I was picked up by a driver at the Santo Domingo airport in the Dominican Republic. The drive to my resort was an hour and a half away. Driving is a little crazy here and we did a lot of weaving in and out of traffic but eventually, we made it. I was heading to one of those up-market all-inclusive resorts surrounded by golf courses, a marina, and a white sand beach. I was taking advantage of an outstanding credit on our books and it was a chance to see a little bit of the Dominican Republic.
The resort was huge and had the feel of a TV show about it. Golf carts rolled around and everyone had one. It was a little surreal and a bit like the TV show of the 1960’s, The Prisoner. After a while, you get into it. The golf carts were a must anyhow because the beach and the marina were around 7 kilometers away. There were polo fields and skeet shooting places, and golf courses with guys dressed up to the nines with their own caddies and looking surprisingly and shockingly bad. It even gave me cause to think I could return here to play golf even though I’m appalling. Unfortunately, I got lost easily and was fooled by speed bumps. The golf cart even lost its front piece somewhere on the road and I had to get out to fix it. It all became part of my routine. Take advantage of the pool in the morning, a nice breakfast, a drive in the golf cart for about an hour, and then a sunset at the beach. I didn’t take advantage of any of the main facilities mainly because I wouldn’t know how to skeet shoot, I don’t like guns, and polo was something that was way beyond my class station!
But the place was really nice. I was traveling on my own, got used to my own company, and the service was impeccable. The restaurant by the reception was decent although there was this irritating rule that you had to wear a collared shirt to eat there. Really? There were a bunch of restaurants by the marina that was great for lunch, but for dinner, at least in my golf cart, it was simply too much of a perilous thought to have a beer or glass of wine and then jump back into my golf cart to drive on dark roads with rarely any signposts. My driver told me that David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez lived in a complex not far from here. I could get used to it I suppose. I was very grateful that this was my introductory immersion to the Dominican Republic.