Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Come Fly Away With Me...Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

It's been a little while since we had a "Come Fly Away With Me" post (you can see Mendi's Chicago vacation here) so I wanted to share with you a little of my recent trip that my family and I took to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for a family wedding. We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino which is an all-inclusive resort. And in my opinion all-inclusive resorts are the way to go!

We flew from Richmond to Philadelphia and then on to the Dominican. In total it was about 4.5 hours of travel. The airport we flew into was not air conditioned, but had "Big Ass Fans" so it was not so bad while waiting in line for about 30 minutes for customs. (And seriously the brand of fans is called Big Ass Fans. I should have snapped a picture, but I was a bad blogger!) We then had hotel transportation waiting to whisk us away to our resort. It was only about a 30 minute ride to the hotel and then it was vacation time! Just one quick note, when entering DR, you have to have $10.00 USD cash for a tourist card. It doesn't really do anything, as it's just like a tax we pay, but some passengers were scrambling to pull out cash. And when leaving DR, I guess depending on the time of year, you need to leave your hotel so that you have at least 3 hours at the airport before your flight. That might sound excessive but we needed every minute. Leaving the country took way longer than entering. We waited in line to get checked in and to check our bags for probably 40 minutes and then spent another 40 minutes in line to get through customs.

Hope you enjoy my vlog of our trip. Please excuse the shakiness and how awful I look at the very end of the vlog. This girl was up early and was exhausted! And at the very end of the vlog I added in some pictures, so I hope you make it through to see those. By the way, the very last photo is my signature face and it's just us reppin VA! :-)

Sadly, there will be no haul video for me to post. There were some shops but they were ridiculously expensive so all I did buy was a marble turtle (weird but totally my thing) and a CD from the pool DJ.

Thanks for watching!!! Please let us know if you would like to see more vlogs even if they are just around town.

P.S. We are going to film a video soon to answer some questions we have received. It's a little "Q&A with @HerLateNightCra". Aren't we clever using our Twitter handle in the title? But seriously, let us know if you have anything you'd like to know!



  1. It looks like such a beautiful place! That is wonderful that you were able to visit. And I'm still laughing at the Big Ass Fans! :P

  2. I've never been to Punta Cana yet but I do hope to go very soon!

    I agree, love all-inclusive resorts!
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  3. We went to DR for our honeymoon and although the beaches were pretty, I'm not sure if we would go back. Off to watch your vlog to see what you thought!

  4. Thank you for sharing your heavenly trip with us Jayme!
    It reminds me of our trip to Hawaii last year. Everything was expensive there too but not that much (40 bucks!!!!) for sunscreen.
    And the food in Hawaii was to die for!
    Great photos, you look happy and tanned and relaxed.

  5. Looks like you had a great time! I know a few people that have stayed there. I think the resort is only a few years old. I like Hard Rocks for the first day or so and then they kinda drive me nuts with the music everywhere all the time. I SO agree about kids and the pool area! I've heard that area is way over priced. We have a timeshare in Cabo. Haven't been in a few years though because airfare is so $$$. I love mexico! Thanks for sharing your vacay with us! xoxo

  6. I would LOVE to go on a trip like that! Looks amazing!! I am ashamed to admit I've never been out of the U.S. lol


  7. Sweet! Thanks for the tips. M and I are considering going to Punta Cana for our honeymoon and it seems like this is THE place to go. Keeps coming up!

  8. That was a great vlog! Your room looked amazing as did the rest of the resort but I hear you about being ready to come home, I think a week is plenty of time to enjoy a vacation like that!! And you didn't sound too manly at the end of the video, haha! ; )

  9. First off - I love this raw footage :). Looks like the perfect room and enjoyed seeing all spaces in detail! Thanks for taking us along and we will look forward to seeing more!


  10. I haven't been to the DR in years but it looks much nicer now than it did when I was there. Seeing your past few posts about your vacation make me so excited to head out on mine tonight! I'm so glad you guys had an awesome time!

  11. I have never even heard of this place! Now I want to go there on vacation. Lovely!

  12. Looks Like you had a great time. That hotel room is amazing.

  13. Haha!! Everytime we see a Big Ass Fan around my hubby will go.. "look it's a Big Ass Fan... no really it is..." ...

    Looks like you had a great time. :)


  14. I haven't been to the Dominican Republic but now I wanna go! Your hotel room is awesome. :D And I got a good laugh out of those Big Ass Fans...haha!

  15. I Love it there!! and by the way you still look great even though you were exhausted;)

  16. Hahah, very unique name for fans! you're so lucky that this beautiful place is just a short flight away. The hotel looks really luxe and comfy! Cute idea of the lyrics on the mirror. Jacuzzi in the room, what bliss! great vid, thanks for showing us around!P.S Thanks so much for your lovely insight on my last post :)

  17. I can't wait to watch your video (no sound on my work computer :( ) but I do have a question...will you come to Ohio and take me shopping at Sephora and/or Ulta and/or both? Pleassse!! You can meet Floyd!

  18. Jayme welcome back from your holiday, I love that you took us along with you. Your room looks great and I could just sit and listen to those waves all day! Love the photos of you and Wes, especially the last two. Glad you had a great time!

  19. I am so glad you had fun! It looks like it was beautiful!


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