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Romantic Guide to Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Romantic Getaways

For decades, The Land of Merengue has been laying down an impassioned beat for couples. This land of sugar-white beaches, swaying palms and intriguing colonial cities provides a romantic backdrop regardless of how big your budget. While it's a natural mistake to think of the Dominican Republic as an island, it actually shares the island of Hispaniola with its neighbor to the west, Haiti.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Romantic Getaways

Air access from the eastern United States is plentiful, and there are lots of competitive package deals to choose from. Puerto Plata on the north side of the island has been hosting lovebirds for decades; an added plus is its charming Victorian-era houses. Romana and Juan Dolio to the south provide a wide choice of resorts and proximity to the Colonial capital city of Santo Domingo, where you can walk in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus. Samana, in the north east, offers a European-inspired beach ambience, with lots of hotels and restaurants that wouldn't know a cookie-cutter if they saw one. Punta Cana to the east is the country's tourism powerhouse, with a stunning selection of beach resorts and a famous palapa-roof airport that on arrival announces you've truly made it to the laidback Caribbean.

On checking in, lovers will find a full array of activities to create a memorable romantic holiday or honeymoon. You can dive into water activities, from sailing and windsurfing to scuba diving and snorkeling. Active honeymooners can climb mountains or horseback ride, while those with a cultural bent can explore the cobble-stoned streets of Santo Domingo's 12-block Colonial Zone.

Shopping opportunities abound throughout the country. The Dominican Republic is world famous for the quality of its cigars and rum. During your romantic getaway, purchase a few CDs of merengue music, a top shelf bottle of rum and some cigars (they make chocolate or vanilla flavored cigars that are a big hit with novice smokers). Once home turn the lights down low and recreate your D.R. sojourn.

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