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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Playa Encuentro, Dominican Republic

Hello there, or should I say, Hola, ¿qué hay?
As the lush, emerald mountains began to absorb the first signs of morning glow, and the birds warmed up their vocal cords, we slathered on sunscreen, and tiptoed to our taxi.
A day ahead filled with adventure, and enough unknowns to give a girl butterflies.
What felt like an entirely different world; was merely a thirty minute drive away.
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A melting pot of local enthusiasts, amped up tourists, and loyal onlookers perched on shore.
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Alex Good-Beautyosaurus Lex-Dominican Republic-travel guide-Punta Cana-Beach-Holiday-Vacation-lifestyle blog-Playa EncuentroWell aware that all there would be too eat and drink was what we had brought along; I tucked into some fresh fruit from the hotel, stretched out in a speckled patch of shade, and had one of those moments where I couldn't quite believe how beautiful the day was shaping up to be.
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My very first transatlantic outing with my new backpack, and I'm over the moon at how durable, reliable, and ruddy dapper it is!Alex Good-Beautyosaurus Lex-Dominican Republic-travel guide-Punta Cana-Beach-Holiday-Vacation-lifestyle blog-Playa EncuentroPlaya Encuentro is a notorious spot for being mild enough for beginners, but consistent, and playful enough for even the pros to keep coming back!
Alex Good-Beautyosaurus Lex-Dominican Republic-travel guide-Punta Cana-Beach-Holiday-Vacation-lifestyle blog-Playa EncuentroWe shared the stretch of sand with only a few other curious travelers. The mister surfed, and I strolled as the shallow waves foamed across my ankles. Only stopping to rinse off the salt and sand, and reapply my sunscreen.
Longing to retreat from the midday, sweltering sun, I took solace beneath the surf shack. Complete with rustic embellishments, and a palm roof...
Alex Good-Beautyosaurus Lex-Dominican Republic-travel guide-Punta Cana-Beach-Holiday-Vacation-lifestyle blog-Playa Encuentro...which proved to be the ideal hangout for my afternoon siesta.
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With the rhythmical hushing of the ocean, and string section of tall grass blowing behind me, I dozed off; my new friend guard dog offered to take the first watch.
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