Our Extreme Guide to Dominican Republic Travel. The Dominican Republic is a unique gem in the Caribbean. The Dominican Republic is best know for its incredible Caribbean beaches – but you’ll also find gorgeous rainforest, flatlands and the Caribbean’s tallest peak – Pico Duarte. The island is an outdoor adventure paradise, with world class waves, wind, trekking, diving and more.
A short history
The Dominican Republic has a rich cultural history. The indigenous Taino people had inhabiting the region since the Seventh Century. When Christopher Columbus landed here in 1492, Santo Domingo became the first European settlement in the Americas. Modern Day Dominican’s are likened to be of about 30% European descent and 70% indigenous or African.
In 1821, the Dominican Republic declared independence from Spanish Rule, although real independence only came 22 years later after the war against Haitian rule. The United States occupied the island for about 8 years in the early 1900’s. A Subsequent calm and prosperous period followed – then a dictatorship until 1961. The country’s final civil war ended in 1965. There was a dark period of authoritarian rule in the 1960’s and early 70’s, during which Las Mariposasbecame famous for leading a resistance movement.
The Dominican Republic today
The Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation, second only to it’s close neighbor, Cuba, and is the ninth largest economy in Latin America. It shares a landmass with Haiti, so although the national language is Spanish, you’re likely to find traces of Haitian Creole near the boarders, as well all sorts of languages spoken in the tourist regions. The countries main economies are tourism, manufacturing and construction.
Tourism in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic’s location makes it one of the most visited Caribbean nations. The island is close to the mainlands of Mexico, the United States and South America, and because the island is Spanish speaking it is particularly popular amongst Latin American tourists. Due to its relatively uncomplicated visa laws, its comparatively low cost of living amongst Caribbean islands and it being on the same time zone as the Eastern USA, the island is also a favorite for Americans and Canadians.
If that wasn’t enough, beautiful white sand beaches, mild winters and world class water sports have made sure the rest of the world is just as interested in the Dominican Republic as it’s closer neighbors. See the Official Tourism site of the Dominican Republic for more information.
Things to do in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is full of water sports – like surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, kiteboarding, windsurfing and diving. It is also great for trekking, with peaks like Mt. Isabel or Pico Duarte. There is incredible whale watching in the Samana Bay in February, as well as incredibly Eco-Tourism opportunities.
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