The Dominican Republic has much to offer any traveler, whether you are looking to relax, go on an adventure, party all night, or maybe a little of all three.
It’s a perfect destination for those looking to take a break from the hustle bustle of normal life and simply lay back and relax. Sink into your lounge chair or hammock and forget about the world for a while. The Dominican is a perfect place for a romantic getaway, a trip with friends or a family vacation; there is something for everyone!
This is not just another tiny Caribbean island with a beach and a straw market. Instead, it’s a big country with spectacularly varied scenery. You’ll find the tallest mountains in the Caribbean, with elevations of more than 10,000 ft as well as its lowest point, 144 ft below sea level. Ecosystems range from desert to cloud forest and stretches of pristine, white sand run unbroken for miles.
The Dominican Republic also boasts the Caribbean’s oldest and most cosmopolitan city, Santo Domingo. No surprise, then, that the “DR,” as it is colloquially known, outstrips all other Caribbean destinations in the number of international visitors by a wide margin.
The Caribbean is known for its clear waters and abundant exotic sea life. Explore a whole new world beneath the ocean’s surface, and you may be surprised at what you find. There are also many places that offer the chance to swim with the dolphins and whale watching tours. Witness what goes on under the sea, without getting wet, with a tour on a glass bottom boat or catamaran.
This country has a rich history and culture as well. The 16th century Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo is home to the first paved street in the Americas, the Calle de Damas, as well as many fantastic historic buildings, statues and churches. Manati Park features a beautiful garden full of traditional artwork as well as the chance for you to witness native dancing.
As night falls, it is time to enjoy the famous Dominican nightlife. Whether you are looking to dance all night or watch the stars come out from the deck of a low-key bar, you will not be disappointed.
Rent a car and explore the Dominican countryside. You’ll gain a better appreciation of the country and a truer picture of it by visiting its small towns and rural areas than if you stick to the all-inclusive resorts.