Paradise in Punta Cana
When you think Dominican Republic, what comes to mind? White sandy beaches, clear blue waters, drinks under an umbrella?
What about the history of the island? It’s not its own island (Unfortunately, there are an alarming number of people who don’t know this!) – it shares a border with Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. It’s also where Christopher Columbus landed in 1492 (when he sailed the ocean blue), although the Taíno people had been there a good eight centuries prior. It’s capital, Santo Domingo, was the first seat of the Spanish colonial rule in the New World.
Outside of its 19th century drama of gaining independence from Spain and from Haiti, it’s just a fun place to visit. And if fun (and relaxation) are what you’re looking for, then the DR is not a bad place to start.
Sometimes, though, umbrellas are more important (in the sand and in your drink). I recently had the opportunity to visit a Palladium property, namely the Royal Suites Turquesa. I highly recommend it! If you’re going to stay at an all-inclusive property, you may as well go all the way. This particular property is four hotels in one. The Royal Suites is their top-of-the-line and works across the entire resort. It also gets you priority reservations in all the restaurants, premium liquor, and your own dedicated shuttle just for your side of the property (considering there are four in one, this comes in quite handy).
There is so much to do! Archery, tennis, drinks by the pool (or on the beach, or in your room), spa…you get the picture. There really is no reason to leave the resort. If you want to swim, this is the side of the island to visit – the north side is beautiful but the surf is too rough year-round and not swimmable. We arrived on the tail end of a hurricane and it was still gorgeous, if not a bit seaweed infested, which is typical for summer.
Every once in a while, you need to just take a break – and if you can get to the Caribbean, this is a great place to do it!