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Dominican Republic sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

The Dominican Republic never ceases to amaze its guests with wonderful nature and excellent entertainment. This beautiful country is seemed to have everything – beautiful parks, awesome museums, historic quarters and pristine beaches.
The capital of the country, Santo Domingo, is also the biggest cultural centre of the country. One notable landmark is located on the central square of the city. This is Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, an original arc building that was constructed over 3 centuries ago. The architectural style of the sanctuary is quite original and is nothing like other churches of the 17th – 18th centuries. El Limon Waterfalls is a popular and very unusual sight. Locals believe that the crystal clean water of the waterfalls has spiritual power and will grant wealth and luck to those who swim in it. Boat rides on Gri Gri Lagoon are also very popular with travellers. During such an excursion, it is possible to see mango groves, palms and lianas, mountains and large valleys.
There are many old buildings that belong to the colonial period in Santo Domingo. The most famous landmarks of that era are the Alcazar de Colon and Columbus Park. Amber Cove, which is located in the northern part of the city, is a wonderful piece of nature. The coastline got this unusual name because of rare black amber that can be found there. Local beaches have quickly become famous among fans of scuba diving. If you are not much into observing underwater life and wonderful reefs, simply take a walk to enjoy beautiful lagoons and lush tropical greenery. Copyright
When it comes to describing beach resorts, it’s simply impossible not to mention Puerto Plata Beach. There are many modern buildings, squares and parkways along the coast. This is one of modern districts of the city, so there are many shopping centres, movie theatres and restaurants there. Samana Bay is one of most famous national parks in the Dominican Republic. This is also the place where it’s possible to see rare birds, walk in wonderful caves and see ancient wall drawings.
Aguas Blancas Waterfall and Juan Dolio Beach are usually mentioned in the list of most important nature sights of the country, and Bahoruco coast is famous for its rich deposits of turquoise. It’s possible to find the blue stones during a simple walk on the beach. Locals use turquoise to make interesting souvenirs and amulets. Finally, the villages of Playa Macao and Punta Kana attract visitors with their large coconut palm groves. The groves are hardly penetrable, but sometimes they are crossed by bays and lagoons.

History and Entertainment

In the Middle Ages, the territory of the Dominican Republic was populated only by Indian tribes of aborigines. The colonial period began in 1452. The discoverer of the new lands was Christopher Columbus. He discovered Haiti and called the new lands Espanola. At the beginning of the 16th century, Spanish colonizers formed the first settlements on the island that then started attracting colonizers from France and Great Britain. Three large countries had been fighting for the right to possess the island for almost 200 years. In 1795, the whole territory of Haiti belonged to France.
However, military conflicts didn’t stop. In 1808, Spain managed to win a part of the island back. Spanish colonizers gained full control of the new lands only in 1861. The colonial period ended four years later. In 1865, the Dominican people expelled all colonizers during the serious uprising, so the new country became an independent republic. In the first half and the middle of the 20th century, the Dominican Republic saw a period of the political and economic uncertainty.
The country has recently taken active measures for developing the tourism sector. For many people, the Dominical Republic is a place for exotic recreation. They come here to relax on picturesque beaches of the Caribbean Sea, admire lush coconut palms and dive.
The Dominican Republic is a large center of agrotourism. Every month, the valley of Constanza holds the agricultural fair called Fresh Market that attracts specialists and curious travelers from all over the world. The best seasonal foods grown by local farmers are presented at the fair. The fair guests can taste the most popular national treats and dishes cooked by historic recipes. The fair hasn’t ever been limited only to food entertainments. There are also a lot of performances of folk and music bands.
During their vacation, sweet teeth have an opportunity to take part in the themed “chocolate tour”. For many years, the Eastern Dominican Republic has been a place for growing cocoa beans. There are historical plants producing cocoa powder. Almost all of them are open for visitors. Tourists can walk along vast plantations and watch the process of producing cocoa.

Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Dominican Republic

Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Dominican Republic
♥   National Park 'El Morro' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Sierra de Bahoruco' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Sierra de Neyba' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Valle Nuevo' . On the map   Photos
Country maps Maps of Dominican Republic

Sightseeing in popular cities of Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo
The architectural buildings of the old town are magnificent monuments, majestic colonial buildings, fragments of old buildings and restored historical sites. Small winding streets of Santo Domingo are the location of approximately 300 sites. Columbus's house is considered the first home of Santo Domingo, and the first fortress built in the New World is the fortress of Osama built to protect this place from pirates. A myriad of architectural and cultural monuments are located in the town … Read more
For those fond of modern zip-lines it is worth visiting Bavaro Adventure Park, it is a popular holiday destination among family travellers. This large rope town was equipped in a beautiful park area, where travellers are offered dozens of interesting attractions. They can go on the bungee, walk along the rope bridges among the treetops, and there are some rides that are suitable even for young kids. This amusement park even has an excellent Dinopark, where you can take pictures with … Read more
La Romana
On the territory of the island, there are several interesting archaeological areas. In the local Archaeological Museum, you can see the exhibits discovered during their research. The museum is located in a traditional one-storey building, where visitors can see an interesting collection of ancient ritual objects. In total, the museum has more than 3,000 exhibits, some of them over 5,000 years old. To visit this amazing museum is completely free. One of the most beautiful architectural … Read more
Puerto Plata
Those who love nature sites and recreation away from busy tourist places prefer tours to Paradise Island. You can reach it in just 20 minutes by boat from the coast of Puerto Plata. Visitors are offered a tour of its most picturesque places. There are a wonderful white sandy beach and beautiful coral reefs off the coast, so it is extremely popular with amateurs of diving. No less interesting is El Salto-Jimenoa waterfall. It can be easily reached by the guests of the resort. The waterfall is … Read more
The city of Knights, Santiago, was founded by Bartolomeo Columbus in 1494. He appeared in these lands together with 30 Knights of the Holy Santiago Order. The city is also famous for producing high quality tobacco, good coffee, national rum and the birth of the famous dance of the Dominican Republic called "merengue". Besides the fact that Santiago is a well-developed industrial region, you will find here a large number of parks, gardens, beautiful green areas with lush vegetation, as well as … Read more

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