Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Living the Good Life

I wrote a post earlier about the differences between a traveler and a tourist.  While I realize this post was more pro-traveler than tourist - I should have made a note that there are always exceptions and I was, for literary reasons, making generalizations.  One reader pointed out that there are travelers who are tourists, and tourists who are travelers - and I wholeheartedly agree.  The point that I made that was overlooked was that the main difference was in the mindset.


Here in Samana we have been tourists.  Slushy rum drink sipping, pool side dipping and hotel-restaurant dwelling tourists. And it has been heaven.

Entrance to Puerto Bahia Marina

When your life is one of a traveler, it sure feels good to be a tourist.  In fact, it actually feels like a vacation.  Showers with unlimited hot water, wine with dinner and infinity pools sure can make a girl feel good!  There is nothing wrong with enjoying a little luxury once in a while, though we did take a motorcycle-driven rickshaw back from town.  Judging by the looks we got as we peeled into the development in a loud, rickety, cart - I'm pretty sure we are the only people who have arrived that way...ever.

Thank you Bannister Hotel, Puerto Bahia Marina*, and (especially) Uncle Al for this wonderful, rejuvenating break from real life!

Brittany & Scott

* We did not stay at the hotel, but the marina is only $1 a foot and if you stay here on your boat, you have access to all the services this beautiful hotel has to offer!


Mid-Life Cruising! said...

Your pics on Facebook look like ya'll are having a great time on "vacation". $1 a foot... What a deal! Have a pina colada for us! =)

Neophyte Cruiser said...

A nice juxtaposition to the sailing you did to get yourselves there. What a great time for such a break!

Scott Kuhner said...

Back in June, 1961 when I was only 19 years old, I sailed into Samana as a crew on a 42 ft ketch. As we sailed into the bay, we were met by a gunboat with a guy on the foredeck sitting behind a machine gun with live rounds going into the breach. There were two other guys with gun belts and carrying automatic weapons. They demanded we stop and they boarded us. After they were aboard, we found out that Trujillo had been murdered the day before and these were police officials wanting to know who we were and why we were there. It sounds like your experience was much more pleasant.

Paula said...

It's so great to know there are marinas that offer such nice bonuses like using the hotel amnieties! This is one of the things I love about your blog - you share all these little secrets no one else does! :)

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