The Dominican Republic is a recognized tourist destination, with magnificent beaches and resorts, vastextensions of white sand and clear sparkling waters. Its capital, Santo Domingo de Guzman also has the claim as the oldest European city in America, with its quaint cobbled streets and stonework houses.
The beaches of the Dominican Republic are some of the most treasured locations by the natives. It's a special place where nature's assets remain unspoiled and the simple joys of easy living are easy to find. In the Dominican Republic, the heart of the Caribbean
, you will discover more than 1,288 km of coastline with the most stunning beaches of the Caribbean in all different styles. Find white sandy beaches, diving attractions and unspoiled nature all around the island. Then after a long day of excitement, retire to your beachfront rental
while on vacation in the Dominican Republic.
An hour's drive south of Puerto Plata is the Dominican Republic's second largest city, Santiago de los Treinta Caballeros. Santiago came to life when Columbus had a fort built on the banks of the Yaque Del Norte River to protect gold mining being done in the area. Santiago and its surrounding region are known for their elaborate celebration of the carnival taking place in February. The city also offers good restaurants and an active nightlife. During the day visitors can enjoy the busy street life of downtown, visit the Parque Duarte, the Cathedral of Santiago, and some of the many monuments and museums. The Tomas Morel Museum of Folkloric Art is popular for its very colorful collection of carnival masks. A monument very difficult to miss is the 67 meter Monument a los Heroes de la Restauracion (Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration). Trujillo had the monument constructed to honor him, but after his death it was renamed to honor those who lost their lives in the War of Restoration. You can climb the stairs of the monument and get amazing views of Santiago and the surrounding area.
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