19 Reasons to Love the DR as More Than Just a Vacation Spot
If we tried to tell you every good thing about the Dominican Republic, we’d never get to the list. The fact of the matter is that it’s a paradise with a whole lot for anyone to do. You have an endless number of beautiful destinations, and any one of them could keep you occupied for weeks.
But, the D.R. is more than just a good tourist spot. It’s got a lot of history, and it’s had a lot more to do with your life than you may have expected.
And, as a vacationer, these are things you may not realize. So, before your flight, take a minute to read through—we guarantee you’ll have a whole new appreciation for the Dominican Republic by the end.
1: The Dominican Republic is the home of Oscar de la Renta, one of the most famous fashion designers of the century. He was responsible for Jacqueline Kennedy’s wardrobe, by the way.
2: The weather is perfect year-round. The average temperature in summer sits right at 82F, while in winter, it hangs around 73F.
3: Like golf? Good news: The Dominican Republic has 25 state-of-the-art Golf Courses with several more under construction. It was even named “Golf destination of the Year for the Caribbean and Latin America” by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators.
4: Several parts of Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece “The Godfather, Part II,” were filmed here, so feel free to visit and see a bit of film history.
5: Sugar, Tobacco, Cocoa, and Coffee are the country’s main exports, and all of them are good, so be sure to indulge while you’re here!
6: A third of the population lives in the capital city, “Santo Domingo.”
7: The country is known worldwide for the high quality of its rum, particularly for the brands Brugal, Bermúdez and Barceló. Don’t leave without trying some!
8: On that note, day-drinking and drinking on Sundays are socially acceptable in the Dominican Republic, so don’t wait until nightfall to enjoy.
9: The Dominican Republic is the second biggest country in the Caribbean, second only to Cuba. In fact, it’s bigger than the state of New Hampshire, so plan ahead when you’re traveling!
10: In case you needed a reason to have more respect for the country, you should know that it’s won its independence three times over: from Spain, Haiti, and the United States.
11: Most women in the Dominican Republic have curly hair, but everyone wants straight hair. As a result, salons can be found everywhere.
12: Say what you will about this policy, but it’s interesting one way or the other: Members of the Armed Forces and National Guard are not allowed to vote.
13: Anyone like baseball? The Dominican Republic certainly does. It’s the country’s most popular sport, and over 100 professional U.S. Baseball players were born here, including David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Albert Puhols, and Sammy Sosa.
14: The Capital, Santo Domingo, was chosen as the Cultural Capital of the Americas in 2010, an honor comparable to being selected for the Olympic Games.
15: The Dominican Republic is a world-leader in eco-tourism. As it stands, about a quarter of the country’s land and coastal shores are protected as national parks, sanctuaries, and reservations.
16: One eco-tourism attraction stands out above the rest: In the months between January and March, Samaná Bay becomes home to large groups of humpback whales, making their annual trip to the Dominican Republic for the winter. The country created a sanctuary around Samaná to protect these animals from hunters.
17: The Dominican Republic is home to both the highest and the lowest points in the Caribbean. Pico Duarte scratches the clouds at 10,417 feet, while Lake Enriquillo hangs down at -150.9 feet.
18: Fair warning—if there’s change for your check, the waiter may hand you some candy. In general, people in the Dominican Republic will try to give you something of equal value when there’s small differences in cost.
19: If you’re into literature, you should know that the Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz not only comes from the Dominican Republic, most of his literature is centered around his life growing up here and moving to the United States. Pick up the book if you want a look at some of the country’s darker days.
Like what you’ve heard so far? Well, get packing, and wait ’til you see what it’s like to actually be here
Written by Connor Johnson
Connor Johnson is a flexible content and copy writer located in the Boston area. He supplements his writing with in-depth research and general marketing skills. He can be contacted here.