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The Dominican Republic is a country that occupies just over the eastern two thirds of the Spanish, in the archipelago of the Greater Antilles. The western third of the island is occupied by Haiti. Thus, the Spanish is an island shared by two states. Both by area and population, the Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba). Its territory covers 48,442 square kilometers and an estimated total population of 10,280,000 inhabitants according to the census of 2013. It is bordered on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea or the Caribbean Sea, east the Mona Passage, which separates it from Puerto Rico and west by the Republic of Haiti.
The Dominican Republic is the most visited Caribbean Destination. Year-round golf courses in the country are among the main attractions of the island. The country is the highest mountain in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte and Lake Enriquillo, the lowest in terms of sea level point concerns and the Caribbean's largest lake. Quisqueya, as it is also called the country has an average temperature of 26 ° C and a high biodiversity.
Santo Domingo, officially Santo Domingo de Guzman, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic. In Santo Domingo is the first cathedral and the first castle of America; both located in the Colonial City, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco area.
Santo Domingo is the cultural, financial, political, commercial and industrial center of the Dominican Republic. Shopping malls in the city are mainly in the Avenue Winston Churchill, where places like Acropolis Center, Blue Mall, and large supermarkets are. It is also home to most of the commercial banks, such as Banco Popular Dominicano, Scotiabank, Citibank, Banco BHD, Banco del Progreso, Banreservas, among others.
February 27th Avenue is very successful commercially, and is considered the most important avenue of the city. The oldest shopping centers in the country are the Central Plaza and Plaza Naco, the latter served as the first shopping center in the city. Sambil is one of the newer shopping centers built in the city, which attracts many middle-income families. The city has an established securities market in the late 90s.
Museums of Santo Domingo
- Santo Domingo is home to numerous museums dedicated to the history of the Dominican Republic. Most of them are within the Colonial Zone.
- Alcázar de Colón Museum, dedicated to the preservation, exhibition and dissemination of the life of the Colon family in the city of Santo Domingo and the colonial era.
- Altar de la Patria, where the remains of the three fathers of the Dominican nation.
- Naval Museum of the Atarazanas, Its mission is conservation, exhibition and dissemination of the artistic heritage of national archaeological underwater.
- Museo de las Casas Reales, dedicated to the colonial era.
- Museum Duarte, summarizes and displays the history of the movement and struggle for independence.
- Museum of Natural History, designed for different knowledge related to nature and the environment, taking into account biodiversity and ecology Dominican.
- Museum of the Dominican Man, for the conservation, research, exhibition and dissemination of artistic heritage and intangible heritage on national anthropology, archeology and pre-Columbian national ethnology.
- World Amber Museum, whose mission is the exhibition and dissemination of the use of the national amber.
- Museum of Modern Art, dedicated to the preservation, research, exhibition and dissemination of artistic heritage on national modern and contemporary visual arts.
- National Museum of History and Geography, is dedicated to all of Dominican history, from the pre-Columbian era to contemporary times.
Monuments of Santo Domingo
Famous landmarks in Santo Domingo include the Calle El Conde, the Puerta de la Misericordia, Cathedral Santa Maria La Menor (Cathedral of America), and the Alcázar de Colón, all located in the Colonial Zone of the city. This part was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.
In the city center, the area of the Malecón is a vibrant commercial and tourist center, with the eye-catcher the obelisk located at the eastern end of Avenida George Washington.
Other points of interest are the Plaza de la Cultura, which houses the most important cultural sites in the city such as the National Theatre Eduardo Brito and the Museum of Modern Art; the Palacio de Bellas Artes, a neoclassical theater that is the permanent home of the National Symphony Orchestra; Mirador Sur Park, a park of six square kilometers in the southwestern part of the city; and February 27 Boulevard, a pedestrian promenade located on the busy Avenida 27 de Febrero which displays many works of art from prominent Dominican artists and sculptors.
Another attraction is the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center, a sports complex in the heart of Santo Domingo. The complex was used for celeb 2003 Pan American Games.
Parks and Recreational Areas of Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo has several parks, three of which are Viewpoints and are located in the north, south and east of the city, respectively. Although these parks are relatively large, Santo Domingo still lacks sufficient recreational areas. The National District is surrounded by the Green Belt of Santo Domingo. Some parks and recreational places are:
- Enriquillo park
- Mirador Sur park, located in the southwest section of the city.
- Independence Park, where the independence of the country in the Colonial Zone occurred.
- Columbus Park, dedicated to the discovery located in the Colonial Zone
- Metropolitan Park Las Praderas
- The Malecón
- National Botanical Garden
- National Zoological Park
- Chinatown Santo Domingo
- Nunez Park Caceres
Tourism in the Dominican Republic
The Republic Dominicana has numerous tourist attractions that are visited by millions of tourists annually from the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, among others.
The Dominican Republic has become a major tourist attraction in recent decades; for its beauty, tropical paradise environment, its location, the charisma of its people, among other things. Among its main tourist areas are Punta Cana, Bavaro, Uvero Alto, Puerto Plata, Bayahibe, Sosua, Cabarete, Rio San Juan, Samaná, Las Terrenas, Santo Domingo, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica, Jarabacoa, Constanza, La Romana, Bay Eagles (Pedernales), Barahona, among others.
Top Destinations in the Dominican Republic
PUNTA CANA - BÁVARO
Punta Cana is a cape located east of the Dominican Republic in the province of La Altagracia, and where many hotel terraces Sun, whose total area is about 420,000 sqm (equivalent to 42 hectares or 0.42 km² are located ). Name the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), located about 30 km inland, on the road that leads from Higuey to La Romana, receives 64% of all flights arriving in the country, which receives more passengers the Las Americas International Airport, located in Santo Domingo about 3 hours by road from Punta Cana.
Punta Cana area begins north with the Arena Gorda beach, then following the famous Bavaro Beach, Playa Ubero Alto, Macao Beach and Playa El Cortecito. When around the tip starts you are the beaches of Cabeza de Toro, Cabo Engaño, Punta Cana and Juanillo.
The coastline of Punta Cana area extends 50 km of coastline. The longest beach of Bavaro is considered by the government of Dominican Republic as a national treasure for its rich flora and fauna and the natural beauty that can be seen there.
The beaches of Punta Cana are fine white sand and the sea of soft blue-green, without reaching the turquoise Caribbean beaches further south. The sea usually has waves and the beach very quickly sinks into the sea. The water is always clear and abundant algae in some areas, and the weather is constant, with average temperatures of 26 ° C, with the temperature range of about twelve degrees, from 20 ° C in winter to 32 ° C high between April and November.
The voltage is 120 V, although most of the hotels are adapted to 220 V. It is advisable to carry universal adapters. The local currency is the Dominican peso, although the US dollar and the euro are also accepted in most shops.
The Punta Cana Bavaro has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country: Arena Gorda, Bavaro, Uvero Alto, El Cortecito, Los Corales, Jellyfish, Cabeza de Toro, Cabo Engaño, Punta Cana, Macao, Juanillo.
Bavaro is a section of the borough of Veron, dependent Higüey municipality in the province of La Altagracia. Throughout the area there are dozens of comfortable hotels, among which include those of Spanish investment as Riu, Iberostar, Be Live Grand Punta Cana, Melia, Barcelo, Palladium, Catalonia or Bahia Principe. The area also has various clubs like: ORO at Hard Rock Hotel, Imagine, Mangu or Pacha, encouraging party nights of tourists.
In Bavaro are numerous tourist attractions, some of a certain size as the Manati Park Bavaro, a water park with manatees, dolphins and other kinds of animals.
Samaná is one of the 32 provinces of the Dominican Republic and is located in the northeast, fully occupying the Samana Peninsula. Its capital is the city of Santa Barbara de Samana, usually called just Samana. The climate is humid tropical forest, with an average annual temperature of 25.9 degrees Celsius. The annual precipitation in the Sierra de Samana is over 2,000 mm.
Although Samaná is one of the leading tourist destinations in the country, still unable to realize the full potential it has with its numerous beaches. During the winter and early spring, the activity of watching humpback whales is becoming increasingly important activity generating revenue for the province one of its beaches and one of the most visited is Playa Rincon.
Dominican Republic Cuisine
Dominican cuisine is predominantly a mixture of Spanish, Taino and African. The cuisine is quite similar to what can be found in other countries in Latin America, but many of the names of the dishes are different. A typical breakfast consists of Mangu (mashed boiled green bananas) and eggs dish that the Dominican Republic shares with Cuba and Puerto Rico. In other versions it accompanied fried meat (usually with Dominican salami) and / or cheese. As in Spain, lunch is the main meal, and most important of the day. Lunch usually consists of rice, meat (either chicken, beef, pork or fish), beans (beans), and a portion of salad, commonly called "flag". The sancocho is a stew often with seven varieties of meat.
Meals tend to contain more starches and meats over dairy products and vegetables. Many dishes are made with sofrito, which is a mixture of herbs and spices. Throughout the south-central coast, bulgur or whole wheat, is a main ingredient in quipes or tipili (bulgur salad). Other favorite foods are pork, cassava, cassava bread, pastries (pies), sweet potato, yam cake sheet, chimichurris, croutons. In the area of the desserts are rice pudding, the Dominican cake, sweet beans, chacá, flan, cold cold, fresh milk and sugar cane (cane). Beverages include die dreaming, rum, beer, mamajuana, beaten (beaten), natural juices and mabí.