The Dominican Republic is the second biggest nation in the Caribbean and shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. The capital Santo Domingo is a blend of classic Spanish style buildings alongside modern high-rise skyscrapers. History enthusiasts will enjoy the impressive display of monuments to document the arrival of Christopher Columbus’s more than 500 years ago while holidaymakers will be attracted to the large tourism gateway areas of Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and La Romana.
The sheer size of this Caribbean country allows for a diverse selection of attractions including an outstanding spectrum of beaches, mangrove lagoons, mountain peaks and waterfalls. The climate varies between evergreen forests in the highlands, fertile valleys and desert zones with dune formations. Away from the city visitors can relax on one of the many pristine golfing greens, enjoy whale watching from Samana, or sunbathe on the beautiful white sands of Bahia de la Aquilas – consistently voted the Dominican Republic’s best beach. Dominican Republic is also a diver’s paradise with a number of wrecks to explore as well as a coral reefs and extensive cave systems.