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Dominican Republic- Enjoy the Perfect Outdoor Fun

The Dominican Republic is situated on the island of Hispaniola, in the Caribbean region. It is the second largest tourist spot in the Caribbean next only to Puerto Rico. Pleasant climate and sprawling golf courses have been its main attractions. Nestled amidst the highest mountain in the Caribbean of Pico Duarte and the largest lake of the region, Lake Enriquillo, Dominican Republic is a haven for outdoor sporting activities.

After a prolonged foreign rule that involved three centuries of Spanish rule, and the French and Haitian occupancy, the country became independent in 1821 only to be taken over by Haiti. After a long spell of tyranny and, foreign rule and political instability followed by the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina that extended up to 1961, the country finally gained independence in 1978, when it became a representative democracy.

Popular Places
From beaches to baseball and music, this country is an interesting ensemble of some of the best things you could ever ask for. There are miles and miles of spectacular sandy coasts where you can swim, sail, sunbathe or scuba dive. Check out the most popular beach of Sosúa, famous for its windsurfing and diving options.  The Saman peninsula at the northern tip of the island is a romantic hideout famous for the unexplored and unseen coves and caves. Climb he highest mountain in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte or enjoy whale watching or swim along the dolphins in the Manati Park. The wildlife enthusiasts would find the Cabritos Island, at the middle of Lake Enriquillo, an irresistible option as it is the largest wild life preserve of the wild American crocodile in this part of the world.

The Dominican city of Puerto Plata has some of the best beaches in the country that are well tailored for water skiing, banana boat rides and catamaran cruises. Montecristo National Park is a great bet to explore the wild life and enjoy the tranquillity of the forests.

Getting Around
Buses are the cheapest and the most convenient modes of transport, a guide to smooth travel is to keep some change handy to pay for your travel. Car rentals and ferry and boat services are also available.

Places of Entertainment
Casinos, dance clubs, bars and a crammed festival list that show off the colour and vibrancy of the Caribbean, make this nation a hot bed of entertainment.  Enjoy a spell of live meringue, enjoy a tequila session or waltz all night. Dominican Republic is a popular shopping destination as well where you can pick up from ethnic paintings; wood and soapstone carvings ceramics or Amber and Larimar jewellery; which make wonderful keep sakes.

Accommodation Options
Youth hotels, bed & breakfast, self catering, budget hotels, guesthouse and beach side resorts are some of the options one can choose from.

The Dominican Peso is the currency in Dominican Republic (DO, DOM). The lower unit is centavos. The local currency can be exchanged in banks or travel agencies, for the latest exchange rates check the news and internet.

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