The Blues (The Good Kind)

Dominican Republic, July 2018


As the temperature continues to lower day by day, my layering skills continue to increase with a stylish flare. So instead of letting my spirits dwindle, I can keep them alive by continuing to reminisce about all the bountiful blue, tropical islands I’ve dipped my toes into.

It’s the Dominican Republic that is warming my mind with pleasant thoughts and visions of BLUE. Sometimes, as an extra bonus, the song by Eiffel 65 pops right in there and soundtracks my thoughts; “I’m blue da ba dee da ba daa…” That may or may not be stuck in your head for hours to come, Opps! Just think of it as your theme to breathtaking blue hues.

This year, like any other year, as I was planning my birthday getaway I knew it had to involve beautiful blues, bikinis, adventure and cocktails. There is something about staring into the Caribbean waters that puts me right into my freedom, my harmony, my nameste.

I’ve visited the DR on a short cruise stop one of the first times I traveled, and filed it in my travel plans as a country to revisit. In this case, the Dominican Republic did not disappoint, in fact, it exceeded my expectations! From looking into the crystal clear waters, swimming in and among tropical fish, hopping island to island while dancing to reggae beats on a catamaran, I felt like I was right at home. Or just back in Abu Dhabi, which is just as grand!

Enjoy the blues! Let it take you away to your happiness, your tranquility, your solitude, your nameste. And remember, as I have to tell myself each and every day, winter is only temporary. 🙂

 

Turks and Caicos–Worth The High Prices?

March 2018–Turks and Caicos Islands


There’s no way to sugar coat it, Turks and Caicos is an expensive Caribbean Island. Actually, the most expensive Caribbean Island I’ve visited. So why choose Turks and Caicos? I’ll give you a five reasons, if you need some convincing.

  1. Fresh Conch. Straight out of the Caribbean Sea into my mouth…I mean your mouth. Or take me with and we can share. 🙂 I also had the BEST blackened grouper I’ve ever tasted, that was worth the trip right there!
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    Seafood Platter With Conch Fritters and Cracked Conch

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    Best Blackened Grouper I’ve Tasted
  2. TripAdvisor just named ‘Grace Bay Beach’ the #1 Beach in the World. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. Words and photos don’t give it justice, you just have to experience it with your own eyes.

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    Grace Bay Beach
  3. Not only is Grace Bay Beach stunning, there are many of beaches around the island more private, and just as grand. My favorite was Long Bay Beach.

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    Long Bay Beach Sunrise
  4. There is an abandoned ship two miles from the shoreline of Long Bay Beach. This is my number one reason why I need to go back. I didn’t realize this could be visited by jet ski and explored, until my last day. I’m fascinated by it, and would make a second trip just to explore this.

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    Look Closely For The Abandoned Ship
  5. If you’re looking for a relaxing, quiet getaway, this is the island for you. It’s far from being a loud, party island. I was there during ‘high’ season, and found myself wondering just exactly where everyone was hiding.
Beach Tranquility

Expensive as the Turks and Caicos Islands may be, I would recommend a short visit if you’re looking to find some pure, clean, gorgeous beaches with white sand and turquoise waters.

Views From The Top

March 2018–Turks and Caicos Islands


There’s a good reason why I always book a window seat. Even though it’s a little more squished, and you have to bug other passengers to move in and out, it’s completely worth it! Whether it’s a bright, sunny day, a night flight, or approaching sunrise/sunset the view from the top never disappoints.

Yesterday mornings flight was no different. Looking out the window on my flight from Fort Lauderdale to Turks and Caicos I was in awe. The views were breathtaking! Blue, turquoise, crystal clear waters of the Caribbean were beneath me.

I’ll go ahead and say it, this was the BEST view I’ve had from an airplane. My eyes were happy and my camera was clicking. Enjoy a few unedited shots and let me know if you’ve seen a view similar or better!