Dominican Republic Travel
With far more activities than most islands
The 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 Christopher Columbus, is located in the city's eastern suburbs.
The old Colonial City is home to the first cathedral, first hospital, first monastery, first university, first court of law, first paved street and first commercial street in the New World. They all survive in some restored form and several are still functioning.
Shopping in Old Santo Domingo is first rate.
Americans have yet to really discover the DR, the rest of the world
certainly has. The DR receives more tourists than
any other Caribbean country.
If you're a baseball fan, catch a game or visit the Los Angeles Dodgers training camp.
See Map of the Dominican Republic for the general airport locations.
The ost 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, may come into its own with its fine international airport. And if there is regular 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 in the Caribbean.
The local El Presidente beer makes everything else in the region (and especially the U.S.) taste like pale ale.
But much of the Dominican Republic is a poor country and you may be hustled in unexpected ways. In the DR, the policeman is not always your friend.
Background Facts & Map
Health Advisories for the DR
Married in the Dominican Republic
Republic Daily News
Altos de Chavon
Beaches, Beaches, Beaches! Beisbol, Dominican Style
of the Dominican Republic Columbus
Lighthouse Echoes of the Past
Golfing at Casa de Campo Lago
North Coast Pico
Duarte Climb Punta Cana Guide Samana
Domingo Colonial City Tour Santo Domingo Shopping
Beisbol, Dominican Style
of the Dominican Republic
Echoes of the Past
Golfing at Casa de Campo
Punta Cana Guide
Domingo Colonial City Tour
Santo Domingo Shopping