Dominican Republic

Mix of Latin party spirit and laidback Caribbean beach life

Saona IslandThe Dominican Republic (DR) is a land of contrasts – the physical kind, like the highest peak and the lowest point in the Caribbean, and the more metaphorical kind, like that between the urban street life of Santo Domingo and the rural villages only a short drive away.

Santo Domingo, or ‘La Capital’ as it’s typically called, is to Dominicans what New York is to Americans, a collage of cultures; or what Havanais to Cubans, a vibrant beating heart that fuels the entire country.

It’s also a living museum, offering the sight of New World firsts scattered around the charming cobblestone streets of the Zona Colonial.