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Dominican Republic 101

With beautiful beaches, gorgeous sunsets and a relaxed atmosphere, the Dominican Republic is the perfect place for a tranquil getaway. Here are 10 fun facts about this peaceful island paradise:

  1. There are 4 international airports in the Dominican Republic: Punta Cana, La Romana, Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo.
  2. Best beaches: Bavaro Beach on the Caribbean side (Punta Cana), Playa Rincón on the Caribbean side (Samana), Playa Dorado on the Atlantic side (Puerto Plata).
  3. The Dominican Republic is on the eastern side of the island of Hispaniola, separated by mountain ranges from Haiti on the western side.
  4. Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1492, on his way to the New World. He formed a settlement there during his second visit in 1493.
  5. “Teeth of the Dog” located in La Romana, is the #1 Golf Course in the Caribbean and #43 of the Top 100 golf courses in the world (Golf Magazine 2013).
  6. Catch a baseball game during the October to January season, at the Tetelo Vargas Baseball Stadium near La Romana.
  7. Santo Domingo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the first buildings and churches of the Americas.
  8. The charming artisan community of Altos de Chavón is actually a re-creation of an historic 15th century European village.
  9. Humpback whales can be seen in the waters around Samaná from mid January to mid March.
  10. Cigars, coffee and cacao are the country’s finest exports.

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