Our Honeymoon in the Dominican Republic
We were married on November 3rd, 2018 and embarked on our honeymoon on November 5th. Deliriously happy and exhausted from a weekend full of friends and family and dancing and eating, we gave ourselves the day off before our flight left Seattle at 10:30 that night. We flew into D.C. and were pleasantly surprised with an upgrade to first class for the second leg of our trip into Punta Cana. Unfortunately we were both pretty exhausted and spent the majority of the 4 hour flight sleeping, but we did wake up enough to enjoy a delicious hot breakfast and a mimosa on the descent into the Caribbean. After that experience, we decided that upgrading to first class is worth it as long as it doesn’t add more than $75 to the ticket price.
We stepped of the plane in hot, humid Punta Cana, went through customs and met our driver who had cold water and beer waiting for us in the car. The drive to our hotel, Excellence Punta Cana, was about 45 minutes North from the airport along lush, overgrown stretches of highway and some displays of the extreme poverty that affects the country. (More than 1/3 of residents survive on less than $1.25 a day, and over 20% of the country is considered to be in extreme poverty.) We finally turned off the highway and onto a stretch of road dotted with resort after resort and boasting names along the lines of “Dreams Punta Cana,” “Onyx Punta Cana,” and even “Breathless Punta Cana.” Our hotel was near the end of the road. When we pulled into the drive, we saw flamingos, birds, a stretch of pristine buildings including the spa; and after parking and tipping our driver, we were handed a glass of champagne and shown to our room after checking-in.
The walk to our room took us by a number of restaurants, the pools, and along a stretch of stunning beach. We were greeted with a “honeymoon” banner on our door, a bottle of champagne, balloons as well as some chocolates and rose petals—so romantic! We quickly settled in, giddy with the niceness of everyone we’d encountered and the beauty of our resort, and after a deep breath, we headed for the beach. And that is where we stayed for the majority of our 9-day trip. Lots of swimming, sun bathing, reading, drinking coco locos, strawberry daiquiris, rum & cokes, taking full advantage of having room service 24/7—we even made a trip to the spa for a couples massage, foot rub, hydro-therapy, and major relaxation.
Our hotel was located on a strip of fairly rough ocean—the waves were super intimidating. But about a 10 minute walk down the beach, from the resort there was a perfect little cove with much calmer waters. We spent a decent amount of time there and almost managed to swim in the ocean every day. The swim-up bar got the better of us one day. We also fit an excursion to The Blue Lagoon and Isla Saona into our trip, but that adventure’s for another post.
It was utterly perfect and after eight days of bliss, we were ready to get home and settle into married life. Below, you’ll see some photos from our trip as well as a little highlight video!
xo, Meghan & Eric