2015 Summer Vacation

Hello friends. 
As you may probably already know, I'm off to Dominican Republic for 2 months (I mentioned this in How To Pack A Carry On Suitcase + Checked Suitcase).  I will probably have a hard time posting as I'm not sure about the Internet access I will have there.  But will try my best to keep you posted. 

2015 Summer Vacation

I am staying in Punta Cana for 2+ weeks (with my bestie Dania) and then Palmar De Ocoa (my home town) for the rest of my vacation. I am hoping to be able to share photos of the trip as well as some cool things that I might find along the way. 

I'm truly excited for this because I kind of needed. LONG Academic YEAR... If you know what I mean. Can't wait for some relaxation amid the tropical island. Sipping some lovely natural juices, the beach, pool, summer parties, small village life, and much more. 

I'm more excited about the pictures I'll be taking there. Have you ever felt that way? It's that thing about looking back at them and admiring your holiday when you're back for the labor. 

Anyways, let me leave you with some photos captured when I was there 3 years ago. Kind of crazy how long ago it was, considering I'm from the Dominican Republic.  This chic must visit more often.

On the plane...Left to Right:  New York City (Take off), NYC in the air (those clouds are beautiful), Dominican Republic (approaching landing), D.R (nearly there)
***Notice how green my country truly is, plus I could sense the humidity from inside the plane. Wow!

Unfinished Dominican Home in the village of Palmar De Ocoa, Bani

Unfinished Dominican Home in the village of Palmar De Ocoa, Bani

My unfinished Dominican Home in the village of Palmar De Ocoa, Bani (lovely place indeed).  This house has been "under construction" for ages, people.  We have seriously got to get this place finished!  3 years later, I'm sure it still looks the same, except for some minor changes to the green space.  Yep, the grass there is not pretty, I know!  It is still completely livable though! All you need is a bed and somewhere to store your vacation clothes, jajaja. While all the bathrooms are functional. 

Second floor entryway.  Steps leading to the living room

Second floor entryway.  Steps leading to the living room

It has two levels, the top floor accessible solely through those steps you see outside.  (Still in shock as to why my dad would make that design decision??)  Who else would prefer to access their second floor through the inside? Errr, me, por favor, papi!  
His claim?  Since we don't live there year long, we could always rent the place to two distinct families.  Here's why:

About the House:

  • Level 1:  Large living room/ Dining room, Large Kitchen, 2 bedrooms with on suite bathrooms, 1/2 bathroom
  • Level 2: Large Living room/ Dining room, Large Kitchen, 3 bedrooms with on suite bathrooms (No half bath)
  • Stats:  5 bedroom, 5 1/2 bathroom home, 2 kitchens, 2 living spaces and 2 dining spaces + the 2 car garage you see up front.

A LARGE house yes, but if it were finished, painted and decorated it would seriously look so much better.  All we have done is add the tiles all over the house, including the bathrooms.  I still LOVE it though.

The Palmar De Ocoa Village

The Palmar De Ocoa Village

Palmar De Ocoa as its name suggests, is a beachside countryside village, with loads of palms trees.  Our house is located just 2 minutes walking to the beach. 

Beach hotel in Palmar de Ocoa

Beach hotel in Palmar de Ocoa

Small glimpse at the beach hotel.

2015 Summer Vacation

Mama's (my grandma from mom's side) overflowing backyard.  Those are lime trees you see there.  The neighbor across that concrete block wall has this huge guava tree and all the fruit that lands in our side (which surprisingly enough is LOADS) is ours to keep.  Lots of lime juices and guava smoothies at mama's house, that's for sure.  There's also a cherry fruit tree around... yep,those come in handy too.  After all, one gotta make use of their natural resources, am I right? 

Beach house at Palmar De Ocoa with private beach and yacht

Beach house at Palmar De Ocoa with private beach and yacht

Now, this house.  Oh this house. IS AMAZING.  It is the perfect example of a proper beach house, with it's own private beach and yacht.  Say what? Crazy Good! (We are still in Palmar De Ocoa, by the way).  Loads of beach front mansions in this place, people!  

My cousin Rosy and I (my usual travel companion to Palmar), got the chance to visit this gem and take it in as our own for a day.  Just one, yes.  But what a day it was...

Pool at Palmar de Ocoa

Pool at Palmar de Ocoa

Ourdoor kitchen at Palmar de Ocoa

Ourdoor kitchen at Palmar de Ocoa

Pool? Check, (If I remember correctly I think it's filled with sea water)... Outdoor Kitchen? Check.

Great, tropical view in Palmar de Ocoa

Great, tropical view in Palmar de Ocoa

Amazing views? Uhhhh, yes, yes and YES!  It was those homes where you want to stay forever and ever, for all eternity.  

Walking towards the beach and then into the pier.  The breeze there is so cool while the atmosphere breathes pure sereneness. I LOVE Palmar De Ocoa.  I have to admit, being at the pier I felt threatened by the vast amount of water at such close proximity to me.  Now back at the house... 

Rosy and I relaxing by the pool (if only I could live like this year round... this girl can dream).  The sun was blazing HOT though... seriously. Inside the house, was another story...

The decor was a classic, beachy theme (not over the top), just the right amount of accessories like corals, fish...

And that stunning sea shells chandelier on that beautiful vaulted celling. Mama mia.  

The kitchen too was very nice. Perfectly equipped.  Is that a farmhouse sink I see?  I think yes!  

2015 Summer Vacation

Well, that was the summing up of my 2011 summer vacation in pictures.  Paola, a la natural, all the way.  Palmar De Ocoa is such a lovely place and I love that my family settled roots there.  I recommend it for your next summer getaway. Any time of the year works too.

What's your favorite vacation spot? I need ideas as I'm already planning the next. Yes, I know.  I haven't even experienced this one and am already thinking of summer 2016. Jajajaj.