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Honeymoon in the Dominican Republic

Celebrate Life’s Romantic Landmarks in the Dominican Republic

Getting engaged or married is one of the happiest, romantic and memorable times in a person’s life. The Dominican Republic (DR) offers endless opportunities to ensure that special moment will be the most enchanting and memorable day possible.

Six distinct regions offer one-of-a-kind backdrops for couples

“Located in the eastern Caribbean, the DR is easy-to-get to with eight international airports throughout the country. Caribbean sunsets, pristine sea sides and palm-lined beaches greet visitors as they fly into our lovely country,” said DR Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia. “When a couple selects the DR for the most important day of their lives, we recognize the importance and handle all aspects of the celebration as if the couple were part of our own family.”

The DR offers a range of nuptial details for couples to consider. “Whether someone is looking for lush tropical gardens for a backdrop to their wedding or the uniqueness of a quaint village,” said Minister Garcia, “we will accommodate extravagant and intimate; exciting or relaxed for every style and budget.”

In 2009, an estimated 2.2 million Americans will be wed; an increase of 5 percent over 2008.Of the 2.2 million American weddings, 18 percent or 396,000 couples are estimated to choose a destination wedding.

According to the 2009 Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Reader Survey, “Destination weddings have big appeal to Echo Boomers (born between 1982-1995), who are accustomed to traveling and have friends and family spread across the country and world. Destination weddings are also easier to plan, appealing to nontraditional couples and older couples who may not want a long engagement.”

The DR offers couples a unique romantic escape to fulfill every destination engagement or wedding fantasy. The DR not only offers the perfect landscape for those looking to get engaged, but also offers brides-to-be a vast variety of hotels with comprehensive wedding packages including wedding coordinators, bridal treatments, photographer, music, flowers, honeymoon suite, personalized wedding cake, catering, amenities for guests and much more to ensure that the wedding day is as hassle-free, cost-effective and relaxed as possible.

Where to go

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Santo Domingo

With over three million residents, the cosmopolitan city of Santo Domingo is possibly the most vibrant place in the entire Caribbean. Santo Domingo features a rich culture and history juxtaposed against modern developments. In the historic Colonial ...

With over three million residents, the cosmopolitan city of Santo Domingo is possibly the most vibrant place in the entire Caribbean. Santo Domingo features a rich culture and history juxtaposed against modern developments. In the historic Colonial City, newer hotels are located on ancient cobble-stoned streets; luxury cars share the roads with horse-drawn carriages; an avant-garde international cuisine scene thrives amid classic Creole cuisine; and 21st century buildings rest beside 15th and 16th century traditional houses.

As the oldest city in the New World, Santo Domingo's Colonial City boasts the first street, cathedral, university and hospital in the Americas. In fact, visitors usually notice that the well-preserved ancient city, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990, makes them feel as if they had been transported back to another time.

Furthermore, and thanks to being selected as the 2010 American Capital of Culture, The Cultural Capital Organization, with the collaboration of the Dominican authorities, recently invited the public to help select from among 27 cultural sites, the seven treasures of cultural heritage in Santo Domingo. The seven treasures elected by unanimous vote include the Columbus Palace, the first Cathedral in the New World, the Ozama Fort, the Museum of the Royal Houses, the National Botanical Gardens, the Caribbean seaside boardwalk called the Malecón and the Palace of Fine Arts.

Visit: www.cac-acc.org for a list of all the 27 nominations considered historic treasures in the capital city.

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Punta Cana

Punta Cana is known the world over for stunning beaches, upscale hotels, romantic settings, and amazing golf courses. The East Coast beaches of the Dominican Republic's Altagracia province have consistently been ranked as some of the world's best by those who have visit them.

In Punta Cana you can find the perfect resort to fit the vacation of your dreams: from family vacations to championship golf courses, to romance or luxurious relaxation, you'll find everything you need.

The East Coast region boasts over 35,000 hotel rooms with a size and style for everyone. World-class brands offer excellent service, delicious food and endless opportunities for activities and adventure. There is no better place to enjoy the rhythms of merengue and bachata.

The tourism here has been developing at a dizzying pace, many of them luxurious hotels with golf courses very close by. The best examples are Los Corales and Cap Cana, among other options in Bávaro, in Arena Gorda and in Macao. All of these are just minutes away from the Punta Cana International Airport, where most visitors fly in.

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Puerto Plata

A coastline with more than 62 miles of beaches, coastal villages and hotels, Puerto Plata is nestled between the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the majestic mountains of the Northern Cordillera. It is also the province where the remains of the first European settlement in the Americas are located. Admiral Christopher Columbus' famous three ships made landfall here in 1492 and called it La Isabela. If you are in the area, don't forget to visit the Taíno Museum and the Temple of the American located there.

Nicknamed the "Amber Coast" for its rich amber deposits, Puerto Plata is the northern coast's largest province with more than 300,000 inhabitants. It's adorned with beautiful Victorian houses dating back to the end of the 19th century and the San Felipe fortress, which dates back to 1577. Other favorite spots include the famous Amber museum, Brugal Rum factory, and the 2,700 foot cable car ride to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres with its famous Botanical Garden and statue of Christ.

Other tourist attractions in Puerto Plata include Ocean World and the Columbus and the Fun City water park go-karts. Just a 30-minute ride along the Northern Coast's tourist road will bring you to the Yasika Adventures Park where you can try even more adventurous activities like Zip Line tours.

In Puerto Plata, you can also enjoy the unspoiled beaches, adventures in nature, cultural tourism, and amazing water sports while exploring the beach towns of Cofresí, Costámbar, Maimón, Luperón and La Isabela.

The North Coast is perfect eco-enthusiasts who love to be pampered between adventures. It has great beaches such as Sosúa, Cabarete and Playa Dorada, which are surrounded by an entire complex of hotels and an excellent golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

An Overview of Culture

There's no place quite like the Dominican Republic. That’s because its history is the result of an unlikely mixture of influences; nowhere else will you find a blending of European, African, and native Taíno Indian cultures.

These distinct cultures still drive the social identity of the people today. Every aspect of their food, music, art, sports and religion provides a unique insight into the development of their country. In a single day you can experience both ancient and modern cultures from around the globe.

Nowhere is this more evident than in their food. As a former Spanish Colony, many of its dishes carry a familiar Latin American feel. Lots of rice, beans, meat and seafood can be found in their cuisine. However, strong influences from its heritage give the meals a unique twist. Traditional Taíno dishes are still made featuring yucca, plantains, and potatoes; as well as African recipes using similar native ingredients.

The most common food on the Island is called La Bandera, or “The Flag”. It is made with meat, rice, and red beans. Making the dish distinctly Dominican, many will also serve it with friend plantains called “tostones”. As a culture that loves to eat, the meal will often continue beyond this first course. Be prepared to try boiled green plantain known as “mangú”, “pasteles en hojas”, which are wrapped turnovers cooked in banana leaves; and various casseroles, stews, and meat dishes featuring braised goat, pork and chicken rinds.

In addition to their rich culinary history, Dominicans also demonstrate their unmistakable heritage through art. The island is filled with many different types of bright and colorful artwork. Jewelry made out of amber, bone, horn and coconut husk can be found at local markets and shops, where the native Taíno influence can still be seen. In addition to jewelry, Dominican artists also use clay, porcelain, hemp, and guano to make both decorative and religious figurines.

Many of these figurines point to the religious history of the island. Its inhabitants are mostly Catholic, followed by other denominations of Christianity.

Although food and art are important parts of Dominican culture, the true life of the culture is baseball. Much more than a national pastime, baseball is a major source of national pride and identity. In fact, almost 40 percent of players in the U.S. Major League Baseball and minor leagues come from Latin America- with most of those coming from the Dominican Republic. Some of their most famous Dominican players include Pedro Martinez, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols and Sammy Sosa.

As the first city founded in the Americas, the Dominican Republic’s capital city of Santo Domingo boasts an incredible collection of museums, historic sites, art and music. The Colonial City, located inside Santo Domingo, is the first city of the America’s; it features the first street, hospital, university and cathedral in the Americas. It is believed that the body of Christopher Columbus still resides on this island that he landed on hundreds of years ago.

There are many historic museums and buildings that take a unique look into Dominican culture. Among them are the Alcázar de Colon (Fortress of Colon), the Reloj de Sol (the Sun Clock) and the monasterio de los Padres Dominicos (the Monastery of the Dominican Fathers)

Much of the Dominican culture can be experienced through its inspiring museums, food, and music. However, to truly understand the depth of the Dominican People, you must experience carnival. This annual celebration of independence spans the entire country, with each city putting on their own unique version of the festival. They fill the streets with colorful masks, music, and of course, dancing. However, Carnival didn’t always look this way. It is actually the culmination of all three cultures; native Taíno, Spanish and African. Brought together, they create a swirl of energy and culture that you can’t find anywhere else. Carnival lasts throughout the month of February, climaxing on the 27th.

Other Dominican Holidays include January 26, the day of the patriarch Juan Pablo Duarte; March 9, the day of the patriarch Francisco del Rosario Sánchez; August 16, the Restoration of the Republic; and Constitution day on November 6.

Source: www.godominicanrepublic.com

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