Our trip to the Dominican Republic was a much needed vacation that mixed both adventure and relaxation in the best way possible. It was the first big trip that ‘A’ and I have taken and it was our first vacation on our own (no family – no friends). It was also the first time our vision of traveling the world together became a reality and needless to say, we have the travel bug big time!
We decided on an all-inclusive resort because we knew that relaxation was key with this trip. We didn’t want to know what time it was, what day it was, or where we were going next. We ate whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted and there was always a cocktail near by. Pretty much my only beauty must-have all week was some serious SPF.
We stayed at Dreams Punta Cana and I was beyond impressed with the resort. While it was quite large, the grounds were easy to navigate and very walk-able (plus, the added exercise is needed with all of the eating and drinking you do.) The grounds were beautifully landscaped and spotless the entire time we were there. I have to give major props to the staff at the resort; regardless of what time is was or how excruciatingly hot is was, they were constantly hustling to keep the place immaculate.
One of my favorite features of Dreams was the pool that wrapped around the entire length of the resort. You could actually access the pool from almost every part of the resort and when the humidity feels like it is at about 500%, that is not a bad thing to have!
When we first arrived in Dominican I thought for sure that ‘A’ and I would be scheduling a ton of activities, but as it turns out we only scheduled one excursion outside of the resort. We knew we wanted to do something active, but there had to be water involved because it was hot! We settled on an excursion that included a dune buggy drive through the forest, a hike through the woods to one of the most incredible (natural) pools of water I have ever seen, and a pit-stop at a beach that is forever engraved in my memory.
It is hard to describe this beach in a way that will get you to understand just how incredible it was. The second we stepped onto the sand I was in complete awe. I have seen some white-sand beaches in my time (all of which were stunning), but Playa Blanca is definitely the first beach I have walked on with pink sand! The water was so warm and you could walk for what seemed like forever and only be waist deep in the ocean. There was a lot of seaweed due to the hurricane that hit the island the week prior, but how can you complain when you have a view like that?
Even more thrilling was that we piratically had this exquisite beach all to ourselves! Nothing broke my heart more on this trip than when we had to leave this oasis.
We will never forget you Punta Cana and we will definitely be back!