The country screams paradise with dreamy beaches, tall palm trees and phenomenal scenery, not to mention the beautiful Caribbean sunshine.

The Dominican Republic is split into several main resorts:

  1. Punta Cana  The tourist hotspot and home to many breathtaking golf courses. Punta Cana is renowned for its astonishing beaches and turquoise waters.
  2. Puerto Plata  The region inhibits the first new world village, founded in 1494 and has beautiful mountain ranges home to sugar cane fields and hidden lagoons.
  3. Samana  An untouched region of the Dominican Republic with rainforests and wildlife, perfect for those who aim for pure tranquillity.
  4. La Romana  An old fishing village featuring historic charm and idyllic white, sandy beaches.

PLACES YOU MUST SEE

Saona IslandSaona Island  Travel to Bayahibe a beautiful spot for coral reefs and ocean enthusiasts then ride in a speedboat to the middle of the Caribbean sea to paddle in the shallow, green, natural pools. These natural pools are home to many starfish of which you will come across. From here you will arrive on Saona Island, an environmentally reserved tropical island off the Dominican Republic. It is pure paradise and requires everything to the perfect photograph. Turquoise, shallow, warm waters with white sandy beaches, tall palm trees overlooking the Caribbean ocean.

Cayo Levantado  Situated in Samana, Cayo Levantado is popular for its scenery in TV commercials and impressive Scuba Diving locations. Dive down to the depths of the Caribbean ocean to historic shipwrecks home to many tropical fish including giant barracuda, turtles and stingray.

FOOD AND DRINKS TO TRY

CocoLoco  A refreshing Caribbean alcoholic drink to quench your thirst basking in the hot sun. The cocktail includes coconut cream, white rum and ice.

Mamajuana  The local taste of Dominican Culture and arguably a medicinal supplement, the strong alcoholic drink features rum, red wine, honey and Dominican herbs.

PaellaPaella  One of the most popular Spanish recipes in the Dominican Republic and also the most delicious.

The best time to visit is from December to April, as the humidity is at it’s lowest during this period. However, the country basks in sunshine all year with only sudden tropical rain storms occurring mainly in May increasing through to November. It is recommended travelling to the country is avoided from June to September as it is Hurricane season, although hurricanes are very rare.

– Gemma Darby, Correspondent (Travel)

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