Why YOU Need to Check Out the Dominican Republic

I’m sure most of you have heard about the Dominican Republic – either as a great Spring Break spot, or honeymoon destination. There’s beautiful beaches. Tropical scenery. And a bunch of things to do that can make your stay memorable. But, the Dominican Republic has more to offer than just a nice looking local. And, it has a lot more to offer than your typical vacation spot. While the main language of the Dominican is Spanish, there are a variety of languages spoken around the island including English, French, German, and Italian.

One of the most interesting things to see and do is take part in the dancing culture of the Dominican – either by watching, or taking part in it yourself! Dominicans love their music – and they love to dance. It is believed to be the home of the merengue: one of the more fast paced styles of dancing. Beyond that, the Dominican Republic is home to some of the world’s finest designers. So, if fashion’s up your avenue, then you must check out some of the local shops. Try on some of the latest, and even the up and coming, trends to make a statement while you’re there. And even bring the memory home with you.

For the history buff, the Dominican Republic is one of the first places Christopher Columbus landed upon in the Americas. And, it was home to one of the first European settlements. It is also where one of the first Cathedrals was built in the Americas – the founding stone laid by Christopher Columbus’ own son. There are a plethora of historic sites and landmarks to visit all over the island.

The island is home to a variety of scenic wonders: rivers, lakes, mountains, etc. in addition to tropical plant and wildlife. What’s more, almost everything eaten on the island is either grown, caught, or made there. Not only will you have authentic cuisine (which is a blending of Spanish, African, and European flavors), but you will have a truly one of a kind experience. One of the more popular side dishes is called a tostone, or fried plantains. If done well, the plantain doesn’t need additional flavoring. It is light and crispy on the outside with the center heartily full of sweet plantain. If that isn’t tempting enough, the average temperature is around 82 degrees Fahrenheit, making it an ideal location year round.

Whether you’re headed to the Dominican for the first or the fifth time, there is truly something for everyone. If you’re looking for information about a specific area of the Dominican to stay, check out one of our blogs on Boca Chica, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, or Santo Domingo. Or, if you already know where you would like to stay, head over to TravelSpan.com to book your non-stop flight to the Dominican today!

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