My Trip to Catalina Island, Dominican Republic

By Brittni • posted on 02/15/2024

Catalina Island, Dominican Republic

Last month, Jeff and I hopped on a plane to Miami and then jumped on the Carnival Vista for an 8 night Caribbean cruise in partnership with Carnival Cruise Line. It was our May trip for the 12 trips in 12 months series.

We had a great time visiting some amazing locations – Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic, and Aruba. And today I’m sharing all the details from one of my favorite stops on the trip: Dominican Republic! We went to Catalina Island, which is a short boat ride from La Romana. And it was even better than I imagined it would be. There were little colorful houses, white sand beaches, turquoise waters, etc, etc. So good! Click through for all the details.

Catalina Island, Dominican Republic

A little backstory… I had never been to DR before and didn’t really know what to expect. So after a recommendation from my blog buddy Michael of Inspired by Charm (who went on the same cruise a few months back), Jeff and I booked an excursion for Catalina Island. It was GORGEOUS, so naturally, I took a ton of photos.

Catalina Island, Dominican Republic

Catalina Island, Dominican Republic

How do you get there? From the port at La Romana, we took a super quick bus ride to the boat, and from there, the boat ride to the island is 30-40 minutes. I really enjoyed the boat ride too actually. It was cool to see a little bit of the La Romana coastline, which is very different looking than Catalina Island.

Catalina Island, Dominican Republic

Catalina Island, Dominican Republic

When we arrived to our beach on Catalina Island we were the only people there (another group came about an hour later but it still wasn’t too crowded), so I was able to get some photos with literally no one on the beach. Hooray!

Jeff and I sipped on the cocktails they gave us when we got off the boat, had some lunch, looked around at the shops (which are literally right off the beach – there’s a few right in a row), and then hung out in the water for the rest of the time. Of all the beaches Jeff and I have visited over the years, Catalina Island is definitely in the top five! I highly recommend it. So, if you’re in the mood for a tropical getaway of your own, head over to to check out cruise destinations near you and plan your next trip.

Catalina Island, Dominican Republic

Catalina Island, Dominican Republic

Catalina Island, Dominican Republic

My trip to Catalina Island, Dominican Republic

A trip to Catalina Island, Dominican Republic

Where is the ‘ultimate’ tropical vacation, in your mind? Is it in the Caribbean or somewhere else? I’d love to hear!

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I have been told so much about Catalina Island.Thanks for the great information and tips. Sounds like I’ll be booking soon.

Cheers Sharon…


I love that you loved Dominican Republic 🙂
I’m Dominican and Catalina Island is in my top five beaches from DR too :p

Andreina Sanchez

I must add Dominican Republic to my list, sounds lovely 🔆🏝🌴 and Catalina island looks so pretty 🍹


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Looks so nice! I’ve been on a Carnival Cruise and it was really good – left out of Galveston, about an hour drive from Houston, so pretty much in my backyard – wonderful food and did not feel too crowded either. Your post gave me the push I needed to go and look for another cruise – thanks!

Anne Rita Taylor

My husband and family are going to DR in July. Renting an AIRNB and looks just gorgeous. Can’t wait! Thanks for sharing your adventure!

Tammy McCullars

Oh my gosh! Hope you have soon much fun, Paige! I bet you’re going to love it there.


My husband and I are going to the DR next month and I can’t wait!



Sweet Ashley. Hope you have fun on your cruise. I love the US Virgin Islands…went a few years ago and have a couple of travel guides on the blog, if you need any suggestions for things to do.


These are beautiful pictures! I haven’t been to the DR, but the hubs has. Next month, we’re going on a trip with Royal Caribbean through the US Virgin Islands for our one-year anniversary and I CANNOT wait! 🙂

Ashley Triggiano

Isn’t the turquoise amazing, Amy? If you ever get a chance to go to DR, I highly recommend Catalina Island. It was stunning.


So beautiful! I can’t get over the color of that water 🙂 I’ve been dreaming of a tropical vacation, this looks perfect!


Thanks Antonella. It was pretty dreamy!


Your photos are beautiful 🙂 I’ve never done a trip there either, but I can see it’s worth it!

Antonella | White House Crafts

Indonesia sounds it would be an amazing trip, Michelle! Good call. 🙂


What a breathtaking place, so beautiful! I guess the ultimate tropical vacation for me is Indonesia.

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