The Caribbean's most complete island in every way. Despite the power shortages, still my favorite.
Dominican Republic is best known for its world-famous beach resort area of Punta Cana but the island offers far more for options than most visitors know. Travel in the Dominican Republic is still reasonable, sometimes almost cheap outside of the all-inclusive resorts.
As the first permanent city in all the Western Hemisphere settled by Europeans, the City of Santo Domingo de Guzman is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Colon), claiming to contain the remains of Columbus, is nearby
The old Colonial City is home of the first cathedral, first hospital, first monastery, first university and first court of law, all of which survive in some restored form.
Shopping in the old city is also first rate.
Americans have yet to really discover the DR, the rest of the world
certainly has. The DR receives many, many more tourists than
any other Caribbean country.
The most remote region is the southwest, the Barahona region served by the airport at Barahona city.
Less remote but still off the beaten path is the Samana Peninsula, famous for its whale watching and beaches. Samana, however, should soon be coming into it its own now that it has a fine international airport. But for it to boom, it will need more frequent air traffic.
The DR also boasts what is considered the Caribbean's most complete resort, Casa de Campo; it even offers skeet shooting! And the Dominican Republic has more all-inclusive resorts than even Jamaica.
I have a confession to make when it comes to the DR. It may be my favorite island. Most of all because of the friendly people (who actually like to be photographed), its history, the varied scenery, the postcard beaches, the varied activities and tasty cuisine.
If you're active, you can hike, white water raft, mountain bike and whale watch like nowhere else.
The local El Presidente beer makes everything else in the region (and especially the U.S.) taste like pale ale.
But it's a poor country and you may be hustled in unexpected ways. In the DR, the policeman is not always your friend.
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