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    Dominican Republic - Reasons to go

    Landscapes

    The Dominican Republic preserves its natural heritage in guarded natural parks. If you want to discover these parks, you will have to show your credentials. Guided tours are offered at many hotels' reception desks.

    Coasts

    The Dominican Republic has 960 miles of coastline and 370 miles of beaches, of delightfully fine, shiny and soft sand: it is paradise for sun bathing and relaxing. The island's main asset, however, is the diversity of its coasts, shaken by the Atlantic Ocean in the North and soothingly rocked by the Caribbean Sea in the south. Punta Cana is the country's most famous beach. A real postcard location where three colours dominate: white sand, blue sky and turquoise water.

    The fauna and flora

    The Dominican Republic is not just a succession of dream beaches. It also boasts exceptional natural heritage. Hence, 20% of the territory is protected land. The National Parks shelter numerous bird and reptile species, such as the Enriquillo National Park, the world's largest crocodile reserve. The flora is characterized by a similar abundance and variety.

    Arts and culture

    Although the country's sunshine is plentiful, but the same cannot be said about its culture. Although the Dominicans are not an artistic lot, you will find numerous stalls selling Haitians' brightly coloured paintings of a naive style - the only thing is that the paintings tend to all look the same despite being sold at different stands.

    The Dominican Republic cannot be considered a cultural destination, although Bachata and Merengue music is very important throughout the country.

    Islands and beaches

    Hundreds of miles of fine sand, sometimes white, sometimes golden, on which the sea ripples away, unfold along the country's coasts, lined with islands and islets of incredible charm. Coconut and palm trees, green hills, or drier tropical vegetation complete the coastal scenery. This wealth of natural beauty, which the Dominicans take pride in, has lead to the creation of too many sea resorts. Despite the crowds of tourists, Santo Domingo's islands and beaches are an absolute must see. As long as you avoid peak times!

    Monuments and walks

    Travellers passionate about or simply interested in monuments should definitely go to Santo Domingo. Its historic centre, the fabulous colonial zone, which is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, boasts over 300 monuments, often over five hundred years old.

    Activities and leisure

    As the Dominican Republic is an ideal leisure destination, many open-air activities are available in a heavenly tropical setting: world-renowned golf courses, kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing spots in Cabarete on the north coast, parasailing in Punta Cana, big game fishing far out at sea, horse riding on the beach or hikes in the national parks along impressive waterfalls - the choice is wide. Make your choice: there are activities for all tastes and ages!

    Our expert

    Neil Kreeger Section editor

    The Playa Rincon is the best beach spot on the island. Make sure you have fresh fish at the nearby water shack. Writer's Easyvoyage profile

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