In 2013, I had the pleasure of going on a trip with my Entire Family. It was about 15 of us and it was one of the most memorable things I've been a part of-- We went to a place called Punta Cana, located in the Dominican Republic. White sand beaches, stunningly clear waters and just beyond beautiful. All the workers were just amazing: they all spoke English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.
While on Spring Break vacation, there was just so much to do! When we arrived to the resort, we were absolutely stunned as to how gorgeous it was! We were greeted with strawberry lemonades, had our bags taken to our room and once everything was finally settled, we walked around the premise to see all the beautiful things that this amazing resort had to offer: Beautiful staircases leading the beaches, a casino (which I didn't visit, lol), a disco, various delicious restaurants, a waterpark for the kids. WOW.
There were so many things that we did that I was unable to post photos of, probably because many of the photos are somewhere in my mom's closet with her 1 million other albums of photos. In Punta Cana, we were able to choose multiple excursions that we all wanted to enjoy, whether it be individually or as a whole.
The first excursion I was on was with my brother, Ralph. We went dune buggy mudding through an abandoned hotel and through the beach. On our way there, some dude's buggy broke down causing us to have to wait for about 30 minutes while the leaders had to go back and get him... Ugh this guy. Plot twist: It was our uncle.. OOPS. Once everything was settled, we were then taken to a little shack where there was a couple making their own coffee and chocolate and cigars. We were able to taste the coffee and chocolate, and man.. they were delicious. I wish I had photos of this experience, but they're somewhere, just not on my laptop.
The second excursion I enjoyed was a 2 hour personal horseback riding session with my mom! This was pretty exciting for me.. plus, I'd never seen my mom on a horse. All was well and dandy until I start hearing the screams of my mom.. her horse had begin running and she couldn't tighten the reigns on him to slow down.. so yeah.. she crashed... into a palm tree. To make matters worse, she had the worse sunburn I ever did see and practically sprained her shoulder and a huge bump. Ok, I sound worried now, but it was actually really funny to watch.. even though she probably didn't think so.
We got to stop at this super cute shack where this man gave us coconuts! He cut them for us and gave us straws and we drank the real coconut juice out of coconuts right there on a private beach! It definitely was an experience!
The next 2 excursions were ones we did as an entire family. Myself, brother, mom, grandma, my cousins, my aunts, my uncle.. you get the idea.
We began the day going to a super gorgeous port (bottom left photo) and there, we drank champagne, and ate small finger foods that were quite good! We then boarded a small yacht and sailed across the sea-- there, we danced, the adults drank, we took photos, and sun bathed. Well.. my entire family was tanning on the upper deck and I decided to go downstairs for a drink and when my foot touched the floor of the bottom deck and I completely slipped right onto my butt. Then I said something that I thought I knew the meaning of, but didn't which led to a complete misinterpretation to the workers. Again, OOPS.
We stopped in the middle of the ocean and we got to swim in THE ATLANTIC OCEAN! A few words: freezing and salty. Finally, once we came back to the port, we were served a delicious lobster dinner and a really good dessert that I now am craving typing this. Hm.
The last day before we departed back home, we went shopping and visited the city to see the mercados and what it was all about. We visited a cigar store and got to see how they're made, we saw many very cute stores that of course, sold souvenirs, and even got the chance to buy some memorabilia that I can keep forever.
Adios, Punta Cana!