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The Dominican Republic: A Vacation Delight

The Dominican Republic: A Vacation Delight

by Kevin Patterson

Boasting the oldest city and the newest luxury resorts, the Dominican Republic is a playful paradox. There are so many things to do in the Dominican Republic, one vacation won't be enough. There are more than a few favorites that shouldn't be missed.

The Colonial District in Santiago is the vibrant heart of the city. Don't miss a chance to walk in the footsteps of Ponce de Leon as you tour the palace-fortress built by the son of Columbus. Wander down cobblestone streets to see the oldest stone house in the Americas, historic churches, and trendy shops. For sheer variety, nothing beats this historic and colorful gem.

If you're on the east coast in Punta Cana, it might seem crazy to leave Bavaro Beach or Playa Boca Chica. After all, they're two of the best beaches in the world. But pull yourself away from the gorgeous sands anyway. Then put yourself in the water by snorkeling with sharks. If you prefer the air approach, try tearing through the jungle on a thrilling zipline. Not a fan of rushing adrenaline? Head to Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park where you can go eyeball to eyeball with an iguana or two. Then, play in the park's freshwater lagoons. Back on land, explore Altos de Chavon, near La Romana, a living re-creation of a 16th-century Spanish village with artisans, performers and more.

There's no doubt that baseball is the DR's national sport, but golfers are equally passionate about their courses. Punta Espada Golf Club, in Cap Cana, was named one of the world's best by GolfWeek magazine. So, save time for a round or three!

Whether your vacation is all about the perfect tan, learning to windsurf or clambering over ruins in Santiago, a Dominican Republic vacation is easily tailor-made for anyone. Just ask us and we'll tell you more!