The Perfect Beach Getaway in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic / by Joelle Friend

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The best time to escape the Northwest is when the rain starts, which is end of September usually. The clouds move in and you are under what seems endless clouds all fall, winter, and most of spring. On my blog and Instagram you may have remembered me talking about my love for the ocean and swimming. Thats why I was so excited to visit Punta Cana, and stay at Occidental Caribe, which is right on the ocean. I had a whole list of activities I wanted to do there, but mostly it was to relax by the beach and get some well deserved Vitamin D.

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One of my favorite parts of the trip was watching sunrise on the beach with Raimee. I am not a morning person, but for me it is so important to watch the sunrise especially if I am right on the beach. The sky lite up in the most beautiful colors! If you have the chance to watch a sunrise in the Dominican Republic, you must take it. When we returned to the room after watching sunrise we ordered room service. It was perfect. We both ordered fruit and oatmeal, and lots and lots of coffee to wake us up.

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What captures my heart and soul when I travel are the people that I meet abroad. I was blown away by the kindness of the local people and their hospitality. I loved getting to talk to the staff and practice my Spanish, and be able to laugh with them. I am so excited for my next adventure to return to the Dominican Republic and play in the beautiful ocean once again. It has inspired me to get better on my Spanish as well!

Till next time.