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One of the most popular countries in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic finds its way to the top of many tropical wishlists. Which isn’t really that much of a surprise – this is a classic kind of paradise, where coconut palms sway over pearly white sands and sunshine bounces off clear turquoise waters.
When it comes to luxurious all-inclusive beach resorts, the Dominican Republic has it all – family-family hotels, adult-only hideaways and everything in between. But this Caribbean island isn’t exclusive. There are plenty of bargain package deals to be found, as well as smaller hotels that are ideal for a do-it-yourself adventure.
Santo Domingo, the capital, is reason enough to travel to the Dominican Republic. One of the oldest cities in the New World, it’s home to plenty of historical treasures and amazing culture. Expect to see old men clacking dominos on street corners, the sound of bachata music blaring from lively bars, and, from morning until night, an inimitable Afro-Latino buzz enlivening the mood. So grab a rum punch and join the party.
If you’re an active and outdoorsy type, a Dominican Republic holiday is a veritable treat. With the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Atlantic to the north, the island’s perimeter is dotted with hidden coves, fishing villages and long stretches of perfect sand. Into diving? Head to Rio San Juan and El Castillo. Prefer to windsurf? Enjoy the waves around Cabarete.
If you like to explore, there’s a natural wonderland of mountains, waterfalls, and jungles carpeted with wild orchids waiting to be discovered. Zip-line through rainforest treetops, spot green parakeets in the canopy, speed about in a dune buggy, or snorkel with barracuda in the bright blue water.
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