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Best Shopping in Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is a great place for all your shopping needs, whether you’re looking for fine art and jewelry, everyday staples, or perishable souvenirs like Dominican rum, cigars, and coffee.

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Moon Dominican Republic

Frequent resident and world traveler Lebawit Lily Girma offers her best insider’s tips along with a tourist perspective in Moon Dominican Republic. Girma covers the best of the Dominican Republic, including coverage of Puerto Plata, the Samana Peninsula, Constanza, and Santo Domingo. Girma also offers intriguing sidebars about Dominicanisms, from colmados to traditional dances and […]

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Best Times to Visit the Dominican Republic

It’s no surprise that the Dominican Republic now ranks as the most visited country in the Caribbean. While the blue waves, breezy palm trees, and sparkling sand are worth the trip, it’s the rest of the country that will make you fall in love.

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Travel Itinerary: Best of the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a huge country—the second largest in the Caribbean—and the most diverse geographically. This 10-day itinerary will give you a solid glimpse into the DR’s beaches, culture, and adventure. It can also be used for a 4- or 7-day trip.

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National Parks in the Dominican Republic

In an effort to preserve the ecosystems of the Dominican Republic, 16 national parks, nine natural monuments, and six scientific reserves have been created. Here is an overview of some of the country’s notable parks.

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Day-Tripping in Monte Plata

If you are vacationing in the city of Santo Domingo and seeking a refreshing change from the typical day trip to the beach, try going inland to the rich countryside of the province of Monte Plata.