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I love New York, but there have been a few times in my life where I haven’t been thrilled about seeing the island. After my mini family vacation last week I was heartbroken to leave one island for another. I’m Dominican-American and I couldn’t be prouder, especially when I’m fortunate enough to see how beautiful the country truly is. Dominican Republic is honestly one of my favorite places in the whole world to visit.

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When I was seven years old, my parents shipped me off to spend my summer (and almost every summer after that for a few years to come) to Dominican Republic where I spend it at my grandmother’s and various other family members. Most of my family still resides in the country. I would spend summers playing with my cousins, going to all the little towns and getting to see where and how my parents grew up. As I got a little older and a lot busier, the trips were not as extensive, but I still try to go as much as I can. This Fourth of July, I celebrated with my parents and best friend and could not wait to share some of the amazing things we did as well as some fashion tips for a Caribbean getaway that’s not so resort-based.

The Beaches.

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Life isn’t always a beach, but in Dominican Republic, it pretty much is. These pictures have no filters and no editing – the water really is that perfect! Growing up in Miami, I grew accustomed to beautiful beaches and that’s never really left me. I can spend a whole day at the beach and for a mini getaway, that’s pretty much all I wanted to do.

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Isla Saona (Saona Island)

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Pueblo de Bayahibe (Town of Bayahibe)

DUNE BOUGIES.

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We’re some Rough Riders out here! Had so much fun (and got extremely muddy) riding in the dune bougies through the forests and onto the beach. We got to explore an amazing cave that was once immersed in water. I’m a very outdoors-y kind of girl and I don’t mind roughing it, especially when you get to wear bandanas on your face!

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THE MOUNTAINS.

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One thing that many people don’t know about Dominican Republic is that it’s full of mountains! Not small hills, but beautiful, big, bountiful mountains that have resorts rivaling Punta Cana. If you have a chance to go, explore all different parts of the country because you will find everything: plains, country, beaches, hills, forests, and so much more.

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WHAT TO PACK FOR A WEEKEND:

Spending a long weekend anywhere can be a little daunting, especially in a location that has many different terrains. A really great trick to remember is the “5, 4, 3, 2, 1” rule. It’s the easiest way to pack just the essentials and take just a carry-on to make international travel easier. In short, the rule is 5 tops, 4 bottoms, 3 dresses/rompers and 3 pairs of shoes, 2 bathing suits and 2 bags, and 1 key accessory.

tops

 

  1. Basic Tee
  2. Blouse
  3. Dressy Top
  4. Tank Top
  5. Jean Jacket (at night)

bottoms

  1. Chinos
  2. Skinny Jeans (I just happen to love black)
  3. Skirt (Midi skirts are the best day-to-night length)
  4. Shorts (Chinos again – easy to clean, comfortable, versatile)

dresses

  1. Shirt Dress
  2. Midi length dress
  3. Romper (perfect day-to-night piece)

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All of this will easily fit onto a carry-on and allow more than enough outfits for a long weekend. Make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and bug repellant. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a shout. Stay tuned!

S.

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