Two palm trees on the tropical beach, Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a tropical vacation destination, and is host to a full range of attractions that all ages and athletic abilities can enjoy. Located in the Caribbean, the territory consists of rugged highlands, lush valleys, and tall mountains. The geography and climate of the Dominican are what makes this vacation destination unique for a relaxing getaway or an exciting adventure. The unique character of the Dominican provides an array of natural, recreational, and cultural attractions at the seeker’s leisure. For wavering vacationers there is no compelling reason to not visit the Dominican.

Getting Around

Street at Samana

Street at Samana

There are five popular methods of transportation in and around the Dominican Republic. Mopeds and scooters are perhaps the swiftest way to travel on congested roads. They can be rented quite easily from rental car companies for as low as $16 USD, which is fairly modest for those on a budget. Mopeds are particularly attractive for those wishing to independently travel the idea. For vacationers unsure about navigation or safe handling there are motorcycle taxi services in rural and downtown areas to make travelling the island inexpensive yet efficient. Taxis are also effective means of travel although one will have to negotiate the fare with the driver since all cabs in the Dominican are unmetered. Buses are often quite popular because they are comfortable and reliable, covering significantly more distance than smaller forms of transportation. Busses typically depart from the country’s capital, Santo Domingo. Rentals cars are also a viable option for those wanting more freedom to explore. Although significantly more expensive than other means, a rental car enables visitors the opportunity to visit each major city in a single trip.

Top things to see and do

Catedral Primada de America Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Catedral Primada de America Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The Dominican’s 800 miles of coastline boasts a plethora of quintessential Caribbean islands. Beach and surf spots are one of the main attractions on the island, making the Dominican the front runner in Blue Flag Status, having the blue flag beaches in Latin America. The Blue Flag status indicates that the beach has met a high standard of environmental criteria, where there are 14 of such locales in the Dominican. The beaches in the Dominican each vary in their unique features but share the unified characteristics of dazzling white sand and sparkling blue waters in which to do water sports such as wind surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving. Other main attractions are the 31 Casino facilities located throughout the island. Popular historic locations include Zona Colonial in the capital Santo Domingo itself which is where the first city in the new world once stood. Here the remains of the city’s initial structures stand well preserved and date back to the island’s first discovery by Europeans. On the contrary, the nightlife and entertainment scene is alive and thriving. To many vacationers delight Santo Domingo is claimed to be “the city that never sleeps”. There are also a number of outdoor recreational activities that are provided by the unique geography and landscape of 27 different climactic zones. Natural parks, bird watching, mountain climbing, hiking, rafting, horseback riding, golf, and zip-line adventures are guaranteed to enthrall people of all interests and athletic abilities.

sea and boat

sea and boat

Traditional Food and Drink Options

Punta Cana tropical resorts, aerial view

Punta Cana tropical resorts, aerial view

Cuisine in the Dominican emphasizes a hearty lunch with light breakfasts and dinners. Since lunch is traditionally the large meal of the day, vacationers can indulge in La bandera or the “The Dominican Flag” which consists of a red bean stew, white rice, vegetables, and some type meat which is typically broiled or grilled chicken. Dinner is usually a smaller portion of these combinations. Most of the dishes are inspired by the Spanish colonial culture, yet the Dominican cuisine is heavily influenced by other countries. Since it is located a tropical region the Dominican is ample with fresh fruit to make juices and smoothies, alongside coconut water or milk which are all readily available. A popular traditional drink is the Malta Morena. While it is non-alcoholic it exhibits a beer like appearance and texture due to its brewing process, tasting of sweet molasses. It has been claimed that the creation of the Malta Morena spawned from the widespread consumption of cerveza, or “beer”. Quality beers are served bien fria or “good and cold” alongside the second beverage of choice, Rum, where together they are among the most enjoyed in the Dominican.