My Favourite Beach Vacation: Punta Cana 2014

Hi all,

This year got off to a rocky start so I thought I’d look back on one of my favourite trips and share it with you guys! Michael and I went on a spontaneous trip to Punta Cana in the summer of 2014 and it turned out to be amazing! For a little back story, we were both 18 at the time and had been planning on going away during the following winter break (between December 2014 and January 2015). Just for fun, I was browsing all-inclusive vacations on the Air Canada Vacations website and I had found a super great deal on one resort in the Dominican Republic. We looked at it extensively together and decided that it would be a great idea to go, given the really low price.

After reading all the reviews, we ended up choosing a different hotel because the original one we had seen had a bad virus going around and most of the guests were getting sick. We ended up booking two weeks before we were set to leave and got an amazing deal- already lowered price plus a family discount since my dad works at Air Canada.

We didn’t really know what to expect of the hotel but it turned out to be amazing! We stayed at the Iberostar Dominicana and we would recommend it to everyone. I don’t want this to turn into a full blown review of the hotel since we’ve stayed there over two years ago, but we were extremely impressed with the food, the cleanliness of our room and hotel in general, as well as the beach (the best part!).

We’ve been on one other all-inclusive type of vacation (Jamaica in 2015) but this one to Punta Cana is still my favourite one. There was just something so special about going on our first vacation alone together and be together 24/7 for a full week. We had been on vacation together before, but always with family, so it was so great to get to do exactly what we wanted to do when we wanted to do it; we didn’t have to go along someone else’s plans/schedule. (Just as an FYI- I’m extremely grateful we got to go on vacations with each other’s families, it was just a nice change to be away just the two of us). We got to go on an excursion during our trip which left us with some pretty great memories.

Now onto some pictures of our resort and the beach!

Partial view of the lobby.


The theatre.
The buffet dining room.
View of one of the pools.
View of the beach.
View of the beach. As you can see, there were lots of palapas.
View of the beach.
Turquoise water.
Us in the water!
On our swimming with sea lions + snorkeling excursion.
On our swimming with sea lions + snorkeling excursion.

Thank you for reading and I hope it made you want to book, or start thinking about booking a trip!

Have a great weekend,



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