Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Day 2 - Samana | Cayo Levantado

Day 2 we were to be heading into Samana, in the Dominican Republic. We had heard that it wasn't the best place with not a lot to do so we booked an excursion through our ship that would pick us up at our ship and take us to a small island called Cayo Levantado. It has been described as Bacardi Beach because it looks like the photos on a Bacardi bottle.

It was a rocky start that day. Due to bumpy water we ended up stuck on the boat waiting for our excursion for 2 hours after we were supposed to leave. We had to sit in the theater and just wait. It was worth it though. When we finally got there we were greeted with rum punch, parrots and a pirate. For real. Some poor smuck had to dress up but being a pirate at heart, I sure appreciated it. Yo ho ho and a pineapple filled with rum.

We walked a short way to the beach but just long enough for Nick to smoke a cigar and buy a pack for a gift. Probably overpriced but oh well! Once we got our chairs I hopped straight into the water. It was like bath water. The warmest water we would be in that whole trip. The sand was white and everything I dreamed. We even got drinks served in coconuts and pineapples. They were so yummy. I plan to make them here soon. It was just blended up pineapple, rum and coconut milk. And they had an umbrella. I was sold.

After enough time in the sun with our SPF 45 we headed to the little bar/hut in the center of the beach. Beer was the cheapest we would see the rest of our trip. $5 for a large, local beer. We each had two. I loved the spelling on the signs. Draff Beer. Miamy.

Right as we were leaving a little mist came through. Just enough to make a rainbow appear. It was pretty rad. It was that day that I started planning our next cruise.


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