Let’s be honest – the past couple of years have brought some major changes in our lives. From the global initiation of WFH culture to irregular friend hangouts, we have all been a little overwhelmed with the happenings around us. As a result, it is normal to feel a little stuck and look forward to a bit of change. If, like others, you also have a vacation in your mind – here’s a guide that will help you out.
Collette and Scott, collectively also known as Roamaroo, have been on their world journey since 2015. In all these years, they have toured many countries and helped other people achieve their travel goals as well. Recently, they checked the Dominican Republic off their list. Here’s how you can also plan a rejuvenating trip and move forward with the itinerary of your dreams.
- Settle in the hotel
Pick your hotel and start by settling into your preferred home away from home for the time being. Presently, we are wary about being in public places and that also brings in a little hesitation when it comes to hotels or restaurants. Here, in the Dominican Republic, you get the chance to pick your hotel and stay in the sanitary bubble. This COVID protocol ensures maximum sanitization and limited contact with other people. All the outdoor activities are performed with utmost care of social distance and masks.
After settling in the resort at Punta Cana, you can spend the day prattling around the beach or going for a dip in the pool. For more privacy and elegance, you can even book a private villa or a spa session. After unwinding from the jetlag, take a walk along the soft, white sand of the beach and watch the waves lap at your feet.
- Begin the trip with a scenic mountainous landscape
The following day, after you are completely rested and relaxed, head for Miches. It is a small town located on the northeast coast of the country. In the El Seibo province, nearly an hour and a half away from the Punta Cana region, you will reach the gorgeous town of Miches. Enjoy the splendid mountain views from Montaña Redonda and wait for the adventure to begin. Here, you can easily reach after a bumpy ride on a four-wheeler. Spend some time admiring the lush green valley and swing in the pretty vistas nearly 1,000 feet above the ground.
Finish off the day with some authentic food and a cup of coffee. Don’t forget to snap some beautiful shots in what you’ll experience as one of the most photogenic towns ever.
- Deep dive into adventure at the Scape Park, Cap Cana
Did you know that the Dominican Republic provides free health coverage when it comes to COVID? This implies that if you end up testing positive, there’s no stressing over extra hotel stay or hospital charges. Also, tourism being one of the major pillars of the growth in DR, the country has well-adapted to the evolving protocols and ensured social distancing and masking at a large level. For the next step of the trip, the Roamaroo couple suggests a day trip to the Scape Park, Cap Cana. It is located in the vicinity of Punta Cana resorts and is an ideal spot for any adventure lover.
Experience the best of nature with various activities like hiking through the botanical gardens, ziplining within a thick canopy, driving buggies in the wilderness and horseback riding. Here, you also get a chance to view the Hoyo Azul turquoise cenote, an underground swimming location that is sure to remind you of the waterfalls and the caves.
- Embrace the culture
For a proper, authentic experience, you cannot afford to skip the local delicacies. Spend some time exploring the city, find out the local attractions, interact with the regional people and pick your next meal accordingly. In the Dominican Republic, you get a golden chance to get very familiar with chocolates and fine cigars. If you are a coffee connoisseur, DR will be no less than a haven.
In the Mundo Auténtico shopping complex in Bávaro, you will find four main shops for exotic food, drink and smoke options. Spend your afternoon wisely and indulge in the local cuisine of your choice. Here in the complex, you will also find the Don Lucas Cigar Factory to experience the making of some of the finest cigars in the country. Later, visit the Chocomuseo to get a tour of the chocolate factory. You get to taste some of the authentic Dominican cacao along with the milk, dark and white chocolates.
The coffee museum is an ideal place to familiarize yourself with the smell and touch of real coffee beans. You also get to learn about the journey of coffee from the harvesting process till it is finally made into a beverage. Taste some of the brews and take some of them back home to continue with the discovery of coffee. In the end, stop by the Mundo Autentico Shop and pick a local DR souvenir for yourself and the near and dear ones.
- Spend a romantic day on the yacht
Are you even in the Caribbean if you haven’t spent some intimate time on a yacht or a secluded island? Drive to Casa de Campo in La Romana and soak in the sun on the white sand. Here, you will also find Teeth of the Dog which is an oceanfront course designed by Peter Dye. So, if you are an avid golfer, this is an exciting chance to spend some time with your partner on the golf course. Also, you can head on a private yacht for the very secluded Isla Catalina. Spend some time admiring the beauty of nature and diving or snorkelling in the sea to watch coral reefs.
Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the infinity swimming pool at the Punta Cana International Airport’s VIP lounge. Here, you get to dip in water and see the jets take off one last time before you head back home.