We were in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in February a few years ago. Hubby wasn’t yet my hubby and we decided this trip would be great for him to get his scuba certification. I was already certified, so I decided to work on my advanced certification. Needless to say, this vacay turned in to more of a “working” dive trip. We didn’t have much free time, but I think we made the most out of the time we DID have.
We were at an Iberostar resort, which is one of my favorites. Our villa rooms were close to the pool and dive shop and were nicely decorated. We had turtles living in the courtyard.
I loved the colors of the buildings because they complemented the colors of the sunrise here. Over the years, hubby and I, upon arrival, determine if we are in a locale that will have a better sunrise or sunset and then we make sure to watch some. Due to the way Punta Cana is situated in the DR, we determined sunrises here should be incredible.
The food was also something to write home about. We loved that there was an ice cream “parlor” right next to the pool, and one afternoon, lunch was served poolside–a paella with prawns the size of small lobsters.Besides diving, we got in a substantial amount of pool and beach time. And there were always chairs available at both. The ocean was a little rough, so we probably camped more at the pool.
We did get the chance to take one excursion–an all-day trip to Saona Island–which is a protected nature reserve. We took a long bus ride over to Hacienda Dominicus and got to use their amenities while waiting for our boat. We then went out for diving (the rest of our group went snorkeling) just off Saona Island. After our dive, we had an incredible beach BBQ and had time to relax and enjoy their beach. There were a few vendors selling their wares, and on our way back we got to stop at a natural pool where we got to see starfish. (Don’t worry, the one in the picture was not alive. The boat hands had planted many of them, so no one would disturb the live ones.)My favorite part about being on the trip to Saona Island is that I got to meet my friend Melissa. She is one of the encouraging people I had met along the blogging path and you may want to check out her blog The Mellyboo Project. We had a great time on our bus trip back to our Iberostar and she is quite the inspiration!
Our last morning in Punta Cana was Valentine’s Day. We again got up before dawn so we could watch sunrise on the beach. It didn’t even cross my mind that this would be the BEST sunrise ever. We found a nice spot on the beach and had fun posing with the rising sun in the palms of our hands. Just after daybreak, Sonny got down on one knee in the sand and asked if I would marry him. Of course I said yes! We still keep up our tradition of catching sunrises and sunsets wherever we go, but none will be quite as special as this one was.