Dominican Republic Trip: The Adventures!

I’m back with my final Dominican Republic press trip recap: the adventures! This post is insanely long, so grab a cup of tea and settle in for awhile. :) Also, if you missed my first two recaps, check those out first: Running in the Dominican Republic (<—also includes our hotel details) and Dominican Republic Trip: The Food! I’m writing this post while watching the snow fall outside in DC, and extremely jealous of myself from a few days ago…

When I first got the email about this press trip last month, I was really excited about the itinerary because it was full of ALL the adventure. Right up my alley! I’m happiest while busy and active, as you guys have probably gathered by now, and love anything involving a physical challenge and the great outdoors combined. :)


I had no idea the Dominican Republic was such a great outdoorsy/adventure trip spot! A lot of the adventures we got into were similar to those that Matt and I did on our honeymoon in Costa Rica back in 2012. If you’re looking to have a fun outdoorsy honeymoon that also involves some nice beach time, definitely look into the DR!


Anyway – here is what we got into. We were quite busy, in a good way! :)

Learning to Surf

On our first full day in the Dominican Republic, we went to check out Master of the Ocean, which is an annual water sports competition that was going on last week, featuring surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing and stand up paddle boarding.



With Sarah & Gina watching the action – love these ladies! It was so good to see them again. :)


We got to get in on the action by taking a surfing lesson from 321Takeoff!



Ready to go with our sweet foam boards! ;)



I’ve only surfed once before, in Australia back in 2003 while studying abroad in college. I remembered it being hard but fun!


Woohoo – stood up on the first try!!


We had a BLAST. Having foam boards and guys pushing us so we caught the waves more easily probably had something to do with it, but I stood up almost every time, and even rode a few in all the way! I think I’ll be ready to compete in Master of the Ocean next year… ;)


Our instructor showing off – mad skills:


The whole crew, including our instructor who should probably quit his surfing gig and take up modeling instead. On the left with us are Annie and AJ, our PR hosts for this trip. They were awesome – we had such a great group! (Missing from this photo is Taralynn, who unfortunately had to join us a day late due to a flight cancellation!)

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The Extreme Hotel

On Saturday, we spent the day enjoying the adventurous offerings at the Extreme Hotel, which is a small eco-friendly adventure/fitness-focused hotel in Cabarete. I was in love with this place!


The whole hotel is powered by solar (Lu, I thought of you!) and they grow a lot of their own food, too. They are also starting to grow food to give to underprivileged locals – amazing. This is moringa; the leaves are rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and minerals. We tried some – it was kind of peppery and peanut-y. Interesting!


The Extreme Hotel is also super affordable ($59/night base price; fitness stuff is additional and there are various package options) and boasts yoga, CrossFit, kite surfing, a health-focused restaurant (and bar), and even a trapeze/circus school! I totally want to go back to the DR just to stay at this place! The rooms are apparently no frills, but who cares since you’re outside all day, anyway? :)



We started our morning with the trapeze! I’ve done trapeze before (remember when I did a trapeze class here in DC a couple years ago?) and absolutely love it, so I was pumped.


Talk about an adrenaline rush – we were all shaking when we hopped off!


Weeeeee! You can see a video of me in action on the trapeze over on Instagram. :)


We survived!

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Next up – a CrossFit class at onsite Rogue Fitness Cabarete! How cool is this open air gym/hut?



The workout was legit! It took us 30 minutes to complete and we were all quite sweaty by the end of it. Whew!!



Sarah posted a cool video of the workout over on her YouTube channel – check it out! It actually starts with footage of me jumping off a cliff into the water on our canyoning trip (more details on that in a sec). :)


Working on our inversion skills after class:

headstand practice

The whole crew with our instructor, Zach, who is, as you can tell, in terrible shape.


Monkey Jungle: Zip Lining + Monkey Encounter

On Sunday, we headed to Monkey Jungle for zip lining and a monkey encounter. Monkey Jungle is located on a small dirt road out in the middle of nowhere, and one of their main purposes is to use the money they raise from tourists to fund a free on-site dental and medical clinic (complete with a pharmacy) for underprivileged locals. Amazing, right?

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It’s also a 280 acre working farm! There are 7 lip lines on the property as well as the monkey jungle. I have gone zip lining a few times now and always enjoy it; the weather was beautiful and the views were lovely, too!



They let us go upside down on the last one. I was clearly all over it!

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One of the last zip lines was actually straight down and part free fall into a cave! I’d never done a zip line like this before – so cool!




I survived!


After zip lining, we had our monkey encounter!


For all my bravery with adrenaline sports, I was TERRIFIED of the monkeys – Gina has a hilarious video on her phone that I was taking of her with the monkeys; halfway through the camera goes crazy and you hear me SCREAM and say “I’m freaking out!!!” – lol! A monkey had leapt onto my back during the video!

After a little while I finally got brave enough to take the plate of fruit so some of them would come over to me. They were actually quite soft and gentle, but I was still pretty nervous. ;)

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Iguana Mama Canyoning Excursion

Our final adventure of the press trip, on Monday, was a canyoning excursion with Iguana Mama! They bill their eco-excursions as “nature’s amusement park” – I would agree!



The excursion we did was called Magic Mushroom because one of the waterfalls we rappelled down has a rock that looks just like a mushroom. Neat!



Matt and I did a similar excursion in Costa Rica on our honeymoon – LOVE canyoning/waterfall rappelling.

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This trip also involved cliff jumps of up to 25 feet down into pools, and some water and regular hiking. What a blast!




And now, here ends the longest post ever.

Another HUGE thank you to the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism and to Annie and AJ from their PR agency for having us on this trip and covering all our expenses. I’ll never forget our amazing adventures together. :) Until next time, ladies! I miss you all and the DR already!



  1. 1

    The waterfall fun and zip lining definitely look the best!! What a trip you guys had!!! What are split leg reach ups out of interest? Is it just a split lunge with a single arm press or holding a weight overhead?

    • 2

      Those are an ab exercise – lie on your back, then lift up one leg towards your hands while hovering the other one just above the ground, then switch!

  2. 3

    you have quite the adventurous spirit!!

  3. 4

    That all looks so amazing! And bahahaha your crossfit instructor. How sassy.

    Seriously though, looks like an amazing time! I bet it was great to get away to some warmth for awhile.

  4. 5

    What a fun trip! It’s funny how opposite we are though, about the only thing I wouldn’t be scared of on that trip would be seeing the monkeys! haha

  5. 6

    This whole trip looks like it was so much fun! Random question…were there lots of mosquitos!?

  6. 8

    omggg i am so jelly of all your adventures ;) i totally want to do all of that. like now. as i stare at the white and slush all around me ;)

  7. 9

    The Extreme Hotel is my kind of hotel!

  8. 10

    The trip sounds so fun! I’m curious at the free fall zip line into a cave. How did that work exactly? Did you free fall down the line ’til you went into the cave and then did the rope “catch you” and you went horizontal for a bit in the cave?

    • 11

      You fall down vertically along the line (basically like you are standing up), and at a certain point it catches you/slows you down. You stay vertical the whole time. It was really neat!

  9. 12

    This trip reminds me so much of my engagement trip in Costa Rica. We are now planning our honeymoon. Could you tell me where you stayed? The resort looks amazing! Thanks

  10. 14

    SO f’ing AWESOME!!! Welcome back! You are brave with the monkeys! I see them all the time in Cambodia and nope…not getting on me! Because of your posts – I checked out flights to the DR. You never know when you want to escape DC just for the hell of it. ;)

  11. 16

    Looks awesome!!!

  12. 17
    Sandra F. says

    Looks AWESOME. However, the zip lining looks a little scary lol….Still would try it. Now, if I could only convince my husband to go no a trip like this!

  13. 18

    What a great post! The Dominican Republic has so much more to offer than “just” beautiful beaches and all-inclusive resorts and you sure had an exciting program! :-)


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