5 Reasons You Should Visit the Dominican Republic
The Domincan Republic is very aware of its newfound reputation as a tourist hot-spot. It would be hard for it not to be. After all, tourism makes up more than $1 Billion of the Dominican Republic’s annual income. While it isn’t the country’s primary source of income, that’s still a lot for an island nation, even by the Caribbean’s standards.
But, you’ve probably heard all this, before, haven’t you? If you’ve been following this blog, we’ve said time and time again; the Dominican Republic is a must-see, top-tier tourist destination.
And you’re likely wondering what makes it such a hot-spot for tourists.
Well, that’s the point of this article; to let you know why the Dominican Republic is such a popular destination for tourists and vacationers. And hopefully, by the end of this short article, you’ll want to visit just as much as everyone else.
Almost every country likes to take pride in the friendliness of its people towards outsiders. Especially tourists. The Caribbean, in particular, tries to emphasize this quality. But, there’s a reason that most other Caribbean nations throw tourists in resorts or cruise ships, instead of inviting them to explore the island; not everyone is that friendly.
The Dominican Republic on the other hand? They’re genuinely welcoming.
Now, we could speculate endlessly about why this might be; maybe it’s the Dominican Republic’s interest in tourism, maybe it’s the extra space allowing locals to keep from feeling crowded by vacationers, or maybe it’s just a cultural difference. But, the fact of the matter is that Dominicans are very friendly to outsiders.
It isn’t a happy-go-lucky utopia, of course, but you’ll be surprised by how helpful and welcoming Dominicans tend to be, especially those grouped into the cities or coastal towns.
With Size Comes Variety
For a Caribbean nation, the Dominican Republic is huge. At 18,705 Square Miles, it’s the second-largest Caribbean nation next to Cuba (which is not known for its tourism industry). And, due to its location, size, and geography, it’s also one of the most biologically and geologically diverse nations in the Caribbean.
What does that mean?
Well, that means that you’ll never run out of places to explore in the Dominican Republic. It’s so huge that it would take months of staying there to hit everything of interest, and even people with very narrow interests will find a huge variety of spots to visit. There are too many national parks to count (ranging from rainforests to mountains to coasts), a ton of beautiful cities, and history beyond measure. Food and culture are likewise varied, so if you want more bang for your buck, it’s a top pick.
The Beaches and Coasts
Yes, the Caribbean is known for its beaches. But, given that the Dominican Republic has 800 miles of coastline, it’s easy to see that there’s little comparison to be had.
But more than that, the Dominican Republic has a wide variety of coasts to explore, from remote, untouched, pristine white sand beaches, to commercialized, convenient joints right alongside popular resorts. And, due again to the size, you’ll get to see many different kinds of wildlife along the shores.
Dominican food has the typical Latin American flare, but is unique in its own way. This is due to the fact that it was the result of a combination of Spanish, African, and indigenous Taino influences. And, due to the recent bump in tourism, many Middle-Eastern and East-Asian cuisines are beginning to filter in. To add to that, the country has a lot of delicious fish to choose from, and a variety of tropical fruits.
Which is where things get interesting: people in the Dominican Republic often love to try and meld different cooking styles and be generally adventurous with their food. As a result, Dominican food can be very inventive.
One word’s all we needed for this entry. Almost 25% of the Dominican Republic is protected land, and the country has nearly 120 different national parks. They take care of the natural land around them, and work hard to keep it pristine.
That said, they’re aware that these beautiful habitats make a great tourist attraction, so they also work hard to ensure that visitors can come, see, and appreciate all the splendor and beauty of the Dominican landscape and wildlife.
Truth be told, this article is not big enough to give you every reason to visit the Dominican Republic, but we hope that it’s piqued your interest!
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.