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The Dominican Republic
Once governed by Spain, the Dominican Republic covers approximately 66% of the Caribbean island known as “Hispaniola”, Haiti covers the remaining third and Spanish is the official language of this former French Colony. Located on the south coast is the capital city of Santo Domingo. The highest point in the West Indies “Pico Duarte” can be found here in the largely mountainous interior. It is also one of the poorest countries in the region with a very large disparity between the rich and poorest of its peoples. The ethnic mix of the country is mostly from mixed European and African origins. These two very diverse backgrounds have mixed together to create the popular dance and song the “meringue”. Undoubtedly the main reason the island is so popular with tourists is the fantastic weather and incredible white sandy beaches. You also have the added bonus of having the choice of either the Caribbean or Atlantic Ocean coastline to have a dip into.
The Dominican Republic has not made the mistake of other destinations by spoiling this precious resource with unsightly high rise resorts. Instead it has adopted to use low–rise, white washed hotels to offer low key accommodation that blends in more favourably with the environment. Many of the hotels offer the ever more popular “All –Inclusive” option for a luxurious holiday break. The splendid natural resources are the main draw to the island and unsurprisingly most of the activities are based around them. The incredibly clear waters make this destination a favourite place for snorkelling with its diverse variety of colourful sea life.
So when is the best time to visit the Dominican Republic? There are two busy times for visiting; firstly between December to February and secondly between July and August. The most reliable weather is found during these times, although some rain is possible in July and August. At these times the beaches are at their busiest and most of the resorts are crowded. Outside of the busy times March and April are good times to visit the island when it is quieter and the weather still favourable - the rainy season normally starts in May.
Whatever time of year you visit The Dominican Republic you can be assured to be delighted with some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, at an affordable price you never thought possible. If you tire of the comforts of your luxury accommodation you might venture a little further afield and see some of the other attractions the Dominican has to offer.