Places in Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, or ‘La Capital’ as it’s typically called, is a collage of cultures and neighborhoods. It’s where the sounds of life – domino pieces slapped on tables, backfiring mufflers and horns from chaotic traffic, merengue and bachata blasting from corner stores – are most intense.
East of Puerto Plata
Cabarete long ago stole the crown of tourism capital of the north coast – here you can fill your days with surfing and mountain biking but still dig into great seafood at a beachside restaurant. Sosúa, Cabarete’s seedier neighbor, has a pretty beach, and a good selection of restaurants and hotels.
Bávaro & Punta Cana
It wouldn’t be out of line to equate the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic as a sort of sea and sun Disneyland – after all, it is here where the megalomaniacal all-inclusive resorts snatch up broad swaths of cinematic beaches faster than the real estate agents can get the sun-soaked sands on the market.
Tours and activities
Tips and articles
What you need to know about the chikungunya virus in the Caribbean
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Top 10 Dominican Republic experiences
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Península de Samaná: 7 reasons to visit
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Dominican Republic & Haiti: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Dominican Republic & Haiti guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip...