Erika and the Dominican Republic

Hurricane Erika or the remnants of it passed by Florida over the weekend without much impact. It was raining the whole day Monday in Melbourne and Florida (not sure if it was the whole state though but I doubt it) was put on a flood alert after days of frenzied news updates about the possibility of then tropical storm Erika turning into the state’s first hurricane of the season.

This hurricane blasted through the Caribbean though and brought much damage to Dominica, Puerto Rico and Haiti.

Being away from home for a long time was a first for us, so we monitored the news like a hawk, even asking our local friends their opinions if we needed to put up the hurricane shutters. In true Floridian fashion, most said that we don’t need to, unless it was a Category 3. Thank God for real honest to goodness local people who take the much exaggerated weather news with a grain of salt. And thank God for friends who are willing to put up our hurricane shutters if need be. We don’t know what to do without them!

With the event of this storm passing through Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic, particularly Samana and the Dominican Tree House Village came to my mind. Not too long ago, my hubby and I had a quick unforgettable four day trip to this country. We felt we developed such a strong connection to the staff at the Tree House that by the end of our trip, they all seemed like family to us. So it is but natural to worry about how they fared during the hurricane.

The next day, a Facebook post from their page was put up saying they were luckily spared from the wrath of the rains and the winds and that everyone was safe and no property was damaged. I was happy to hear that!

This post is a throwback to our good ol’ Samana days.

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The Tree House Village. This is the main tree house cottage and the highest one at that too. Not much room inside though. But I bet the views are amazing!
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The fire pit, where when it wasn’t raining, guests and staff hang out after dinner to talk, play games and/or just to relax (the unlimited rum helps too!)
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The main highway connecting Santo Domingo to Samana. A 3-hr drive. No speed limits here.
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Local roadside scenes
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When you see this horse sculpture, you are in “downtown” Samana
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Pretty colored buildings lining the main road in town facing Samana bay
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A real dried up riverbed/road leading to the back entrance of the Tree House Village
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One of the many wooden hanging bridges over the road leading up to the Tree House Village. Note some of its planks are missing!
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Lush jungle mountain top views from the zip line area
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Just another random crazy shot
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Fruit stand
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Surf School
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Kite surfing lessons here?
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They knew how to fry their fish!!!
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We stopped for some local rum to bring home as souvenirs
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Alcohol on one side, baby milk on the other. Any strategic marketing relevance?
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Steps leading to Cascada El Salto de Limon
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Cascada El Salto de Limon. A very crowded touristy destination but worth a trip there on horse back. You may want to arrive early to beat the crowds.

And that is it. Samana in a nutshell!

Hope y’all enjoyed my photos!

9 thoughts on “Erika and the Dominican Republic

  1. Oh I remember this trip of yours – you really found yourselves paradise for a week. The pictures just blow me away, I’d love to spend time away from the touristy parts of DR and you’ve done exactly that.

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