One of the things I am most proud about with my son is how much he’s traveled. We love to travel and wanted to continue to do so as a family. While my son may not remember these trips when he gets older, every trip I see my son grow in some way and certainly has a ball along the way.
I will not lie and say that it is easy to travel with a little one. Like at. alllll. Traveling can be stressful enough, adding a kid to the mix definitely makes things more interesting. One thing I always struggled with was the hotel. Besides getting 2 rooms, there isn’t an easy solution. If you’re in the same room, likely you won’t be getting restful sleep. We’ve even gone out of our way to stay in 1 bedroom suites and even then can be tough since you usually share a wall between the bedroom and living room.
Every year we try to take several beach vacations to rest, relax and soak in the beauty of a beautiful place. No matter where I looked I seemed to run into the same issues or struggling to find a hotel that could comfortably accommodate us. I took the jump and got a house on Air B&B. While my friends always raved about it, I wasn’t too sure that I would like it. One is the unknown about what the place is really like when you arrive. The second is I like being spoiled in a hotel. As a mom getting a few days break from making the beds and being able to walk downstairs to a full breakfast is something I quite enjoy.
Luckily everything fell into place with this trip. We were able to get a beautiful, comfortable home and our host was even able to help us with a chef and childcare. If you are like me and on the Air B&B fence- DO IT! My son had his own room on his own level, allowing him a peaceful night’s rest as well as for Mom and Dad. A full kitchen meant we could eat and snack as we wanted. A large backyard and pool meant we could enjoy anytime without having to go out at 6 am to reserve a chair. This is not a sponsored post! I’m just sharing what has worked for my family. We have taken several Caribbean vacations in hotels and although beautiful and filled with memories we didn’t sleep well at all. This was the first family vacation that truly felt comfortable- and moms we definitely need that!
While I have been to the Dominican Republic previously, I have never been or even heard of Las Terrenas. Boy, is it a slice of heaven. It is off the beaten path, so it is not overrun with development and definitely gives you a true flavor of the country. The area is popular with Europeans and Canadians so there is some European flavor mixed into the city. Walking down the street in the town you might find a quaint French bakery with amazing pastries for $2 while being surrounded by Spanish music playing. I absolutely loved the simplicity and pure beauty of Las Terrenas. There was something quite peaceful about this place that is hard to explain.
Most of our days were spent being lazy in the house, laying poolside and spending time together as a family. Which at the end of the day I think makes a good vacation. We actually returned feeling rested and rejuvenated- well as much as you can as a parent! Playa Popy in Las Terrenas and Playa Rincon in Samana were our favorite beaches. We ate so many good meals just popping into random restaurants in downtown Las Terrenas. The food was fresh and just really good.
If you have yet to try Air B&B here is a link to sign up that will give you $40 for your first trip.