When it comes to wellness travel, the Dominican Republic might just be the perfect destination to go to.

The mentality alone, if you can get into the groove of it yourself, is super laid back. The Dominicans use the words "mañana" (tomorrow) and "si Dios quiere" (if God wants) frequently in their everyday lives, which is very descriptive of their attitude towards life.

You could probably use some of that laid back energy for your vacation, where you should disconnect and unwind from the stress of your own everyday lifestyle.

This is where the concept of wellness travel would be an excellent choice to consider. If you are the kind of person who normally leads a healthy lifestyle, works out and eats well, then you'd most likely want to keep that going while on vacation. If not, then maybe a wellness vacation is just what you need to ignite the spark that could turn you into a healthier and happier person. And what better place to do all of this than in the tropics - with the beach and the ocean at your doorstep and with the Caribbean sun shining in your face?

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Choosing your accommodation:

If your goal is to stay or become healthy on your vacation, then you'd most likely want to stay away from the all-inclusive resorts. Yes, all-inclusive resorts are generally great, BUT they also offer a lot of temptations when it comes to food at all-you-can-eat-buffets and never-ending cocktails at the pool bar. Between your meals, snacks and drinks at the bar(s), your calorie budget for a day could easily explode at an all-inclusive resort where food and drinks are in excess everywhere - 24 hours a day.

A much better option would be to stay at a private villa with your own chef that can plan your healthy meals and prepare everything for you, so you don't have to cook and clean on your vacation.

Keeping fit and staying active:

A great thing about the Caribbean is that the weather is usually great all year around, which gives you an excellent opportunity to use the outdoors as your playground.

You can jumpstart your day with a walk or a run on the beach, go swimming in the pool or in the ocean. There are also excellent opportunities for playing golf, tennis, horseback riding, snorkeling, surfing, etc., and if you're a beginner or want to improve your game, lessons are widely available.

Some remarkable Oceanside golf courses include La Cana (P. B. Dye design), Corales (Tom Fazio design) and Punta Espada (Jack Nicklaus Signature design).

Puntacana Resort & Club offers horseback riding on their lush grounds and along Playa Serena with the opportunity of swimming in the ocean. You can also take an afternoon to discover the resorts' ecological reserve, which includes forest trails and swim in the natural freshwater lagoons.

Marinarium Reef Explorer offers the best wellness & snorkeling excursion which includes snorkeling over coral reefs, swimming with nurse sharks and sting rays, ray encounter, stand-up paddle board, power snorkel, massages, fresh fruits, vegetables and non-alcoholic beverages.

Slow down your pace:

If you're looking to slow down even more and get into some real wellness, then you might want to try yoga or Pilates. Both offer great ways of working out while focusing on that mind-body connection that you may have lost somewhere in your stressful life and want to bring back.

Whatever you would like to do on your wellness vacation in order to re-connect with yourself, your loved ones and/or get in touch with nature, Punta Cana offers you a wide variety of exceptional and healthy choices.

If you want to travel to Punta Cana, please visit my website http://www.grouppalmera.com. If you're interested in renting a vacation home, please visit my website http://www.palmeravillas.com. I own a travel agency in Punta Cana and can help you with all aspects of your travel planning in the Dominican Republic (except airfare)!

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