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Stunning natural beauty and challenging golf courses, along with some of the region's most hospitable people are hallmarks of the Dominican Republic, popular as both a resort destination and as a cruise ship port of call. The Dominican Republic, often called DR, occupies the eastern two-thirds of the Island of Hispaniola, sharing lovely mountainous terrain with Haiti. On DR, three main mountain ranges run roughly parallel in an easterly - westerly direction. Cordillera Central, the highest, extends from Haiti to San Cristobal in the south. It includes Pico Duarte, the Caribbean's highest mountain, at more than 10,000 feet, its peak often covered by snow. To the north, Cordillera Septentrional stretches along the Atlantic coast from Monte Cristi near the Haitian border to San Francisco de Macorís. This mountain range divides the Atlantic coast and the fertile Cibao valley, yielding gold that brought Christopher Columbus rushing back after discovery of America. Finally, near the Puerto Plata region are valleys of Cordillera Septentrional, around Jarabacoa, a region nicknamed the Dominican Alps. Tucked amid Cuba, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic is decidedly Latin, compared to other Caribbean isles with British or French flavor. DR's history of strife, capped by rule of dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961) and civil wars (1960-1966), has evolved into comparative political stability. Yet because the nation is poor by Caribbean standards -- although far better off than Haiti -- value-oriented DR vacation opportunities abound. Most tourism centers on the north coast around Playa Dorada and Puerto Plata. Capital Santo Domingo on the south also has intrigue, with the first cathedral, hospital, chapel, and university. Gift shops glitter with jewelry, much of it in silver or gold involving island amber or a light blue stone called larimar (found only in DR's southwest province of Barahona). In Puerto Plata, a walk through the town center (Parque Central) leads to the fascinating Amber Museum, housed in a fine example of Victorian architecture. DR amber -- actually tree sap hardened for millions of years -- is cited by experts as the world's most transparent, and the most valuable pieces contain fossilized plant or insect life.
We have organized our listings of the Dominican Republic's local hotel accommodations into several geographic areas and alphabetically. You can begin browsing for hotels in the Greater Dominican Republic area by selecting one of the links shown below.
Hotels in the area of Santo Domingo, the nation's capital and the first colonial capital established in the New World.
The East Coast, including Macao and Punta Cana, is home to large resort hotel complexes with a total of over 10,000 rooms.
The North Coast region is home to over a third of the country's hotel rooms.
Hotels along the northeast coast and around the country, in places such as the Samaná Peninsula.
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Area Facts: Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, although English is widely spoken in the tourist areas. The Dominican Republic is served by seven international airports.
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