The Caribbean has always been an attractive holiday location. But how do you decide where to go when there are numerous islands to choose from? Glorious beaches, the laid back atmosphere and tons of culture, all create the typical Caribbean vibe that we have all come to love. When the spotlight is on the Dominican Republic, there are a variety of reasons as to why you should holiday there. Here are just a few reasons why we love the Dominican Republic.
Merengue and Bachata
Music and dance play a huge part in Dominican culture and the two genres of Merengue and Bachata are infused in everyday life. It might seem that it is one big party in the Dominican Republic whenever Merengue or Bachata plays. But, beyond the party vibe that this music creates, it sits much deeper. The lyrics used in these genres are a social commentary on various subjects like love, politics and humour. Merengue is the national dance and music in the Dominican Republic and it has long become a national representation. The instruments used in Merengue reflect the mixed heritage of the country through its European, African and Taino roots. Bachata is Merengue’s more sensual counterpart and was heavily influenced by Cuban bolero.
The Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful resort areas and Punta Cana is one of them. Home to wonderful stretches of sandy beaches and luxurious all inclusive resorts, Punta Cana is also known for its golf hotspots. There is a huge amount of golf courses in Punta Cana, making it the perfect spot for professionals and beginners. There’s even a course designed by golfing legend Jack Niklaus at the Hard Rock Hotel. Teeth of the Dog golf course in Casa de Campo is a popular spot, attracting loads of tourists and voted the number 1 golf course in the Caribbean.
What can we say? The tropical islands of the Caribbean are known for their rum and the Dominican Republic isn’t any different. There is plenty of it to go around in the country and visitors can get in on the action (or drinking!) The Brugal Rum Factory in Puerta Plata is open to visitors who wish to take a tour around the premises and learn about the production of the Dominican rum. Moreover, Andrés Brugal is the inspiration behind the name of the factory, who in the 19th century brought rum to Puerta Plata after spending some time in Cuba educating himself about the rum business. During the tour, you also get to experience the rum with some rum tasting.
The Dominican Republic is a great option when it comes to relaxation and lying on the beach. But, it’s got some great action packed, adventurous activities in store too. The country has a huge variety of hiking trails perfect for all ages and abilities. The Dominican Republic is home to the highest point in the Caribbean. Pico Duarte stands tall at 3000m, making it the perfect place for a hike. Short walks are available or even more complicated 3-day treks. The majority of the hiking trails on the island are located in Parque Nacional Armando Bermudez and Jose del Carmen Ramirez, where Pico Duarte is situated.
The capital of the Dominican Republic is a stunning city to explore. In fact, it is the oldest ‘new world’ city in the Americas. Beautiful colonial architecture, filled with centuries of history, covers Santo Domingo! The city is also covered in colonial buildings, museums and lush, green parks. The vibrant city of Santo Domingo is wonderful in the day, but truly comes alive in the night. In addition, wild nightlife is definitely a highlight of the city as numerous bars, restaurants and clubs line the streets of the city.
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