|we're on vacation! look how excited we are! (this is still in the airport.)|
We sat on the beach, lounged in the pool, and cleaned up for dinner at the Italian restaurant. Afterward we waited in the lobby bar for Pat and Katie, not knowing the wouldn't arrive Thursday night. We gave up at 10:00 pm and went to bed, figuring we'd see them the next day!
Friday morning we had breakfast at The World Cafe, a huge buffet with some already-prepared foods and some made-to-order items like crepes or omelets. It was okay, I would say that my biggest disappointment in this place was the mediocre food. However, since *I* didn't have to prepare any of my own food for three days, I didn't feel the need to complain!
After lunch we gave in and paid $4 for 15 minutes of internet access to let our parents know via email that we'd arrived safely, and to try to figure out when Pat and Katie's flight would arrived. We found 3 incoming flights from Miami, jotted down times, and headed to the lobby. They arrived at the first time we'd written! I wish I had a picture of their faces as they climbed out of the van, SO relieved they were actually there!
|of course ryan had to poke at it!|
|the beach was busy, but not too bad. we definitely had our privacy. the palm trees were amazing, and ryan admitted he actually liked them. (he has a passionate distaste for sago palm trees in texas.)|
|the four of us walked along the beach past the last resort to an area that was completely untainted. it was breathtaking.|
|a fallen palm tree was leaning into the water, so of course we stopped for a photo!|
|pat and katie out in the water.|
|i joined them...i am so white.|
|ahh, sweet shade. you can sort of see how red my thighs and top of my knee are!|
|all four of us, this was literally right at sunset so it's kind of dark.|
|i think i'll frame this one!|
|this looks like a postcard to me!|
|our room as we were packing to leave. it was decent, not the most luxurious thing in the world but definitely livable!|
|the vanity area, door to the open air hallway on the left and the bathroom door on the right|
|the shower and toilet, not quite as nice as on the website! the shower made a huge mess since there was just a puny little half wall with no curtain! the door to the bathroom was also a frosted glass swing door, not much for privacy!|
|another pic of the beautiful palm trees|
|the beachside grill served hamburgers, hot dogs, chili cheese fries, and chips and salsa.|
|our last meal with pat and katie, they stayed an extra day since they arrived late!|
|another view of the pool, the bar is the hut on the left.|
|the airport was pretty low-key, we definitely still had to go through security and everything but we walked out to the plane since there were no terminals, only gates.|
|ryan took this shot as we were leaving, we think our hotel was to the north of the top of this picture.|
We're not sure if or when we'll be able to take another trip like this but if we do, we think we'll hit up another all-inclusive again. We both really enjoyed the friendliness of everyone in our resort, the ease of the trip, the unlimited drinks, and the beautiful beach. I don't know if we'd go back to the Dominican Republic just because there seems like there are other places to try, but I'd definitely recommend this trip to anyone!