Sunday, January 26, 2014

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

This is a view that I can guarantee nobody else in our group (or any other, for that matter) found:

Old dead tree stumps completely reclaimed by the jungle. Strange sights like this are why I go off the trail.
Took some color pics the next day, but the infrared makes it look more alien so I prefer this one.

The landscaping inside our resort's walls was well-maintained and LUSH.
Every day I saw scruffy dudes with machetes climbing trees and hacking at the growth.
It's a wet place with plenty of sun.

The pool was monstrous, with smaller projections jutting out in every direction so you could have privacy for your group. The swim-up bar and grill was popular. Oddly, the pool closed at 7pm but the ocean was right close by.
Zero lifeguards seen anywhere.
Or security guards for that matter-it was wild and crazy, but all the guests seemed to know the limits of behavior.

After my previous post made on the night we got there, I woke up the next day to find my laptop completely jacked.
The whole resort is apparently run on generators, and your suite gets powered-down after a certain period of inactivity. Gave up on the clock/radio right away. The WIFI was sketchy, too, so I think I got malware and maybe a virus, voltage fluctuations and unexpected on/off cycles, with 100% humidity for dessert. Wish I could have kept processing and posting photos while I was there but my laptop was dead meat within 12 hours of landing.
Third World Fun. Having to take Immodium AND Pepto every day plus brushing your teeth with bottled water should have clued me in that nothing would work the way I'm used to.


Dave said...

It all looks beautiful. It sounds like the Internet there is a step up from what I have in Natalia.

So I take it this was not a cruise but just a direct flight vacation situation? I have this urge to go to Costa Rica, but the DR looks pretty vacation'y too.

Keith Alan K said...

SA->DFW->MIA->Punta Cana, American Airlines. A long day of travel. Wish we could have seen more of the country beyond the walls of our resort, but it was highly discouraged.