When speaking of the D.R., topics range from visits and sightseeing to entertainment to the hotels, which range from luxurious resorts to modest hostels, and which are a fundamental part of the system that has given the nation its reputation as an ideal tourist country. The hotel infrastructure, composed of 59,000 rooms spread across eight tourism zones, offers the possibility of selecting various settings, on coasts and in cities, to experience an unforgettable vacation in the land that is the Cradle of the New World. In addition to beach destinations, the Dominican Republic is also a unique cultural environment. Its capital, Santo Domingo, among other attractions, hosts a Colonial City that was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1990. The antique metropolis has preserved much of the vast historical legacy that features many of the firsts in the Americas among its principal attractions.
The natural parks nestled in 937,820 km2 of protected area compose another facet of the ample cultural offerings of the Caribbean half-island. Species such as crocodiles and manatees can be viewed in their natural habitats. Others emigrate to the country’s waters every year: the whales offer an unforgettable display on the coasts of Samaná, on the northeast seaboard of the island. There are multiple endemic species in the Dominican fauna that fight for attention over an exuberant flora that includes some of the most unique species in the world.
The climate, the great ally of Caribbean tourism, has at the same time allowed for a growing affinity for sports such as golf in the country. Currently, there are 22 golf greens in the D.R., many rated among the best in the world, such as the Diente de Perro, of La Romana.
The tourist journey through the Dominican Republic has 10 sites from which to depart. Santo Domingo, the Capital, welcomes visitors as a cosmopolitan city with a plethora of possibilities for diversion during the day and into the night. Visits to monuments, trips to more modern areas, parks, malls and restaurants make up some of the alternatives, which at night are joined by the options of bars and dance clubs with environments for all preferences.
To the south, the east and the north, beach tourism offers a multitude of options, ranging from luxury resorts to small cabins, including world-renowned hotel chains. San Pedro de Macorís, La Romana, Bávaro and Punta Cana; Samaná, Río San Juan, Puerto Plata and Montecristi follow the coastal route that finally arrives in the far northwest. As it is located in the south, Santo Domingo marks the beginning of a journey to destinations like San Cristobal, Azua, Barahona and Pedernales, with trips into Bahoruco and Independencia to enjoy the natural spas and parks.
Lago Enriquillo, the largest lake in the Antilles; the amber mines of Puerto Plata; the caverns in various national parks that preserve indigenous cave art; Saona island, which has a tiny population and boasts amazing white sand beaches and the famous marine springs that start from La Romana, passing through Bayahibe, Bávaro and Punta Cana before ascending into Samaná, with the enclaves of Las Galeras and Las Terreras, are just some of the infinite possibilities for enjoyment that the Dominican Republic offers.
Tourist packages at excellent prices allow travel to the D.R., as do individual plans made through travel agencies throughout the world. With vehicle rental companies and international call centers in almost every corner of the country, the choice is simple.