Sights of the Dominican Republic
SIGHTSEEING Santo Domingo. The main attraction is the unusual architectural cathedral of the Highway Basilica, which is a kind of arched arches strung on one another. Lemon Falls cannot be avoided from the natural beauties of the island: if you swim in it, as the locals say, you will live comfortably until the end of your days, and a boat trip along the Gri-Gris lagoon, an intricate labyrinth of mangroves, vines and palm trees in the river delta. Climbers and simply mountain lovers sometimes climb the Duarte peak: routes of varying degrees of difficulty lead to the top, and everyone can choose their own path.
In Santo Domingo you will get an excellent view of the life of colonial times if you visit the restored El Alcazar, the palace of the son of Columbus Diego or Columbus Park, where the Great himself is immortalized in bronze, overlooking the Cathedral of St. Mary la Menor, the oldest church in America . Be sure to visit the amber coast, which stretches along the northern coast of the island from Kofresi to Cabarete and is the main tourist center of the country. This coast is also called the “ambergris coast” because of the so-called black amber, which is found here. Sea water sparkles and shimmers with all shades of turquoise color – small bays, coral reefs, gentle coastal lagoons with clear water, lush tropical vegetation.
The charming beach of Puerto Plata is the “bride of the Atlantic”, where beautiful wooden houses in the colonial style, bright flowers, multicolor tropical plants give the city an exotic and elegant look. This center of the coast is full of its own street life, gingerbread architecture and squares framed by trees, famous for its resorts, where they come and go by ship, which emphasizes its individuality. In Sosua, 25 km east of Puerto Plata, there are three wonderful beaches where you can snorkel.
The charm of Samana Peninsula (a bay on the northeast coast of the island) lies in the sea, covered with specks of small islands, where humpback whales can be seen between January and March. If you are looking for a place to stretch your hammock and do nothing on the beach, then Las Terrenas on the northern coast of the peninsula is just right for hanging a lot of hammocks. Taking a tour of Samana Bay, you can explore the rugged limestone terrain of the National Park.
Here you can find wonderful birds, as well as caves, the walls of which are decorated with ancient drawings. An interesting long walking trip can be made to the Aguas Blancas waterfall, which is located 10 kilometers south of the city of Constanta. In Juan Dolio – the white sand of an excellent beach, the turquoise waters of a lagoon protected by coral reefs, you will find a great place for relaxation and sports. In Baoruko, the capital of the Dominican turquoise, it’s nice to stroll along the sandy white beaches, where, with a little work, you can find the pebbles of this mineral. Did you dream to plunge into the aroma of coconut trees?
The wonderful coconut beach, stretching 40 km on the southeast coast, is framed by coconut palms (tourist villages of Punta Cana and Playa Macau). A whole forest of coconut trees stretches for many kilometers and further along the coast with beautiful beaches. (!) Dominican guides claim that Captain Morgan himself buried his treasures on the island. Other robbers of the Spanish galleons also used caves and soil of the Dominican shores as a safe of natural origin. So today another tourist favorite sport is treasure hunting. In any hotel souvenir kiosk, a card is sold on which the alleged burial places of pirate treasures are marked. A spade is attached to it for a purely symbolic price. The probability of finding something worthy is small, but every third foreigner who has visited the Dominican Republic has tried himself as a treasure hunter.