Dominican Republic - North
A laid back Caribbean lifestyle and a Hispanic passion for partying mingle and merge along the northern shores of the Dominican Republic. From Bahia Maimon along the coast to Sosua, resorts have emerged so the carnival atmosphere has a backdrop of natural beauty, with the golden sands the fringe the rugged coastline and lead down to the clear, warm waters of the Atlantic. Whether you're a sun worshipper or a water baby, you'll find what you need with world-class water sports, coral reefs to explore and soft sand to recline on. It's no wonder that most visitors rate their experience good to excellent.
What the Dominican Republic lacks in frills, it makes up for in friendliness. As it a developing county, the cuisine is simple and the nightlife is relatively unsophisticated, but the energy and the enthusiasm of the people put more developed places to shame. Sample some of the local spirit at one of the many festivals held throughout the year, or simply sip some of the local rum! The resort is geared towards the American and European guests with the all inclusive packages on offer widely recognised as the best value for money.
Aside from the facilities in the resort the island's natural attractions are well worth exploring, including the Jarabacoa Mountains, where you can pit yourself against nature's might with a white-water rafting excursion.
The Dominican Republic - Where the colourful character of the Caribbean comes to life.
Dominican Republic - East and South
The South and East coasts of the Dominican Republic truly are the more stylish edge to the island. In contrast to the hustle of the northern parts, here you will discover the only choice you will have to make is whether you want to spend your time walking along the amazing white sands of this terrific coastline, unwinding under the gentle palm leaves, or being pampered at your hotel. The points of view here are infinite and time seems as relaxed as the lifestyle. Bayahibe on the Southern coast is where the golden sandy beaches are sprinkled along the coast, lapped by the clear blue seas of the Caribbean, while rising and falling hills and mountain tops offer an awe-inspiring backdrop. This appealing fishing village is steeped in history and located near to the Eastern National Park, which has some of the best snorkeling in all the Dominican Republic.
On the east coast you can find Bavaro, where a spectacular natural coastline boasts soft, white beaches, graced by crystal clear waters, making it a haven for sun worshippers, and those who want to get away from the hectic pace of everyday life. The beauty of the South and East Dominican Republic coasts lend the areas a natural elegance, and this has seeped into the resorts themselves, with the large All Inclusive complexes offering you everything you could desire in impressive and stylish settings. Soak up the blend of the merengue and reggae music from various after dinner retreats and capture the character of the Caribbean night. Much of the evening entertainment can be found on your doorstep at your hotel, and if you feel adventurous there are a number of quaint restaurants in the South and local cafes in the East where you can get a further taste of the calm and enticing Caribbean lifestyle. Sample a generous measure of the local rum while you watch the sunset over Bayahibe, or some of the popular Spanish cooking influences the island has no offer in Bavaro. The natural retreats of both the South and East coast in the Dominican Republic are for those wanting a luxurious escape to a tranquil life in the country of unspoilt appeal.