All this cold weather in DC has me seriously reminiscing about our awesome honeymoon. If you missed part one of my honeymoon recap, you can check that out here. Today I wanted to share about the awesome excursion we did while we were in the Dominican Republic. We were able to book our excursion through our first hotel – the tour company had a whole setup near the lobby. We waited to book until we were in Punta Cana and there were no drawbacks to doing so – unless you have your heart set on a particular excursion, I don’t see any problem in waiting to book.
Our excursion was an all day event that started with an 8am pickup at our hotel. We headed over to a horse reserve / nature reserve area where our group of about 20 was given a run over of the day and got our helmets and the climbed into our 4x4s for the first part of the excursion. We off roaded for about 30 minutes and then walked through an ecological reserve to a natural pool to swim. It was super fun (but more fun on the way back, when I got to drive!).
Getting ready to head off (the only other American couple is directly behind us – everyone else spoke different languages, which was awesome!):
After riding back to where we started on the 4x4s (so so SO fun to drive one!), we took a shuttle to the end of Punta Cana beach and climbed aboard our catamaran. The catamaran took us on a roughly 30 minute trip down the beach, where we docked and had a fun outdoor lunch. The catamaran was also where I was first introduced to Mamajuana the famous Dominican drink.
Our lunch was so fun and a great chance for me to put my (un poco) bit of Spanish to use! After lunch, we hung out on the beach for a bit before getting back on the catamaran and traveling to another natural pool, this one in the middle of the ocean. The natural pool was so shallow (like 3 feet) and so we docked there, hung out, swam, listened to music and drank mamajuana! 🙂 Good times!
We had the BEST time on our excursion and I highly recommend it. It was active but yet relaxed and a full day (8-4) which felt like a great deal.
Do you normally do excursions when you travel?