We have officially booked our next vacation (together....Ethan is going to Vegas without me in June....and we are going to a wedding in July in Montana...but this is a VACATION).
I wanted to go somewhere for my big three-oh, but the Seahawks schedule would not permit it. We must travel in the fall when the Seahawks are on a bye week or at the very least on an away game. So. One week to the day after my birthday, we are flying out. We leave at 1015pm and fly through the night, changing planes in Miami and arriving in Puerto Plata at 230pm. Our final destination is about 10 miles away in the beautiful country of the Dominican Republic.
For those of you not in the know, the DR is located south east of Cuba, between Jamaica (to the West) and Puerto Rico (to the East). We are travelling at the end of the hurrican season, so cross your fingers for us!
We really wanted to use airline miles, and the only flight dates we could get have us staying there for 9 nights. No complaints from me! We are deciding which resort to stay at....we have been in the Riu before (in Puerto Vallarta), and LOVED it. There are three Riu resorts all in a row, all very affordable (from $82-$110 per night total, all-inclusive), and you can stay at any one of these three and go through the others, use their pools, etc. We are thinking about staying at the Riu Bachata, the slightly more spendy of the three, mostly because it IS a bit nicer, and has the big swim-up bar (the others don't), and a second beach to access (it is located on a point of land and has beaches on either side). Very lovely! Our other option is the Riu Merengue, the centrally located resort. Still pretty nice and lots of wonderful stuff. The Riu Mambo is the least expensive, and the oldest of the resorts. It looks it, a bit, but still nice.
We are leaving the DR on a Friday at 3pm, arriving in Miami at 630pm, and staying the night there before we fly out the next morning. We will stay in a hotel and go out to South Beach or somewhere for a nice dinner, then head home Saturday, getting to Seattle around noon our time.
Sound like fun? We are paying only about $1000 for the whole shebang, since we are using our miles for the flight. CHEAP!!
We will have someone stay at our house to house-sit and get mauled by the cats. Can't leave them alone that long!!