The Dominican Republic

Touch down on the Dominican Republic and you’re met with fine white sandy beaches, bordered by lush palm trees and stretches of inlets and lagoons. The atmosphere is here fun and jovial. Whether you’re looking for romance or for an action-packed water sports holiday, this island has it all.

Tipped as the most beautiful of the Caribbean islands, there’s no better location to enjoy nature’s many delights. The little villages here are postcard pretty and the many restaurants and bars near the main areas serve up scrumptious Caribbean food – some of the best. The capital, Santo Domingo, is the perfect place to soak up the island’s history and romantic architecture.

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If you’re after beaches, the Dominican Republic won’t disappoint. One extra special place is the Punta Cana.

This is over 50 kilometres of glorious and pristine white sands. Perfect for golfing holidays, this is a dreamy and utterly relaxing location.

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10 facts about the Dominican Republic

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The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo, which has a population of about 2.5 million people.

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The people of the Dominican Republic officially speak Spanish but lots of places, like hotels and tourist spots, will speak English. However, it is a good idea to learn a few key phrases in Spanish.

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The weather in the Dominican Republic is tropical. This means that it sunny all year round and has a rainy season.

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The island was colonised by the Spanish in 1493 and soon it was the first island to build its own cathedral, hospital and university in the surrounding area.

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The Dominican Republic became independent in 1844 and to this day it benefits the most from tourism and agriculture.

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It is the second largest country in the West Indies. The first being Cuba.

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The island benefits from incredible scenery and boasts extreme terrain. On one side of the island you can find mountains, and on the other you’ll find desert.

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Christopher Columbus first came to the island in 1492. Because of the diverse terrain and climate he named it La Espanola, after Spain, his home country. It reminded him of home.

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The Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the Caribbean.

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Famous foods from the island include empanadas, yams, cassavas, pasteles en hoja and chimichurris.

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