The Dominican Republic is situated on the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Santo Domingo, the capital, is the oldest European city in the New World! The Dominican Republic is large by Caribbean standards an offers the traveller a wealth of different experiences. The terrain varies from mountains to lowlands and deserts to tropical swamps. Hard core adventurers will find as much to offer as those who just want to lie in the sun with a cocktail.
Given its age it's not surprising that Santo Domingo has a lot to offer in terms of colonial architecture and history and it has an amazing Zona Colonial to wander around and immerse yourself in times gone by.
Unlike a lot of the other Caribbean islands it's baseball instead of cricket that is the national passtime and the MBL in the USA has drafted many talented Dominicans over the years and a large number have reached the very pinnacle of the sport. You will see baseball being played all over the country.
Santo Domingo is the capital and the oldest city in the New World. This city has a fascinating colonial centre known as the Zona Colonial, which is well worth exploring in depth. Santo Domingo is also home to the Palace of Fine Art, Museum of Modern Art, National Botanical Gardens and the picturesque Malecon (seaside promenade).
Eastern National park
Eastern National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Park and is home to hundreds of species including 112 species of birds. The park contains a huge coral reef system and one of the largest marine parks in the Caribbean. There is even some pre-Colombian art in the cave systems.
Packed with beautiful beaches and accompanying resorts, Punta Cana is the most famous area for tourists in The Dominican Republic. The town is large and has numerous flights in and out. There are some beautiful golf courses here and also dune buggies and zipline tours.
The Infinity Experience
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