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About the Dominican Republic

Avon Alexander | 2012-10-14 08:10:45

The Dominican Republic is an island nation, comprising the eastern 2/3 of the island of Hispaniola – which it shares with the country of Haiti.  It is the #1 tourist destination in the Caribbean, and for good reason.  The country has a little bit of everything, from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, to the highest mountain peak in the Caribbean. Here, you can learn to surf, or get a rush mountain climbing – it’s all at your fingertips.

The Dominican Republic was the first land discovered in the New World.  Yes, Christopher Columbus landed here first.  In the capital, Santo Domingo, can be found the historic Zona Colonial, or Colonial Zone.  The Colonial Zone features cobblestone streets and large stone walls which were built in the colonial days.  Visitors come to Zona Colonial from around the world to see the oldest churches in the New World – which are located here.  Numerous museums and attractions give the visitor a sense of just how important the Dominican Republic has been in the history of the New World.

The majority of the attractions are along the Conde, a historic street which has been turned into a pedestrian walkway.  The Conde serves as the central point in Zona Colonial, and all the other attractions are either located on the Conde or branch out from it.  Zona Colonial has tons of shops where visitors can purchase anything from new clothing to a tattoo.  The restaurants in the area range from the familiar – Segafredos and Hard Rock – to more local Dominican food stops.  The area is kept safe day and night by a friendly police force which has an office located on the Conde.

The Colonial Zone is must see, not only for its shops and museums, but also for the nearby Malecon, which is a great place to take in local Dominican culture.  The Malecon, which overlooks the Caribbean Sea, features local eateries and shops, a modern movie theater, and outdoor activities such as singing karaoke and having a drink at a local drink spot.  Anytime is a great time to go to the Malecon, but weekend nights tend to be packed with locals “gozando,” or having a good time. 

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