The Dominican Republic is one of two countries located on the island of Hispaniola. A large country with many popular tourist destinations, they are broken down into four main areas, the north coast, the south coast, the east coast, and the Samana Peninsula.
The east coast is well known and very busy with the ever popular all inclusive beach resort of Punta Cana located here with many huge resorts. The rest of the area is mostly farming villages and that is the biggest draw back of the area, aside from the gorgeous beaches most other activities are quite a drive inland.
The south coast with its many resorts and diverse landscapes starts on one end near the east coast and is made up of small towns with bigger resorts in the area, and leading back to the capital city of Santo Domingo it becomes more urban and less rural between resort areas.
The large north coast is well known for such tourist areas as, Playa Dorada and nearby Peurto Plata, Sosua, Cabarete , Rio San Juan , Cabrera/Playa Grande and its landscape varies from arid dessert, to more familiar tropical vegetation with beaches and cities along the coast.
If your looking for a beach vacation there are lots of choices, but Punta Cana has been a popular one for the last decade, and continues to lead the pack in terms of number of visitors headed to one area.
Known for their white sandy beaches and lush tall palm trees, the resorts found on the shores of the Dominican are an incredible place to unwind and relax to recharge your batteries. On my visits to the Dominican Republic I have had the pleasure of staying at Riu resorts in both Puerto Plata and Punta Cana. Both the Riu Merengue in Puerto Plata and the Riu Bambu in Punta Cana are club hotels that are all inclusive 24hr resorts.
Both feature very short drives from airports and have wonderful open air lobbies that make you feel welcome from the time you arrive until the sad day of your departure. Full breakfast lunch and dinner courses are served in the main buffet style restaurant with snacks available any time of the day. Reservations can be made in advance for the a-lacarte restaurants on the property featuring an Italian restaurant, a steak house grill, and an asian inspired restaurant.
The pool and beach areas are always kept immaculate and thankfully there is plenty of sunny and shady spots available around the pool and on the beach under one of many palm trees. Whether you are looking for a quick getaway or are planning on an extended stay, you won’t be disappointed with your choice to spend your vacation dollars in the Dominican Republic.