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Destination Spotlight: Dominican Republic

Nestled on the island of Hispaniola, alongside Haiti, the Dominican Republic is the second largest nation in the Caribbean. With gorgeous beaches, lush rainforest, soaring mountain peaks and rugged desert landscapes, it’s also one of the most geographically diverse spots in the Caribbean. Combine that amazing scenery with welcoming people, rich history and an assortment of recreational activities and you get plenty of reasons to visit the areas of La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Samana.

beach Destination Spotlight: Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a beach goers dream, boasting over 1,000 miles of pristine coastline. If your vacation calls for a little relaxation, resorts offer everything from beach loungers to thatch-roof cabanas and seaside hammocks. But, if settling into the sand with a good beach-read doesn’t give you enough adrenaline, the island offers a wide range of watersports for vacationers to try. Depending on the resort that you choose to call home, try jet skiing, paddle surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling or take a ride on a catamaran.

beach Destination Spotlight: Dominican Republic

For scuba divers that wish to get up close and personal with the local sea life, all of the major tourist areas have opportunities for to get your fins wet. In Punta Cana, where the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean collide, a Spanish ship, wrecked in 1540s, waits to be explored. In Puerto Plata the Atlantic Ocean is home to humpback whales, mantas and kingfish. And just off the coast of Samana, coral caverns and sea caves provide unique diving experiences. However, La Romana offers the best diving in the country, thanks to water clarity and a wealth of dive sites.

beach Destination Spotlight: Dominican Republic

Away from the shore, the Dominican Republic is home to rich cultural experiences and historic sites. In La Romana, learn about the famed Spanish explorer at the Ponce de Leon Museum. Or, visit Altos de Chavon. The replica of a 16th century village features a 5,000-seat amphitheater and art, jewelry and cigar shops. While staying in Samana, visit La Churcha. In the 19th century, freed African-American slaves built the wooden church. The area of Puerto Plato has the most historical sites in the country. The Ruinas de la Isabela is the ruins of the first European settlement built by Christopher Columbus and are the site of the first Catholic mass. Or, for a bit of lighter fun, take a tour and taste the rum at the Brugal Rum Factory where the spirit is aged in white oak barrels.

beach Destination Spotlight: Dominican Republic

Days spent exploring both the ocean and land are sure to work up an appetite. The flavors of Dominican Republic are a unique blend of Spanish, Taino, African and Middle Eastern influences. Start the day with a traditional breakfast of mangu, made from boiled mashed plantains, alongside fried salami, eggs and avocado. For dinner, feast on seafood, corn and legume dishes followed up by coconut macaroons. But, if Dominican food doesn’t hit the spot, all inclusive resorts offer a variety of restaurants ranging from Italian to French cuisine.

beach Destination Spotlight: Dominican Republic

Satisfying your craving for a tropical getaway is easy and convenient. The Dominican Republic is just a short two-hour flight from Miami and a four-hour hop from New York. Best of all, you can experience everything the Dominican Republic has to offer at an incredible price since the area has some of the best all inclusive values. So don’t wait to book your next getaway, browse our guaranteed lowest prices and get started today!