// MY NAME IS DANIELAnd after years of dreaming I've sold everything I own and set off on the open road. I've made this site as a sort of photo journal of my travels. The map shows where I've been (red), where I've stayed a month or more (yellow), and where I plan to go (white). And so, armed with little more than a backpack, a camera, and a dream, I now take the road less traveled by. So it goes.
SANTO DOMINGO After more than two years of backpacking through South America, it was finally time to leave. A chapter of my life was coming to a close. I found a cheap flight from Brazil to the Dominican Republic, specifically to the beach resort town of Punta Cana (which I hated immediately, just a collection of walled off resorts with no connection to the actual country). So from there I was able to get a bus to the capital, Santo Domingo. The city was founded in 1496 by the brother of Christopher Columbus, making it the oldest European city in the New World and it still has many buildings dating back to the 1500s, some of which you can see below.
SAN JOSE DE OCOA In Santo Domingo I made some friends who offered to take me on a road trip into the mountainous province of San Jose De Ocoa. Along the way we visited some beach towns, some protected coastal sand dunes, some mountains and mountain rivers, and the small town of San Jose de Ocoa itself, all of which you can see below.
BAYAHIBE Unlike Punta Cana, Bayahibe is a true bit of paradise, a real town with lively streets and public spaces and long white beaches filled with locals and tourists alike. Here fishermen swap stories every day with paddle-boarding instructors (my host was a paddle-board instructor). The water was the color of Eden. The rice and beans cost less than a dollar. I was very sad when it was time to go.