds surrounding the house has a lot of animals, perfect for any animal lover!
My favorite part of the day was sitting out on the lanai in the early mornings, the sun coming out to play and the weather changing rapidly from cloudy to sunny. Sipping hot Dominican coffee, hearing the birds chirp, watching the horses gallop around the grounds and the friendly bark of a few stray dogs made me feel like I had landed in paradise. I loved that we were completely cut off from the rest of the world, no TV, no internet except at the beach and just drinking in all this untouched nature. Even the way we were woken up every morning was different, no alarm clocks but the rooster at the back of the house insisted on waking us up bright and early to enjoy the day.
There were 13 of us at the house and we had a wonderful time spending the mornings at DR Eco Adventures . There were a myriad of activities for us to choose from -nature walks, kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkeling. The evenings saw us spending family time and playing different games from treasure hunts to dumb charades which we otherwise would never have thought of doing had we had wifi! Those were some of my best moments of the trip and spending time with my young cousins.
If you are looking for a few days to unplug, DR is a wonderful place to go to! Now get ready to feast your eyes on some truly magnificent rainbows we saw every single day!
The airport at Puerta Plata is tiny but it has really good food and airport shopping. Are you listening- Newark and more importantly La Guardia Airport?
When in DR, you have to follow Island Time. Seriously. You cannot rush them. For someone who is from NYC/ NJ that is very hard but I’ll be honest it felt wonderful to not be rushed.
The humidity is insane! My hair was flat when I left NY but 45 mins after landing in DR, my hair was doing a woo-hoo thing and after that for the rest of my vacation, I had Monica hair from Friends, the episode where she goes to the Caribbean with the rest of the gang. I used a hat for the rest of the trip to calm it down!
The night sky is something else! For an astronomy junkie like me, it was a visual treat just to gaze up at the sky every night.
Let’s get to the real stuff- food! It was mostly chicken, black/red beans, some amazing fish and lobsters, rice and plantains. They don’t really have any vegetables in this area so if you’re a vegetarian, it is a little hard to manage for more than a few days. I don’t like beer in general except German beer but their Presidente beer was really good!
The coffee though. Medium roast and with its subtle taste of cocoa, it could transport you to coffee heaven. Of course, I brought home some. The only problem was that although it tasted great, it was missing a certain je ne sais quoi that I can only attribute to the method of preparation. Coffee there was made on a stove-stop coffee maker and the coffee percolates upwards. Oh well, I already have a drip coffee maker, a Nespresso, an Indian coffee filter so I’m not sure if I should make yet another investment.
All this talk makes me want to grab a hot cuppa.
Until next time. Have a wonderful weekend!