Moon Palace Resort Review – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Moon Palace - Punta Cana

On my recent trip down to the Dominican Republic, I was lucky enough stay at an awesome resort that far exceeded my expectations. The Moon Palace Casino, Golf, and Spa Resort is an all-inclusive resort with tons of amenities you won’t find at a lot of other hotels.

Since I enjoyed my stay so much, I wanted to do an in-depth look at the resort for anyone thinking about visiting. Keep in mind I was not paid to write this review, this is solely based on my stay and what I thought of the resort.

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I Love The Dominican Republic

Despite living near the beaches here in Florida, my girlfriend and I decided to take a trip down to the Dominican Republic. We stayed at an amazing resort (more to come) in Punta Cana and for 5 days we did a whole lot of nothing but sit in the chairs above, drink delicious cocktails, and eat a lot of food. I am now in love with the Caribbean.

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Hiking In Withlacoochee State Forest

Withlacoochee Forest

It’s no secret that Florida is a flat state. There are no mountains and barely any hills from what I’ve seen. I miss mountains a lot more than I thought I would after leaving Arizona but I have not given up on finding some cool hikes here in the sunshine state.

The good news is that Florida does have a handful of state forests and parks that have some great hiking trails. A perfect example is Withlacoochee State Forest located near Dade City. My girlfriend and I made the drive up there from St Petersburg to check it out and were not disappointed.

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The Honda Grand Prix

Car Coming By

One of the coolest events I’ve attended so far here in Florida was the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. I’m not a huge fan of racing but since the main race was rained out on Sunday, they decided to make general admission free since it was pushed back to yesterday morning.

The other reason I wanted to check it out was because the race literally took place a few blocks from my house. The track was set up so close to my house that I heard the cars all last week while they were practicing and doing time trials (they’re louder than you think).

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The Tampa Twilight Criterium

Tampa Twilight Criterium

The Tampa Twilight Criterium took place this past Saturday and my girlfriend and I accidentally attended it. We were in downtown Tampa looking for the ECO.lution festival and ran right into it.

I wasn’t sure what it was but it turns out the event is a fast-paced bicycle race that features a ton of cyclists racing on a short urban course through downtown Tampa. Besides having a variety of different races, there were also a bunch of different vendors with products relating to cycling.

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Cigar City Brewing & Whole Foods Market Cask Ale Tasting Event

Cigar City Cask Ale Tasting

This past weekend was the first annual Cigar City Brewing and Whole Foods Market Cask Ale Tasting event. The event featured twelve different beers from a handful of different breweries including Cigar City Brewing, Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Peg’s Cantina, and Dunedin Brewery.

I personally tried the Cigar City Brewing Cubano Espresso, which was pretty damn good. I’m a coffee fanatic and drinking a beer with a hint of coffee flavor was the perfect combination for me.

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