The Dominican Republic became a nation in 1844 when the Haitian rulers of the island of Hispaniola were toppled by revolutionaries.
The country, which offers arguably the best-value beach holidays in the Caribbean, has Spanish as its official language.
Known for its beaches, resorts and golfing, tourism is a major source of revenue in the Dominican Republic.
Here’s how to get in on the fun.
The UNESCO world heritage site is home to hundreds of species of plants and animals, including 112 species of birds.
The reserve also encompasses one of the Caribbean’s largest marine parks with an immense coral reef system.
Visitors to the park can partake in diving, snorkeling, enjoy pre-Columbian art or simply relax on some of the park’s remote beaches.
Punta Cana is paradise away from home. The town is known for its beautiful beaches, tons of resorts, and world-class golf courses.
Tourists can visit the public beach to surf, go fishing in El Macao, head to the nearby Scape Park which offers a zipline tour, dune buggies, and also relax in the cool waters of Hoyo Azul Lagoon.
Jarabacoa is the best location for mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing in the Dominican Republic.
It lies in the breathtaking Cordillera Central (Central Mountains), a landscape of sweeping pine forests, rivers, waterfalls, and the highest peaks in the Caribbean.
La Romana is the seventh largest city in the Dominican Republic, located on the southeast coast.
The city is home to Altos de Chavón, a replica of a 16th-century artisans’ village and one of the island’s best spots to shop for crafts.
Tourists can unwind at the popular Casa de Campo resort which has several inbuilt hotels, a spectacular golf course, a riding school, polo ground, tennis courts and Isla Catalina, a cruise-ship port-of-call.
Sunscape Bavaro Beach is located in Bavaro, Punta Cana.
The resort has an outdoor pool and water sports facilities, and guests can enjoy various activities in the area, including golfing, snorkeling and diving.
Bavaro is a great choice for travellers interested in excursions, water sport, and outdoor activities.
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