Spring of 2015 we had the opportunity to spend a quick 4 days in the Dominican Republic. We used Air bnb to book a room in a cute little beach house in Cabarete. Our host was a super sweet woman from Sweden who had literally traveled everywhere and spoke 5 different languages! That’s definitely on my list of to do’s….I constantly refer people to use Air bnb, we’ve used it quite a few times now and it has never let us down!!
We spent our days taking moto taxis to different beaches and eating the freshest tropical fruit. The DR is very inexpensive so getting around was easy and cheap! The main stretch of beach was lined with restaurants and even had one that had AMAZING salads, fresh pressed juice, and smoothies! We were expecting the beaches to be packed with tourists, but to our sweet surprise it was pretty empty! So many locals flock to the beach on sunny days (which are most days), and we got to meet and get to know a few of them.
That’s one of my favorite things about traveling – meeting the locals and other travelers from around the world. It brings in a new perspective and you might learn something new or discover a different place you’d want to travel to next. Like the woman we stayed with. She taught us about kite surfing and how Cabarete is one of the top places in the world to do it!! She also pointed us to that great little place on the beach with the good salads and smoothies. She even offered to give us a free kite surfing lesson!
Our first night there, we ate at a hole in the wall seafood restaurant. That night, let me just say I saw that dinner a second time….and a third….and a fourth….and a fifth. So when our taxi driver came the next morning to drive us to our little beach house in Cabarete, I was moving pretty slow and all thoughts were, “keep breathing, where’s a bucket, don’t move too quick, WHERE’S A BUCKET”. Thankfully, that seafood dinner did not make another appearance. Right when we got to out beach house I went straight to bed and slept for 13 hours. I woke up feeling 100% better and also ready to get this trip started!!
This was the main beach that we went to. Completely empty. As the boys surfed, I snacked on papaya, snoozed, and soaked up a little too much sun.
Nothing’s better than fresh coconut water STRAIGHT OUT OF THE COCONUT, right?!
This was the strip of restaurants that lined the main beach. The seating was right on the beach where you could keep your toes in the sand. One night while we were eating, a man came up to us and offered a huge chunk of raw organic Dominican cacao. You better believe I bought it in a heart beat!!
Our Dominican Republic trip was short but oh so sweet. If given the opportunity again, we would gladly accept.