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DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

Sunday March 22, 2015

Dubrovnik, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

Dubrovnik, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

Dubrovnik, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

Dubrovnik, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

Dubrovnik, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

Dubrovnik, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

Croatia was a magical place. From walled cities to the sparkling Dalmatian coastline, Eastern Europe’s crown jewel was the epitome of wanderlust – a perfect mix of history, adventure and natural beauty. And with Dubrovnik being the first stop on our travels through Croatia, I fell under the country’s spell immediately … ♥

CAP CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Monday March 9, 2015

Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Before we jet off to any island, I do loads of research looking for the best stretch of beach on whatever tropical paradise we are visiting. Our itineraries are usually pretty packed, so it’s nice to carve out one day of dedicated R&R surrounded by white sand, clear water and turquoise shallows. After sifting through countless photos and travel guides, I decided on Juanillo Beach & Caletón Beach as beachy “musts” while exploring the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic …

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 …