A few months back, we had the opportunity to spend a week vacationing in the Dominican Republic. One of our excursions– and our personal favorite activity– was visiting Saona Island. It is what you would imagine when you think “tropical vacation” and everything I had dreamed of. We only had a few hours on the island, so we were determined to make every second worth it.
A few fun facts I learned about Saona Island: It’s part of the Parque Nacional del Este (National Park of the East) and was first inhabited during World War II. There are still a few hundred residents on the island today, and they primarily earn a living through tourism and fishing. There are no cars on the island– supplies are transported by mule cart.
The 10-minute walk through the woods from where we disembarked to our destination felt like an eternity. As soon as we exited the clearing of trees, I gasped in awe of view of the beach. It was like a postcard!
Our tour excursion provided a free traditional lunch, which we happily gobbled up. As we ate, I took the chance to text my family via the free Wi-Fi.
Then, we immediately hopped in the ocean to swim. Andy took a few photos of me with my cell phone thanks to my waterproof LifeProof case. We giggled as we tried to get the perfect “Instagram-worthy” photos and realized that nearly everyone else on the island was doing the same thing!
While Andy splashed in the water some more, I took a moment to relax on the beach. I was so engrossed by the natural beauty of Saona Island that I didn’t dare waste a second reading on my Kindle. Instead, I just absorbed the view around me.
We had packed my tripod and DSLR camera so that we could get some professional-quality photos of us on the beach, but to our surprise, our tour group actually had a professional photographer on staff. It was $100 for about 30 photos, but we knew that we wouldn’t regret those photos so we happily dug in my backpack for some pesos! I’ll actually share those professional photos in my next blog post 🙂
Saona Island was the perfect excursion on our Caribbean vacation. The only disappointing thing was that our time there was far too short!