Travel Tuesdays: Dominican Republic (Part II)

Dominican RepublicThe Dominican Republic is the biggest tourist destination in the Caribbean, and with good reason – the wealth of things to see and do in the country will have you wanting to make multiple trips to take it all in. Here’s our Engel & Völkers selection of the top ten attractions.

1. Golfing
The Dominican Republic is emerging as the new golfing capital of the world. With 28 courses across the islands, there’s a challenge waiting here for everyone from novices to seasoned professionals.

2. The Boiling Lake
A unique natural phenomenon, the Boiling Lake is a flooded volcanic crater that was formed in the 1800s. The temperature of the water – believed to be between 82-91°C – produces the distinctive steam that envelops the area.

3. Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial
The base of operations for conquistadors in the 16th century, Santo Domingo’s historical quarter is filled with restored mansions and religious buildings that are among the oldest colonial constructions on the continent.

4. Baseball
Played from October to January, the baseball season is one of the central aspects of Dominican life. Águilas Cibaeñas and Tigres del Licey are the traditional top teams in the country.

5. Bonao
A secluded settlement in the middle of the island, the stunning natural scenery makes Bonao worth a visit at any time of year, but the carnivals held every Sunday from the end of January till the beginning of March create a truly memorable trip.

6. Punta Cana
This resort on the eastern tip of the island is the primary holiday destination for tourists, but don’t let its popularity keep you away from one of the finest beaches in the Dominican Republic. With over 60 miles of white sands and bright blue water, this is a truly spectacular coastline.

7. 27 waterfalls of Damajagua
An unmissable part of the Dominican Republic for any thrill-seeker, you can swim or climb to the top of each waterfall before diving into the azure pools below.
8. Casinos
Many casinos in Santo Domingo and Santiago are open 24 hours a day, letting you gamble with Las Vegas-style odds surrounded by a tropical Caribbean backdrop.

9. White-water rafting
The Río Yaque del Norte is the only raftable river in the Dominican Republic, and it’s certainly a special experience. Surprisingly enough, one of the best things about it are the assorted flat stretches between the short but intense rapids – these calm areas give you the perfect opportunity to really appreciate the beauty of the scenery.

10. Museums
Santo Domingo’s multitude of museums reflects a country teeming with history. Start off with visits to the Museum of the Dominican Man, The Museum of History and Geography and The Museum of the Dominican Family to get an insight into the cultures and peoples that have shaped the Republic into the nation it is today.

If you want to get closer to the Dominican Republic and invest in property in the country, speak to Engel & Völkers for more information about acquiring a second home in the region. With over 35 years of experience in international real estate, we can help find the right property for you. Visit our website for more details.

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