Dominican Republic Quick Travel Guide
With a travel rating of 62%, the Dominican Republic is quickly becoming one of the hottest "new" travel destinations in the Caribbean. It is one of the oldest inhabited places in the "New World", with the capital of Santa Domingo having been the base of power from which Christopher Columbus administered Spain's iron rule from as early as 1502. A slow wander through the city's historic district - Zona Colonial - will take you back literally to Day One of European Colonial rule. The wonders of the Dominican Republic certainly don't stop with the capital, as the island's hinterland offers an impressive range of natural wonders that include the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua, and the UNESCO-listed Jaragua National Park, which is the largest protected area in all of the Caribbean, spanning both native forest and several islands along the coast. If you time your visit right, you can even witness the annual humpback whale migration through Semana Bay, no doubt one of the Caribbean's best protected sanctuaries for these leviathans of the deep. If you want to mingle with locals, catch a baseball game at Estadio Quisqueya, where you'll no doubt spot a few players destined for the American Major League. For something a bit different, take a tour of Tabacalera de Garcia, the largest handmade cigar factory in the world, or find the secrets behind chocolate at El Sendero del Cacoa. Did we forget the beaches? Ruyana Suna, Juan Dolio, and Caoa Beach will satisfy the most discerning sun worshippers. Put simply, the Dominican Republic is a tropical travel dream. Just make sure you budget your time wisely to see it all - better yet, extend your holiday!
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Walk through the cobblestone streets of Zona Colonial (Ciudad Colonial), Santa Domingo's historic nexus from which Christopher Columbus and the Spanish Conquistadors began their explorations of the New World. With parts dating b....
|Coordinates:||19 00 N, 70 40 W|
|Government:||Unitary and Democratic Republic|
|Calling Codes:||809, 829, 849|
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- Location: Dominican Republic