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Dominican Republic

From the archives // The best of the Dominican Republic

There are some posts in the archives that are just as relevant now as they were when I wrote them (up to six years ago!). Once a week, I share one of my favorite posts that I still love to read today. Enjoy!  The Dominican Republic was one of my...
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Passion Passport Twitter Chat: Road Trips!

Interesting fact about me: I hate driving, but I love a road trip. I grew up in California--that automobile utopia--and have spent a significant amount of my life in traffic and a hefty amount of money on gas, maintenance and car insurance. One of my...
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Five reasons to love Casa Bonita

Without a doubt, Casa Bonita goes down as one of my favorite places I've ever stayed: it's luxurious without being ostentatious, has friendly staff who aren't overbearing and offers the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. When...
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Postcard from sunrise at Casa Bonita

Back in 2012, I committed to seeing more sunrises. As I said then: "Waking up early to see the sunrise is kind of like a workout: I never regret one, but there are plenty I regret missing out on." There's something special about a sunrise to me: it's...
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Postcard from Tanama Eco Spa

It's no secret that fancy spa sessions are my little guilty pleasure. I've loved manicures and pedicures since I was a little girl, and I consider massages and facials to be a necessary indulgence. Sometimes, it's at a real spa; other times, it's...
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Postcard from Miguel Domingo Fuerte Wildlife Refuge

One of the greatest (and worst) things about Casa Bonita was its isolation. Located miles outside of the closest town, it straddles the jungle and the sea: lush greenery on one side, clear turquoise waters on the other, endless sky above. Although we...
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The road to Casa Bonita

The very first description I read of Casa Bonita argued that "it’s often possible to go very right by lighting out for less familiar territories." I was won over by the images of an infinity pool, only 12 rooms, the opportunity to go off the beaten...
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Postcard from Playa La Meseta

We spent the vast majority of our time in the Dominican Republic at Casa Bonita: I mean, there was an infinity pool and a hammock and someone to machete coconuts for me. No reason to leave! One day, however, we did decide to go dip our feet in...
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The best of the Dominican Republic (in iPhone photos)

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...
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