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Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with Haiti. Hispaniola is located in the Greater Antilles archipelago west of Puerto Rico and east of Cuba and Jamaica. This land of contrasts features towering mountains and rocky cliffs, cacti-studded deserts, rain forests, fertile valleys and about 300 kilometers of prime soft sand beaches. The colorful mix of Spanish, French, Haitian, and African influences add a flair that gets under your skin once you get a peak of the landscape and culture this half-island has to offer. The thrill of meringue and bachata, intriguing relics from centuries past, premium cigars, and world-class baseball await you. Possible activities include hiking through magnificent national parks, scuba diving, windsurfing, kite boarding, golfing, strolling down never-ending beaches, striking it rich at the casinos, sipping cocktails by the pool of one of the many all-inclusives and drinking a liquid party-booster called Mamajuana. The Dominican Republic is a great place to sit back and relax or to try something new on your honeymoon.

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Highlights
  • Santo Domingo is the oldest city in the New World, where the settlement of all the Americas began. See the first cathedral and the first hospital, or just wander down cobble stone streets among the Spanish colonial architecture and imagine how things were back in the 1600s.
  • Punta Cana is one of the best choices for those seeking the perfect beach, rest and relaxation. Bill and Hillary Clinton chose Punta Cana in April 2001 for their first sojourn after leaving the White House. Punta Cana is that perfect place for a honeymoon - first or second.
  • Puerto Plata is for those seeking an attractively-priced honeymoon with the option of lots of places to visit in the vicinity. Choose Puerto Plata if you like to explore. Playa Dorada, Cofresi, Maimon, and Luperon are the main tourism enclaves located near Puerto Plata city.
  • Playa Grande is the place for you if you are a serious golfer. Many consider the Playa Grande Golf Course to be the best in the Dominican Republic. Playa Grande also has one of the most spectacular beaches in the Dominican Republic, but with its high surf it is best suited to good swimmers.
Geography/Environment
The second largest nation in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles, with Haiti occupying the western portion. Situated in the heart of the region between North and South America, the country is bathed by the Caribbean Sea on the south coast and the Atlantic Ocean to the north. With a land area of 48,442 square kilometers, it is larger than the Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, all the Virgin Islands and the entire French West Indies put together. The Dominican Republic is slightly larger than the Netherlands, and approximately the size of the US state of Maryland.
Activities
The activity selection is really dependent on which part of the country you are visiting. As with most Caribbean countries, golf, tennis, and the usual variety of water sports apply to some or all of the various hot spots.
Climate and Weather
The weather changes only slightly from season to season in the DR. Average year round temperatures on the coasts range from 25-30ºC (77-85ºF). Chillier temperatures can be found in the Cordillera Central mountain range (Jarabacoa and Constanza), where temperatures below freezing point have been registered. Showers are shorter and more scattered in Punta Cana and La Romana than in Santo Domingo. It also rains more up north (Puerto Plata and Samana) than in the south and east.

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Dominican Republic Reviews
Dominican Republic
by Cynthia Amin last updated on 10/05/2010
Honeymoons in Punta Cana offer everything from adults-only luxury to more affordable packages. All inclusive honeymoons come in many shapes and sizes in Punta Cana. Punta Cana is located on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic. If you are looking...
Punta Cana
by Johnny Lukehart last updated on 10/30/2009
Punta Cana in the Dominican is the perfect beach destination! After spending 5 nights on picturesque beaches with perfect weather and luxurious accommodations it was tough to get on the plane to go back home!!! I went on a Gogo Worldwide Vacations travel...
TRAVEL DATES: 20 APRIL - 24 APRIL 2009 RESORT: GRAN BAHIA PRINCIPE CAYACOA TRAVELED AS: COUPLE CLIENTS OF TERRIE MEAD, ANYWHERE BUT HERE!, ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND REVIEW: My clients traveled from Washington, DC to Santo Domingo. Arrival and transfer from...
Excellence Punta Cana
by Kim Guse last updated on 07/25/2008
Wide white sand beaches front this adult's only, all-inclusive resort. Excellence is located about an hour from the Punta Cana airport. The ride is rural and the roads are rough at times, but the beauty of the area with it's palm trees and beaches...
Punta Cana
by Hannah Lohmer last updated on 05/30/2008
Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is a beach lovers paradise. You will find miles and miles of white sand with coco palms everywhere providing both sun and shade to suit your needs. There is always a breeze blowing to keep you from getting too warm...