To Travel Is To Live-Samana, Dominican Republic. Part II

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After a two-hour ride from Santo Domingo, we finally arrived to Samana, Dominican Republic, PARADISE. We were greeted by staff at the Dominican Tree House Village and taken to the main area where we would be eating breakfast and lunch and enjoying quick breaks. After a few moments of checking in, I was taken to my cabin.

The cabins overlook the jungle and all you see are other tree houses and the beautiful landscape. 

My home for 3 nights and it was nothing short of amazing.  I got dressed and headed downstairs to meet my brother.  We were told by the staff that my other brother and the rest of the family, were over by the beach.  I thought, “How do they know that?”  Well the time spent there, the staff truly became apart of my family.  Yes, they were there to make sure we had a great experience, but it was like we were family to them. They ate with us, they danced with us, and they served us!

To get to the beach, it was a 15 minute ride on a bike, which I thought was so cool.  As we were riding there, my brothers chain came off the bike.  The local kids quickly ran to help us as we struggled to get it done ourselves.

Finally, we arrived at the beach.

Wait, before you continue reading and I hope you will. Check out my brother’s video of our trip.

Ok, so now that you are done watching the video, continue reading.

I didn’t know what the next few days would bring but from this day, I knew I was going to experience, MAGIC.  Breakfast was ready for us every morning, lunch was offsite and dinner was ready when our day was finish.  All homemade and all included in our package.  What more can you ask for?  I’m a foodie, so this definitely was my favorite part, along with everything else.

Day 1 in Samana, DR, was spent at El Valle beach, playing with local dogs and cats, swimming (well more like walking in the water for me until it got to my waist and then I got out) and sunbathing.

Day 2, began with a delicious breakfast followed by some ziplining.  It was a hike to get up to the beginning of the ziplining and I thought, “Okay cool, I’m gonna do one zipline and be done.”  Little did I know, to get down to the bottom, you needed to go through twelve of them.  Geez.  Thank God, I had a partner for 11 of them. Don’t know if I would’ve made it.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was gonna be.  Finally after the 11th one, me and my partner in crime of the trip, decided we were gonna go solo.  I ended up, going upside down and whoooooooooa……so fun!

When we were done ziplining, we were greeted and escorted by the locals down to the bottom. I mean they held our hand to make sure we were good going down.  How can you beat that?

After sipping on my pina colada from a pineapple, we cross the bridge and ended up at La Cascada Lulu (the waterfalls) where there was the rope swing and locals selling jewelry. I wish I had the guts to do the rope swing, but I just watched as everyone else, did it.  Maybe next time.

The evening came too soon, but we enjoyed a night of great food and dancing and watching some of the guest, balancing on a rope while we enjoyed our drinks and dessert.

Before we turned in for the night, we sat by the bonfire and chatted.

Day 3, ATV tour exploring the beautiful city. I think this day was my favorite, besides the food. As we were driving, we saw so many locals and I’ve never said hi to so many people.  All the people and the children were waving as we drove by.

We arrived at La Playita beach for lunch and afterwards just did some sunbathing and swimming (again, just went in far enough for my water to reach my waist). Actually, I was convinced to check out the coral reef, took a quick dip in to see in.

For the rest of the tour, we got to explore different beaches, a volcanic cliff, beautiful view of the ocean from this amazing community and we were also able to relax at Casa Tipica where we learned about life in Samana, how to make coffee, chocolate, rum and enjoy all of it as well.

Our second to last stop, Playa Rincon!  This was another favorite place of mine, just because of how my time at this location ended.  Before we left, we wanted to get a group shot of the family running into the water and that moment was hilarious.  Before I got to see my brother’s, wonderful put together video of our trip, I thought I was the only one that face planted.  I completely mistimed when to jump in the water and literally landed on my face.  Funniest thing ever.  Hope you caught that in the video at the end.  It was good to see, I wasn’t the only one though.

We ended this tour at this spot, I can’t remember the name but had an amazing view.

Another beautiful day that came to an end, and this was my last night in Samana. Salsa, Bachata, Tipica, Reggaeton and Merengue, fun-filled night of dancing, laughter and memories.

There is more to Samana, Dominican Republic and I can’t wait to be back to explore it.

This trip was one to remember.  Also, one that changed how I want to live my life.  If my brother would’ve never convinced me to go on this trip, I probably would’ve hung around in Brooklyn and not do much which is what I usually do on vacations. They say you don’t know what you’re missing until you find it.

I want to travel more and help where I can.  Before we left, one of the staff told us how they are hoping to create a recreational center where people can come and volunteer their time and skills to give back to the community.  Prayerfully, I will come back and return and do just that. There is more to life than just work, and paying bills and repeating that cycle.  And for all these years, I found myself, doing just that.

So here’s to traveling more, experiencing and getting to know other cultures, bonding with family and friends, and giving back to communities.

Here’s to living your best life.



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