Sitting on a sand covered towel with the ocean washing over my feet, I watch a lone kite surfer glide through the ripples of the beach, disappearing off into the orange glow of the sun set.
That was the summer I embarked on an unforgettable adventure with a group of friends to the beautiful Dominican Republic.
Checking in at Viva Wyndham Tangerine in Cabarete, Peruto Plata, the resort was an ideal destination for relaxing, exploring, partying, and an all round good time.
Referred to as one of the top windsurfing destinations in the world, Caberete provides fun activities during the day and lively parties at night. With beach bars and clubs spread out across a beautiful crescent-shaped golden sand beach, the strip attracts an energetic crowd who contribute to the vibrant nightlife.
Off the resort the island itself is beautiful to explore. Cute shops line both sides of the streets offering a variety of locally grown or home made items such as fresh organic fruit, home rolled cigars, liquor brewed on the island, and hand sewed clothes and jewellery.
The locals set up shops as a means to make a living to provide for their families. They welcomed us with open arms and was happy to engage us in their rich hispanic culture.
One of the most interesting observations noted was that their most popular mode of transportation was motorized scooters. A family of four somehow sat comfortably on the tiny bike, along with their goods, furniture, and even home appliances, carried on the backs of the passengers as an alternative to a trunk.
Only my last day, I watched the sun descend behind the never ending stretch of ocean. With a drink in my hand and the faint sound of merge music and laughter blowing in the wind from the party going on in the resort behind me, I think without question this is what home feels like.