About 2 million of the Dominican Republic‘s 8 million people live in the sprawling city of Santo Domingo. This lively capital of the Caribbean’s second-largest country is the oldest European-settled city in the Americas. A recent renovation of many public sections of town have added some serious old world flavor and authenticity to the city. For the adventurer, Playa Grande offers scenery and surf. On the east side of the Dominican Republic lies Punta Cana with 20 miles of pristine beaches. This is a tourist hot spot, so expect some crowds. And for families, small kids, and weak swimmers, head to the calm waters of Boca Chica and the wide brilliant white sands.
- The Dominican Republic featured many firsts for the Americas: the first cathedral, the first university and the first castle.
- The Dominican Republic is credited with creating and developing the merengue style of music. It is a fast-paced, rhythmic dance music.
- Pico Duarte in the Cordillera Range is the highest point in the Caribbean, and it is higher than any point in the Americas outside of the ranges of the western United States.
- The national sport of the Dominican Republic is baseball. Dominicans make up a larger percentage of players in Major League Baseball than any country outside of North America.
- The oldest permanent settlement in the Western Hemisphere is the capital city of Santo Domingo, founded in 1496.
- The flag of the Dominican Republic is the only national flag in the world to feature the image of a bible.
- Santiago, the second most populated city in the Dominican Republic, has fewer Dominicans living there than New York City.
- In addition to the sightseeing within Santo Domingo, check out the nearby Columbus Lighthouse and Boca Chica Beach.
- You won’t have a problem finding a beach in the Dominican Republic — they have a 1,000-mile-long coastline.
- One of the best is Sosúa Beach, a wide strip of soft, white sand on the north coast with plenty of nearby restaurants. Playa Dorada’s beaches are known for their spectacular beauty, but they tend to be crowded as there are many hotels and resorts in the area — all good secrets are eventually leaked.
- If you are looking for something other than laying on a pristine beach, check out the Dominican Republic’s north shore which is known as the Amber Coast. Some of the world’s finest amber is found here.
- The Amber Coast has far more than amber and other semi precious finds. The coast is also lined with some of the Caribbean’s finest resorts. Most are located in and around Puerto Plata and Sosua.
- Cabarete is known for its fun-loving windsurfing and kite surfing crowd. Many of these destinations have yet to hit the radar screen of mainstream tourists.
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