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 favorite kind of trips: those […]

February 17, 2016 Continue reading…

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 favorite things about living in New York City is that […]

May 14, 2014 Continue reading…

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 daydreaming about easy tropical vacations in the Dominican Republic, most people go straight to the all-inclusive resorts at […]

March 18, 2014 Continue reading…

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 more beautiful than a sunset simply because […]

March 13, 2014 Continue reading…

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 just a $1-a-minute neck rub in a nail salon and a face […]

March 6, 2014 Continue reading…

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 spent plenty of time reading our Kindles and sipping coconuts at the infinity […]

February 27, 2014 Continue reading…

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 path: I’ve never been enticed by all-inclusive resorts, crowded kiddie […]

February 21, 2014 Continue reading…