Dominican Republic Travel: 5 Facts You May Not Know
- History under your feet: Stroll down the first paved road in the Americas.
- Aquatic adventures: Seek and spot majestic winter wildlife.
- Go higher: Explore cloud forests with jaw-dropping views.
Santo Domingo is One of the Oldest Cities in the Caribbean
Santo Domingo is not only the nation's capital and among the oldest cities in the Caribbean, but it's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its maze of pedestrian-friendly streets take you past architectural masterpieces from the 16th to 20th centuries. As you meander this storied city, you'll also find colonial buildings that have long since become museums, shops, hotels, restaurants and sidewalk cafes.
Samaná is a Seasonal Home to Humpback Whales
In the winter, you may be surprised to learn that you can add whale watching to your seemingly endless list of things to do. Every year, from mid-December to late March, more than 2,000 humpback whales call the northeastern coast of the island home. To take care of their young, the whales migrate south to the island’s coast for the winter, as the younger whales don’t have enough blubber to survive the seasonal chill.
Experience Both the Highest and Lowest Elevations in the Caribbean
For an outdoor adventure like no other, reserve your multi-day trip with a guide and hike Pico Duarte – the country’s tallest peak at 10,125 feet (3,086 meters). Spend each day exploring cloud forests, which are a type of rainforest with much higher altitudes. It's almost always misty, which makes you feel like you are in a cloud. You'll be well rewarded with views and memories that will stay with you long after your trip.
Faro a Colon Projects Light All the Way to Puerto Rico
This lighthouse was built to honor the island's rich history, and marked the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Dominican Republic. Located in Santo Domingo, Faro a Colon projects light beams in the shape of a cross that are reportedly so powerful they can be seen in Puerto Rico.
The Dominican Republic Has 300 Days of Sunshine A Year
Although you may expect most island nations in the Caribbean to have perfect weather all year, that's not always the case. Many of the islands are plagued by tropical rains and hurricanes. But the Dominican Republic experiences 300 days of sunshine each year (which is significantly more in comparison to other Caribbean islands). With an average of 77 degrees Fahrenheit, or 25 degrees Celsius, the Dominican Republic boasts ideal weather, if not the best weather in the Caribbean.