How I Almost Died In Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

How I Almost Died In Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

All-inclusive resort for 5 days? Oh yes we did!

My bff and I booked a trip to Punta Cana for her birthday in July 2013. From the moment we walked in, we were catered to hand and foot, having champagne delivered to our room, drinks delivered to us by the pool and the palm trees we fell asleep under.

Can’t think of a more relaxing way to disconnect!


Ok so let me tell you how I almost died in DR.

Fine, I didn’t almost die but I was dying. My head was pounding. I was nauseous and, my stomach was killing me for most of the trip. To know me is to know that I get sick every time I travel (except when I went to Europe!). Insert rolling eye emoji here. Not sure if it was the food, the water or the alcohol dispensers with mini fridges full of mixers inside our room.

SOMETHING made me sick and my stomach was NOT happy.

This has nothing to do with the hotel as my friend was perfectly fine. This is just usually me when I travel. I have a protocol in place (and so do my friends, it’s crazy). Cures include apple juice, orange gatorade or lemon water. Apple juice is almost always the most effective though. When they told me they didn’t have apples on the island, I almost vom’d right then and there. “If it doesn’t grow there, we don’t have it”, they said. AHHH. Now what? Just make the best of it!

The waiters did go out of their way to make me feel better though which I completely appreciated.

Of course, the day I felt the worst was the day we had an all-day excursion planned. But it was on that excursion that I was cured by the mother of all cures – Mamajuana.

Yes, I know. Go ahead and laugh it up. Our tour guide was passing out shots talking about Mamajuana’s “medicinal effects” but I wasn’t buying anything he was saying. He kept insisting that it would make my stomach feel better. After much resistance, I took the shot. What did I have to lose? IT WORKED! To my surprise, I felt SO much better. It was incredible.

For the rest of the trip, I was perfectly fine. To think, I almost didn’t take the shot of red wine, rum, and its 5 million herbs.

I immediately bought 2 bottles.

Trip Details

  • Riu Palace Punta Cana // Where we were spoiled for 5 days. Every room looked like a mini house. There was a mini fridge with mixers and an alcohol dispenser! I totally went ham on this the first night so umm…don’t make the same mistake. K? Cool.
    • A few tidbits about the resort: We booked this resort via Customer service was on point from the front desk to the cleaning staff. Reviews for this resort concerned us at first but we honestly had 0 complaints. Did it help that we spoke Spanish? Maybe. Case in point: I was sick for most of the trip as stated above and the staff went out of their way to make me feel better. There was non-stop entertainment, non-stop bar service, two pools, and impressive upkeep all around. Don’t forget to tip! 1 US dollar goes a long way.
  • Safari Excursion with Olympus Tours // This was the excursion we took on the island. It was hands down the BEST! You tour the city, visit a local school and a local home, visit the farms, horseback ride, and go to Playa Macao (beach). Well worth the expense.

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