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Welcome to Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic, America, Fishing sailboat, Bayahibe La Romana

Dominican Republic covers two thirds of the island Hispaniola, sharing the beauty of the island with Haiti. When he arrived here in 1942, Columbus called it "the most beautiful place ever seen a human being." A subjective statement, because Columbus didn`t saw land for a long time, and was desperate for a little success. However there is enough truth in his statement.

Santo Domingo is the main town of the Dominican Republic. Colonial area definitely worth visiting - here is the Calle de las Damas Street, the oldest street of the New World. Unfortunately most tourists do not go away from Puerto Plata City with its fabulous beaches that make up the north coast (Amber Coast) - a wonderful tropical paradise.

Many tourists have been attracted by white beaches and resorts cheap, but others have fled the threat of social unrest, poverty and thefts. Dominican Republic is a little of both, but people are among the most friendly and sincere in the Caribbean. Weather is near perfection all year and is among the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Do not expect luxury resorts, fine, but at affordable prices and a Latin flavor contrasted with British and French influences of the islands around.

The main attractions

• Admire the colonial charm of the capital Santo Domingo, where you can find the first university, cathedral and hospital of the New World. The modern city is a thriving port, full of nightclubs, casinos, shops and Cultural Plaza

• Visit the Los Tres Ojos de Agua (Three Pools of Water), a remarkable complex of caves, so called because it contains three turquoise lagoons on three different levels. Each lagoon is fed by an underground river and is surrounded by stalactites, stalagmites and tropical vegetation.

• Mergeti spre San Cristobal, locul in care s-a semnat constitutia pentru prima data, in noiembrie 1844. Aici se afla locuri istorice legate de viata lui Trujillo, dictatorul care a condus tara vreme de 31 de ani.

• Admire Jewels of Amber Coast, where is the amber deposits. You can admire the jewelry and the Amber Museum nearby.

• Visit Fort San Felipe, built in the 1600s by Spanish pirates to protect settlements. It is now a museum.

• Discover the colonial architecture of Puerto Plata (silver port) founded in 1504. The city is "nesting" between colonial port and Mount Isabel de Torres.

• Delight in the elegant resort Casa de Campo in town La Romana. Inside is a fifteenth century cultural village, Altos de Chavon, rebuilt on a rock.

• Swim with dolphins in Park Manati. Punta Cana near the theme park also includes a recreated Taino village zoo and many exotic animals.

• Island National Park located in the center of Lake Enriquillo Cabritos is the largest reserve of American wild crocodiles and has many flamingos and two species of iguanas.

gastronomy

If you visit the Dominican Republic must try restaurants. In the old town Santo Domingo, right across the street from the Alcazar de Colon, is one of the best restaurants. It's called Pate Palo and is renowned worldwide for "churrasco" marinated in cumin and honey. It tastes delicious and the arrangement is different. And desserts are fine.

There are many elegant locations in the old town where you can dine and prices are as. A cheaper alternative is the hot-dog vendors strolling along the street El Conde.

Famous Caribbean rice and beans dish (arroz con habichuelas) is a basic food in the Dominican diet. It is also called "flag" (La Bandera) and it is served with the stew of beef. Another common way is sancocho, a stew made with meat and vegetables, which often includes plantain bananas. Fried ripe plantains are called amarillas, fried green ones are called patacon pisao, and when it is roasted and mashed potatoes are called tostones. Popular snacks include chicarrones (fried pork chunks) and empanadillas (meat pies). Dominican food tends to be oily and most dishes are fried. Desserts include sweet rice, corn and bananas.

History

Columbus discovered the island of Hispaniola (which he named it La Española) in 1492 and founded here the main basis for further exploration of the region. In 1697 the western part of the island came under French control, remaining east of the Spaniards. In 1795, the city of Santo Domingo - the oldest city in America, founded in1496 by Columbus's brother - was ceded to France, following the rest of the island Hispaniola. Battle of Palohincado in 1808, when the Dominican General Ramirez managed to cause considerable damage to the French, the French leadership marked fall in the east of the island. Colony returned to Spain in 1809 and again in 1821, colonial treasurer Jose Nunez Caceres proclaimed independence of Santo Domingo. This independence was short - in 1822 the Haitians invaded the colony and occupied it 22 years, until 1844, when Santo Domingo territory regained sovereignty and declared its independence, this time permanently, the Dominican Republic.

After many years of civil war, dictatorship and U.S. occupation, the republic was ruled by Dictator General Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961), social unrest leading to his assassination. Country under the President Joaquin Balaguer enjoyed stability. In 1995, however in the middle of protests and strikes caused by the energy crisis, high inflation and deteriorating public services, Balaguer was forced to retreat.

Useful information

Dominican lifestyle is more American than Latin, with short siesta without late lunches, and prolonged. Although culture is rich in Roman Catholic and Spanish influences, one can obtain a divorce after just 72 hours. Do not enter churches wearing shorts and shirt.

Capital: Santo Domingo
Local Time: GMT -4
Main languages spoken: Spanish
Currency: 1 Dominican peso = 100 centavos