Getting Down to Business in Dominican Republic

infinity_pool_cabarete_millennium

Greetings,

I’m writing this from my room at the Millennium Resort and Spa as I wait to meet a group of interesting characters from the internet for dinner and to officially start this “Mancation” that I’ve been invited on by Dominican Republic Tourism. Having arrived late last night, I’d like to say I slept all day and then lay around by the beach but that is hardly the case. I spent my day wandering the streets chatting to randoms while getting a feel for the spot and I quite like it.

room_millennium_resort_spa_cabarete_dominican_republic

cabarete_millenium_dominican_republic
Dominican Republic aside, it just feels good to be back in the Caribbean. Everywhere I’ve ever been in this special sea has a cool laid back vibe about it. It’s like the spot where people dream to retire so those here aren’t racing around like rats as there is no race; they’ve all already finished so to speak. That said, some are clearly doing better than others as I look around but isn’t that true everywhere?

cabarete_beach_dominican_republic
vendor_cabarete_beach_dominican_republic
I’m in Cabarete which is part of the Dominican Republic known for kite surfing as it has some strong winds. In fact, it’s quite close to Puerto Plata but I flew into Santiago last night. We aren’t in prime time aka high season yet which is nice as it isn’t that hot and the beaches aren’t that crowded. When you walk through the resort from the beach and onto the street it’s what I love about this part of the world. Streets chalked full with interesting characters who are most certainly not poor in the personality department.

street_dominican_republic
streets_cabarte_dominican_republic
Next few days should be quite fun and involve golf, surfing, kitesurfing, ziplining, canyoning, a baseball game and more. I’ve already met a few of the gents that will be on this mission and quite looking forward to it. I’d continue but I’ve said enough for a gent who just got here. I will note that MIA airport is a nightmare and the security getting into the USA is mind boggling compared to anywhere else. Also, had my first local meal called “Bandera” and loved it, the Presidente wasn’t too bad either…

banadera_dominican_republic
It’s hard to believe this place is only 1.5 hours from Miami, feels like a world away…

Tips hat,

6 Comments

  1. Fran

    November 16, 2013 at 4:36 am

    I feel your Miami pain and avoid connecting through that airport. The last time I flew through MIA after making it out of immigration and customs we had to schlep our bags to a holding area where you could only hope it would be sorted properly and put on the correct connecting flight before heading back through a long security line to the next flight. I don’t know why Miami and Houston don’t have a transit area for international flights so you can avoid the security thing when connecting to your next flight. I suppose it’s job security for a lot of TSA folks. Enjoy the Dominican.

    • Rob

      November 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Loving it here and Miami is a nightmare. That said it’s also a serious hub. I just can’t stand the getting through baggage claim delays. It’s a real “hurry up and wait” spot on this planet.

      Good to hear from you and hope you’re well! 😀

  2. Gabriel

    November 16, 2013 at 9:10 am

    It feels so weird to see a place you’ve called home for the past few years in pictures on a travel blog lol.

    • Rob

      November 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Yes and I replied to your email but got a bounce back last night… :S

  3. Jeffrey Poulin

    November 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    • Rob

      November 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Incredible and what a trip…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read previous post:
A Gent’s Photo Diary from London, England

Greetings, I'm writing this from Millennium Hotel in Dominican Republic. I arrived late last night and figured I'd share this...

Close