Island Life in La Romana

This time last week Adam and I were jumping on a jet and making our way down to La Romana in the Dominican Republic! We had a short layover in Puerto Rico and then it was on to my new favorite Caribbean island where the sun is just as strong as the Piña Coladas are!

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We arrived to our new home at around 1pm and were completely taken aback by how beautiful the resort is. We ended up staying at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville Don Pablo Collection which is an adults only resort nestled within the exclusive Playa Neuva Romana property.

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Adam and I have never stayed at an all-inclusive resort before and we have never vacationed in the Caribbean (with the exception of cruises) so we weren’t sure what to expect. I had read a lot of reviews on TripAdvisor before we left, but I was still really impressed with the property and amenities. The water at the pool was sparkling and warm – the perfect temperature for diving right in at 8am (which I did every single day).

There was a lovely pool bar that you could swim right up to, and all of the drinks were included. I’m not much of a drinker, but I had my fair share of Piña Coladas to stay cool and refreshed!

Our resort was adults only which meant the pool was always a really calm and relaxing place to be. One afternoon Adam and I wandered over to the sister resort (the Grand Bahia Principe) which was kid-friendly and there was way too much jumping and splashing for my grumpy old lady taste :). I like to float around with no one bothering me!

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Around noon each day Adam and I would walk a few steps over to the outdoor lunch buffet before strolling down to the beach to catch some afternoon rays.

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I cannot tell you how impressed I was with the beach. I have never in my life seen sand so perfectly smooth. I am actually embarrassed to tell you how many pictures of the sand I took!

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We had planned to go on a couple of excursions and do some snorkeling while we were in La Romana, but Adam ended up getting a little bit of sunburn and had to stay under the umbrellas and canopies after day two. Both his mom and dad have had skin cancer so we take sunburn very seriously. If we had done all of those things though I doubt we would have had such a relaxing time!

I am now feeling so refreshed and ready to go! There are seven weeks until the Chicago Marathon and I am EXCITED! My legs felt good the entire trip. I’m not sure if it had to do with the extra rest or just that I had the perfect running route along the beach that included this pier. Because the sand was tightly packed I was even able to get in some miles right along the ocean which I hardly ever do here in Fort Lauderdale!

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The plane rides did leave me with a tight right hip, but I’ve been diligent about deep stretching and that has been my savior!

As soon as we got home Cecil jumped into my lap and begged to see what we were up to so I shared one of our vlogs with him:

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You can watch the video, too!

I promised Cecil I will try to make more money to afford a private jet so that he can fly with us next time. If you know of any jobs that pay millions of dollars annually please give me the hookup so that my cat doesn’t have to stay home while I vacation. Thank you in advance!

(Actually, I was surprised by how pet friendly JetBlue is now! I saw a handful of people traveling with their dogs right in the cabin…. Hmmm.)

Before I end today’s post I thought I would just be totally upfront about the one thing I HATED about this trip: the mosquitos! Those damn bugs were everywhere and I returned home looking like I have chicken pox.

I was disappointed that the resort didn’t seem to have any process in place for shielding guests from getting bitten (and the gift shop didn’t offer bug spray). The resort is in a really remote location so it’s not like I could just pop out to Walgreens and go buy some spray on my own. I bet the resort would make a fortune off of selling bug spray! This was my one major complain from the trip, and it’s the most common complaint I heard others talking about. The other frequent complaint I heard was that the employees of the resort didn’t speak English well… but by dusting off my old high school spanish I was able to survive!

Hasta mañana!

PS: To all of my teacher friends who are going back to school today I hope you have a great first day!


  1. cheryl

    We took the kids to Puerto Rico 2 years ago over spring break and loved how warm the water was…However, our northern blood couldn’t handle the temperatures, so we did our pool/beach swim time when it rained (just about every afternoon for a short time)–people looked at us like we were nuts. I think the kids talk about that more than the rain forest, or all the other stuff we did! Mosquitos would drive me nuts too. I am shocked that they didn’t sell bug spray. I wonder why?
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    1. Kristina

      That’s so funny about the rain!

      I bet the adventures you had in Puerto Rico were a lot of fun. I am bummed that we had to skip out on excursions during this trip, but I am pleased that I came home so relaxed and refreshed!

  2. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Looks like a great trip!! Makes me want to go on another vacation:)
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  3. Annette @ Sweating Through Life

    Looks like you had a great trip!! The DR is definitely a place on my list that I want to visit. Maybe it will be our honeymoon destination. I have pretty much only traveled all inclusive – with a few exceptions. It’s totally worth it and makes the trip so much easier when you don’t have to worry about how much money to bring places! Glad you had a great time!
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    1. Kristina

      You’re so right! I loved that once we got there the only money we had to pull out was a few dollars here and there for tips! I’d love to bring my mom to this resort next year or maybe visit another one!

      I bet planning your Honeymoon is so much fun! There were quite a few Honeymooners at the resort last week – I know because their doors had special banners on them 🙂 So cute!

  4. Karen

    The views are beautiful, the sand is pretty amazing! If you could run on it comfortably that is pretty awesome. I have run right where the water packs it down and that didn’t last too long, just a mile 🙂
    It is weird to have no bug spray. Sounds like you need a little pop up screen tent for nights so you could stay out there and enjoy all the pretty!
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    1. Kristina

      I just kept thinking about how Disney resorts don’t have any bugs at all, and if they can manage it why couldn’t this resort?!

      We stayed at Fort Wilderness one year which is Disney’s campgrounds and I swear I didn’t see one bug the entire trip! haha

  5. Running Schlub

    Welcome back, looks like a great trip. Also a huge plus for rested legs, now you can tackle the last 7 weeks of training. If you find that millions job let me know, I want one too lol
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    1. Kristina

      If I come across one I will let you know!! 🙂

  6. Heather

    I have not stayed at an all inclusive resort before, but it sounds like adults only is the way to go. I think I have grumpy old lady tastes as well 🙂

    Great job getting in some running while on vacation. I think I would have been too tempted to just lay by the pool/beach and relax.
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    1. Kristina

      Hahah the temptation was there, but honestly just laying around for 10 hours a day gave me the motivation to get up and run every morning 🙂

  7. Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola

    So I’m completely jealous of your vacation. Everything looks so beautiful! I’m sure Cecil is glad you’re back home, though 🙂 That is annoying about the mosquitoes. I’m surprised the resort didn’t have some spray, even if they would charge and arm and a leg for it. I recently tried out neem oil as a bug repellent and it worked great! Hope you have a good week 🙂
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    1. Kristina

      Ohh I’ve never heard of neem oil. I’ll have to check that out. It sounds like something I need to keep in my purse! Thanks!

  8. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    It’s soooo gorgeous and seems so relaxing!

    I hate splashing kids too. I would have been all about the adult pool.

    I get bit by mosquitoes soooooo badly and they puff up huge. That stinks you had to deal with them and it is ridiculous the resort did not have bug spray. Could you have ordered some on amazon prime hahaha?
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    1. Kristina

      Hahaha I didn’t even think of that!

      Sadly, I probably couldn’t have ordered it on Prime because the Internet was so slow in the DR. The resort offered free wifi in the lounge area, but I actually think the 3G signal my phone got out there was faster! O_o
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  9. Jodi @ Jodi Runs & Stuff

    I need to go there. Like, now. I’m so glad you had a great time!
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    1. Kristina

      GO GO GO! You will love it (but bring bug spray)! 🙂

  10. Snorkel Ken

    Photos are amazing! Hats off to those…

    Too bad that you didn’t get any snorkeling in but better safe than sorry. Again, awesome photos and glad that I found your site. Stay well and safe.
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  11. Jennifer

    Beautiful! Ahhh I was about to say put me on the next plane out there…until mosquitos! They bite me all the time 🙁
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  12. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    What a great trip! I love bars in pools. That’s how you know you’re at a great resort haha.
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