Discover: Dominican Republic

The northern coast of the Dominican Republic is home to Puerto Plata where you'll find a friendly cultural experience with quaint Victorian houses in the Old City, plus an array of accommodations, restaurants, and bars to choose from – all within an arm’s reach of those gorgeous white sand beaches.

The Malecon of Puerto Plata is a popular shoreline walking destination which leads to the San Felipe Fortress which is over 500 years old. You can ride the cable car up 2,800 feet to the top of Mt. Isabel de Torres, for spectacular island views and lush botanical gardens.

Mix with the locals at Sousa Beach or Long Beach, check out the local lobster sellers on Playa Grande Beach, or the adventure of kites surfing on Cabarete Beach. Or
swim with the dolphins or encounter rays, sharks, sea lions at Ocean World Adventure Park. Nightlife hotspots include La Esquina Bar for jazz, Cristal Night Club for dancing, and the local action along the Malecon.

In contrast, Punta Cana is like the Cancun of the Dominican Republic. If you prefer the glitz, glamor, and all things pretty, this is the resort area for you.

Offering over 35,000 hotel guest rooms along its beautiful white sand beaches, there's sure to be a resort that will suit your needs perfectly whether your traveling as a couple looking for romance and pampering, or as a family looking to have fun.

For golfers, Punta Cana offers 12 courses to choose from. For nature lovers, it's home to the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Manati Park. For history lovers, Punta Cana offers up the House Museum of Ponce de Leon. And of course, with this many resorts, there are huge opportunities for shopping, dining out, and general relaxation.

La Romana is like the exclusive Cancun of the Dominican Republic. This is the upscale neighborhood where the elite and famous have been coming to visit for years. Watch a polo match, golf at one of four championship courses, or attend an evening concert at the 5,000-seat capacity outdoor amphitheater.

The historical city of Santo Domingo can easily be compared to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, in terms of charm, historical value, and their general love of life and culture. Founded in 1496 and as the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo is home to a twelve square block Colonial Zone where Ponce de Leon and Columbus once walked the streets.

Visitors to Santo Domingo will find the usual array of 4 and 5 star all-inclusive beach front resorts but with the added bonus of having the rich history and architecture of Santo Domingo right at your back door. You can attend a baseball game at Liga de Beisbol stadium or buy a rocking chair just like the one J.F.K. was presented with during his presidency.

Daily direct flights to the Dominican Republic are available from many major U.S. cities with companies like Delta Airlines, JetBlue, and Apple Vacations.

For more information on Puerto Plata, visit Dominican Republic Tourism.

Photos Courtesy of the Dominican Republic Department of Tourism.

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