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.
Table of Contents
History, Politics, Economy, Culture, Demography, Migration, Race and Identity, Language, Family, Women and Gender, Pastimes Etiquette and Formality, Education, Media, Arts, Sports, Religion, Geography and the Environment
2) The Basics
Preparing for Departure, Getting There and Away, Getting Around, Health, Money and Costs, Safety and Security, Communication, Tourist Information, Accommodation, Food and Beverage, Festivals and Holidays, Responsible Travel, Activities
3) Santo Domingo & Surroundings
Introduction, History, Transport, Medical Attention, Banking, Communication, Tourism Offices, Eat, Sleep, Sights and Culture, The Zona Colonial Walking Tour, Nightlife and Entertainment, Sports and Outdoor Activities, Shopping, Tour Operators, Language Courses, Beaches Near Santo Domingo
4) The East
Introduction, San Pedro de Macorís, Hato Mayor, Sabana de la Mar, Parque los Haitises, Miches, Pedro Sánchez, El Seibo, La Romana, Dominicus, Bayahibe, Parque Nacional del Este, San Rafael del Yuma, Boca de Yuma, Higüey, Punta Cana, Bavaro and Cortesito
5) The Northeast Coast
Puerto Plata, Parque Nacional La Isabela (El Castillo), Imbert, Sosua, Cabarete, Rio San Juan, Beaches, Cabrera, Nagua
6) Samaná Peninsula
Sánchez, Samaná, Las Terrenas, El Limón, Las Galeras
7) The Northwest
Montecristi, Punta Rusia, Manzanillo, Dajabón, Río Límpio, Parque Nacional Nalga de Maco
Introduction, History, Transport, Banking, Medical Attention, Communication, Grocery Stores, Gas, Eat, Sleep, Nightlife, Do
9) The Cibao
Bonao, La Vega, Moca, Higüerito, San Victor, Los Bueyes , Salcedo, San Francisco de Macorís
10) The Cordillera Central
Jarabacoa, Constanza, Pico Duarte, La Ciénaga, Mata Grande, Los Corralitos, Constanza, Sabaneta
11) The South
San Cristóbal, Baní, San José de Ocoa, Parque Nacional Valle Nuevo, Azua, San Juan de la Maguana, Barahona, Paraíso, Polo, Reserva de Biósfera Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo, En Route to Lago Enriquillo, La Descubierta, Parque Nacional Lago Enriquillo, Duvergé, Parque Nacional Sierra de Barohuco, Pedernales, Parque Nacional Jaragua, Jimaní
No better book for the DR
Nobody gets to know a country like a Peace Corps volunteer; That becomes obvious when you flip through the pages of this travel tome, written by two Peace Corps volunteers who served in the DR. The authors clearly know the country, and their knowledge of Dominican culture and customs adds flavor and context to the book. There is no better way to get to know this country quickly than to buy this book!
- VF, Actual customer
Great Dominican Guidebook
As a former Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) going to the 50th anniversary celebrations in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, I wanted to have a guidebook that I could trust ... and this is a good one! I was a PCV from '62-'64, so i knew things had changed a lot ... even though I had been back in '74 and '07 for short visits. The country has changed so much. However, with this book in my backpack I was able to successfully negotiate Santo Domingo, and to travel by bus to Santiago and Jarabacoa, selecting hotels, restaurants, things and places to see. Highly recommended.
- JC Miller, Actual customer
Very good guide
It is all i was expecting. Finally a guide where you have good informations and all type of choices. I can not wait to go to the dominican. Thank you.
- Aude Macdonald, Actual customer
Complete travel information for those who wish travel outside the mega resorts
This is an excellent travel book; this will help you with all aspects of a Dominincan vacation if you want to see the country from a broader perspective. It gives you clear instructions for transportation and accommodations which are comfortable and reasonably priced. You will see the most charming places in the DR. With this book you can really make a special vacation. Please do learn a little Spanish....just a few words will show you are trying to communicate and are interested. (An experienced travellor in the DR).
- KSH, Actual customer