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The Dominican Republic - Not just resorts

The Dominican Republic: More Than Just Resorts

Have you been to the Dominican Republic? Well, I have, and I can tell you – as a Flight Attendant, I’ve had so many passengers going on to the DR on their honeymoons! Not to mention those that were going for their destination wedding. PRO TIP: Did you know, if you carry your wedding dress on the aircraft that the Flight Attendants will hang it in the closet? I always told the bride “don’t forget it otherwise someone will be walking around the DR looking might fine in your wedding dress.” It always got a laugh.

Many times when people think of the Caribbean, they think of great resorts, Jamaica, and Cuba. But what they don't realize is that the most popular destination in the Caribbean is the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic is on an island that is shared with Hispaniola and Haiti, and it sees over 6 million visitors a year. This results in 2 million more than Cuba. This Caribbean destination has a lot more to offer visitors than your run-of-the-mill resort. The Dominican Republic has a lot more to offer than just resorts.

Here are some great things to see on your trip to D.R.

Scenic Locations And National Parks

Lake Enriquillo- Lake Enriquillo is the only saltwater lake throughout the Antilles. It is located in the center of the Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos and is a haven for wildlife. It is one of the largest natural reserves for the American crocodile.

Eastern National Park- This World Heritage Sites is one of the largest marine parks in the Caribbean. Rhinoceros iguanas, dolphins, sea turtles, and manatees are just some of the amazing wildlife that visitors will get to experience when they visit Eastern National Park.

Bahia de las Aguilas and Jaragua National Park- The picturesque turquoise waters that line this 6-mile stretch of beach is best accessed by boat from the small village of La Cueva. Its' marine life and incredible views will make for memories that you couldn't possibly forget anytime soon.

Photo: Raul Baz,
Dominican Caribbean Food

As always, we absolutely have to mention the food! Yep, those are french fries - but check out that rice and fish. Don't be surprised when you order fish it shows up intact like this. Don't be shy - give it a try!

And this my friend is mofongo - don't leave the island without trying it. It comes in many different flavors - of which the ground plantains are stuffed with. My personal favorite is the garlic chicken! Yummy.

Jarabacoa- Jarabacoa is best known as an area ripe for ecotourism and the location of the Dominican Republic's only whitewater river, the Rio Yaque del Norte. The terrain, rivers, and waterfalls make it perfect for adventurous activities like hiking, climbing, and mountain biking.

Samana Peninsula and Bay- This peninsula and bay are lined with beautiful mangroves, caves, rock formations, and one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. It is also home to the Parque Nacional Los Haitises. Marine life is present in this area year-round, including mother humpback whales giving birth in January and February.

Contact me today to get started on planning your Caribbean or European vacation. Is the DR on your bucket list?

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