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Romantic Guide to Dominican Republic

Love & Romance in Dominican Republic:
Five Romantic Things To Do

Explore Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone

Take a break from the beach and explore the oldest colonial city in the Americas, Santo Domingo. This 12-block Colonial Zone of cobble-stone streets can easily be explored on foot, where lovers can tour such 15th century sites as the Catedral Santa Maria La Menor, the New World's oldest cathedral. Shop 'til you drop, dine in alfresco restaurants and cuddle up in the Hotel Nicolas de Ovando, converted from a building dating back to 1502.

Slip Away to Saona Island

You and your honey can star in your own secluded island adventure by taking a two-hour catamaran ride to Saona Island, where it's no shoes, no shirt, full service. During your boat ride you can sip unlimited tropical rum drinks as the former fishing island slips into view. Relax on the sand, swim and snorkel, shop for crafts and enjoy a barbecue lunch on the beach. The piece de resistance is a boat ride to offshore sandbars, which form a natural swimming pool, with serene water only a few feet deep, replete with captivating starfish.

Stroll through Altos de Chavon

You'll think you slipped back to medieval times when you tour Altos de Chavon, a recreation of a 16th century village on the grounds of one of the Dominican Republic's most famous resorts, Casa de Campo. The setting is magnificent, with beautiful views of the surrounding landscape and Chavon River. There's plenty to do, since Altos de Chavon's cobblestone streets are lined with restaurants and shops. Time your visit right and you can see a performance in the 5,000 seat amphitheater.

Shop for Amber Jewelry

The Dominican Republic is famous for the quality of its amber jewelry ' there's even an Amber Museum in Puerto Plata, where outstanding pieces are on display. Semi-precious amber is composed of the fossilized remains of trees dating back thousands and thousands of years. Usually a rich yellow-gold in color, amber is fashioned into beautiful jewelry that will be a timeless reminder of your romantic days and nights in the Dominican Republic.

Native Amber and Pearls

Learn to Dance Merengue and Bachata

Music forms a constant backbeat in the Dominican Republic. Many resorts offer informal poolside classes in tropical dance, making it fun and easy to pick up the steps. The two dance forms the D.R. is proud to call its own are merengue and bachata. Consider merengue a first date kind of dance, while bachata is more like a sexy weekend in bed. Try your steps out in one of the country's vibrant nightclubs, and pick up a few dance tips from the friendly locals.

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