Sand beaches, palm trees, and the nicest people ever – welcome to the Dominican Republic!

This was our top choice for this year’s first vacation and we were amazed! Land of rum, cigars, good latino music and even better food was a perfect choice and we will definitely come back again!

Our vacation started with a fun car ride to Munich, where we parked our car and after 9 and a half hours in the air landed in the Dominican Republic. After the first breath of hot evening air, when we stepped out of the plane and view of silhouettes of hundreds of palm trees in the moonlight, we knew that the Caribbean was “our destination”.

   

We stayed in the Ocean Blue&Sand resort on the shore of Punta Cana, which got its name by thousands of palm trees that grew and still grow on this area of the island. The resort has impressed both me as an architect as Marko, in the role of the eternal hedonist. It consists of 10 sets of villas, in which the suites are located, and they are all connected with indoor courtyards. In the middle, there are two big pools, surrounded by many palm trees and in the east end, there is a sandy beach with an infinite view over the Atlantic ocean.

   

Days passed by with ease, in the shade of palm trees and in a company of a good food. The freshly made mojito was always available and also the days when we had to work on our laptops, in the lobby in the style of a good Mexican telenovela, were more than nice.

We ended our vacation by visiting a small town called Villa Hermosa, where Michael Jackson got married. From there we went down the river with a catamaran, surrounded by the Dominican rainforest, which impresses me over and over again. We continued our journey by speedboat, through the mangrove forest in the Caribbean sea all the way to Saona island. We could describe this island as an even better version of Punta Cana. Even more white sandy beaches, more palm trees, but fewer tourists. We spent an amazing day there, fed a few stray dogs as always and sail into the sunset on a big catamaran back towards Punta Cana.

         

If you are looking for an exclusive vacation for two, Dominican Republic is definitely one of the best choices. It is a complete opposite to our latest trip to Indonesia, of which you can read all about it here because here we enjoyed a well-deserved rest every day but still saw and experienced some beautiful sights of the island.

I’ve listed some details about our trip here, that always interests you the most:

  1. This time we plan our vacation with a tourist agency because the Dominican Republic is one of the top touristic destinations in the world and therefore the prices are lower this way
  2. We’ve chosen a Slovenian agency called Sonček, which collaborates with a German one called TUI and together they guarantee the best prices online
  3. We flew from Munich, left our car parked there in the parking garage and returned through Cologne
  4. July is already a month in the rainy season, but until the end of the first week you are safe to go
  5. What to pack for a summer vacation – that question deserves an appropriate post which you will find here 🙂

I wish you all an amazing summer, my continues in Paris!

Lots of love,

Neža

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Peščene plaže, palme in neverjetno prijazni domačini – dobrodošli v Dominikanski Republiki!

Letos sva jo izbrala za najin prvi dopust in bila sva navdušena! Dežela ruma, cigar, dobre latino glasbe in še boljše hrane naju je očarala in sigurno se bova še vrnila.

Najine počitnice so se začele z zabavno vožno do Minhna, kjer sva parkirala avto in po dobrih 9 urah letenja pristala v Dominikanski republiki. Po prvem vdihu še vedno vročega večernega zraka, ko sva stopila iz letala in pogledu na obris stotih palm v pridušeni svetlobi sva vedela, da je Srednja Amerika najina destinacija.

Stanovala sva v resortu Ocean Blue & Sand na obali Punta Cane, ki je svoje ime dobila po tisočerih palmah, ki so in še vedno rastejo na tem delu otoka. Resort je navdušil tako mene kot arhitekta kot Markota, v vlogi večnega hedonista. Sestavljen je iz 10 sklopov vil z notranjimi dvorišči, v katerih se nahajajo pozamezne suite. V njihovi sredini se nahajata dva velika bazena, obdana s palmami in na koncu je čudovita peščena plaža, z neskončnim razgledom na atlantski ocean.

Dnevi so minevali v mirnem tempu, v senci palm in v družbi izjemno dobre hrane. Sveže pripravljen mojito je bil vedno na voljo in tudi dnevi, ko sva morala vsak na svojem računalniku oddelati nekaj ur, v lobbyu v stilu prave mehiške nadaljevanke, so bili več kot prijetni.

 

Dopust sva sklenila z izletom v malo mesto Villa Hermosa, kjer se je poročil Michael Jackson. Od tam sva nadaljevala pot z rečnim katamaranom po reki obdani z deževnim gozdom, ki me vedno znova navduši. Potem pa sva prestopila na gliser in se odpeljala v Karibsko morje, kjer smo med nasadi mangrov našli pot do otoka Saona. Lahko bi ga opisala kot Punta Cano na 2 potenco. Še več belega peska, še več palm a veliko manj ljudi. Tam sva preživela čudovit dan, nahranila potepuške pse in s katamaranom odjadrala v sončni zahod, nazaj proti Punta Cani.

Če iščeš idejo za dopust v dvoje, je Dominikanska republika zagotovo ena izmed pravih izbir. Za razliko od najinega prejšnjega potovanja po Indoneziji, o katerem lahko več prebereš tukaj, je bil to dopust kjer sva vsak dan zasluženo počivala a hkrati vseeno videla in izkusila veliko lepih stvari.

Podrobnosti potovanja, ki so vas do sedaj najbolj zanimale:

  1. Tokrat sva potovala preko turistične agencije, saj je Dominikanska republika ena izmed top potovalnih destinacij na svetu in so zato cene, ki jih ponujajo agencije izjemoma nižje, kot v lastni režiji.
  2. Izbrala sva slovensko agencijo Sonček, ki sodeluje z nemško TUI in skupaj jamčijo najnižje cene
  3. Letela sva iz Minhna, kjer sva v garažni hiši parkirala avto, nazaj pa sva se vrnila preko Kolna
  4. Julij je že mesec, ki v Srednji Ameriki spada v deževno obdobje, vendar je termin do konca prvega tedna še prava izbira
  5. Kaj spakirati za poletni dopust – temu tokrat namenjam svojo objavo, ki bo tukaj 🙂

Vsem želim čudovito poletje, moje se nadaljuje v Parizu!

Neža