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Dominican Republic

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Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

Santo Domingo was Spain’s first capital in the New World, and its Ciudad Colonial is now a World Heritage site. Occupying the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola (Haiti takes up the western third), the Dominican Republic is the second-largest country in the ...

Santo Domingo was Spain’s first capital in the New World, and its Ciudad Colonial is now a World Heritage site. Occupying the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola (Haiti takes up the western third), the Dominican Republic is the second-largest country in the Caribbean at 18,704 square miles (only Cuba is larger). With rich soil, the Dominican Republic produces a variety of agricultural products, including cocoa, coffee, tobacco, sugarcane and rum. Its varied ecosystems are home to a wide range of animals, including 29 indigenous species of birds. At the eastern end of the island, Punta Cana is the principal upscale resort area. Twelve golf courses have been built since 1991 by designers such as Jack Nicklaus, P.B. Dye, Tom Fazio, Nick Faldo and Nick Price. Punta Espada at Cap Cana and Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo generally make lists of the world’s best golf courses.

WHEN TO VISIT

As elsewhere in the Caribbean, the dry season extends from December to June. Summer brings increased rainfall and humidity.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport and tourist card. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

bird icon Recommended Luxury Hotels in Dominican Republic

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels offer impeccable accommodations and high levels of personal service. Only the best of the best make our list, so we rate them on a scale from bird icon 90 to 100.
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