Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Part IV ~ Cruising: Riding The Waves and Soaking Up The Rays...

You know...

Seeing that the weather lately has been really conFUsed about what season it is...

I think bringing us back to a warm place should do us some good! (We had a winter storm on Saturday, bringing close to 10cm. WTH?! lol)

After leaving you in St. Thomas last week (hope you had a good time hehe)...


Today...

I will be bringing you to the beautiFUl beach in Samana, Dominican Republic...


And...

To Labadee, Haiti, where we spent our day lounging around!(Which is a place Royal Caribbean calls their "private paradise".)

Can you see the beach from here?
It's way back there on the left :)

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After getting off the ship in Samana (and taking a smaller boat to shore)...

We knew that the beach would be our destination for the day! (We knew this because RC always lets you know what to expect at the ports of call. They also provide you with info on a variety of different excursions you can sign up for through them...or, what to be on the lookout for when you go off on your own...which is what we did.)


As there were a number of taxi drivers waiting to take travelers to their respective destinations...

I must admit that we were a little lost in terms of which beach to pick/choose from! (Good thing there was an info booth nearby, and some friends we made on the ship to tell us what they were going to do!)

After little discussion (it didn't take long to decide lol)...

We chose to play at Playa Rincon!


But before we got there...

Our gentle taxi driver (he was so calm and friendly) took us to his friend's shop! (It was along the way, and he gave us choice as to whether or not we wanted to go as we drove by it!)


And you know what...

I'm really happy we did because...

He gave us a tour of his store...


And...

He showed us what he'd grown and made!

Explaining what he had in store...literally :)

Also...

He gave us a taste of it too!

No one tried this but...
I couldn't help but laugh at the label on this bottle.
I had to take a pic!
Cocoa and Cocoa beans.
This I did try!
Bananas, coconut and more.
Cocoa 'fondue' with fresh bananas.
This was quite the dish!

After purchasing some coffee beans and cocoa...

We headed over to the beach to relax for the day!

Pure bliss.

After splishing and splashing for a little while...

We had a great BBQ lunch to feed our hungry bellies!

My lunch dates.
BBQ chicken (I ate part of it before taking a picture)...
Rice, some fries and plantain chips.

Once we FUelled up...

SuperFit brought us to see the waves he had discovered on the other side from where we were lounging!

Pretty sure I came close to losing my top and bottoms more than once!
I did lose my hair elastic lol

If anything...

This place was just so much FUn that...

We spent over an hour riding the waves! (I can't even tell you how awesome it was. And what was even more memorable was the smiles and laughter that came with playing around in the waves. The happiness on everyone's face is something that I will never forget. Ever. It filled me, completely.)

SuperFit after being swept ashore from the crazy waves.

Soon enough...

It was time to make our way back to the ship and...

Get ready for our day in Labadee, Haiti where...

We would spend the day sun bathing and cooling ourselves off in the refreshing, clear blue water!


FUnny enough...

I didn't take any pictures while we were there as...

I simply took the time to savour the sun, the beach, everyone and everything around me!

Needless to say...

I soaked it all up through my eyes!

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All in all...

The four days we spent at the different ports of call were amazing and...

I must say...

My favourite port was our day in Samama because of...

The beach and the waves! (And the smiles. The smiles my friends.)

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As I have one last post to recap the end of our cruise...

Here I will take you through some of the amazing parts of the Explorer of the Seas which will include...

A super FUn experience we got to take part of during our last day on the ship!

Until then...

Have a fabulous day!

Questions FU You...

Have you ever ridden the waves at the beach? Or a wavepool?
Have you ever had fresh, ground cocoa?
How much do you want to be at the beach right now?! ;)

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

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16 comments:

  1. That wasn't very nice Kierston! I want to be at the beach now!! So glad that you all had so much fun. And yes! I love the beach and the waves.

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  2. I smell the ocean, hear the waves! That was nice but oh so cruel!!! C'mon warm weather! I need to soak my toes in warm sand!

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  3. Sounds like you had the most wonderful time! I love the part about your taxi driver, that is so special, and something that would never happen in the western world. I am so jealous of everything in this post, makes me want to relax on a beach, much like Angela! Glad you had such a great time!

    I love riding the waves, and I am proud to admit I can actually surf! One of the most exhilarating feelings in the world :)

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  4. ahhhh I am so so loving these, the pictures, the words, the fact Im living vicariously.

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  5. WOW!! This sounds all so wonderful. And the beaches - paradise!!

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  6. I don't know if I have ever tasted fresh cocoa. The water and sunshine are reminding me that spring and summer really will get here, eventually. So glad you had an awesome time!

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  7. WANT.TO.BE.AT.A.BEACH!!!!!!!!

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  8. How much fun is it to visit the locals and see handmade goods and local foods?! I can't wait to take our FIRST cruise this December!

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  9. Ohhh…fresh ground cocoa must be amazing! Not to mention fresh coffee. And those beach scenes! Take me away now...

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  10. These photos are stunning, such an amazing view and so much good food!

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  11. I love the waves when we are in Hawaii - I have to be careful which suit I pick for that!!!
    And, I 100% wish I were on a beach right now!!!
    Y'all's trip has sounded completely amazing - love the smiles and fun time with family.

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  12. i'm kicking myself for not coming along... i would have snuck in your suitcase! love those beach shots

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  13. I so want to be in one or more of those pics! :)

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  14. I could go for a nice toasty beach right now! Dang this winter!

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  15. Mmm, fresh cocoa. It looks just beautiful. How could you not enjoy?!

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  16. I truly appreciate these photos! I have not traveled to an exotic local in so long!!!!!!! 2010 was the last time I left the country and I am so very antsy!!!

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