A Caribbean Retreat

Last week I took a long-needed week off from work and blogging to spend eight wonderfully luxurious days in the Dominican Republic – a favorite vacation destination.  So  I packed up the family for a week of relaxation: to the enjoy the pristine beaches lining the bright blue Caribbean Sea, the endless amounts of delicious food – and more importantly, drink – and some beach reading to flush out the daily grind of documents, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint slides.

The week – our eighth trip to the island of Hispaniola – was perfect: gorgeous, clear, blue skies with temperatures hovering in the low 80s, a light ocean breeze gently blowing through the ubiquitous palm trees.  Bottomless glasses of chilled rum and ice cold Dominican beer were readily available at any time of the day.  All in the midst of bouncy, tropical bachata music, played throughout the resort and its environs.   In all, a paradise without deadlines, schedules, and traffic.

A plethora of choices provided much inspiration for this blog throughout the week: local beer such as Presidente and Brahma, both light and refreshing Dominican lagers; short glasses of local dark rum, poured over ice, which I had not enjoyed with such gusto on previous visits; and Café Diablo, the dark, spiced coffee and liquor concoction I prefer as dessert.

At week’s end, we were of course sad to leave.  Yet I was able to leave the island on a happy note, where inside the airport’s duty free store I bought a bottle of Havana Club rum, the authentic Cuban spirit that is not available in the states.  Even better was the bottle’s incredibly inexpensive price.

I’ll draw upon the memories of this past week’s drinking to write a few posts in the coming weeks.  For now, keep your fingers crossed that spring will truly begin and cold weather will not return again until autumn.

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Published in: on April 21, 2011 at 10:16 am  Comments (4)  
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4 Comments

  1. Cheap rum, crystal clear water, and beautiful weather. What’s not to love about the Caribbean. Sounds like you had a great trip. I am heading down to the USVI’s in a few weeks. I can’t wait.

  2. A week away from the daily grind would be great right now. And what’s not to love about rum? Now I want a true Daiquiri!

    Cheers!
    G-LO

  3. Sounds like a wonderful adventure!! Well Deserved!! Look forward to reading about the entertainment!

    Cheers eh!

  4. Did you try the Dominican rum – Brugal?


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