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Surprising Effects of Covid-19 on Dominican Republic Beach Life

Deserted beaches. Empty restaurants. People with masks creeping around the beach. It’s like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie.

Never thought I would experience such a sight.

The whole situation feels uneasy but then again… the beach is empty.

I stop thinking about doomsday and choose to perceive the surroundings as a blessing. The beach feels more serene and tranquil. 

Why not enjoy it as much as possible.

Though Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic, allowed walks on the beach, he banned swimming in the ocean.

If you dare to defy Danilo’s wisdom, an eager tourist police appears out of thin air. And you’ll get a swift kick out of the water. So if you venture in, make sure you run out of the water fast enough.

Even though salt water, negative ions and all the wonderful minerals are an amazing natural antiviral remedy offered by the ocean and the sea, it’s off limits. Go figure! 

Instead, I reap the benefits of the sun while admiring the missed benefits of the ocean. The sun does wonders.

But don’t take my word for it. Here is what experts say.

Dr Arghya Sarkhel, consultant psychiatrist, tells us:

“The sound and vision of the ocean lifts our mood.”

The most natural and effective way for your body to produce optimal levels of vitamin D is through sunshine.

And as you know, Dominican Republic has plenty of it year round. 

All you need is a 10-15 minutes walk on the beautiful and sunny Cabarete beach located on the North Coast of Dominican Republic, and ditch your vitamin D supplement forever.

Robin Foroutan, MS, RDN, HHC, integrative medicine dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says:

“Low levels of vitamin D are associated with both major and minor depression, as well as mood disorders and faster cognitive decline.”




Well, walking on the beach is fun and dandy but what about the restaurants.

We all know they had to close down. 

What a bummer. Not being able to sip on my refreshing chinola mojito on the beach sucks but light at the end of the tunnel.

The Dominican Republic is reopening in 4 stages

If you wish to read the whole article, click here.

We are currently in Phase 1. Small stores and hardware stores are open at 50% capacity. Nail and hair salons have also reopened by appointment. My hair roots are super excited.

What I’m most interested in happens in Phase 4 set for July 5th.

Tourism will reopen slowly, according to Danilo Medina and his administration:

Tourism will reopen slowly, according to Danilo Medina and his administration: “It will be in phase 4, estimated for next July 5, when all companies resume their work with 100% of their staff. In addition, in this phase, tourism will be reactivated, opening hotels and airports, as well as gyms and restaurant dining rooms.”

In the meantime. Are you sick & tired of Cooking?

If you’re like me, you are done cooking & eating the same dishes day after day.  I miss going to restaurants and enjoying a variety of foods. I’m definitely sick & tired of cooking!

Good news, several restaurants are open for take out and delivery in Cabarete and Sosua areas.

I can relish the scrumptious dishes that I’ve been missing in the comfort of my house.

Such as a delectable burger from Salt Marina, a succulent pizza from Roma Restaurant or a juicy churrasco from Nelson’s Bistro.

My mouth waters thinking about it.

Not sure which ones are open?

I gathered an Open Restaurant List here. But below are a few of my favorites to pick from.

Vagamundo Coffee & Waffles - Cabarete

Enjoy a luscious breakfast: Belgian waffle and cappuccino. That will hit the spot

Nectar - Cabarete

Try their citrusy Trio of Ceviche, tuna, dorado and shrimp.

Ceiba Cafe & Pizzeria - Cabarete

Share a yummy and gooey pizza

Maria Restaurant - Sosua Ocean Village

Use their frozen meals for a quick diner. If you feel like a triple decker, their fabulous club sandwich will leave you satisfied.

Yamazato - Cabarete

Authentic Japanese Cuisine. If you missed sushi during the quarantine, you body and soul will be rewarded

In the end. Remember life’s better on the beach.

I do not despair and neither should you. 

Stay positive and see you soon on the beach my friends.

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