Dania Santana (Babble) provides fifteen reasons to visit the Dominican Republic through a spectacular series of photos and suggestion about the country’s arts, gastronomy, and breathtaking land and sea-scapes, as well as its rich history and cultural treasures.
When you think about Caribbean destinations, it is impossible not to envision yourself indulging in some decadent cocktail while looking at a white sand beach. That’s probably what comes to mind when you think about visiting the Dominican Republic, and I can assure you that if you are looking for a piece of beach paradise, unparalleled luxury, and service, you can get it there for sure.
However, while the Dominican Republic offers travelers the ultimate beach and resort destination, there is much more to it than one can imagine. I must confess, as a Dominican from the island I’m somewhat biased in my assessment. Having lived there most of my life, I was fortunate enough to travel and get to know almost the whole island and I can assure you, once you drive away from the beach, the Dominican Republic will pleasantly surprise you.
The way I see it, it’s all a matter of what kind of tourism you are looking for. From white water rafting, whale watching, and waterfall climbing to ecotourism, parasailing, surfing, and windsurfing, there is no end to the offerings of this small island located on the path of the sun. After all, it has been called a continent in miniature.
Santo Domingo, the capital of the country, is the host of the first Spanish settlement in the Americas, Zona Colonial, with beautiful colonial buildings and more than 500 years of history. The City of Santo Domingo is also a vibrant, urban city, the largest in the Caribbean, known for its active nightlife and wide variety of bars, clubs, restaurants, and hotels to please the expert and novice travelers alike.
Having said all of that, I’m confident to say the best value the Dominican Republic has to offer is the kindness and warmth of its people. You’ll experience the joy, music, and colorful demeanor of Dominicans no matter where you go in the country. Like I mentioned before, I’m biased. That’s why I prepared this slideshow to let you be the judge. Something tells me you’ll have to agree.
[Photo above: A view of Bahía Luperon, located in the North Coast.]
For slideshow and article, see http://www.babble.com/latina/15-reasons-to-visit-the-dominican-republic/