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  • 63%
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    This is an incredible country primarily because of its people. They love their country, are proud of their country, and don't need our tourist dollars to keep it running.

    But they do not hesitate to welcome visitors.

    I say this as a guy who has spent roughly six weeks total, living and working in the DR with a wife and young child--from Santiago, to Puerto Plata; Santo Domingo to Barahona. I've also spent a good amount of time throughout the Caribbean, including Guatemala, Honduras, and Jamaica--DR is hands down the best.

    Disclaimer: I'm not a resorts kind of guy--I can't tell you how good the golf course is in Puerto Plata. Frankly, if you *need* a resort to travel, save yourself the trouble of getting a passport and just book your vacation in Key West or Myrtle Beach--those cities have beaches, cigars and tropical drinks, *and* you can drink the tap water.

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  • Dominican RepublicAmbassadorPro 2014

    I have mixed feelings about the Dominican Republic. I hated Puerto Plata. Punta Cana has beautiful beaches, just be careful where you decide to stay. With so many other options in the Caribbean, I'm not sure I'll return.

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  • Dominican Republic
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    I plan on going back there just because everyone is so laid back, it's a fun place! beautiful country.

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    I traveled here for a water polo tournament as a kid. I remember loving the place, we stayed at a very nice resort right on the beach. I went scuba diving for my first time and saw amazing sea life, I also went paint balling in the forrest. I had a great trip- make sure you stay at a resort for the best experience.

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  • Dominican Republic

    The DR is a great option for a Caribbean vacation because it has a little bit of everything: all-inclusives (Punta Cana/Bavaro), do-it-yourself beach vacations (Las Terrenas and Las Galeras), worldclass kiteboarding spots (Cabarete), good diving and snorkeling (Bayahibe), great city life (Santo Domingo--the historic district is especially cool), and outdoorsy destinations (Parque Los Haitises, Pico Duarte, Samana during the whale watching season). Airfare is also pretty affordable from the US and Canada, which is great because you can save your cash to spend while there.

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    Apartment for Rent in PUNTA CANA, BAVARO,Playa los Corales, La Altagracia , from US$ 350,--per week , $ 50,--per day, monthly on request up to 4 People.
    STUNNING APARTMENT 300 METERS FROM THE BEACH
    For more infos email: jens.corinna@yahoo.com
    Visit Web Site: http://puntacanarental.egoditor.com,
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    This apartment is located in Los Corales which is a modern village situated on the East coast of the Dominican Republic, in the town of Bávaro and only 15 minutes from the International Airport of Punta Cana and the Hospital. 
     
    It is only 4 minutes walk to the fine white sands of world renowned Bavaro beach in Punta Cana where you can just relax, go for long walks, sun bath or go for a swim. The residential community of El Dorado Village is provided with mutual green, private parking, garden with a large swimming pool and 24 hour security. 

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    Dominican Republic is a true tropical paradise. White sand beaches, breezy palms and azure waters of Caribbean sea or Atlantic Ocean. DR without a doubt is a beach-lover’s paradise. Still DR is a 3rd world county so be prepared that cities are not very safe and drinking water is an issue. Find yourself a 4-5 star all-inclusive hotel and enjoy all the best DR has to offer.

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  • Dominican Republic

    Beautiful country for the most part, however the resort area is highly built-up around more impoverished areas.

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  • Dominican Republic

    I SPENT MY TEEN AGE YEARS RINNING AROUND THES STREETS AND I ALWAYS VISIT, BEST BREAKFAST EL BARON DE PENALBA,ALSO GREAT PLACE FOR A CIGAR AND ESSPRESO,KILLER SCREWDRIVERS AT THE HARD ROCK

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  • Dominican Republic

    Lovely country full of great fruits, foods, and steller baby blue sparkling waters. If you aren't scuba certified you do not have to fret...the snorkeling there is amazing since the whole oceanside is surrounded by coral reefs and you can walk miles out into the sea. The people are friendly and they have lots of adventure to offer as well as relaxation. I have been to a lot of different oceans and their's is the brightest sparkle bluest one in my book.

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  • Dominican Republic

    Far to hot to move out of complex
    But do manage a few excursions. Was a lovely place to visit !!!

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  • Dominican Republic

    Great place for a vacation if you like or love the sun. Temperatures are high every day and if you get any rain, it rarely lasts long and everything dries very quickly

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  • Dominican Republic

    A better place for an extended visit rather than living here. Definitely a lot of culture, and the more time you spend, the more the negative aspects of horrendously bad education, crushing poverty, hugely disparate economic distribution and rampant corruption throughout the entire government.

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  • Dominican Republic

    Spent two years of my life here and I love the DR. I have never been to an all-inclusive resort, but Punta Cana, has quite a few. I owned a car there so I traveled quite a lot and the roads are fairly decent. I do not recommend driving at night. Do not take shared public taxis. Use common sense. I am a merchant mariner and had a asphalt barge sitting in the harbor which is still there as some wealthy Dominicans bought it from the company I worked for. Anyone wanting advice on visiting the DR should visit DR1 a talk forum comprised of ex-pats.

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  • Dominican Republic

    The country is amazing-- it's people are the real gem. Beautiful beaches and easygoing locals make this a place to go back to.

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    The Dominican Republic is known for it's pretty beaches and white sand. The people are very friendly and it's a great country to visit.

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  • Dominican Republic

    i have been to the domincan republic many times, my wife is from there (santiago), and i love it every time i go, every time i go im wishing that i could somehow come up with a small, but stable income, so i can just stay there, the cost of living there is about 30% of my life here (new york city), but im not giving up yet, one day, some how, i'll find a way to make it happen

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  • Dominican Republic

    The major resort complexes of Santo Domingo, Punta Cana and Playa Dorada, and the nation's biggest gaming facility, Casino Dominicus, in La Romana are among the island's 120-plus casinos. The casinos acceps bets in either pesos or U.S. dollars. Casinos are open until 4 or 5 AM. I would recommend trying out Playa Dorada Casino in the Allegro Playa Dorada. This hotel has 500 rooms and is near an 18-hole golf course.

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  • Dominican Republic
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    Love this place, been 5 times since 2001.

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    The best in the world.....

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With its enviable position as one of the largest countries in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has been blessed with a plethora of natural beauty and cultural riches. Home to the oldest city in the Western hemisphere, the Dominican Republic is a blend of local Taino or Arawak natives, Spanish colonialists and African slaves. The people are known for their friendliness, and the melting pot of cultures means there are plenty of historic sights to see on the island. Try exploring shipwrecks near Bayahibe, a quiet seaside town on the east coast. Check out the capital of Santo Domingo for its historical richness as well as its pulsating nightlife (fast-paced merengue was invented here). A few days exploring the Samaná peninsula is recommended; you can find secluded villages, bays and beaches while staying in some of the resorts nearby at Las Terrenas. If you're here from October to January, join in the Dominican national pastime: baseball. Dominicans make up the second largest national contingency of Major League Baseball players, bested only by the US. And, oh, did we mention the beaches? Luxury resorts and hotels line much of the beach, but, with territory this vast, plenty of ... read more
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