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We landed a little bit early at Punta Cana International Airport which was surprising but welcome. Our plane didn't pull up to the terminal, it parked away in a sort of plane parking lot. We were greeted on the Tarmac by a strange bus with no seats. They really don't need seats as the journey is quite literally 2 minutes to ...
... s known as the Costa de
Coco because of the coconut palm lined beaches. The road was mostly inland,
though, and I saw a lot more cows and Dominican cowboys than palm-fringed beaches
as the road went through grazing country and small villages. I tried to get to
the coast at Playa Limon, supposedly an idyllic isolated beach resort with a
small hotel, but gave up. The road to the beach was unpaved, and I was starting
to get worried my KIA would get stuck in the ...
... people in the countryside still get around on horseback and quite a few horses were tethered in town. Outside of town stands the home of Ponce de Leon, seeker of the Fountain of Youth and explorer and namer of Florida, who was also governor of the Higuey region for the Spanish crown. I couldn’t come to an agreement on price with the attendant who was clearly trying to riff me off, so I didn’t go inside. The guidebooks indicate the interior displays are pretty sparse anyway, ...
Another day, another port. The Dominican Republic is the eastern side of the island of Hispaniola. The western side is Haiti. We docked at a port called La Romana. There are a few different things you can do here. We chose to visit some caves call Cueva de las Miravillas (the cave of miracles). It was a great option because we got to see a bit of the countryside, we had a very good taxi driver who told us a bit about the island life ...
... beloved wasn't meant to live on an island and we were both shaken.
It didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves (although the hummingbird-sized cockroach by our cottage door almost did), but reminded me that it's best to take it slow with a travel-newbie. One day we'll laugh about Dave puking in the turtle pond, thus giving the little snappers the buffet of a lifetime, but even now (March 2015) it's a sore subject. On our next adventure together, we'll be better prepared.