(Punta Cana, República Dominicana es muy hermosa y me encanta el ron y muchas cervezas.) I guess I should technically call this feature “Where was I Wednesday?” because I am about as far away from this scene as you can get, at least mentally. But I was there, in another dreamy life, celebrating the nuptials of one of my oldest friends with whom I used to exchange colored pencil drawings of drunk teddy bears, before we even knew what drunk was.
PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
If you’ve spent any time in the Dominican Republic, chances are you’ve been to Punta Cana. Chances are you’re also an American with a love for all-inclusive binge drinking. No judgment.
Case in point: Here I am in the middle of the night after jumping into the ocean with a beer and in a borrowed dress. (Don’t lend me your things.) And also where I slept off the next day’s Presidente hangover.
It’s been a long day. Here are some maps.
Punta Cana is a popular resort area in the Dominican Republic…in the Caribbean… hugging it out with Haiti. Its sun-soaked white beaches and turquoise waters are where New Englanders go to thaw out – like when you soak your frozen Butterball in a sink full of hot water because you forgot to leave it out overnight and your family will be here ANY MINUTE. Where your friends go to get married. Where you go to get rum drunk and your money stolen from your room. Where you go to bachata with your bartender and laugh at the people trying to learn merengue on the beach. Left, right, left, right, left, right, repeat until the sun comes up! This should not be that hard. #rum
WHO & WHEN
Taíno Indians – once populated the Dominican Republic and most of the rest of the Caribbean until, ya now, infectious disease showed up. Long time ago.
Christopher Columbus – “discovered,” as he does, and claimed the Dominican Republic for Spain. 1492. I can’t stress those quotation marks enough.
Haiti – conquered the Dominican Republic (while they were fighting for independence from Spain) and ruled for 20 years. Early 1800s. Whoaaa, that backfired.
American investors – saw a gold mine in the white beaches and crystal clear waters of Dominican Republic’s east coast. 1969.
There are now 60 resorts stretched over 30 miles of beach. The first airport wasn’t opened until 1984 when the number of annual visitors increased from 2,900 to 2.4 million. Now just imagine if $50 was stolen from the wallets of all those visitors… Yes, I hold grudges.
GETTING OFF TOPIC
Remember when I said I’ve never traveled abroad where something shitty hasn’t happened? This is that thing. I take full responsibility for the shitty things that happen to me when I travel and this is when I learned what those strong, metal boxes are for in the walls of hotel room closets. USE THEM.
Why Punta Cana? Well…. maybe you didn’t read the WHAT paragraph?
- jump in the ocean fully clothed
- the term “all-inclusive”
- Spanish words
- sunshine to thaw your buns
- plantains & rice out the wazoo
The area now known as Punta Cana was originally called Punta Borrachón, “Drunkard’s Point.” Cana is a fan-shaped palm leaf. Borrrrringggg.
WHAT ARE SOME REASONS YOU VISIT PUNTA CANA?
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