Casa de Campo is one of the most exclusive properties in the DR. A friend let us borrow their entrance card, and boyfriend and I were lucky enough to spend our Sunday there. The resort is home to a world leading hotel, residences, the leading design school in the country, many golf courses, a marina, shopping, movie theater, supermarket, and restaurants of all cuisines - in other words you never have to leave the complex if you're a millionaire that lives there. Many celebrities have homes there; including Dominican designer Oscar de La Renta, Shakira, Donald Trump, Vin Diesel, and Brad Pitt. Unfortunately there were no celeb spottings yesterday.
|Restaurants overlooking the Marina|
A and I spent the day strolling past the multimillion dollar homes of all shapes and sizes, many of which had SmartCar or golf car collections in their open-air garages. Boyfriend admired the Ferraris while I admired the yachts - I don't think we would ever agree on what to buy if we won the lottery.
|Top of the Amphitheater|
At one corner of the land is Altos de Chavón, a replica of a medieval European city, with a large Roman amphitheater, beautiful views of the river, a church, and lots of small artisan shops and museums to fill its cobblestone streets.
|Altos de Chavón|
There wasn't a cloud in the sky, so after lots of walking on this very hot day we rested at Playa Minitas. The water was so clear I could see all the little fish swimming around my legs. Of course, boyfriend was the only sun-loather fully dressed while laying on the crisp white chaise lounges at the shore.
It was awfully difficult to leave Casa de Campo and come back to reality, but I've begun my countdown to return to the beach in just 2 short weeks! Life is good..