Republic or the “DR”, is a land of contrasts the physical kind, like the
highest peak and the lowest point in the Caribbean, and the more
metaphorical kind, like that between the urban street life ofSanto
the rural villages only a short drive away.Santo
Domingo, or ‘La Capital’ as it’s typically
called, is to Dominicans whatNew
to Americans, a collage of cultures; or whatHavanais
to Cubans, a vibrant beating heart that fuels the entire country. It’s also
a living museum, offering the sight of New World firsts scattered around the
charming cobblestone streets of the Zona Colonial. The DR is also famous for
the large all-inclusive resorts that dominate much of the country’s prime
beachfront real estate. However, the result is less like the high-rise
congestion of Cancun or
more like low-slung retirement communities, albeit ones populated by
families, couples and singles of all ages looking for a hassle-free holiday.
Beyond the gated luxury enclaves, the roads lead inland past vast sugar
plantations and through small villages. To get away from the get-away,
travelers head to thePenínsula
de Samaná, where the European vibe is as
strong as an espresso, and where escape is the operative word.Cabareteon
winds which draw adrenaline junkies from around the world. And for the
anti-Caribbean experience head to the popular mountain retreats ofJarabacoaand
Constanza are the places where bathing suits are out and sweaters are in.
The Dominican Republic in the West Indies occupies
the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with
Haiti. Its area equals that of Vermont and New Hampshire combined.........
The most part of the Dominican
Republic enjoys beautiful tropical weather all year round, with the average
annual temperature hovering around 25°C (77°F). Some call the Dominican
Republic's climate, 'the endless summer', due to warm and sunny conditions
experienced pretty much everywhere in the country,.........
The Europeans, Latin American
and Spanish have influenced the Dominicans and their way of life by. The
people are by nature warm-hearted and friendly. The national language of the
country is Spanish and Catholicism is the main religion. Other religious
groups include Jehovah's Witnesses, Muslims,.........
originally occupied the island of Hispaniola, of which the Dominican
Republic forms the eastern two-thirds and Haiti the remainder are the Arawak-speaking
people. The Tainos welcomed Columbus in his first voyage in 1492, but
subsequent colonizers were brutal, reducing the Taino population from about
1 million to about 500 in 50 years.........