Planning my vacation to Dominican Republic was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done. I spent about an hour searching online travel websites and found exactly what I was looking for. Booking a vacation is rarely that easy. But to be fair, I was very single-minded about my search.
- A Resort: All inclusive meals, unlimited drinks (as I’m very Thirsty!), and a villa to sleep in
- Easy access to pools and beaches
- Caribbean location: To escape the cold Canadian winter
- A 4-5 Star rating
- And a price tag of under $1,500 for a one week’s stay, flight included and single occupancy ($1,000 each for double occupancy)
After finding the resort, I shared the links with my parents, and we both booked our trips. Word quickly circulated throughout our family that we were all going on a vacation. My brother decided the opportunity was too good to pass up, and he booked himself into a room as well.
The vacation was everything we had hoped for: sun, surf, sand and excellent eats. My villa suite was huge! Once we settled in for a couple days at a resort, we started looking at some of the off site excursions. Unfortunately, the price tag associated with all of these activities was way too steep for a group of 4, so we decided to just stay at the resort.
We did manage to do some exploring on our trip. One morning, we took the free hotel shuttle and headed into the local marketplace of a town called Samana. After being dropped off, a local tour guide accompanied us for only a small fee. I do not have any picture mementos, as my camera did not accompany me on this trip. I wasn’t sure if it would have made it back from the town. Yes, that was a polite way of saying it would have been STOLEN.
We also fully explored the resort. It was quite a long walk around the whole property! In my last post I shared some of the gorgeous views with you. On the resort beach there was a vendor selling beautiful canvas paintings. Dad and I haggled the vendor down to a reasonable price, and I brought 3 home with me. The canvases, all depicting ocean and beach scenes, are currently hanging in my living room.
On the other side of the beach, a bridge connected the resort to a small island. To get to the island, you actually had to leave the resort property. We didn’t see any shady characters, but the locals are free to roam the bridge as well. Just a word of caution – If you want to explore in a foreign country, always be safe, use your judgement, and travel in numbers.
The hour that I spent exploring felt a lot longer as I felt like I was being transported back in time. The structures were in ruins and they did not look to serve any specific purpose. They stood both abandoned and covered in graffiti. All around nature rioted, and it looked to be taking back what was once its natural habitat. There was not an abundance of sights to see, but it was more the impact and the feeling of the place that evoked strong emotions and inspiration simultaneously. As a photographer it was a real find, especially in contrast to the resort, which is so pristine and well presented.
The burning question I am now left with after exploring the island is what is the purpose of these structures. Do you have any ideas what the mystery structures might be? I’m still puzzled…
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