The Dominican Republic offers fantastic variety from beautiful beaches to stunning mountain ranges and exotic wildlife. The Dominican Republic is situated on the eastern part of Hispaniola Island and has Haiti on the western portion.
The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santa Domingo. The capital city has many interesting places to visit and is an exciting city. However, as with many other cities, take care when visiting certain areas, particularly at night.
A destination worth visiting is Zona Colonial, the landing point of the Spanish conquest of the Americas and a post once occupied by Christopher Columbus’ son, Diego. Planning your visit to coincide with one of the many festivals or carnivals is a great idea; with so many colourful costumes, carnival floats and music it is a fantastic way to sample the culture and enjoy a good party.
The Amber Coast is on the northern coast of the island and has the world’s richest amber deposits in the surrounding hills. The Amber Coast is best known for its 120kms stretch of beaches. This area is well developed and has many hotels and resorts, though small towns with a laid–back feel can still be found.
Established in the 1950s, the Parque Nacionales and the Cordillera Central are home to some of the highest peaks in the Caribbean. The parks attract hikers from all over the world. The town of Constanza is 1,200m up in the Cordillera Central and is very cool and refreshing, making a great base to explore this region. The area also has fruit orchards and flower gardens.
Hotels and guest houses are numerous, offer a good variety of prices right across the board and cater for many tastes. Restaurants offer a good selection of cuisine and can be found in a variety of locations.
Due to the size of the country, there are several international airports to choose from. Las Americas International Airport and Punta Cana International Airport are the two main airports and receive non-stop flights from the US. The other airports are Punta Plata International Airport and Casa de Campo International Airport. The airport you chose depends on your destination in the Dominican Republic and the airline. There are many ports offering a variety of services.