Occupying two thirds of La Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic is the second largest island in the Caribbean.
A truly exotic destination, its ecological diversity encompasses approximately 18,000 square miles which include 750 miles of coastline, rich foliage of forest and mangroves, rivers and beaches, natural springs and waterfalls and, of course, pleasant tropical weather. A fascinating destination with an abundance of natural beauty, it is a nature lover's dream complete with culture, history, luxury and flavour.
Take in the Sights
Visit the colonial building of Santo Domingo built by the original Spanish settlers. Do not miss the beautiful Alcázar de Colón – built in the 16th century it is the oldest Viceregal residence in the Americas. Amble through Columbus Park, the "urban living room", in the city's ancient quarter, where everyone goes to enjoy the tree-lined streets and architecture that dates back several centuries.
Located on one of Samaná's most beautiful beaches, is the premier fine-dining restaurant, Porto. Commanding an intimate open-air setting with panoramic views of the tranquil-blue Atlantic Ocean, it features the best of fresh, locally sourced ingredients prepared with unmatched culinary skill. With a diverse menu offering both traditional and innovative cuisine, it is a stop your taste buds will demand.
The stunning 176-suite oceanfront Sanctuary at Cap Cana Resort features architecturally stunning designs that reflect both Caribbean and European influences. With beautiful ocean-front suites and swim-out access, the marina has five restaurants and bars, five pools, a lavish spa and 18,000 square feet of event space. One of the Caribbean’s most attractive new destinations, it will easily fulfill your every desire.
Pete Dye's latest gem at Casa de Campo, Dye Fore is a staggering 27 holes, 7,740 yard long course with seven cliff-side holes dropping 300’ to the Chavón River below with strong gusting winds and breathtaking views in a one-of-a-kind location. Play golf surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican mountains, the Chavón River, the Casa de Campo Marina and the Altos de Chavón artists’
Cabarete Beach is globally recognised as the ‘kiteboarding capital’ due to a perfect combination of beaches, wind and waves. Kiteboard rental shops and experienced instructors are available in Cabarete all along the area known as Kite Beach. During the month of July windsurfers launch themselves into the water for the Windsurfing World Cup held on the Bay. Which ever ride you prefer, Caberete has the right conditions for a day of adventure on the open ocean.
Take a break at The Bagua Spa nestled in the Casa Colonial Beach & Spa. Situated on the lively north coast, the spa provides a cross-cultural experience that blends the best of indigenous and European treatments. Combining Old World elegance with distinct contemporary styling – sheer curtains, eclectic furnishings and one-of-a-kind art – The Bagua Spa infuses body and soul with complete relaxation.
Samaná Bay is one of Mother Nature's most exciting natural excursions. Each January through March more than 10,000 Humpback whales of the North Atlantic population return to the waters surrounding the Dominican Republic to mate. Hop on a boat and witness these magnificent creatures up close for yourself. Definitely a wet and wild experience of a lifetime.
For more information on the Dominican Republic, visit www.godominicanrepublic.com.