Visit Dominican Republic
The list of negative news lately felt like having no end…
If you have been following my personal project TVG for a long time, I guess you know already that my work is all about celebrating life, the beauty of life, beautiful places in the world…Let me explain my thoughts a little bit more…
When I came back to Vienna on September, I convinced myself that the Greek island hopping was the last trip for this year… until an invitation to join a press trip to the Dominican Republic landed in my inbox. My first thought was “finally some good news”. My second thought was “is that even possible to happen“?
Days passed by… Noble kommunikation checked all the parameters carefully to find out whether a trip like this is allowed to happen and get informed about all the rules we have to abide by (Covid19 tests on the airports, social distancing etc).
After spending the first twenty days of November in between the four walls of my shoe box (this is how I like to call my little flat in Vienna), I decided to take the plunge into the adventure of discovery and hopped on that plane for the Dominican Republic on the 21st of November.
It felt quite strange to be in the Caribbean while Austria was going through a second lockdown. I guess it also looked a little bit weird to post beach photos at the end of November. I am fully aware of it. But on the other hand, I couldn’t say no to such an invitation. I was so excited to escape for a while, visit a place I’ve never been before, go back to the beach, see the ocean, stare at palm trees, drink coconut water, finally start taking some pictures again and the most important of all, feel alive again…
Without further ado, below you will find: my tips on where to stay and my list with the Top 10 things to do in Punta Cana.
Where to stay
There are plenty of beautiful hotels in the area of Punta Cana and La Romana. The decision is yours to make about where to stay but I’d like to invite you to check out the following hotels:
Top 10 things to do in Punta Cana
1.Check out the the perfect Zen ambiance of the Six Senses Spa in Punta Cana and indulge yourself with a single signature massage or hot stone therapy that rejuvenate mind and body.
2. Dine at La Yola restaurant which is modeled after a fisherman’s boat and perched right on the sea.
3. Visit the Ojos Indígenas Ecological Park and Reserve and swim in the turquoise and emerald fresh waters of one of the twelve lagoons (photo below).
4. Swim in a cavernous lake, known as Hoyo azul lake, which is located in the Scape Park (photo below).
5. Take a day trip to Isla Saona, dig your toes in the brilliant white sand on the beaches, and enjoy a typical Dominican barbecue lunch on an open bar.
I do not have many photos to post from Saona Island, apart from the video and the two consecutive photos below. The reason for this is that it was raining for most of the time we were there, therefore I was quite hesitant to use my camera during the rainfall. But I dived into the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean on our way to Saona island to film these beautiful starfishes. This video is completely unedited. You see exactly what I filmed.
6. If you happen to end up at Macao beach, look for a place called “El fogon de mi abuela”. Lunch here is quite an authentic experience. They also serve amazing Pina coladas.
7. Get a bit muddy on an adventurous Buggy tour.
8. My favourite experience of all: Horseback Riding on a completely wild virgin beach at Playa Limon. Unforgettable unique experience.
9. Montaña Redonda can not be missed. Enjoy the 360-degree panoramic views and take advantage of multiple swings and props that offer great photo opportunities.
10. Visit the scenic fishing town of Bayahíbe – try a local beer and dance with the locals on the street! (photo taken on the beach of Bayahíbe during sunset time below)
Dominican Republic is literally a piece of heaven on earth and I wish you all get the chance to go and visit this beautiful country by yourself at least once in a lifetime. I was definitely lucky to get invited to a press trip to the Dominican Republic in a moment of time when I least expected it and I am quite sure the other participants of the press trip think the same too.
I’d like to thank wholeheartedly the Official Tourism board of the Dominican Republic for inviting me to explore and photograph this beautiful Caribbean island and all the people involved for their work to make this happen. I loved the Dominican Republic and I hope I’ll be back soon.
If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer in the comment section below!
*Disclaimer: Press trip organized by Noble kommunikation in collaboration with the Official Tourism board of the Dominican Republic. All thoughts and opinions are my own.