Spotlight Destination: Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic in the Caribbean occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. The country has a population of approximately 10.7 million people, and the official language is Spanish.

The Dominican Republic has a rich and diverse culture that includes music, dance, art, and cuisine. The country's culture is a fusion of its various influences, including European, African, and indigenous Taíno cultures.

Filled with beautiful beaches, the Dominican Republic is a breathtaking country that offers something for everyone. Whether you're interested in relaxing on the beach, exploring historic landmarks, or enjoying outdoor activities, the Dominican Republic has something for you!

5 Things to See and Do in the Dominican Republic

  1. Punta Cana: This popular tourist destination in the Dominican Republic is known for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. It's the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun, or to enjoy a variety of water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and windsurfing.

  2. Santo Domingo: See the capital city of the Dominican Republic! The city is home to a variety of historic landmarks, including the Alcazar de Colón, a 16th-century palace that was once the home of Christopher Columbus's son. The city also has a variety of museums, galleries, and performance spaces that showcase the country's vibrant arts scene.

  3. Samaná Peninsula: The Samaná Peninsula is a beautiful and secluded area of the Dominican Republic that is known for its stunning natural beauty. The peninsula is home to a variety of beaches, waterfalls, and hiking trails. See incredible wildlife, such as humpback whales and sea turtles.

  4. Jarabacoa: Jarabacoa is a mountain town located in the central region of the Dominican Republic. It's known for its stunning natural beauty, including its waterfalls, rivers, and mountains. It's the perfect place to go hiking, camping, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery.

  5. La Romana: This pretty coastal town located on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful beaches, as well as its historical landmarks such as the Altos de Chavón, a replica of a medieval Mediterranean village that is now home to a variety of galleries, shops, and restaurants.

5 Hidden Gems in the Dominican Republic

  1. Cabarete: Cabarete is a small town located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, with beautiful beaches that are perfect for surfers and kiteboarders. The town is also home to a variety of restaurants and bars that offer a vibrant nightlife scene.

  2. Los Haitises National Park: Los Haitises National Park is a protected area known for its stunning natural beauty, including its mangrove forests, caves, and rock formations. It's also home to a variety of wildlife, like manatees and sea turtles.

  3. Los Tres Ojos: A trio of cave lakes located in Santo Domingo, Los Tres Ojos is a beautiful natural attraction that is often overlooked by tourists. The lakes are surrounded by lush greenery and offer a unique glimpse into the country's natural beauty.

  4. El Limon Waterfall: Near the town of Las Terrenas, El Limon Waterfall is a stunning natural attraction that is accessible by a short hike. The waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery and is a great place to cool off on a hot day

  5. Playa Rincon: Enjoy a truly secluded beach! It is located on the Samana Peninsula and is a hidden gem that is often overlooked by tourists. The beach is known for its crystal-clear waters and pristine white sand and is a great place to relax and unwind.

5 Foods To Try in The Dominican Republic

  1. Tostones: Tostones are a perfect snack or side dish. They are crispy treats made up of mashed and then fried green plantains. You’ll find them everywhere - from beach stands to sit-down restaurants.

  2. Bandera Dominicana: This dish is a filling delicious meal consisting of nice rice with red beans, chicken or stewed meat, green salad, and a side of tostones. 

  3. Pescado con Coco: Islands have the freshest seafood, and this dish celebrates that. Pescado con coco is a coconut fish dish that is Afro-Caribbean inspired.

  4. Chinola: Chinola is a sweet drink made from passion fruit - fresh on the island. Drink it alone or add some Dominic Republic rum for a festive holiday drink. 

  5. Sancocho Stew: This stew is steeped with rich DR flavor. It is a combination of several types of meat: chicken, beef, sausage, pork, and goat, along with cassava, green plantains, pumpkin, yam, and potatoes. Usually, it is served with white rice and fresh avocado.

Enjoy exploring the beautiful wonder of the Dominican Republic! 

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