Paperback: 374 pages
Published: January 2012
Dimensions: 8 x 5.25
Available in print and as an ebook
About the Travel Guide
Commonly seen, but hardly known: this is the dichotomy of visiting the Dominican Republic. Travelers flock by the millions to enjoy its sunny beaches graced with palm trees and endless glasses of cuba libre. Yet few venture beyond the pristine confines of internationally-run resorts. Discover the unknown Dominican Republic as our writers introduce you to the Old World's first outpost in the New World.
Today, Dominicans are a modern mélange of African, European and Taino roots, mixing and matching the traditional and the contemporary to create a heady blend. Experience pan-Hemispheric fusion as you listen to the up-tempo beats of merengue and bachata, and sample pleasing Dominican fare like rice and beans and fried sweet plantains.
The Dominican Republic challenges the visitor with extraordinary geographic diversity: the picturesque deserts of the Southwest, pine-covered central mountains, lush tropical forests and idyllic beaches on every coast. Whether you come to explore centuries-old colonial ruins, climb the highest peak in the Caribbean, or find a surfer’s paradise, there is surely something to suit every interest. Be part of the adventure as we show you the rich culture and stunning natural beauty of the real Dominican Republic.
Your Guides to the Dominican Republic: Katherine Tuider and Evan Caplan
Katherine attributes her love of travel to a one-way ticket to Buenos Aires that evolved into a two-month adventure around South America. Since then she has explored Vietnam by motorcycle, led medicinal tours in Ecuador and traveled to every corner of the Dominican Republic while serving as a Health Extension Volunteer for Peace Corps. After three years of experiencing the island’s rich culture and history, eating its soul-warming food and creating lifelong friendships with the incredibly warm and generous Dominicans, she decided to share the country she loves with others through this book.
Evan hails from just outside the quaint and bucolic locale of New York City. After graduation, he heard the calling of the Peace Corps, serving in an equally rural village of 400 in the central valley of the Dominican Republic. He subsisted off of plantains, rice, and local brews as he worked with his local counterparts to implement appropriate and sustainable projects, from raising rabbits to teaching business skills. At the end of his service, sitting in the trunk seat of a nine-passenger car and marveling at the setting sun over a nearby precipice, Evan realized he wanted to inspire others to embark on this same journey.