Okay, have spent OODLES of time now looking/dreaming/thinking about going on vacation.....the Dominican Republic it is....since I don't really care where we go, can't think of cities to search in for cheapie all inclusives, so this works.
We are going to stay at the Riu Mambo or the Riu Merengue in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. They are located right next to each other, along with the Riu Bachata, which is a teeny bit more spendy (so we are not staying THERE). We stayed at the Riu Jalisco in Puerto Vallarta and LOVED it, so this should be awesome. We have decided to fly out late Thursday night (like 1030pm), which gets us to our hotel around 3pm, after our taxi/shuttle ride out there. We will spend 8 wonderous days and 7 fun filled nights there, then fly out the following Friday.
This is where it gets cool.
I know, I know--this is ALREADY quite cool, but......the flights home all totally suck. So, I am going to attempt to get the suckiest of them all--we will fly out at 130pm and get to Newark/New York at 530pm, then check into a hotel next to the airport and have a night in New York City, which is less than 5 miles away. Maybe see TImes Square or the Empire State Building or the Statue of LIberty...something--we do have all evening! The next day (Saturday), we fly out at 1:50pm and get to Seattle around 4:30pm local time. Doesn't that sound awesome?!? A totally sucky layover becomes a touristy stop!
Quite excited, and already having nightmares about getting sunburned.....but I will do my most very best to stay pale!!