Have Your Best Summer Getaway Ever With Style & Sightseeing Tips From This Rhody Designer

I don’t know about you, but an early summer getaway is one of my favorite vacations. It gets me in the mode of slowing down (summer is a bit more chill) and taking time to reflect on the first half of the year (always an entrepreneur at heart). I also find it easy to pack for a summer getaway. Lighter weight fabrics mean items simply take up less space, so you can get away with just packing a carry-on bag, even if you’re going away for a week or even longer. I recently took a trip to the Dominican Republic for 6 nights and survived with a carry on. Here’s what I packed and what to do while you are visiting Puerto Plata.  


What To Pack

×      Two Swim Suits: You’ve gotta have options! Not to mention if you’re spending a lot of time in and out of the water, it’s nice to have a dry suit to slip into if one hasn’t fully recovered from your last dip. Also, if you change up the style /strap configuration between the two, it’ll help keep you from having super obvious tan lines!

×      A Coverup: Something to slip on for your walk to the pool, or if you want to pop into a little cafe off the beach for a break from the sun and a snack.  

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×      Tees:  Of course, I brought my short sleeve essential tee in all colors. On the plane I wore the black tee with white jeans, throughout the week I paired assorted colors with skirts of various lengths.  The perfect weight and fabric for the weather in the DR.

×      A Hat: A fabulous sun hat is a MUST! Not only does it add so much style to your look, but covering up in the sun will help keep your skin pristine.  


×      Three Dresses And One Jumpsuit: Dresses and jumpsuits take up significantly less space in your bag than separates, and you can just switch up what you wear each evening to keep it fresh.  Not to mention a nice breezy dress feels so cool but also looks so put together with minimal effort!

What To See

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Brugal Rum Factory: Take a tour of the largest producer of traditionally made rum in the DR since 1888, Brugal is aged in around 200,000 American white oak barrels on-site at the distillery in Puerto Plata city. And you get a tasting at the end!

Nature: If you are tired of the beach, you can always head out for a hike at the El Choco National Park. 30 miles of hiking trails take you through thick tropical forest along cacao and coffee trees, medicinal plants, and into part dry, part water-filled caves dating back millions of years

Shopping: The beach town’s main street is lined with exquisite boutique stores carrying carefully curated Dominican art and apparel from around the country and from overseas. Look for jewelry made with Larimar, you will love the color, only found in the DR.

There you have it, folks.  I do hope you have a great summer! 

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