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Top Choice Seafood in Las Galeras

El Monte Azul

Clinging spectacularly to the edge of the DR, this rustic, postcard-perfect restaurant with amazing views offers some of the island's most dramatic dining. Go at sunset, when a kaleidoscopic flurry of hues melts int…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Playa Limón

Montaña Redonda

This dramatic mountaintop viewpoint isn't new, but the selfie generation has discovered its value – Dominicanos flock here on weekends to take photos swinging in sky-high swing sets, hammocks and teeter-totters; or …
Top Choice Spanish in Santo Domingo

Pat’e Palo

The most happening and deservedly longest surviving of Plaza España’s restaurant row, Pat’e Palo is for anyone tired of the same old bland pasta and chicken. Large, both physically and in terms of its selection, the…
Top Choice Cinema in Santo Domingo

Colonial Gate 4D Cinema

Tucked away in the deep southeastern corner of the Zona Colonial, this hidden treasure is the country's first '4D' movie theater. The first three dimensions are what you'd expect, but fourth brings in the elements –…
Top Choice International in Cabarete

Castle Club

Set in the mountains a half-hour drive (a taxi is US$50 round-trip) from Cabarete is this rambling, eccentric home – a castle of sorts, under continuous construction (and unlikely ever to be fully finished). The own…
Top Choice Italian in Cabarete

Eze Bar & Restaurant

Eze Bar is not visible from the main drag, and unless you approach it from the beach, to get there you must walk through a windsurfing shop. The place is small but chic, with a fairly unoriginal Miami Beach vibe, so…
Top Choice Seafood in Bayahibe & Dominicus Americanus

Las Palmas

This made-to-order fresh-lobster madhouse offers a meal to remember for crustacean lovers. Call ahead and make a reservation so they know to send a fisherman out to catch the right amount of lobsters, which will the…
Top Choice Church in Santo Domingo

Catedral Primada de América

The first stone of this cathedral, the oldest standing in the Western hemisphere, was set in 1514 by Diego Columbus, son of the great explorer (the ashes of father and son supposedly once resided in the chapel's cry…
Top Choice Museum in Santiago

Centro León

This large, modern museum, built with the tobacco wealth of the León Jimenez family, is a world-class institution with an impressive collection of paintings that trace the evolution of Dominican art in the 20th cent…
Top Choice Basque in Bávaro & Punta Cana

Passion by Martín Berasategui

Chef Martín Berasategui hails from San Sebastián in Spanish Basque country – not a bad place to eat for those who might not know – and he packed a few recipes in his gastro-luggage on his way to overseeing what is c…