Hotel La Catalina in Cabrera

One of the most beautiful places on earth is the quaint town of Cabrera on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. It feels undiscovered by the everyday tourist looking for the all-inclusive island vacation. In Cabrera, you feel the real heart of the Dominican.

I am lucky enough to visit Cabrera almost on a yearly basis. My best friend in the world, Ashleigh, works at a hotel owned by her father, Tim. Hotel La Catalina is the most amazing hotel. The visitors to the hotel are regulars because when you stay once, you come back as frequently as possible. The food is absolutely delicious and the bartender, Coco, makes the most amazing Mojitos you’ll ever have.

This past year, Ashleigh married Roberto, on the most beautiful beach called Playa Grande. It was the best wedding I’ve ever been to (sorry friends and family). Her family and friends (only about 20 total) spent a week together participating in activities all week. One was to visit the non-profit Ashleigh started after moving to the Dominican Republic. Ashleigh was able to raise enough money to rebuildone of the poorest schools in the area. Ashleigh’s non-profit, Catalina DR Foundation is dedicated to the educating of underprivileged children and the rebuilding of schools in the Dominican Republic. Feel free to donate as much as frequently as possible!