Bienvenidos a República Dominicana!

On Sunday, June 9th, Nick and I celebrated 6 years of marriage!  This year, we spent the week in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic!

Married!  June 09, 2007

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Fresh Coconuts on Macao Beach!

Fresh Coconuts on Macao Beach!

It was our first time out of the country together…so it was sure to be a good time.  We decided to stay for a full week (Friday – Saturday), and then tag along with Nick’s family in Orlando for a few days.  I am going to do a few follow-up posts to highlight some SPECIAL parts of our trip – such as Parasailing and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – but for now, I hope you enjoy my recap below!  And I hope it inspires you to travel somewhere tropical soon!!
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Friday
We arrived in Punta Cana mid-afternoon via New Orleans to Atlanta to Punta Cana.  Upon arrival, we were ecstatic to see the airport covered in thatch!  How island-y.  We later learned that the airport is built in a traditional Dominican style – with open-air terminals and the roofs covered in palm fronds.  We stood in line to pay a $10/person Visitor Fee, and then were quickly escorted out of the security line (because I accidentally scored an AWESOME deal via Delta on first-class tickets!).  We literally bypassed security – and were taken directly to the Blue Travel desk, where we were given a van number and escorted to the front of the airport.  Upon finding our van, we were delighted to find that we were the only guests – so we drove directly to the resort.  Driving…now THAT was an adventure.  Narrow roads…drivers ignoring stop signs…motocylists within INCHES of fast-moving cars!!!  Whew…I was ever so excited to reach the resort 20 minutes later!

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Welcome to Punta Cana!

Welcome to...Paradisus Palma Real!

Welcome to…Paradisus Palma Real!

Resort Lobby - Ocean in Background!

Resort Lobby – Ocean in Background!

Our Oasis!

Our Oasis!

Peacock on site?!

Peacock on site?!

First View of Room!

First View of Room!

Bedroom!

Bedroom!

Awesome Tub!

Awesome Tub!

Back Patio!

Back Patio!

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Saturday
The morning of our Anniversary was actually spent doing a resort tour and Timeshare presentation.  Although we appreciated the “inside view” of all three of the on-site resorts, we were ready to head out to the beach for some fun in the sun!  After a quick lunch at one of the 7 on-site restaurants, we spent the afternoon walking up and down the beach and taking in the breathtaking views!

Sand Message!

Sand Message!

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Sunday
Beach Day.

First glimpse of Beach!

First glimpse of Beach!

Beach at Night!

Beach at Night!

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Beach Time!

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Monday
I planned my initial “The Real Dominican” tour via recommendations on Trip Advisor – Punta Cana Mike.  However, once we got to the resort, our host suggested we take a look at some of the deals offered by our resort.  We already knew that we wanted to try Parasailing….so we got a deal if we booked another excursion.  As I wasn’t tied down to the original tour, we quickly decided on the “Bavaro Runners Adventures” VIP Safari Day Tour.  Activities included: lunch in the mountain, horse back riding on a country farm, driving through the town of Higuey, stopping by to see a local school, experiencing real Dominican cocao and rum making, and swimming at Macao Beach.  My next post is going to fully feature the day’s activities…so I will leave you with a teaser picture below!

Locals play with Snakes?!

Locals play with Snakes?!

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Tuesday/Wednesday
These days were dedicated to lounging around the Pool and taking a lil’ golf cart ride down to the local shopping mall – located on-site at the resort!

One of many pools!

One of many pools!

Swim-up Bar included!

Swim-up Bar included!

Me!

Me!

Hubby...trying to not smile!

Hubby…trying to not smile!

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Golf cart ride to shopping!

Golf cart ride to shopping!

Dominican Payphone!

Dominican Payphone!

Movies...in Spanish!

Movies…in Spanish!

The Hubby couldn't get enough!

The Hubby couldn’t get enough!

I spent HOW MUCH?  Oh yah...in Dominican Pesos...

I spent HOW MUCH? Oh yah…in Dominican Pesos…

Dominican Harley shop!

Dominican Harley shop!

Lots of souvenirs!

Lots of souvenirs!

End of shopping day!

End of shopping day!

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Thursday
The entire morning was dedicated to our Parasailing adventure!  We had an absolute BLAST!!!  An upcoming post will feature the entire experience, so for now, I will leave you with the teaser below!

Looking Down...

Looking Down…

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Friday
Beach Day.  We just couldn’t get enough!!!!

So Lovely!

So Lovely!

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Saturday
Ah…the week went by entirely too fast!!!  On Saturday, we had an early afternoon flight that left for Orlando.

Thatched roofs!

Thatched roofs!

Airport Terminal

Airport Terminal

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Sunday
Sunday was the day for catching up with the family, and spending countless hours playing with the kids in the hotel pool and game room!

Teaching the lil' ones the art of Ping-Pong!

Teaching the lil’ ones the art of Ping-Pong!

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Monday
The hubby, the brother-in-law, and I took the three lil’ ones to Universal Studios: Island of Adventure.  We had a BLAST checking out Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss, and Spiderman!  Ok….we might have visited Harry Potter more than once…I’m just saying.  Don’t worry – there is an upcoming post on our adventure in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

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Universal!

Entering Universal

Islands of Adventure!

The Twins with Thing 1 & Thing 2!

The Twins with Thing 1 & Thing 2!

Strike a Post with a Super Hero!

Strike a Post with a Super Hero!

Dinosaur!

Dinosaur!

…and for a lil’ preview…

Just Magical!

Just Magical!

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Tuesday
Finally…11 days later…we flew back home to New Orleans.  We quickly grabbed our bags, and drove across the Causeway, and couldn’t wait to be greeted with lots of very excited kitty meows!

Glad you guys are home!

Glad you guys are home!

Next posts – 1) “The Real Dominican” Tour, 2) Parasailing over Punta Cana, 3) Dominican Republic – Mamajuana Style! and 4) The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

xoxoJen

 

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Recaps from past anniversaries:

1-Year Anniversary.  Lake Tahoe, CA

2-Year Anniversary. Flagstaff, AZ. 

3-Year Anniversary. Sanibel/Orlando/Clermont/Tampa, FL

4-Year Anniversary. New York, NY. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

5-Year Anniversary.  Cozumel, Mexico. (Part 1, Part 2)

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One thought on “Bienvenidos a República Dominicana!

  1. I love this post and you look absolutely gorgeous!!! 🙂 Congrats on 6 years together! Has it really been 6 years since your wedding?? Seems like just yesterday. 🙂

    xoxo

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