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Dominican Republic

 

The Dominican Republic or La Republica Dominicana lies in the Caribbean Sea, on the island of Hispaniola, to the east of Haiti. In recent years, its beaches have become synonymous with tropical beauty. Incredibly soft sand, aqua-and-turquoise streaked ocean, and graceful coconut palm trees create postcard-perfect vistas that will mesmerize even seasoned travelers. From Puerto Plata to Punta Cana, or Casa o Campo, the shoreline of this island country is genuinely remarkable.

 

But the Dominican Republic doesn't only offer beaches. Once the cradle of Taino Indian culture, the country has an interesting history. In 1492 Columbus made landfall, and "Santo Domingo" (the name of its present-day capital) became the first Spanish capital in the Americas. Today Santo Domingo's colonial zone contains preserved historic architecture along with upscale dining.

 

The Dominican Republic is famous for its rum, including brands Barcelo and Brugal, as well as its beer, Presidente. The fertile land produces sugarcane, delicious coffee, and cacao from which chocolate is made. Once you hear Dominican merengue or bachata, you'll find it hard to sit still, the music is so infectiously vibrant and joyful.

 

 

October 5, 2015

One of our Island Runaways followers on Facebook asked recently, "What's Punta Cana like?" That's an excellent question about the Dominican Republic, and I thought today we'd focus on (a) the beaches and (b) the difference between Punta Cana and Bavaro. We all look for...

February 26, 2015

Let's set the scene: a beautifully sunny day in the Dominican Republic. We're on the east coast in the Punta Cana area, on Bavaro beach to be exact. When Zickie and I walk out of the hotel lobby at the Bavaro Barcelo Resort, and behold this massive structure, I gasp. "...

February 5, 2015

When Zickie and I arrived in Punta Cana, the famous beach resort region on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, the dinner reservation system at our hotel was down. “What does that mean, exactly?” I asked the concierge who was handling our check-in. The all-inclus...

January 17, 2015

Are all beaches created equal? I don't think so. The beach I photographed in the picture below certainly looked stunning. (You'll find it on Punta Cana, by the way, in the Dominican Republic.) The seawater here felt slightly cool in October, although keep in mind that...

November 13, 2014

Happy Friday, Island Runaway friends! Today’s the day for island cocktails, and we’re revisiting a recent trip to the Dominican Republic. One late afternoon, Zickie and I were feeling in a celebratory mood, and took a walk down the Bavaro beach (in the Punta Cana area)...

October 16, 2014

Have you ever tried a Presidente beer? This tropical libation in the green glass bottle is brewed in the lovely Caribbean country called the Dominican Republic. Although the Island Runaways have enjoyed a Presidente more than a few times, we’d never tasted one in the D...

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