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Dominican Republic Vacation and Travel Guide
The Dominican Republic is a country that occupies just over the eastern two thirds of the Spanish, in the archipelago of the Greater Antilles. The western third of the island is occupied by Haiti.
Thus, the Spanish is an island shared by two states. Both by area and population, the Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba).Its territory covers 48,442 square kilometers and an estimated total population of 10,280,000 inhabitants.
It is bordered on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea or the Caribbean Sea, east the Mona Passage, which separates it from Puerto Rico and west by the Republic of Haiti.
The Dominican Republic is the most visited Caribbean Destination. Year-round golf courses in the country are among the main attractions of the island.
The country has the highest mountain in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte and Lake Enriquillo, the lowest in terms of sea level point concerns and the Caribbean's largest lake. Quisqueya, as it is also called the country has an average temperature of 26 ° C and a high biodiversity.
Tourism in the Dominican Republic
The Republic Dominicana has numerous tourist attractions that are visited by millions of tourists annually from the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, among others.
The Dominican Republic has become a major tourist attraction in recent decades; for its beauty, tropical paradise environment, its location, the charisma of its people, among other things. Among its main tourist areas are Punta Cana, Bavaro, Uvero Alto, Puerto Plata, Bayahibe, Sosua, Cabarete, Rio San Juan, Samaná, Las Terrenas, Santo Domingo, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica, Jarabacoa, Constanza, La Romana, Bay Eagles (Pedernales), Barahona, among others.
Santo Domingo, officially Santo Domingo de Guzman, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic. In Santo Domingo is the first cathedral and the first castle of America; both located in the Colonial City, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco area.
Santo Domingo is the cultural, financial, political, commercial and industrial center of the Dominican Republic. Shopping malls in the city are mainly in the Avenue Winston Churchill, where places like Acropolis Center, Blue Mall, and large supermarkets are. It is also home to most of the commercial banks, such as Banco Popular Dominicano, Scotiabank, Citibank, Banco BHD, Banco del Progreso, Banreservas, among others.
February 27th Avenue is very successful commercially, and is considered the most important avenue of the city. The oldest shopping centers in the country are the Central Plaza and Plaza Naco, the latter served as the first shopping center in the city. Sambil is one of the newer shopping centers built in the city, which attracts many middle-income families. The city has an established securities market in the late 90s.
Punta Cana is a cape located east of the Dominican Republic in the province of La Altagracia, and where many hotel terraces Sun, whose total area is about 420,000 sqm (equivalent to 42 hectares or 0.42 km² are located ). Name the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), located about 30 km inland, on the road that leads from Higuey to La Romana, receives 64% of all flights arriving in the country, which receives more passengers the Las Americas International Airport, located in Santo Domingo about 3 hours by road from Punta Cana.
Punta Cana area begins north with the Arena Gorda beach, then following the famous Bavaro Beach, Playa Ubero Alto, Macao Beach and Playa El Cortecito. When around the tip starts you are the beaches of Cabeza de Toro, Cabo Engaño, Punta Cana and Juanillo.
The coastline of Punta Cana area extends 50 km of coastline. The longest beach of Bavaro is considered by the government of Dominican Republic as a national treasure for its rich flora and fauna and the natural beauty that can be seen there.
The beaches of Punta Cana are fine white sand and the sea of soft blue-green, without reaching the turquoise Caribbean beaches further south. The sea usually has waves and the beach very quickly sinks into the sea. The water is always clear and abundant algae in some areas, and the weather is constant, with average temperatures of 26 ° C, with the temperature range of about twelve degrees, from 20 ° C in winter to 32 ° C high between April and November.
The Punta Cana Bavaro has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country: Arena Gorda, Bavaro, Uvero Alto, El Cortecito, Los Corales, Jellyfish, Cabeza de Toro, Cabo Engaño, Punta Cana, Macao, Juanillo.
Samaná is one of the 32 provinces of the Dominican Republic and is located in the northeast, fully occupying the Samana Peninsula. Its capital is the city of Santa Barbara de Samana, usually called just Samana. The climate is humid tropical forest, with an average annual temperature of 25.9 degrees Celsius. The annual precipitation in the Sierra de Samana is over 2,000 mm.
Although Samaná is one of the leading tourist destinations in the country, still unable to realize the full potential it has with its numerous beaches. During the winter and early spring, the activity of watching humpback whales is becoming increasingly important activity generating revenue for the province one of its beaches and one of the most visited is Playa Rincon.
Dominican Republic Cuisine
Dominican cuisine is predominantly a mixture of Spanish, Taino and African. The cuisine is quite similar to what can be found in other countries in Latin America, but many of the names of the dishes are different. A typical breakfast consists of Mangu (mashed boiled green bananas) and eggs dish that the Dominican Republic shares with Cuba and Puerto Rico. In other versions it accompanied fried meat (usually with Dominican salami) and / or cheese. As in Spain, lunch is the main meal, and most important of the day. Lunch usually consists of rice, meat (either chicken, beef, pork or fish), beans (beans), and a portion of salad, commonly called "flag". The sancocho is a stew often with seven varieties of meat.
Meals tend to contain more starches and meats over dairy products and vegetables. Many dishes are made with sofrito, which is a mixture of herbs and spices. Throughout the south-central coast, bulgur or whole wheat, is a main ingredient in quipes or tipili (bulgur salad). Other favorite foods are pork, cassava, cassava bread, pastries (pies), sweet potato, yam cake sheet, chimichurris, croutons. In the area of the desserts are rice pudding, the Dominican cake, sweet beans, chacá, flan, cold cold, fresh milk and sugar cane (cane). Beverages include die dreaming, rum, beer, mamajuana, beaten (beaten), natural juices and mabí.
Map of Dominican Republic