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Reasons to visit the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the second largest country in the Caribbean, with a history going back 500 years. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south, this lush tropical island boasts nearly 1,000 miles of coastline, 250 miles of beaches, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options.

Most famous for the big all-inclusive resorts, the Dominican Republic has room enough for everyone, so lovers of little hotels are well catered for. There’s opulent luxury and back-to-nature simplicity, but every hotel on this page is carefully chosen to provide a top-quality holiday experience.

The beaches are long, sandy, palm-fringed and mostly deserted. Yet this is more than just a place to chill-out, so visitors can take a trip into town and dance with the locals to the pounding beat of the merengue, explore the ancient buildings of the island’s colonial past, enjoy the unique gastronomy or go on an eco-adventure in the national parks, mountains and rivers of the interior.

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