September 14, 2017

La Samana, Dominican Republic

I'm finally back after my summer long hiatus, I can't believe it's September already. This summer has gone by so fast, the weather wasn't the greatest in Canada but luckily I left for a Caribbean adventure in the Dominican Republic.

This vacation was by far the most memorable because of the locals we met and the friendships we made along the way; a Haitian merchant named Wilson, a Swiss villa owner named Michel and two mysterious Canadian ladies living in the DR. These interesting characters and their life stories made our trip unique, by the end of the week, we felt like locals ourselves.

For me, being in the Dominican Republic was really interesting as it was the closet I've ever been to my country of origin, Haiti. I am born in Ottawa, Canada however I have never traveled to Haiti which is on my bucket list. 

The history between the Haitians and Dominicans is not peaceful. There are many Haitians working hard labor in the DR and they are seen as lower caste, they are poorly treated and highly judged. 

Sadly, I had to overhear such comments that Haitians were ugly and smelly from Dominicans and other locals in which I interjected and told them I was Haitian, than came complete silence. It was unsettling to feel the negativity towards Haitians, funny enough most locals thought I was Dominican. 

On the very bright sight, we stayed at the Grand Paradise Samana hotel for 7 days, however for an extra escape we booked an airbnb villa for 3 days at the very top of a cliff with a private infinity pool during that same week.

June was the perfect time to travel to this destination as it was quiet and not packed with tourists. Because it was down season, not all merchants were open, however we didn't mind, it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. If you like peace and quiet, travel to the DR in June, there are great deals with Air Transat. 

La Samana is absolutely gorgeous and located in the northeastern part of the Dominican Republic, it is primarily known as a popular whale watching destination during the months of January-April.

The buffet at Grand Paradise Samana was actually not bad but there was a lot of fried foods, so thankfully we spent our next couple lunches/dinners at this gem of a hotel called Villa Serena. 

I am now obsessed with this place and can't wait to go back. It's a boutique style hotel that offers fresh healthy meal options. They also host yoga/detox retreats which is something I also want to try. After connecting with the manager via Instagram, I got to meet Maria and took some fabulous pictures of their landscape. I was so worried for them during Hurricane Irma, however they had minimal damage luckily! 

The best smoothie I've ever had, ordered it twice! 

We spent 3 days at this gorgeous airbnb villa admiring this view, day &  night! 

"That feeling when you made your own bikini!"

I got this swan floatie at Wal-Mart for 25$ and lugged it all the way to the DR.

At the villa, the owner also had a mini farm of animals and I got attached to this cute donkey. He was so  affectionate, it was sad to see him tied up all day but the owner said it was to prevent him from running off and getting hit by a car.

La Samana is home to many virtuous beaches that must be seen. We spent a day soaking in the beauty of the white sand beach, La Playita. Another beach to visit is Playa Rincon.

This trip was a birthday gift from my beau and it was surprise! In my next blog post, i'll share more of what I actually did on my birthday.  Follow me on instagram or twitter: @marciabcreative


SHON said...

Marvellous post. Thanks for sharing.

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Jessica said...

I love D.R. is so stunning and Dope. I hope you can visit me at Puerto Rico some time lol. The pictures are just amazing. Thanks for your comment on my blog I just followed you.

Irreplaceable_fashion said...

Amazing place:) You look fabulous:)
Have a nice weekend!

Enara Girl said...

That is a great birthday gift, it seems an amazing place with amazing food! xoxo

Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty said...

Such beautiful pictures! Sorry to hear about the negativity. It's hard to hear but I commend you for putting people on the spot. It forces them to rethink and they may be careful the next time they want to spew out those comments. It looks like you had a great vacation. I'm from Montreal!

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Malefica said...

Amazing, really amazing! This place is perfect, and you are really beautiful!
So nice bikini! Lovely photos!

Visit me, and follow If you didn't/want. Hope see you soon, dear friend. Maleficent

Style For Mankind said...

So amazing! Have an amazing new week dear.

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Carolina Collaer said...

Stunning places and pictures <333
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Kasztanowy Domek said...

Great place! Fantastic look!
Happy new week!:)


Adriana Leandro said...

Amazing photos. You look georgeous.

awhite said...

What a beautiful trip - you look amazing and so relaxed here, babe!

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Paula Lopes said...

A goddess, in a wonderful place. Incredible pictures! Have a great day.

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Karina Pink said...

Que lindo lugar!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful place !
Great pics

Chic Therapy said...

Really gorgeous place. Such a shame about the negativity towards Haitians. I hope you get to visit your heritage soon.

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Nice photos!

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