The Dominican Republic is a part of the Caribbean, one of the most traveled destination regions in the world, and for good reason. The Caribbean is a tropical region, full of sunshine and happiness. Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahamas, Trinidad, and of course the Dominican Republic. Ask any baseball fanatic and they will tell you that the Dominican Republic is one of the main centers for churning out exceptional diamond talent, but this little country is far more than just that. Here are some top spots to visit when vacationing in the Dominican Republic.

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1-) Puerto Plata- This is the capital of its province, full of beauty and history. One can go up Pico Isabel de Torres, a mountain within the city that features a stunning botanical garden and a replica of Rio de Janeiro’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue. In the mid-1500’s, the port area was a place where one would have often seen pirates. The annual carnival is one of the best times to be there. One will see dancing, colorful costumes, and all-around celebration.

2-) Eastern National Park- For the explorer and animal lover alike, Eastern National Park is a must-see spot in DR. Over 100 species of birds can be found here, as well as all sorts of marine life. A cave system can be explored, where pre-Columbian art can be seen. Swimming, snorkeling, and diving are among the most popular items in this area.

3-) Cordillera Central- This is the Central Mountains in English, and the place where Jarabacoa can be found. This area is home to spectacular waterfalls, a white-water river called Rio Yaque del Norte, and several forests. The rafting, mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing enthusiasts will be loathe to leave this stunning region of beauty and nature.

4-) Any Major City or Small Town- This is a bit vague, but every town has a celebration or festival, be it large or small. You’ll want to check your calendars for where these festivals are at. These regional festivals are called fiestas patronales, which are celebrations of the city’s patron saint. Some of these are very traditional and have some religious nature behind them, most common in the smaller towns far from the standard tourist areas. Although this isn’t part of the white sand beach, snorkeling, or exploring you hear about on most travel sites, it is a way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Prepare to be amazed as some of these festivals can go on for roughly a week and a half.

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