Hotels Dominican Republic
What to see by car: Dominican Republic
To view all that the country has to offer, a typical driving tour will reveal
an extremely diverse landscape ranging from semi-desert plains to luxuriant
valleys of tropical rain forests and, of course, miles of magnificent golden
sandy beaches that extend over one-third of the coastline.
Altos de Chavon, the artist village overlooking the Chavon River, recalls hillside
villages of the south of France and Italy. Created by Charles Bluhdorn, the
late founder and chairman of Gulf and Western, it was designed and sculpted
in stone by Roberto Coppa, the Italian set designer; and today includes an impressive
Archaeological Museum of Taino artefacts, the amphitheatre (where international
artists perform), and the Parsons School of Design.
Some of the country's most spectacular beaches are found along the eastern
shores. Near to Casa de Campo is Bayahibe, the beach of your dreams. Boat trips
to the nearby islands of Catalina and Saona uncover beaches that are straight
out of Robinson Crusoe. Snorkelling on these living reefs is the experience
of a lifetime.
Visitors in the north (Puerto Plata region) should not miss an exploratory
day trip into the magical valleys of the Cordillera Septentrionale, especially
around Jarabacoa, a region known locally as the 'Dominican Alps.'
There are some impressive national parks in the Dominican Republic which should
be on everyone's itinerary, including Isla Cabritos National Park lying within
Lake Enriquillo. There are over 106 species of flora and fauna including wonderful
endemic cacti. Birds and reptiles abound; look out for the American crocodile
in one of the largest crocodile populations of the world. The park is habitat
for 62 species of bird ranging from flamingo to white crown pigeon and Hispaniolan
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