Beauty on a Historic Scale. Surrounded by a spectacular mountain range, Puerto Plata offers a wide variety of historic sites, great resorts and challenging golf. Santo Domingo, the oldest settlement in the Western Hemisphere, is rich in history. East of Santo Domingo lies trendy La Romana, home to international polo matches and world-class championship golf as well as Punta Cana, which offers an unparalled stretch of pearl white sand Caribbean beaches including Bavaro Beach, home to some of the finest resorts and restaurants on the island.
This lush, sprawling nation that shares the island of Hispaniola (Columbus first stop in the New World) with Haiti, is definitely one of the Caribbean's most versitile playgrounds. Travelers with a taste for adventure can, among other things, hike Pico Duarte, the highest peak in the Caribbean, or raft the clear waters of the Yaque del Norte River.
Diving? There's some of the best you`ll find anywhere, including freshwater cave diving in the Dominican Inland Sea. Golfers can test their skills on 23 of the most challenging and beautiful golf courses in the Caribbean. And, with its all-around value pricing, this is a top family vacation destination with a wealth of special kids programs and play areas at virtually every resort, plus many new family attractions such as the National Aquarium in Santo Domingo, Columbus Water Park in Puerto Plata and Manati Park in Bavaro