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First time visitors to the Dominican Republic must be warned - there is a very big chance of falling in love with this country, a love affair that may last your lifetime!
The most important thing to know about planning a trip here is that it is not necessary to choose the All Inclusive Hotel because of safety. If you prefer the AI, there are many great ones all over the country, but if you like to self-cater then you can do so easily and safely.
The Dominican Republic is a very large country in the second largest Caribbean Island -- Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Depending on which airport you fly into you may be able to access different parts of the island easily.
Santo Domingo is the capital and the first city of the "New World". It offers some great historical sites and dining/nightlife.
To the East of Santo Domingo are the famous beaches of Punta Cana perfect for a holiday of white sand, palm tree lined beaches.
The center of the island is home to "Pico Duarte" - the highest mountain in the entire Caribbean. It's excellent for hiking.
The North Coast, or Amber Coast, of the Dominican Republic offers beautiful beaches in Puerto Plata, Sosua, and Cabarete. Cabarete is a kiteboarding and windsurfing capital of the world, one of the best places on earth to practice these fun water sports.This country is perfect for dancing merengue, drinking rum, and enjoying the relaxed island lifestyle!