Category Archives: Dominican Republic

Dark Sky and Scavenger Hunt in Canmore

I learned via a dark sky and scavenger hunt in Canmore that there’s no quicker way to learn the secrets of a town. In all the years I lived in Alberta, Canmore was merely a road sign on the way from Calgary to Banff National Park. Never once had it been a place to stop. […]

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Walled City Begins at Parque Independencia

white flower square

A glimpse of historic Santo Domingo’s old walled city begins at Parque Independencia. A newcomer to the Dominican Republic needs a little dose of island history early on, I believe, in order to gain perspective on the culture and people. Our plan was to visit the Colonial Zone of the the oldest city in the Americas […]

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Unwrapping Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone

Along Conde

Unwrapping Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone is best accomplished over time. Since we expected to be living in Santo Domingo for 18 months or so, neither efficiency nor coverage were top priorities on our first visit. We arrived without much of a plan beyond spending a sunny Saturday morning. So, finding a great lunch, a wonderful […]

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My Resolve Dissolved at El Monte Azul

Morning light over the pool

All my resolve dissolved at El Monte Azul — it’s true. When I began writing my travelogues, I devised a few cardinal rules. Number one states, “Don’t write about food or sleep.” Everybody else writes about what they’re eating, complete with pictures and recipes—just think about the comprehensive collections on Pinterest! As to sleep, who […]

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Pirates, Amber, and a Mighty Fine Beach

Amber square

What do pirates, amber, and a mighty fine beach have in common? Puerto Plata, that’s what! It would be difficult to visit this city on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic without encountering all three. Nor would you want to miss any of them. We visited Fort San Felipe built by the Spaniards (1564 […]

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Our Search for Simplicity in Punta Cana

Macaw square

Our search for simplicity in Punta Cana began with investigating the two free public beaches, Playa Blanca and Play El Macao. If you haven’t yet discovered that there’s more to Punta Cana than All-In resorts, be sure to visit what we believe is the finest stretch of beach on all of the Dominican Republic east […]

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More to Punta Cana than All-In Resorts

Afternoon at Playa Blanca

What if there is more to Punta Cana than All-In resorts? I needed to find out. Every time I drive east toward Punta Cana on Hwy 3, which skirts along the coastline of the Caribbean Sea, I feel excitement growing in me. I love to hear the waves crashing at night when the world is […]

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Kite Surfers of Cabarete vs Kite Flyers of Weifang

Kiteboarding square

If you compare the kite surfers of Cabarete vs kite flyers of Weifang, they aren’t even close cousins. Not really. But I didn’t know that when friends told us about the amazing kite surfers of Cabarete who were a must-see when visiting the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The images of kite surfing that […]

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Ideal Caribbean Resort in La Romana

There’s nothing quite like basking in the beauty of an ideal Caribbean resort in La Romana, specifically the Luxury Bahia Principe Bougainville, for an R&R get-away. If I were to describe the perfect Caribbean destination, this would be it. White sand beaches, blue skies, palm trees waving, crystal clean pools, a varied and delicious buffet ready any […]

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How Not to Take the Teleferico in Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata Christus

I can tell you how not to take the teleferico in Puerto Plata to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres. I am equally well-versed in the most unpleasant way to see the Puerto Plata Christus and gardens on top. Simple. Visit on a day when the teleferico isn’t running. We assumed that if the […]

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