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ISLA CATALINA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Sunday March 1, 2015

Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic www.bucketlistbums.com

Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic www.bucketlistbums.com

Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic www.bucketlistbums.com

Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic www.bucketlistbums.com
Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic www.bucketlistbums.com

Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic www.bucketlistbums.com

Travelers looking to escape the touristy stretch that is Punta Cana, should hit the water and head south to tiny Isla Catalina, just off the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic. We made the hour’s journey to coastal town Bayahibe where we booked a private dive boat, carefully scheduling for a day with no cruise ships docked in La Romana. We wanted the island water to ourselves … and it worked! We spent the morning diving secluded coral reefs; floating in the sparkling blue shallows; and beaching on the island’s perfectly white stretches of sand …

PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Sunday February 22, 2015

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic www.bucketlistbums.com

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic www.bucketlistbums.com

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic www.bucketlistbums.com

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic www.bucketlistbums.com

We’ve traveled extensively through Central America’s islands in recent years (Roatan, Cozumel, Half Moon Caye, etc.), but it’s been almost half a decade since we last explored the other side of the dreamy Caribbean. Our last visit took us to Aruba and Bonaire, and before that Puerto Rico, Dominica, St. Lucia and Antigua (all little bits of paradise). I’d forgotten how captivating island life could be in the Caribbean, so after six years away, I was overjoyed to be back for another adventure. This time, in the Dominican Republic with two of our dearest friends …

OAHU, HAWAII

Sunday February 15, 2015

Oahu, Hawaii www.bucketlistbums.com

Oahu, Hawaii www.bucketlistbums.com

Oahu, Hawaii www.bucketlistbums.com

Oahu, Hawaii www.bucketlistbums.com

Oahu was home to everything we love about travel – idyllic beaches, gorgeous waterfalls, delicious eats, tropical jungle and incredible dive sites. And thanks to the island’s tiny size, all of the above was doable over the course of a well-planned long weekend (although, four packed days of non-stop adventuring meant we needed a vacation from vacation after our trip!) …