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Emily’s Birthday Trip to the Dominican Republic: Part 10 – Return Flight from Punta Cana

Emily’s Birthday Trip to the Dominican Republic: Part 10 – Return Flight from Punta Cana

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Emily:  One of my best friends lives in Arlington, Virginia, so I don’t see her very often.  We met in college and have been friends ever since.  The first (and last) time we took a vacation together was to Barcelona, Spain in 2007.

Delta Flight from Punta Cana
Flying Home From Punta Cana

I thought it would be super fun to celebrate my 30th birthday with her in the Dominican Republic.  So we planned a trip to 3 locations, including Santo Domingo, Bayahibe, and Bavaro (near Punta Cana) over the course of one week.

Emily’s Birthday Trip to the Dominican Republic Index:

  1. Trip to the Dominican Republic – Introduction and Planning
  2. Santo Domingo Hotel – Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando
  3. Activities in Santo Domingo – Zona Colonial and Latin Dancing
  4. Activities in Santo Domingo – Casa de Orientacion y  Desarrollo Real (CODR)
  5. Eating in Santo Domingo
  6. Bayahibe – Isla Saona and Hotel Bayahibe
  7. Bavaro Hotel – Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
  8. Activities in and Around Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
  9. Eating in and Around Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
  10. Return Delta Flight from Punta Cana
  11. Conclusion and Blog Giveaway

Punta Cana International Airport 

We flew back to the US from the Punta Cana International Airport in the Dominican Republic.

We waited in a short Sky Priority line, but actually waited longer than the regular line because only one employee was staffed for our line.

Delta Flight from Punta Cana
Emily at the The Sky Priority Line

We bought a few more souvenirs for our family and friends…

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Kristen Buying Souvenirs At The Airport

and then went to the food court.  I was disappointed there was no Dominican food because I was really craving some sancocho and mofongo!

Delta Flight from Punta Cana
No Dominican Food At The Airport Food Court

There was a small lounge which only had big couches and a bar.  We skipped it!

Delta Flight from Punta Cana
The Punta Cana Airport Lounge Was Pretty Sparse

We walked to our flight, and were serenaded by some musicians!

Kristen:  The first class on the way home had a little less wow factor.  More significantly we had to wait for them to open a gate for us and then proceeded to stand outside on a concrete slab for about 30 minutes.

Delta Flight from Punta Cana
That’s Our Plane!

Emily:  On the return flight, Kristen had pasta salad…

Delta Flight from Punta Cana
Delta’s Inflight Pasta Salad

…and I had a wrap.

Delta Flight from Punta Cana
Wrap Entree From Delta

We flew over some islands, and tried to guess which ones they were.

Delta Flight from Punta Cana
What Islands Are These?

We had a three hour layover in Atlanta that went by very fast.  Customs and immigration took 2 hours.  We said our goodbyes and boarded our individual flights home.  But we’ll be back to the wonderful Dominican Republic someday!

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@Mark- Thanks for letting me know! We were wondering. 🙂

@wfb- I also want to return! I want to see the Semana Peninsula next. Coach is the best way to fly since it is such a short flight of ~3 hours.

@Jenny- Glad you enjoyed it, and I hope you can make it there soon!

I really enjoyed the entire trip report Emily! Thank you for all the details and pictures – love it! I hope to make this trip one day too! 🙂

Thanks, Emily, for the trip report. Ten years ago I went to Santo Domingo for a weekend to burn some US Airways miles. Loved it. After reading your account I want to return to explore more of the island.

I think I’ll follow your suggestion & just fly coach. The DR is worlds away from the USA in culture & climate. But only a short flight away. I’ll save my miles for biz award seats to Asia.

The islands in the last picture are Big Ambergris Cay and Little Ambergris Cay, Turks and Caicos.

@ John- Thanks! My mom says “Amen” to that! 🙂

@Juno- Glad you enjoy the trip reports! Let us know if you have any additional questions regarding your upcoming trip.

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