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Location: Punta Cana

Day 1 - 24 Oct 2021

Aeropuerto Internacional de Punta Cana

Punta Cana, Aeropuerto Internacional de Punta Cana

Content: I love how tropical Punta Cana’s airport looks. You immediately get into the mood. It’s a small airport so it does not take a lot of time to go through customs and pick up your luggage.

VIP Transfer Punta Cana

Punta Cana, VIP Transfer Punta Cana

Content: We were approached by this company and decided to go with them. They will carry your bags, make you skip the whole security queue and drive you to your resort in a private mini van with AC. We paid 70$ for a 45 min drive.

Excellence El Carmen

Punta Cana, Excellence El Carmen
Punta Cana, Excellence El Carmen

Content: We stayed at Excellence El Carmen during our whole stay. If I go for luxury, I want to go hardcore and I wanted one of the best resorts. After going through countless resorts we decided on this one and it was a good choice 👍 We took an ocean view suite, it was all inclusive and adults only. A true dream 😂 Rooms start at $200 per night.

Excellence El Carmen

Punta Cana, Excellence El Carmen

Content: Our resort had 12 different restaurants. We tried out the Mexican cuisine on our first evening.

Location: Punta Cana

Day 2 - 25 Oct 2021

Excellence El Carmen

Punta Cana, Excellence El Carmen
Punta Cana, Excellence El Carmen
Punta Cana, Excellence El Carmen

Content: The Dominican Republic is a place of resorts. A lot of people actually don’t even leave their resort at all since you can find everything inside. There are plenty of restaurants, a private beach, pools, shops, daily activities and night entertainment. We took the first day to explore everything our resort had to offer, starting with amazing room service for breakfast.

Excellence Punta Cana

Punta Cana, Excellence Punta Cana
Punta Cana, Excellence Punta Cana

Content: In the afternoon we explored the beach and walked a bit. There a lots of cute little cafes and restaurants.

Excellence El Carmen

Punta Cana, Excellence El Carmen
Punta Cana, Excellence El Carmen

Content: The sun sets early in the Caribbean, every day at 6pm. Even though we were on the wrong side of the island to see the sun set, the sky always turned an incredible colour around that time 🌅

Excellence El Carmen

Punta Cana, Excellence El Carmen

Content: The daily night entertainment show 😜

Location: Punta Cana

Day 3 - 26 Oct 2021

La Hacienda Park

Punta Cana, La Hacienda Park
Punta Cana, La Hacienda Park

Content: We took a tour that picked us up at 8:00 am and drove us to La Hacienda, a ranch in the middle of the jungle where you can enjoy different activities. We started our tour with a buggy ride and a lot of mud 😜 Cost of the tour: $90 pp Extra cost to receive the pictures: $50 for 2 people

La Hacienda Park

Punta Cana, La Hacienda Park

Content: Secondly we did a horseback ride and it was HORRIBLE. The horses were malnourished, looked very unhealthy and many of the tourists were too heavy to be seated on such frail horses. I spent the entire time feeling bad for the horses.

La Hacienda Park

Punta Cana, La Hacienda Park
Punta Cana, La Hacienda Park
Punta Cana, La Hacienda Park

Content: They drove us in a safari bus until a reconstruction of a Dominican village. I had understood that they would take us to a real village but it was still nice to learn a bit more about the local culture and see how the locals live. There was also a degustation of the coffee and chocolate they cultivate on their grounds.

La Hacienda Park

Punta Cana, La Hacienda Park
Punta Cana, La Hacienda Park

Content: Our last adventure were a few kms of zip lines. This was my favourite! The last line was almost 1km long and it lets you fly above the jungle.

Excellence El Carmen

Punta Cana, Excellence El Carmen

Content: We were brought back to the resort around 2-3pm and took a nap because we were exhausted. In the evening we enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Italian restaurant by the pool ✨

Location: Punta Cana

Day 4 - 27 Oct 2021

Macao Surf Camp

Punta Cana, Macao Surf Camp
Punta Cana, Macao Surf Camp

Content: We love surfing and Macao beach is the place to do so in Punta Cana. At first I was a bit surprised because there was only a small portion of the beach where we could surf and this was in between all the others taking surf classes but after 5pm everyone left and we had a blast 🤙🏻 The renting of a table for the day is very cheap: $10 but taking a surf class is quite expensive: $100 pp.

Playa Macao

Punta Cana, Playa Macao
Punta Cana, Playa Macao

Content: After surfing we watched the sunset and took a look at the souvenirs they sell on the beach. Macao has a very chill vibe and I liked it a lot. To go there and come back we had to book a private transfer which costs $50. Sadly, there are not many options to go around the island if you don’t rent a car (which we didn’t need and I don’t think anyone in our resort had a car). The transfer service was amazing though, the driver agreed to stop at the village because we needed to buy something. It also turned out that I had forgotten my bikini on the beach and the driver came to bring it to our resort! (And probably because we tipped him $20).

Excellence El Carmen

Punta Cana, Excellence El Carmen

Content: At night we had dinner in the French restaurant, being french myself I often find myself disappointed in this kind of restaurants and this was no exception to the rule 😂 The service was awfully slow, the food didn’t taste like the French dishes I know and the staff wasn’t really friendly either.

Location: Samaná

Day 5 - 28 Oct 2021

Samaná

Samaná, Samaná

Content: We took at day trip to Samaná to go see El Salto del Limón and Cayo Levantando. The tour picked us up around 7am and we drove for an hour until a small harbour where we took a boat until Samaná. Tour cost: $175 pp

Samaná

Samaná, Samaná
Samaná, Samaná

Content: Once arrived in Samaná we took a safari bus until a plantation where they cultivate tobacco, coffee, cocoa and fruits. The farmers gave us an explanation and we got to try the local products. We also did a group shot of Mama Juana which is a typical Dominican alcoholic beverage.

Location: El Limón

Day 5 - 28 Oct 2021

Salto El Limón

El Limón, Salto El Limón
El Limón, Salto El Limón

Content: A bit later the bus drove us to a ranch where we would have to proceed to the waterfall by horse as it is inaccessible by car. The waterfall was incredible, the 40m drop is gorgeous and so lush. However there was something fishy in this whole story. At the ranch everyone was assigned a “volunteer”, local people who don’t get paid so you are expected to tip them. They let you sit on the horse but they will basically carry the horse for you, watch your stuff while you swim in the waterfall and even wash your feet afterwards. I felt very uncomfortable with the whole situation and wished I had known about this before booking the tour (I know the DR is an expensive place but I was still shocked that these people did not get paid even tho we had to pay 175$ for this tour).

Location: Samana

Day 5 - 28 Oct 2021

Rancho Limón Adventure

Samana, Rancho Limón Adventure

Content: After coming back from the waterfall we had lunch at the ranch. It was simple but very good Dominican food. Chicken, rice, fried bananas and some salad.

Location: Unknown

Day 5 - 28 Oct 2021

Cayo Levantado

Unknown, Cayo Levantado
Unknown, Cayo Levantado

Content: The bus drove us back to the boat and we sailed until Cayo Levantado which is a small island also known as Bacardi Island because some of their advertisings were filmed there. There is a beautiful beach with sun beds and we ordered fresh piña coladas, probably the best I ever had. When we had to go back to the boat, the sun started to set and it looked like paradise 🌅

Location: La Romana

Day 6 - 29 Oct 2021

La Romana

La Romana, La Romana

Content: The tour bus came to pick us up at 7am once again (we didn’t get to sleep much during this vacation 😂) and drove us until the harbour of La Romana where we took a boat. Tour cost: $150 pp

Location: Punta Cana

Day 6 - 29 Oct 2021

Piscina Natural

Punta Cana, Piscina Natural

Content: Our first stop was the Piscina Natural which is part of a natural reserve. We couldn’t dock on the island so we went straight from the boat into the water which was unbelievably crystalline 😍

Location: La Romana

Day 6 - 29 Oct 2021

Isla Saona

La Romana, Isla Saona
La Romana, Isla Saona
La Romana, Isla Saona

Content: The final destination was Isla Saona, a beautiful tropical island. It’s a popular tour destination though, so expect many people. Each tour is given a section of the beach with sun beds and free cocktails from the bars. On the boat they had already been serving us rums with coke and I think the combination of heat and too many cocktails hit us a bit harder than we expected 😂 We somehow managed to miss lunch time and the guide had to give us lunch boxes to eat on the boat.

La Romana

La Romana, La Romana

Content: We sailed back on a big catamaran with reggaetón music and more drinks 🍹 The whole day felt like a big party and I think it reflects the Dominican vibes very well!

Location: Punta Cana

Day 7 - 30 Oct 2021

Excellence El Carmen

Punta Cana, Excellence El Carmen
Punta Cana, Excellence El Carmen

Content: We had our return flight at noon but that didn’t stop us from ordering a last delicious room service breakfast and swim in the ocean one last time 🏝 This week had been a perfect mixture of luxury and relaxing as well as adventure and sports! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions ❤️