If pristine, white-sand beaches and turquoise Caribbean waters are your thing, chances are a vacation to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, will fit the bill. Swaying palms and sunny skies also match up perfectly with an adults-only vacation if you’re traveling without the kids in tow, but what about those of us who are kids at heart?
For travelers who may be grown up but refuse to admit it, Hotel Riu Republica is the perfect fit. The resort’s private stretch of Arena Gorda Beach is stunning, but if you prefer cool pools instead of hot sand, you’re in luck.
As part of a recent expansion project (including new rooms and restaurants by the way), the resort has added its own waterpark. Splash Water World serves up four separate slides that you and your friends can enjoy, kid free. The waterpark is exclusive to guests staying at the Hotel Riu Republica, and trust us when we say these slides are not for the faint of heart.
There are not one, not two, but eight pools for you to choose between. If that doesn’t rouse up some child-like excitement, maybe some of the entertainment offered will. Many of the pools are energetic hubs for activities, music, and live shows. Play a game of water volleyball, dance like no one’s watching, or take a snorkeling lesson in the pool. You’re never too old to learn (or get into a splash fight with your buddies). If you’re looking for something even more lively, hit up a foam party – there are three every week.
Okay, sure – this is the part where you’re glad to be an adult. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the feeling of spending your days playing in the sun without the heavy responsibilities of adulting looming over you. Post up at one of the three swim-up bars across the property, sip on a rum punch and toast to the kind of never-ending summer vacation that you can find in Punta Cana. Oh, and if you’d rather be on the sand, check out the weekly beach party for ocean-side drinks and entertainment.
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