Dominican Republic March 2020    I visited our daughter, Isabelle, and her family in Santo Domingo.  It was great to see her, Niko and their daughter, Lucia who was now one year and five months old.  Santo Domingo is a beautiful, historic city where Christopher Columbus landed in 1492.  The city was founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus, brother of Christopher Columbus, as the capital of the first Spanish colony in the New world.  There are many historic sites to visit in the colonial district.

Isabelle, Lucia and I took a trip to the beach in Juan Dolio and had a great time!

Playa Bayahibe is another beach resort located in the southeast of the island.  There a many Italian visitors, as well as those who have made it their home. We visited on my second weekend, and Pat flew in from California to join us.

We visited the beautiful Tracadero Resort for my birthday.  A perfect, fun day for all.

Pat and I rented a villa at the coastal town of Las Terrenas, located on the north shore of the island. The villa had a main house and a cottage (shown below).  The beaches are long and beautiful, and it has a bustling town.  There are quite a few French expats, some of whom have opened some terrific restaurants, bakeries and shops. 

We enjoyed delicious food and French rose delivered to our loungers on the beach!

 

Isabelle was able to visit us on the weekend during our stay, and she went sailing.

La Terrace is a cute French restaurant with great food right on the beach.

We enjoyed the beautiful Porto Restaurant, located on our way to Punta Portillo.  The beach is deserted and gorgeous!

Pat and I took a drive out to Playa Rincon, a three mile long beach rated by Conde Nast Traveler as one of ten of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  We agree!  We were thrilled to see this unspoiled beach, with only a a few fire hearth seafood restaurants (lobster anyone?) and no hotels...so good!

Pat and I will miss our time with the family ... and especially trying to keep up with Lucia!

Goodbye for now; we will see you again soon! Xoxo Nana and Pat

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