After the incident with the colon-guy and just generally being sick of everything around me being too much, I decided to find a little village to go live in. In my heart I’m a city girl, and Ioved Buenos Aires. But Santo Domingo is not Buenos Aires, and Sto Dgo is very different when you have a tiny toddler with you. So even though I never before had imagined actually longing to be on the country side, I now found myself searching the forums of DR1 to find that little town that I could escape to. This is how I came in contact with the awesome couple who run the Esperanza Project, and who live in Cabrera.
We decided to get on a bus and visit over a weekend. Caribe Tours comfortably takes you from Sto Dgo to Cabrera in only a couple of hours and is very cheap (320 dop), and surprisingly comfortable and has AC. We got off at a cute little plaza and walked directly to Camp Esperanza. The energy among the kids here was amazing! We almost forgot how hot it was looking at these kids running around having so much fun. Here we also got to know the couple who runs Threesixteen Missions, who immediatley took us under their wings and helped us find and get to a hotel for the weekend.
Walking around Cabrera I was amazed at how clean it was (in comparison to Sto Dgo). Several expats live here, it has a small but decent grocery store (that delivers), a great place to buy fruit and veggies and a few restaurants. It’s small but that was exactly what I wanted at the moment. But I fell in love when they drove us to the beach. Only a few minute drive away you find Playa Diamante. A small beach, but clean and shallow so that Little A could both walk and play in the water. Many beaches on the North Coast are pretty wild (and breathtakingly beautiful) and excellent for surfers, but this is a great beach for kids and families.
We stayed at Azul Bravio aparta hotel, which I would never do again. It would have been fine for us, we don’t need more than somewhere decent to sleep. But travelling with a toddler means you need more than just a bed and a door that locks – namely a fan that works through the night. They promised that they had an inversor that would kick in whenever the power company shut the electricity off. But in the middle of the night we were left without fans or AC and a crying toddler who was suffering from the heat. I had to go out on the patio to rock Little A to sleep in the ocean breeze, which might sound lovely. But I did not enjoy having to do that over and over through the night. Azul Bravio has an amazing view and is very cheap, but with a kid? Forget it.
We were impressed enough by Cabrera to decide to come back and try it out for a month. Thanks to our new aquaintances we left knowing where we could live when we came back. But we couldn’t leave without having yet another beach day at Playa Diamante!