Apr 15, 2014

Punta Cana Recap

Last week Jared and I took the vacation we've been talking about taking for years. No exaggeration… YEARS! We've wanted to go somewhere fun, tropical and relaxing with our BIL and SIL and it finally worked out. The timing, the great deal, the hotel… it all fell into place way too easily. Our foursome has done some pretty great roadtrips in the past, but this was our first big vacation together and it was almost indescribable. A week of fun in the sun with of our favorite people?! It doesn't get much better.
When you go to an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, most of your pictures are going to look the same. Beach. Ocean. Pool. Food. Ocean. Beach. Food. Pool. Palm Trees. Repeat that for about six days and you'll have our trip. It was so incredibly relaxing and so rejuvenating! I'll let the pictures do most of the talking. 
 

As amazing as the beach is during the day, with the crazy-hot sun beating down on us, it was nice to head out to the beach for a post-dinner stroll as well. Any crowds that were there earlier were almost always gone and we truly felt like we owned that beach! Some people don't like that "sand everywhere" feeling but me? I cannot get enough of the sand in my toes, the beachy, windblown hair…. sigh. I belong at the beach, you guys. I really do.

The Dominican Republic will seriously ALWAYS hold a really special place in my heart after this trip. Obviously we were having an incredible time together and making lifelong memories, for sure. But just being in a new country and experiencing more of the world with Jared is a feeling that won't ever get old. We had such a great time talking to the locals and getting just a tiny glimpse into the culture of this beautiful place. This trip has really peaked my interest in learning more about this country and it's people. And it definitely made me want to brush up on the little Spanish I do know and work on improving it!

It really is true what they say: Travel is the only thing you will buy that makes you richer.

45 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place! Glad you had an amazing time!

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  2. Gorgeous gorgeous place! I'm so glad ya'll had fun!

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  3. Those last two pictures of you are Jared are ADORABLE! I can feel the love :) Looks like it was absolutely magical!

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  4. This looks like such an amazing vacation! And the pictures are gorgeous, of course, and so are you! Love that maxi dress and maxi skirt. You're so cute! And I'm still jealous of this trip. So looking forward to one day when Jeff and I get to do the same!

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  5. Awww love all your pictures!!! You guys look so incredibly happy in all of them. Totally agree with your last statement. Traveling is worth every penny!!

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  6. AHH what an awesome vacation!!! I'm so glad you guys had a great time! All your pictures look like postcards!! :)

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  7. Looks like so much fun :)! Love all the beach pictures and your descriptions!

    xxoo

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  8. I was so jealous of all your instagram photos! It looks like a fun trip!

    madeintheshadeblog.com

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  9. Those pictures are beautiful!!! Good for you guys for sneaking in another secret vacation :)

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  10. The Dominican Republic has a piece of my heart. We used to go for Spring Break every year for about 6 years. I miss it more than I can put into words and love when others go and love it just as much. So glad you had such a great trip.

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  11. LOVE it!!! We have been looking at the DR for our next trip...when I feel I can leave baby or take him with!! LOL

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  12. Love the pictures - looks like an awesome trip. If I ever go on another hot holiday it will be to Punta Cana. My aunt and uncle go every year and constantly rave about it but every time the subject of a hot holiday comes up I usually end up booking a Vegas trip instead haha

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  13. Love love love... and that selfie of the four of you on the beach is a GREAT picture! Definitely frameworthy!!

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  14. So fun! LOVE those last 2 photos of you guys!

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  15. I have to agree, I belong at the beach too! looks like a fantastic trip!!

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  16. It looks amazing! We talked about going this year, but decided to take a vacation with Xavier this year instead. Fingers crossed for next year :)

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  17. Um excuse me while I go hop on a plane to the DR....What an incredible trip!

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  18. These pictures are gorgeous! Sounds like a fantastic time. :)

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  19. Seriously OBSESSED with all of these. HOW DO YOU KEEP THINGS A SECRET IS THE REAL QUESTION

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  20. What resort did y'all go to? We have been talking about planning a trip to Punta Cana, but just haven't pulled the trigger yet!

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  21. Great photos. I love the selfie of the four of you on the beach.

    Flamingos!

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  22. The BF and I have been to the DR twice and are in LOVE! It is amazing and looks like you had an amazing time.

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  23. I am so jealous of this trip! I'm glad you FINALLY got to take this vacation and that you all had such a great time. You are one tan skinny mini! xoxoxox.

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  24. Those last two pictures of you two are awesome! Definitely framers! I'm so happy for the four of you - y'all deserve this kind of happiness and to just live your life and get the most from it. It looks and sounds like you guys had a great time!!!

    Like I said to Kayla, I want more details on how you found this awesome deal of the trip! It's sad but KC and I have never traveled and we need a vaca asap. Or at least start planning one! Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.

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  25. I love the DR. It is so beautiful!! I can't wait to make it back there. Looks like you guys had a fun time. I love that striped maxi on you. So cute!

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  26. LOVE Punta Cana - we honeymooned at the Hard Rock and loved it so much we went back with my parents the following summer!! The best!

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  27. We did try hard to go to Punta Cana but the flights out of STL just weren't happening at a great deal. So eventually we'll get there - so glad you guys finally got that trip in :)

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  28. LOVED every single bit of this. I sure hope you're enjoying that tan, and the Vitamin D break did you well :)

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  29. So jealous of your getaway! Looks like you guys had a blast! You'll have to share your secret on the great deal you found and where you stayed! I love finding new places to visit and Shawn says he will only vacation to exotic locations via all-inclusive resorts. He loved not paying for stuff on our honeymoon in Cozumel.

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  30. How fun!! I seriously need to look into a trip like this for John and I. I need a good beach trip!

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  31. Such a beautiful place! It looks like an amazing time!

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  32. Amazing, simply amazing. Once again, I am so jealous, you get to do all the fun stuff! Also, have I told you lately how stinkin' adorable you are?! The pictures are just incredible. Looks/sounds like a great vacation! :)

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  33. This looks incredible! My husband and I are going to Punta Cana in June-I didn't think I could be more excited, but your pictures have me wishing I could fast forward two months!

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  34. You must teach me your vacation deal finding ways!!! Looks like you had a fantastic trip!

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  35. This is seriously PERFECTION! I am hoping to make it there someday!!!!

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  36. One word: JEALOUS.... I am glad you all had a wonderful time on your trip to Punta Cana :)

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  37. OMG!! My husband and I are going there for our anniversary... We are looking at the different resorts!! Super Excited but even more now seeing your pics!!

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  38. Your pictures are stunning! It looks like a paradise there. So jealous. Glad you guys had a great time!

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  39. looks like an amazing trip girl! I am looking for a something for our 15 year anniversary in 2 years this looks like the place

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  40. AMAZING!! The pictures are gorgeous! And we can just see how happy the 4 of you are! What a perfect vacation! So happy you guys went... and definitely a little jealous :)

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  41. What a gorgeous trip!!! And you look SO PRETTY! And skinny!! Go you! :)

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  42. You look GORGEOUS (and so relaxed) in the pics! Well deserved, friend!

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  43. you are SO lucky it was in the 70s this wknd, otherwise... i'd be coming over there... haha jk. seriously jealous of the beach time you got it, i LOVVVVVE the beach and also belong there!

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  44. Ah, this brings me back to my honeymoon last summer! We absolutely loved the people there and it was beautiful! I wanna go back!

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  45. We looked at going to Punta Cana for our winter vacation but the flights didn't work for when we wanted them. So many great pictures, but the selfie of all four of you is the BEST!

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