A Caribbean country in between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic has plenty to offer tourists, especially in the eastern and southern regions.
Punta Cana on the easternmost corner of the Dominican Republic, is famous for its pristine, white-sandy beaches and friendly atmosphere - in addition to its rich historical roots. Visit Santo Domingo, the first known European settlement, dating back to the 15th century, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the Cathedral Santa Maria La Menor, the oldest cathedral in the Americas to The National Palace, there’s plenty of historical and architectural marvels to take in. Take a day trip to nearby Saona Island, for some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Try your hand at surfing and snorkelling, and keep an eye out for dolphins, which are often spotted in the warm waters.
The adventurous might consider venturing out to the country’s southern region, well-known for its untouched scenery as one of the nation's least travelled regions. Visit Barahona - which is easily accessible - and discover the rugged cliffs and lush landscapes alongside beaches studded with coconut palms. For a variety of hotels in the Dominican Republic East & South, browse the options at Hotels4u.