The Dominican Republic, a nation upon an island of beauty, quite unlike anywhere else in the world. It is little wonder that the small island nation has become such a huge tourist destination, with Dominican Republic tourism soaring to seemingly unmatchable heights. In modern society, it is the place to see and be seen, offering a wealth of experiences and riches to anyone fortunate enough to grace the shores.
The Republic itself is situated on the eastern part of the island of Hispaniola, sharing the island at a rough 2:1 ratio with the nation of Haiti. Hispaniola itself is the second largest island of the Greater Antilles, sitting as a stunning tropical paradise amidst the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, and the Dominican Republic is the jewel in its crown.
Dominican Republic tourism, as briefly mentioned before, is ever increasing. The tourist trade fully began in the 1960s during the boom in aircraft usage for commercial purpose; the tourist adventurers of the day were quick to learn of the delights offered. With the wealth boom in Europe of the 1980s, the tourism market in the Dominican Republic experienced its second boom, elevating it to one of the most visited places for Western tourists.
It is startlingly easy to see why this popularity of yesteryear has continued into the modern day. No matter what exactly takes your fancy as a tourist, the Dominican Republic has something to offer.
For the thrill and adventure seeker, the crisp and clear waters surrounding the island make for an adventure in water sports While activities such as wind surfing, paragliding and even cruising around at high speed on the infamous ‘banana boat’ may be familiar, the location is not. The stunning blue waters surrounding the Dominican Republic are enough to tempt anyone, and the majority of beaches offer some kind of on site water activities that can be paid for on the day. These range from the aforementioned popular choices, to those that require the warm seas to enjoy – snorkelling is a particular favorite for those enjoying the delights of Dominican Republic tourism.
Away from the water and in land, there are numerous activities ideal for anyone with an interest in nature – or even just seeing indigenous creatures in their stunning natural surroundings. Numerous guided walks, hiking trips and bird watching sessions can be indulged in, allowing one to enjoy the stimulating company of the animal and bird population of the Dominican Republic. There are over 20 national, preserved parks on this small island alone, all of which are open to the public – presenting opportunities to view wildlife up close that one only thought could be seen through a television. It is a realistic, fascinating experience and one that completes the wonders of the fabulous outdoors-based tourism market in the Dominican Republic.
After a day of sightseeing and enjoying the natural beauty of the island, one can relax in one of the numerous bars and restaurants that populate the islands. If you enjoy gambling, you will be thrilled to discover there is a large casino base in the Dominican Republic. If you’re lucky enough, you may just win enough money to make a return trip to this stunning island nation!