The Dominican Republic, a Caribbean country that lies between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, is becoming a very popular destination for travelers for many different reasons. Comprising two-thirds of the eastern island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic offers multitudes of opportunities to spend time under the sun. It is a perfect travel destination for those who love the great outdoors and have the time of their lives engaging in wonderful activities such as trekking, exploring mangrove swamps and tropical rainforests, as well as endless hours of swimming in the beautiful blue waters.
The Dominican Republic is accessible to foreign guests through one of the busiest international airports in the country, the Punta Cana International Airport, which offers direct flights from many destinations daily. Travelers can also opt to fly in through the other main airports in the country such as Cibao International in Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo’s La Isabela Airport and El Catey, which is located between the towns of Samana and Nagua. Those traveling from overseas can find convenient flights from popular cities worldwide, including Munich and Paris, or New York and Atlanta. Once in the country, you can either choose to ride the guaguas or local buses, or the long haul buses like Caribe Tours, while those who would rather drive on their own can always opt for a rental car.
Santo Domingo, the capital city, should be the first item on anyone’s Dominican Republic travel checklist. Distinguished as the very first European city in the New World, Santo Domingo offers a lot of interesting travel adventures and destinations. The Colonial Zone is considered the most important destination on this side of the Dominican Republic. To its west is Gazcue, one of the country’s oldest neighborhoods, lined with magnificent Victorian houses. Here you will find the Palace of Fine Arts, the National Theater, the Palacio Nacional, which is the seat of government, as well as a couple of museums found in the Plaza de la Cultura. Meanwhile, some of the well-loved tourist attractions in Oriental Santo Domingo include the Columbus Lighthouse, which does not only hold the explorer’s remains, but also includes his monument and a museum, the National Aquarium and Parque Nacional Los Tres Ojos that has beautiful open caves.
For those who come to the Dominican Republic for the beautiful sandy beaches, there is no better place to be than San Felipe de Puerto Plata. More popularly known as Puerto Plata, this island paradise prides itself with the many beaches where guests and visitors can frolic in the sand for hours on end and have fun and an enjoyable time under the sun working on their tan. There are a number of public beaches and private resorts to choose from in this area. Aside from endless swimming, those who clamor for water adventures can also try the many exciting activities offered here, starting with scuba diving and sailing catamarans. When the travelers get tired of swimming, they can always explore the area a bit more by going on a tour of its famed attractions, starting with the 27 falls of Charcos de Damajagua, the Ocean World on Calle Principal 3, and the enthralling Christo Redentor found at the Parc Nacionale de Isabella de Torres. Those who love the beach but prefer a more private and subdued atmosphere can head to the more secluded beaches of Playa Bonita.
The Dominican Republic will never run out of interesting activities for its numerous guests. If the guests think they have had enough of ocean water for the day, they can tour one of the many National Parks found in the country, beginning with Armando Bermudez National Park, Sierra del Bahoruco National Park, Jaragua National Park and the Monte Cristi National Park. The tourists will also have the time of their lives partaking in one of the festivals held in Santo Domingo. Choose between the Merengue Festival during the summer or the carnival held during springtime. Santo Domingo is also the best destination to shop for local fares. La Sirena Market located at Avenida del Malecon has a wide selection of products guests might be interested in. If you are looking for other tourist items, you can always proceed to Sosua where you can find numerous souvenir markets.