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Romantic Guide to Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Activities and Attractions

The Dominican Republic is a country not an island. As the second biggest country in the Caribbean, it has a diverse geography of mountains, rivers, and coastline offering an amazing array of activities. Add in the captivating capital of Santo Domingo and you have a romantic destination that would take numerous visits to explore fully.

Water sports include sailing, scuba and snorkeling. The seaside town of Cabarete is famous for its windsurfing and enthusiasts come from around the world to compete in annual tournaments.

Kitesurfing

Active honeymooners can tee off on championship golf courses, including Casa de Campo's classic 'Teeth of the Dog' course, which was designed by Pete Dye.

Lovers in search of a physical challenge can make an early climb up Pico Duarte, the highest mountain in the Caribbean, and make a wish on a brilliant sunset.

Nature lovers will want to join a whale watching excursion, where they can get up close and observe humpback whales. These gentle giants migrate to the waters off the D.R. during the months of January through March. Some of the best whale watching is in the waters off Samana Peninsula.

Birdwatchers flock to Parque Nacional Los Haitises in Samana, home to 112 species of birds. In Samana you'll also find the descendants of freed slaves from Philadelphia, who came to the D.R. in 1824 to forge a new life for themselves.

No matter where you are on the D.R., you'll be tempted to drop some cash buying island treasures, which can range from amber jewelry to colorful paintings by Haitian artists. Dominican rum and cigars are also a great buy. There are also plenty of upscale shops offering stylish threads guaranteed to make you and your honey shine either on the beach or at a chic nightclub. Some of the best shopping is in Punta Cana, while a shopping trip to Santo Domingo can be combined with a fascinating tour of the city's Colonial Zone, with buildings dating back to the 15th century.

The Dominican Republic is also a great place to make new friends. If local culture is your thing, drop into one of the country's car washes, which at night often serve double-duty as unpretentious nightclubs. In Santo Domingo corner shops called colmados are neighborhood markets selling groceries and staples that also have a counter where you can order light meals and a Presidente ' the D.R.'s national beer. The D.R. is such a romantic island that when locals ask for a beer, they request one, ''with a wedding dress.' This is what they call the frost on a cold bottle of brew.


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