Family beach vacation was granted. It was an awesome beach holiday. Darling daughter was very happy that we were able to go to the beach this summer and had a great trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama. We left Texas Saturday morning, stopped in Slidell, Louisiana to spend the night, then headed to Gulf Shores the next day. It was a very long drive but it was worth it. We enjoyed our beach time and exploring during the five days stay.
The Caribbean country of the Dominican Republic is a fantastic tropical island destination that offers white sand beaches to stroll along, great seafood dishes to try, water sport activities galore, friendly locals and spa opportunities. In addition, the Punta Cana hotels are hard to beat with great prices throughout the year and with most offering spectacular views. If you’re thinking about planning a trip to this island escape, you’ll find that there are plenty of activities and attractions to choose from, making it so that you’ll have trouble deciding which ones to partake in. To help you decide, here’s a list of some of the best things to do.
If you love a good game of golf, you’ll find plenty of those around here. In fact, Punta Cana is known for its beautiful ocean front golf courses that offer views of the Caribbean ocean during your entire golf game. You’ll also find that most of the courses were designed by top golf designers, making for some rather good games. Most courses also offer drinks and food, as well as a club house of some sort.
A half day activity, Manati Park is great for the entire family with lots of different birds and reptiles on display. Here you’ll find a Taino dance performance and a playful parrot show along with flamingo, iguana and crocodile exhibits. Prices here are a bit on the high side, but in the end worth the cost.
There are several companies within Punta Cana that offer ziplining tours, and all of them seem to get great reviews. If you’re not afraid of heights, or at least looking to get over that fear, then ziplining through the jungle is perfect for you. Generally these tours last a few hours and are a great way to build up an appetite before heading to the beach for some lunch.
Whale Watching Tours
During part of the year, hundreds of humpback whales gather in the Samana Bay, offering guests and locals alike a chance to see these gentle beauties up close and personal. On a whale watching tour, you’ll board a boat where the crew’s knowledge about whales will be on display the entire time, allowing you to ask questions about their behavior, size, eating patterns and migration paths. This is a great opportunity to learn more about these creatures and tours are kid friendly.
Horseback riding is great for those who don’t mind strolling along beaches, on jungle paths and through town. With a horseback riding tour, you’ll find yourself enjoying some time in nature as you take in the area from a different point of view. These tours also vary in time length, making them an easy activity to fit into your day.
Remember, the longer you make your trip, the more activities you’ll be able to enjoy. This means that even though weekends getaways are great, a week or two in the country will allow for a lot more exploring.
Hello everyone! Happy September. How’s it going? I am sure each and everyone of you had a wonderful summer vacation. Where did y’all go? Did you travel overseas or had a stay-cation? Did you to the beach or to an adventurous escapade? Whatever it was, the most important about these vacations was the excitement, enjoyment, experience, and the happy memories spent together with the family.
My family and I had a great summer vacation. Since only me and my daughter traveled overseas for a long vacation in the Philippines, we had to travel together – the three of us. We went to Arkansas and Oklahoma last month.
It was a week long vacation traveling in those two beautiful state. We dug for gemstones at The Crate of Diamonds State Park in Murfressboro and at the Crystal Mines in Mount Ida, Arkansas. We didn’t find diamonds though. Only a few loose gemstones mostly jasper. But it was a nice experience. The Crater of Diamonds mining area is huge. Hard to decide which spot is a lucky spot to dig. 🙂
You can rent a bucket, shovel, and two sifters for $35/whole day. You can look for diamonds as long as you want in the mine. Before returning the tools, you have to wash them thoroughly. They said that the best probability to find diamonds is to go there after the rain.
We stayed at Yellow Diamond Inn in Murfreesboro. Decent hotel room and affordable room rates. The town’s very quiet at night. There are a few good restaurants or diner around. Agaves Mexican Restaurant and a cafe near downtown. My daughter and I enjoyed visiting the shops in downtown. I bought a few kids clothing from a thrift store there.
After shopping in downtown, I thought of taking my darling daughter to the pool in the Crater of Diamonds State Park. But we got there two hours before closing (at 6:00 P.M.) and the staff said they’re not selling tickets anymore because they’re closing the pool due to thunder warning. So we just drove back to the hotel and decided to relax in their pool instead.
If you want to have an adventure in Arkansas, don’t forget to visit the The Crater of Diamonds State Park.
Location: 209 State Park Rd, Murfreesboro, AR 71958
Contact: (870) 285-3113