Romantic ideas don’t have to be hard to come by. You’re in the Caribbean, after all. There are few other more romantic places on earth, and at the time of this writing, I’m hard pressed to think of one better than Punta Cana.
The Dominican Republic’s Zona Colonial is the oldest permanent European Settlement in the Americas. Settled in 1498, just six years after Columbus’ first landfall, this is the site of the Americas first cathedral, hospital, customs house, and university, and so you can see how valuable a site this colonial zone remains to this day. Laid out in grid pattern, the Zona Colonial (or Ciudad Colonial) became the model for which almost all other town planners in the New World.
It’s generally well-accepted notion in the Dominican Republic that Christmas here lasts about 3 months. Yep, you read that right. Christmas in the Dominican Republic is serious business, and so it commands a serious amount of time. But don’t worry – Christmas is all about fun and merrymaking, so if you’ve found yourself on this wonderful slice of the Greater Antilles, here’s what to look out for during Christmas in the Dominican Republic.
Tucked away in the northern coast of the Dominican Republic you’ll find one of the last bastions of truly tropical Caribbean escapes. I’m talking, of course, about Puerto Plata. This “port of silver” it truly a destination vacation. Beach town nightlife, mountainous trails for hiking and biking, and of course the glittering waters of the Caribbean, this little town has the infrastructure of a world-class stopover, but the crowds of a sleepy fishing village. If you’ve come to the Dominican Republic looking to get away, you’ve come to the right place. There are many things to do in Puerto Plata, but hitting the best beaches in Puerto Plata is a highlight among them.
Welcome to Cigar Country! This region of the Dominican Republic proudly produces some of the best tobacco and correspondingly, some of the best cigars in the whole world. People from all over come here to get a taste of the signature cigars that La Romana produces, and if you’re in the Dominican area and looking for unique things to do, this is a great option.