|Posted on November 22, 2011 at 11:10 AM|
By Jonathan Williams
Like any other Caribbean country, Dominican Republic is a favorite tourist destination to families, friends, and, most especially, newlyweds who are wanting to spend their honeymoons more romantic and fulfilling. Here are the places that you should definitely explore when you are in the Dominican Republic.
1.) Colonial Zone. You can get to see magnificent views of the Alcazar and the bay area in this area of Santo Domingo. Once here, you should also visit one of the historical houses where Ponce DeLeon lived in before he went on a journey to find the fountain of youth and accidentally discovered Florida. You, too, should see the Ozama Fort as well as the Cathedral.
2.) Malecon. This is a waterfront avenue where you will see lots of hotels and casinos. You can also eat at this district’s numerous restaurants to get a taste of the local cuisine. Also, you have numerous shops to explore.
3.) Plaza de la Cultura. This is the area where the National Theater is located, the Museum of Modern Art, and other museums. The most popular is the Museum of Modern Art because it houses exhibits from famous local artists as well as artists from other countries like Jamaica and Bahamas as well as Puerto Rico.
4.) Upscale Santo Domingo. In Upscale Santo Domingo, you will get the opportunity to explore the many shops that dot the principal avenues such as Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. You will also love visiting quaint and expensive boutiques. Do not forget to sample its many restaurants and cafes.
5.) Parque Mirador Sor. If you are tired of modern Dominican Republic, then it's time to get to know the floras and faunas of the country by visiting the Parque Mirador Sor. This is a very beautiful and remarkable park. You can also go to the Jardin Botanico, another lush park.
6.) Eastern Santo Domingo. Explore "Tres Ojos" also called "Three Eyes" because it is a cavern with an underground lake and an open roof. After your visit here, go to Faro where you will see a lighthouse. There is also a monument there that was erected in memory of Christopher Columbus which now serves as a museum as well as Columbus's burial site.
7.) Casa De Campo Resort. You can explore this popular resort located in La Romana. Here, you will definitely enjoy its modern amenities as well as its water activities like swimming and snorkeling. You should also explore local cuisine at La Romana’s restaurants.
8.) The Village of Bonao. This is a wonderful spot for those who love nature. In this idyllic village, you can rent a motorbike and drive yourself around Bonao and get to know its culture. You can also opt to go horseback riding as well as go hiking to reach the waterfalls where you can take a dip or swim.
9.) Cabarete. This is fondly called the city of kite surfing as well as wind surfing. If you are fond of adventure and extreme sports, then Cabarete is the perfect place. You can also hang out in at its bars at night and go bar hopping. However, for a word of caution, do not walk alone at night in the beach or in its main street.
10.) Jarabacao. The best way to explore Jarabacao is to rent a motorcycle as this is the primary mode of transportation here. Here you can visit the Salto de Jimenoa, a beautiful waterfalls that has a pool where you can dive and swim in. You can also explore the other waterfalls in the area such as the Baiguate and El Limon Waterfalls as well as the Ojo de Agua Waterfalls.
11.) Ocean World Adventure Park. The Ocean World Adeventure Park, opened in March 2004, has already become the "must-see" attraction in the Dominican Republic. The Park features the largest man-made dolphin habitat in the world, with the main dolphin pool comprising of 12 million gallons of seawater. The interactive animal programs are some of the most unique within the industry.
12.) Altos de Chavon. The recreated medieval Spanish village of Altos de Chavon (an artist's colony), in the Dominican Republic. This is a leading attraction in the country because of its historically styled architecture, mosaics of black river pebbles, and the panoramic views from a bluff overlooking the Rio Chavon (River).
About The Author
Jonathan Williams is the travel writer for Destination Guide TV, the place to share travel videos. Visit www.Destinationguide.tv/dominicanrepublic to view or share Dominican Republic travel videos. "Altos de Chavon" Photo (c) Jared Fein.