Punta Cana and Saona Island

I wanted to take a trip for my birthday and W wanted to stamp his passport. So I was on the search for a mini trip. To be honest it was a little challenging to find a trip that both fit into our budget and time constraints. Both W and I are taking classes this summer and work full-time. Neither of us wanted to blow all our vacation days for one trip.


Of course I turned directly to Groupon in search for an all inclusive deal because well, I didn’t have time to do much planning and I wanted something easy.  As I looked at what was available we decided the Dominican Republic would be perfect. Allegiant as non-stop from Pittsburgh to Punta Cana and the flight is about 3.5 hours.The Groupon’s had options for hotel transport and most of the hotels were all inclusive.

Beach Getaway, Low Travel Time, All Inclusive, Reasonable Price


Then we found a great deal on  that was during our selected dates a Thursday-Sunday and not too pricey. I booked it! However, when I called to book my date they said they ran out of rooms for the weekend we wanted to go. OMG! Groupon was great I got a refund but then I was on the hunt again. Turns out the company (Vacation Express) offering the Groupon was able to book us another all inclusive at a different hotel. Don’t you love when things work out?

I had a great time everything was beautiful, the transfers back and forth to the hotel were easy. The staff at the hotel was accommodating and the hosts for Vacation Express based at the hotel were helpful and friendly.  We did two mini excursions while we were there zip-lining and a day trip to Saona Island. There was also parasailing and banana boating on the beach as well. The hotel also offered nightly entertainment and there was a Beach Party BBQ on our last night. I would definitely try booking with Vacation Express again. I’d even give Groupon Getaways  another shot. 🙂