The best of the Dominican Republic (in iPhone photos)

February 11, 2014 in Caribbean,Dominican Republic,Featured,Places

The Dominican Republic was one of my favorite kind of trips: those ones that are thrown together on an impulse, where suddenly you have a plane ticket and a hotel reservation and something to look forward to before you even realized you agreed to go in the first place. But somebody had a January birthday (!), I had a lot of JetBlue miles saved up and it just wouldn’t stop snowing in New York City: a trifecta of nudges pushing us toward the Caribbean.

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It’s easy to have an easy vacation in the Dominican Republic: easy to roll out of the airplane and right into one of the all-inclusive resorts that line the West Coast. For better or for worse, I like to relax once I feel like I’ve earned it–and with a nightmare of a rental car situation (three flat tires! getting lost for two hours on dirt roads! being rescued by the military police on a pitch-black road!) that turned a three-hour drive into a eight-hour ordeal, I think we deserved every ounce of relaxation that finally came at Casa Bonita. Stories will come, but until then: a collection of some of my favorite photos from our three days outside of Barahona. (Of course, my Artifact Uprising book of the trip has already been created!)

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The  view from our balcony on one side…

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And the view from our balcony from the opposite angle…

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And the view from our balcony looking down. Not bad, Casa Bonita. Not bad.

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The infinity pool that I never wanted to leave.

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Ingredients for the happiest of happy hours = 1 fresh coconut + 2 shots cold rum. My best tip: buy a bottle of rum in duty-free at the airport, and then keep the coconuts coming!

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We went hiking through these trees first, and then soared through them on a zip-line: such lush greenery!

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Probably one of my favorite captures of the trip.

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Poolside reflections.

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The way to my heart is by slicing my fruit and bringing me coffee. Such a wonderful start to each day!

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A few of my favorite things.

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See more sunrises.

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All I did on this trip was drink coconuts and read my Kindle and it was THE BEST.

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The bluest of sunsets.

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What’s your favorite photo of the Dominican Republic? 

 

 

  • CuriosityTravels

    Sounds like a perfect trip! The location looked fab too, I like how you were surrounded by green but could still see the ocean. Beautiful!

  • Isabel

    Your trip looks absolutely amazing. I have a request: I would love to make artifact uprising books but am not sure what layout I should use, i.e. I have instagram square pics along with non-square pics. Could you do a quick how-to post about artifact uprising books? Thanks so much!

  • http://www.everchangingscenery.com/ Catherine

    Sounds like bliss! As much as I love exploring, sometimes just chilling out, reading, sipping cocktails and swimming can be perfect :) The blue sunset looks amazing!

  • Erin

    Great shots! I loved the jumping photo and the feet photo!

  • Jillian

    Amazing photos! Looks like you’re having an incredible time! And, bonus points for rum + coconuts. Le sigh. Wish I was beach side with one of those as we speak!

    xx. Jillian
    http://www.roadtohereblog.com
    PS Stellar jump photo!

  • ksommerkamp

    Amazing pictures! I think my favourite would be the really blue sunset – it looks magical!

  • http://wheremyheartresides.com/ Ashlee

    This. Looks. INCREDIBLE. Brett and I have been talking about going away for our anniversary this year (sans baby!), but we’d probably only go for 4-5 days. How long were you guys there? Not sure how far we want to go since we can’t stay that long and I don’t want to spend half the trip traveling, you know?

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Awww this looks like such a great time! As always, incredible photos.

  • Briel79

    Looks amazing and for once I can’t pick a favorite photo! All of the ones of the pool are calling to me and that sunset is also in the top few. Can’t wait to hear about your crazy car story!

  • Karisa Blake

    I haven’t been to the Dominican Republic but now I HAVE TO GO!!!! Your pictures are soooooooooo gorgeous!!! I can’t imagine anything better than a hammock, a kindle and a coconut!

  • Trusted Traveller

    I am not sure I have seen sky this blue before. How beautiful. I especially love the look of that pool.

  • camorose

    The location was AMAZING! I just wanted to stay on our balcony all day :)

  • camorose

    Hm! I don’t know what much I could say–the interface is pretty easy once you get into it. If you have non-square AND square pics, I’d recommend doing a horizontal or vertical layout–not the square–and then using the page formats to implement a square layout (ie 1 square or 2 squares or 4 squares!) on the pages with your square photos. Let me know if you can’t figure it out!

  • camorose

    And we were able to go hiking and ziplining and play tennis! The perfect balance of relaxing and activity :)

  • camorose

    So fun!

  • camorose

    Same here–getting ready for 10 inches of snow in New York! Wish I could go back :)

  • camorose

    It was so beautiful!

  • camorose

    I wouldn’t rec this place for 4-5 days. We were away five days but spent two of the days traveling, and even from New York (which is just a 4-hour flight) it was a HAUL with the drive. Have you checked out Tulum, Mexico? I’ve heard great things!

  • camorose

    Thanks, lady! It was super fun.

  • camorose

    Oh jeez–I have to get the heart to tell it. It was AWFUL, but hey–really made us appreciate our relaxed time at Casa Bonita!

  • camorose

    Yes! Casa Bonita was perfect for all of those things!

  • camorose

    The pool was the BEST! And we were super lucky with clear blue skies our whole trip!

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  • Chelsea

    I LOVE the “poolside reflections” photo (so cool!!) and the one of your boyfriend jumping into the infinity pool! Blue all around – absolutely gorgeous! :)

  • http://msmariadiana.blogspot.com/ Diana

    Your pictures always make me want to travel! Oh yes and drinking coconuts + reading your kindle for a whole vacation? Sign me up please!

    Sounds like you had THE perfect relaxation time. It’s probably bittersweet to look back on these photos when the weather over there is so UGH.

    Anyways, hope you stay safe & warm!

  • camorose

    yes SO MUCH BLUE! I just put together an Artifact Uprising book and it seemed like every page was shades of blue!

  • camorose

    Yes! I got my boyfriend a Kindle for Christmas, so we were both pretty happy just reading away! I put together an Artifact Uprising book of the trip last night–during a massive snowstorm–and yes, it did make me VERY nostalgic for some sunshine :)

  • Sunne

    Ah, this looks like pure bliss

  • http://megancstroup.blogspot.com/ Megan C. Stroup

    Any trip that includes an abundance of local cuisine and good progress on my Kindle sounds like an excellent vacation to me! :) Glad you were able to escape the snow for a while.

  • camorose

    Yes! Definitely making it easier to take this winter :)

  • Rebecca and the World

    Love the photo of the reflection in the pool!

  • Stephanie

    Um, LOVE your bikini. Just returned from a beach vacation myself in the Philippines and I saw bright/neon bikinis EVERYWHERE. Looks so good with tanned skin! One of my closest friends is from the Dominican Republic; can’t wait to go & visit him there!

    thethousandthgirl.com

  • camorose

    Thanks! One of m favorites as well :)

  • camorose

    Thanks! It’s Victoria’s Secret–one of my favorite for bikinis just because they’re well-priced and come in SO many colors!

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  • http://teachingwanderlust.com Amanda Isberg

    I’m going to the Dominican Republic next week and my plans for my vacation are very similar to yours! haha Fresh coconuts+Rum, but I plan on adding some Salsa and Bachata to the mix too. Thanks for the inspirational pics!

    -Amanda at http://teachingwanderlust.com/

  • camorose

    Hooray! Have so much fun–it’s the best!

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