My favorite beauty products that I tried this month, there is something for every price point! These will be my summer staples for sure 🙂
I feel like a lot of people are skeptical about using CheapCaribbean.com, so I wanted to post about my experience for you all! Also, this is not an affiliate marketing attempt or anything of the kind. I’m not getting paid by anyone to write this post, this is a genuine experience!
Last summer, in the middle of May, my friends and I decided to take a girls trip to the Dominican Republic. Based on the personalities we were with we knew we needed a mix of relaxing and fun, which is why we chose the DR as our destination. After a lot of research and comparing different hotels, we landed on the Dreams Resort in La Romana. All of the reviews seemed to fit exactly what we were looking for; plenty of pool and ocean bars, options for day trips, a spa and of course a beautiful resort.
We were getting such an amazing deal for a flight and all-inclusive hotel that we all came to the agreement that we should upgrade to a more deluxe package – the Unlimited Luxury Package. I cannot recommend this enough. On Cheap Caribbean the upgrade cost us each a total of about $150, which brought our grand total to a little over $1000. Again, this was all-inclusive. So flight, transportation to and from the airport, food, and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) were all included in this price.
Because we upgraded we were also put in these beautiful rooms that had walkout patios and a pool/bar for VIP members only. Upon arrival we were greeted with champagne and brought to our own concierge in the VIP villa area, where we sat on coaches as they explained all of our amenities and options.
These amenities included limitless a la carte dining options, which was a huge plus because there are awkward times between meals where it can be difficult to find food. Limitless international and domestic top-shelf spirits, natural fruit juices, and soft drinks. I don’t think we used this amenity as much, but for those of you that like your natural fruit juice or high end alcohol this is definitely a plus. We had 24-hour room and concierge service and our mini-bar was refreshed daily, which was great because again the dining areas close at a certain time and it was great to be able to order late night french fries :). We also had wait service at the pool and beaches and unlimited wifi connection. Upgrading for us was really a no brainer, especially for the deal that we got on Cheap Caribbean.
The resort itself was beautiful. I can’t even tell you how many pools there were, many of which had their own bars. I don’t know if it was the time of year that my friends and I went, but there were seven of us and we never had a problem getting lounge chairs in the pool or beach areas. Everyone that works there is super helpful and kind.
They offer various excursions that you can go on for an added price. We opted for a cruise to an island where they had a buffet style lunch for us and a bar. On the way we stopped for an hour or so and we were able to get off of the boat and go snorkeling. We made plenty of friends on this trip and it turned into somewhat of a booze cruise, but don’t worry they won’t let you start drinking until after you snorkel! We met people from all over the world and had an amazing time. This was by far the best day of our trip. I don’t think we stopped laughing all day/night.
The night life was nothing crazy, but definitely the atmosphere to make your own fun. We were also usually so exhausted from the day that by time the night came everyone was pretty worn out. My friends and I are all in our twenties and it was definitely an older crowd and plenty of couples. But again, we chose a hotel like this for a reason and we knew it going into this trip.
The spa was really nice. It was complete with saunas and outdoor hot tubs and pools (which could have been kept a little cleaner, but still beautiful). If you go early you can enjoy all of these things once you slip into your robe or you can stay after your massage/treatment. They offer everything from facials, massages, body treatments, salon treatments, packages, and a fitness center. Some of the options are pretty amazing, so if you stay here I highly recommend treating yourself to a day here. They even have the things you can stick your feet into and the fish eat off the dead skin! So gross, but a few of my friends did it – all of you Kardashian fans out there know what I’m talking about.
The only down fall were the restaurants. The only one that I really had a good meal at was the asian place called Himitsu, weird I know. It had a great atmosphere, there were regular dining options and hibachi style options. We did both and had great meals both times. We also had lunch at Olio one day, which is an adults only restaurant. I would have rather had local food that they were able to cook well than them try and accommodate our taste palette by making food they think we want
All-in-all I cannot recommend Cheap Caribbean enough. Their prices are unbeatable and they made it so unbelievably easy to book the trip. Once it was booked the only thing we were responsible for was showing at the right place and at the right time (which can be difficult in and of itself with seven girls). If you have any other questions or recommendations for my next Cheap Caribbean trip leave them in the comments below!
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I don’t really know how or why we decided to plan a trip to Nova Scotia, but it was absolutely worth it. Nova Scotia is such a hidden gem in Canada, many people don’t even know about it or what it has to offer! I have some friends and family members that have traveled there for camping and sightseeing, which is the only reason I even knew about it.
Canada is so beautiful and full of breathtaking scenery I feel like Nova Scotia gets lost in the mix. I highly suggest planning a trip, even if it’s only for a couple of days or a brief stop on your larger trip. Like many places you could spend three days or two weeks here and still not see everything it has to offer. Nova Scotia has something for everyone. There are tours, scenery, vineyards, restaurants, views, hikes, literally everything.
The city of Halifax is still growing quickly, so there is a lot of construction and newer modern architecture. We stayed at an AirBnB in Halifax. It was within walking distance from downtown and we were able to take day trips to all of the other places we visited during our short stay. There is so much to see just in the city so I was glad we made it our hub, because we were able to continue exploring throughout the entire trip.
For starters, the entire city is on a giant hill. The lowest part is on the harbour, which is beautiful to walk next to especially in the evening. There are little plaques that provided pieces of history of the port city as you walk, which I loved! It was a great way to learn about the city’s history without having to do a tour. The highest part of the city is the Citadel Hill, which is part of an old fort. I highlyyy recommend taking a walk up here just before dusk. Being up on top of the hill provides you a view of the entire city, unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. It is so tranquil, you forget you’re even in the city.
We had dinner one night right on the harbour at an adorable restaurant called The Bicycle Thief. The ambiance, food, wait staff, and wine were all amazing. It’s a very trendy spot so make sure you make a reservation or get there early!
This is a total tourist spot but a must see at the same time. Just to get to Peggy’s Cove you have to drive through this adorable fishing village until it opens up to the most breathtaking view. I really wasn’t expecting it to be as magnificent of a view or experience as it was. There are great stories for how it got its name and how the giant rock formations were formed. The harbour is dotted with fishing and lobster boats unlike many of the more traditional boats you see in America. It’s definitely worth taking a few hours to visit if you’re in Nova Scotia!
This is a must if you like beautiful views and wine. I couldn’t believe what a great deal this hop-on, hop-off wine tour was. Our tour guide was amazing, we visited five different winery’s/vineyards, and had tastings and tours of each place.
If you’re planning on doing this know that Luckett’s Vineyard is one of the most popular stops because of it’s amazing view and outdoor restaurant. Get to this one early and then loop back around to the other vineyards if you want to get lunch or do a more extended tour/tasting. The food was excellent and I highly recommend getting one of their boards (that is the picture I use as my main blog picture). The colors and tastes of the food is so vibrant and fresh, if you end up having to wait a little while for a table it is well worth it.
Just for reference, the first two stops were my favorite, and I definitely recommend spending the most time at those places! Don’t rush yourself to get through everything, enjoy the company you’re with and the wine!
We were trying to pack a lot of stuff into a little time, so we only did the half day rentals. But Pleasant Paddling offers tours and full day rentals if you have the time, I really recommend staying out for an extended time. There is so much to explore and the views are so beautiful. It’s nice to get lost in nature sometimes. We spent most of our time going between islands full of huge evergreen trees and rock structures, trying to spot out all of the different species would could find!
To get to Pleasant Paddling you have to drive up the coast and through an non-traditional, quaint little fishing town. Right next door is this adorable little shop called The Point General, it’s no bigger than a small room but you have to go in. Not only do they sell local artists work, food, and freshly brewed coffee, but they will make you a wonderful picnic basket for a very cheap price in a waterproof bag for you to bring out on your kayaking trip. The basket included crackers, olives, local goat cheese, local smoked meat, locally baked cookies and Perrier water. It also gave us the perfect excuse to find a spot with a great view and take a little break.
- Mahone Bay
This is a cute little town, great to stop through and walk around. There’s just one main street with local restaurants and shops to explore. It has a very authentic feel and isn’t overly touristy. It’s right along the water so it’s also very peaceful. Sometimes it’s nice to do simple things and just enjoy your company 🙂
- The Bay of Fundy
This is a must and will probably be on every Nova Scotia list you find. With the largest daily tidal change in the world, it is truly something spectacular that everyone should witness. We asked some locals during the wine tour where the best spot to view it was, which is how we found this unbelievable spot on top of a huge hill. It gave us a breathtaking view. The hill was drivable and we found a spot to pull off a park with a few other awestruck visitors. We also drove back down and found a spot right along the bay to get a more up close view.
Sometimes when traveling the best way to explore is by getting lost and just seeing where it takes you. If you only have a couple of days, you should definitely have a plan before your visit, but no matter what, always make sure you leave some time for genuine exploration. I promise you will never regret it.
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It’s Sunday again and you know what that means – brunch! The day you can nurse your hangover guiltlessly with an assortment of breakfast and/or lunch foods. The options are virtually endless and that’s what makes it so magnificent.
I decided to get out of the big apple this weekend and head back to my hometown in Pennsylvania. My mom, sister, and I went to a local restaurant nestled inside a greenhouse/nursery/adorable anthropology style store. If you’re ever in the Delaware County looking for an adorable place to hide away for a little while I highly suggest Terrain Cafe in Glenn Mills.
The atmosphere is rustic farmhouse.
If you’ve ever watched HGTV’s Fixer Upper you know exactly what I’m talking about. You drink water out of a mason jar, the bus boys fill your water up out of a flower watering pot, there is a fresh plant at every table, most of the meals are served on a piece of wood, and it feels like you’re inside a greenhouse with twinkling lights everywhere. The details are everything – the pre-meal bread even is cooked and given to you in a flower pot.
I’ve been here a few times and the menu is constantly changing. But, this time around I got the organic omelet, which had melted leeks, baby spinach, Neufchâtel, and came with potato hash and a side salad. It was perfect. My sister got the brioche french toast, which came with poached pears. hazelnuts and local maple syrup. Then there was my mom, who really did it right. She got the breakfast board, which came with two eggs, applewood smoked bacon, maple breakfast sausage a side of potato hash, a petit salad, and brioche toast!
It was amazing getting home to catch up with my mom and sister. It’s the perfect place for girls to go, you can’t help but be happy when you’re in that atmosphere. We ended brunch with a quick shop around the store portion of the restaurant called Styers and that may have been my favorite part! I came home with some fresh soaps, new candles, a few potted plants, and an adorable cheese platter tray!
If you ever have a chance to go or know of any cute places in that area please let me know!