The island of Bermuda…it’s sung in summer songs, praised for beautiful turquoise waters, and sought after as a tropical island vacation destination. I was not expecting or even seeking to visit Bermuda any time soon, so once again I was excited for a...The Hotel Gran Jimenoa quietly resides on rolling tropical mountains, co-existing cozily in lush layers of green foliage. While sitting in a wooden rocking chair in the early morning, I reveled in the humid air that gives the only “cool” relief from the...This week we are staying in Jarabacoa. This small mountain village is not as small as it used to be when I would visit as a child. Now it has grown into a large, popular town. It’s eco-tourism and outdoor attractions are thriving, bringing in visitors from all...For a month this summer, I am traveling in the Dominican Republic. I grew up coming to this country every few years. These experiences contributed immensely to my appreciation and passion for traveling and experiencing local people and cultures wherever I go. Once...Another wonderful location to visit in Samana, Dominican Republic, is the Puerto Bahia Marina and Residences. After a few days on the north-western part of the Samana Penninsula, my friends and family and I traveled for a night to the southern part to stay on the very...You know those pictures of palm trees leaning tall over dazzling turquoise waters? Perhaps you sneak peeks at these beach scenes in a magazine or online while at work in your office. The sand looks almost like gold and you can literally feel its soft grains in between...It has been four years since I have been to the Dominican Republic. Since my mother is from there, I have a lot of family still living there and I am consistently making a point to visit more often. Once again, too much time has gone by since my last visit, but I do...I have put something off for far too long…and the thing is, I know it has been selfish of me. You see, I have not had it in my heart to write about an experience because it was so wonderful for me. I feel no words I write can do it justice or really convey to...St. Patrick’s Day in Your Town. via Amalia Vida Blog.