The Dominican Republic is bent over secluded beaches, coconut palms, clear Caribbean sea offer excellent diving.
If you want to spend your vacation in Caribbean atmosphere of the holiday – Dominican Republic will be the most appropriate place.
It shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti in the greater Antilles. It was on this island, Christopher Columbus made his first stop in the New World in 1492, later making it the first capital of the Spanish Empire in the Americas. You will find many evidences of the Spanish heritage in the Dominican Republic. Today, however, people visit the Dominican Republic because of its beautiful sandy beaches, clean sea and entertainment. The most popular activities include diving, fishing and whale watching. In this virtual tour you can visit the most beautiful sights of the Dominican Republic.
Las Terrenas on the North coast of the Dominican Republic was once a small fishing village. But that all changed in 1946, when the President of the country has forced rural residents of Santo Domingo to settle here and engage in farming and fishing. Today, Las Terrenas is a rapidly growing tourist destination which is famous for its lovely landscapes, beaches with white sand and clear ocean water. Las Terrenas is popular with foreigners and locals, as it can be reached in just two hours from the capital. The main beaches include Playa El Portillo and Las Ballenas. Las Terrenas is also good for observing dolphins and whales.
Due to its tropical climate of Jarabacoa, often called “the city of permanent spring”. The area is famous for its mountains and scenic beauty of nature, including waterfalls, Jimenoa and Baiguate, as well as Scientific Reserve Ebano Verde. If you love adventure, you can try to cross the river, Chimenea rope footbridge. More timid tourists can play a round of Golf at the nine hole course or visit the local attraction – the Cistercian convent. Mary Evangelita. It is best to plan a trip in Jarabacoa in February, when there is one of the most famous Carnivals in the country. In the list of top 10 famous places of interest in Dominican Republic Jarabacoa definitely will not get lost.
You can combine a historical tour with a beach holiday relaxing on the shore of the famous Playa Rincon: this is one of two proposed sites in the Dominican Republic, where Spanish Explorer Christopher Columbus first touched land in 1492. But even if it is a fictional fact you enjoy a stroll on the soft sandy beach with a length of about three kilometers. The Playa rincón is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. It can be reached with a 20 minute boat ride from Las Galeras.
The El Limon Waterfalls
Waterfall El Limon definitely has nothing to do with the lemon as you would think based on their names. This breathtaking waterfall drops from a height of 50 meters from the Atlantic side coast of the Dominican Republic. The path to this natural attraction can be quite a difficult test, as will have to cross several rivers on horseback, before ending at the base of El Limón. You can also book a guided tour of the 40-minute route deep into the forest surrounding the waterfall.
Santo Domingo – the capital of the Dominican Republic and its largest city. This is the largest area of the city with suburbs in the Caribbean. Founded in 1496 on the river Ozama the city is the oldest European settlement in the Americas. As a result, it became the first capital of the Spanish Empire with the first castle (Columbus Palace Alcazar de colon), a monastery, a Cathedral (Santa Maria La Menor) and the University. The best place with the richest history is the historical center where you’ll find a stately building in the style of the middle Ages. It is also worth visiting with a guided tour of Osama Fortaleza – the oldest fortress in the Americas.
If you love adventure sports, Cabarete will best satisfy your desires. Founded in 1835 by a former slave owner, this quiet fishing village is today the dream of the surfer and kitesurfer. Hosts many international competitions, making Cabarete one of the most popular surf spots in the Caribbean. The resort is also famous for excellent tourism infrastructure with luxury hotels and eateries. At the same time, everything is always at hand, as in the village, just one main street. From Cabarete has pretty beaches, but if you get tired of them, you can explore the nearby caves, rent a kayak, or scuba dive.
Samana is the capital of the homonymous region. This lovely historical city is located in the Northern Bay of Samana. The main reason for its fame is that it is the last stop of Christopher Columbus in the New World before returning to Spain in 1493. In more modern times, this magnificent place has become a popular point for whale watching, when thousands of humpback whales swim into the Bay to spawn between January and March. During these months the Samana became the capital of tourism of the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic is known for its beach areas, and the Spa town of Bayahibe is no exception from the list. The former fishing village is today one of the first places to visit in the Dominican Republic. Bayahibe beach is less than a kilometer from the town, but it is best to sit on the boat and go to the coast of Saona and its fabulous beaches located within the national Park. Bayahibe is also one of the best places in the country for scuba divers, with more than 20 diving spots. Don’t want to scuba dive? For you, there is still plenty of fun, including snorkeling and kite.
In 1938, long before the Dominican Republic became a major tourist destination, the President has proposed a safety zone for 100,000 Jewish refugees. About 800 of them stayed in Sosua and received land where began producing dairy products and built a cheese dairy. Sosua is famous for these products to this day. It is also a popular destination for lovers of diving who like calm waters, coral reefs and variety of underwater creatures. The majority of local beaches were created solely by nature under the influence of wind and storms. Day, Sosua is a typical beach resort, but a night it’s a haven for lovers of wild parties.
Punta Cana is one of the most popular beach destinations in the Dominican Republic. It stands out from other beach resorts in the country with a variety of beaches from both the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean sea. At Punta Cana there are 100 km of coastline with a predominantly shallow, but the beach can sometimes be windy. This city is perfect for lovers of parties, where you can also swim with dolphins or sharks, to control the speed motor boat or go deep sea fishing. Yachting and catamaran sailing, whale watching and many other entertainment options will make your Dominican trip truly memorable.
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