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5 things to do in Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic is much more than beaches

During these weeks in which the buzzword in the streets of Spain is "cyclogenesis", one looks at the windows of travel agencies avidly looking for offers to places that are advertised with photos of beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters, where The swimsuit will become your only coat.

A few years ago I decided to take a break from the tough Dublin winter and I left with some good friends to spend a few days of rest in Dominican Republic.

I had some qualms about these All Inclusive trips, but I must admit that everything went much better than expected. But nevertheless, the Dominican Republic offers much more than most people think. Looking beyond the concept of all-inclusive - or even combining it with it - this country offers many options to the traveler wanting to do things:

Culture and party in Santo Domingo

The capital of the Dominican Republic deserves to spend a couple of days in it.

Combine history and party in such a way that most bars and clubs can be found splashing the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo.

The statue of Columbus in Santo Domingo

In the Colonial Zone you can find what was the first house of Columbus in America, the first cathedral and the first hospital built by the Spaniards in the West Indies. The cultural wealth is completed with other constructions such as the Dominican convent, the church of Santa Clara and the Ozama fortress.

The most emblematic places are the Columbus Square -presided by the statue of the discoverer- and the Plaza de España, larger and offering a beautiful view of the Alcazar of Columbus. For museum lovers, highlight the amber and Atarazanas museum.

Whale watching

It is one of the things that is on my priority list. Although I have been to some of the best places in the World to see whales - like Cape Town (South Africa) or Valdés Peninsula (Argentina) - it was never at the time that these huge cetaceans were there.

In the Dominican Republic you can see Humpback whales between January and March, when the waters of the North are too cold and go down to the Caribbean zone. The recommended places are the Samana Bay and the Bank of the Silver.

Saona Island

A French friend we met in Isla Saona

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