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Dominican Republic

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There are two sides to the Dominican Republic, just like there are two sides of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which the Dominican Republic shares with neighbouring Haiti. On one side, tourists languish in luxury inside the confines of the many resort hotels along the beautiful coastline, sipping cocktails under the palm trees and bathing in beautiful blue lagoons.

The other face of the Dominican Republic can be found along the country roads, among the sugar cane, coffee and cocoa bean fields, where people labour in the sun and men play dominoes outside tumble-down shacks. For the local people (there are 8.5 million inhabitants of this well-populated part of Hispaniola), tourism is an important source of income, and the thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the resorts and to explore the Spanish Colonial legacy in this country 'where America began', are warmly welcomed.

The South Coast contains some of the country's bigger cities and national parks. The capital, Santo Domingo, was the first Spanish settlement in the Americas. Christopher Columbus initiated the first European New World settlement here in 1496. His legacy is preserved in the bricks and mortar of the historic old section of Santo Domingo, which has been turned into an entertaining and interesting Colonial 'theme park'.

The other tourist spots in the Dominican Republic are the northern Amber Coast region around Puerta Plata, the beautiful Samana Peninsula, and the resort communities of the east coast, where stretches of pristine tropical beach have been bought and developed into all-inclusive resorts. However, those who take the trouble to explore a little behind the scenes will find plenty of unspoilt tropical paradise off the beaten track in the Dominican Republic, and locals ready and willing to offer warm hospitality.

The Dominican Republic is hot and tropical, with little seasonal variation in temperatures, which average about 77°F (25°C). Seasons can, however, be determined by rainfall, with October to April being the rainy season on the north coast, while May to November is the wettest month in the south of the country. The driest area is the west. Cooler temperatures and less humidity are generally experienced between November and April, while the mountainous interior is always cooler than the rest of the country.

Hurricanes occur on average once every two years on the island, most striking the south of the country and most happening in August and September. The busiest time of year to visit the Dominican Republic is between December and April when North Americans take a tropical break from their winters, and from June to September, which coincides with European summer holidays.

The Dominican Republic is renowned as an affordable beach destination brimming with package tourists and enticing all-inclusive resorts. But the country is also a captivating blend of culture, history, and stunning natural beauty. The main tourist magnets are the areas around Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, La Romana, and Samaná. However, the country's cultural jewel is the capital, Santo Domingo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In addition to well-developed beach resorts and world-class golf courses, the Dominican Republic is home to vast coral reefs, waterfalls, jungles, secluded islands, pine forests, and the highest peaks in the Caribbean. Thanks to these diverse ecosystems, recreational opportunities abound. Adventure seekers head to the mountains to raft the white waters of the Río Yaque del Norte. The rugged alpine terrain also lures hikers and bikers with its many mountain trails. Along the coast, water lovers can snorkel, dive, kayak, kite board, sail, and surf. Blessed with this abundance of attractions and activities, no wonder visitors flock here from around the world

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Situated in the centre of Santo Domingo. Surrounded by lush gardens in the residential area of the capital El Embajador has become the most emblematic hotel in Santo Domingo. A privileged location that combines the proximity to the business and comercial..
At Excellence Punta Cana you are secluded but not isolated. Our adults only hotel is situated on a beautiful Caribbean beach in a palm grove on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. Its architecture is in the classic colonial style, just take it easy..
This hotel is located 800m from the beach and 32.5km from the center of Punta Cana. Facilities and services include swimming pools, children´s pool, several restaurants and bars, wireless Internet access, business center, meeting rooms, spa, gardens..
Beachfront resort in the south of the Dominican Republic, between Santo Domingo and La Romana. The Gran Bahia Principe La Romana Resort is located directly on a 3 km long sandy beach lined with palm trees, in the south of the Dominican Republic. Facilities..
Gran Bahia Principe Samana is located on the beach, with views over the sea and the island of Cayo Levantado. Facilities and services at the Gran Bahia Principe Samana include swimming pool, sun terrace, tennis courts, gym, restaurants and bars. All guest..
This luxurious hotel is set on the sprawling, pristine beach of Playa Arena Garda. The hotel is located close to a wide range of shopping and entertainment venues, in the nearby Pueblo Principe. Links to the public transport network can be found just..
This tropical escape offers plenty of opportunities for excitement or simply relaxing. Sun and splash by the pool, or soothe your muscles in the Jacuzzi. Pick up the pace with a round of tennis, work out at the fitness center, or pamper yourself with..
This modern hotel is ideally located in Las Terrenas. It is situated close to many attractions in the area, making this a prime option for those who are eager to explore. The hotel is located close to a number of shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities...
Located on the east of the Dominican Republic, between Santo Domingo and La Romani. Pueblo Príncipe is a Caribbean style shopping and leisure Centre located at the entrance of the Hotel area, where you will enjoy night entertainment. Shopping and a burger..
The Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino is a magnificent and luxurious resort surrounded by tropical and coconut trees very nicely nestled in the sea front of the long and white sand beach of Playa Bávaro. The hotel features numerous facilities,..
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