The Dominican Republic is a region of many contrasts – the geographical type, such as the lowest end and the highest mountain peak in the Caribbean. Metaphorically, the contrast is visible between the metropolitan way of life in the capital - Santo Domingo - and the rustic life of the villages, a short distance away. The capital or 'La Capital' is what London is to the English – a pulsating heart that beats for the entire country. It's also a collage of New World's cultures and an ode to the Spanish past.
A get-away destination, far beyond the get-away destinations, the Dominican Republic has something for everyone, from the adrenaline junkie to the lazy sorts. Of course, the southern coastline where the capital is situated is the ideal place to start your exploration as it offers a wide range of entertainment options, shopping, and great food. There are three museums here: Museo Alcázar de Colón – home of Diego (Columbus' son) and his wife and most visited; Museo de las Casas Reales – a throwback to the colonial period with its period furnishing, hand-blown bottles of wine and lot's on Tainos (the native inhabitants); and Museo Mundo de Ambar – having an impressive collection of amber. And then there is the historical “Zona Colonial” that is home to remnants of Americas' first city.
The unique geography of the DR has to be explored to be enjoyed. If beaches are what you long for, then there is nothing better than the very popular and beautiful Amber/Silver Coast in the north, known for its beautiful beaches and places like Luperon, Sosua, Puerto Plata, and Cabarete.
For those who enjoy green pastures, quite literally, heading to luxurious resorts, that are completely ingrained in the modern culture of the country, are a must visit, even stayed at if possible. Whatever you do, don't miss resorts such as the completely high profile Punta Cana and La Romana / Casa de Campo located in Southeast & Punta Cana.
The DR has plenty more to serve. Wonderful tropical climate that stays at 77o F or so all year through can a very tempting reason for sure! So soak up some sun, get tanned naturally and then head over to Santiago and Cibao, north of the capital, for some thrills and sublime beauty!
Tired already? Wait, there is more that the Dominican Republic offers so bring out some refreshments and get, set, go...!