I visited the Dominican Republic for the 1st time with my boyfriend a few weeks ago. My only other time out of the US was vacationing in Mexico and the Bahamas. Our DR trip was a completely different experience.
I have to admit, I was very fearful at first. Several friends had told me that it was a dangerous, unsafe country. They had plenty of stories about foreigners being robbed while they were just walking down the street. I was also worried about all the violence I had read about.
But my experience in the DR was wonderful. Not once did I feel like I was in any danger. My friends obviously had never been to Cabrera. I met several expats and they were all so welcoming and made me feel right at home. I also met some of the locals and they were the warmest, friendliest people. It was nothing like the stories I had heard.
The driving seemed a little crazy at first, but I got used to it after only a few days. I don’t think I’m ready to jump behind the wheel quite yet though. Lol.
I really enjoyed the Villa that we stayed in the first 3 nights. Claude and MarieJose treated us like family. We also stayed at the Hotel Catalina for a night. It is a beautiful place but we really missed our friends at the Villa.
One thing I noticed was that no one stayed inside much. Everyone was always outdoors, not sitting inside in front of a television and missing out on life. I enjoyed checking out the local food joints and visiting the town square. Karaoke night at the car wash was a lot of fun and beating Barry in a game of pool at the pool hall was fun too 🙂 Ok, I guess accidentally knocking in the 8 ball is not really getting beat. It was a fun night.
I finally was able to see the beautiful piece of property that we bought. The beaches are so beautiful and I can’t wait to go back and spend more time there, hopefully sooner rather than later. The whole place is a Caribbean paradise. I can definitely see myself living there.
I just want to say thank you so, so much to all the people and wonderful new friends that made me feel so welcome. Thank you MarieJose, Claude, Barry and Liane and Shawn, Kelly, Micah and Jonah. I hope to see all of you again soon.
Thanks to everyone who made me feel so at home.