Take a taste of the tropical with holidays in the Dominican Republic. The second largest Caribbean nation offers sun, sand, sea, sultry Latin beats and relaxation.
When Christopher Columbus landed here in 1492 he made Santo Domingo the first Spanish capital of the New World. The ancient Taino people stamped their footprint on the history of the island too and there are archaeological sites worth visiting - if you can peel away from the sparkling shoreline.
On the north of the island you'll find the Atlantic Ocean and places such as Puerto Plata, Sosua, Bahia Maimon, Costa Dorada, Playa Dorada and Cabarete, plus the Samana Peninsula, which is home to beautiful Cayo Levantado. There's also Punta Cana, which is where you'll find the resort of Bavaro.
Down south, where Caribbean waters lap gently on to the sand, is the exciting capital city of Santo Domingo, and the resorts of Los Ranchitos, Boca Chica, La Romana, and Bayahibe. Dominican Republic holidays are as delightful as the varied resorts, and couples, groups, and families will get a warm welcome here.
Should you ever get bored of sipping cocktails by the pool or swimming in the clear Caribbean waters, there are many day trips worthy of your time. The islands of Catalina and Saona are well served by boat charters and both offer picture-perfect beaches. San Felipe Fortress is the place to gaze into the past and pretend you are helping to protect the island from swashbuckling pirates, while nature is at its tropical best in the island's mangroves. Gri Gri Lagoon is also a notable trip by boat, and a cable car will whisk you to the top of Mount Isabel del Torres if you can't summon the energy. If you are an active type, there are opportunities for white-water rafting around the Dominican Republic too.
Ocean World is in Puerto Plata and is an adventure park, marina and casino - you are sure to find something for the whole holiday party at this Mecca of fun.
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