Walking around Santo Domingo, the cradle of the New World, is like leafing through a great history book. To the north of the Caribbean Sea, the city, bathed in a tropical climate, is alive with the rhythm of the merengue that animates all the evenings in the Dominican capital. Its colonial area, entirely classified as a cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO, is full of treasures, but also of deep wounds, memories of a long dictatorship. The city was the seat of the first cathedral, the first Spanish royal audience, the first university and the first hospital in the New World. In the summer of 1508, it was also the first city in the New World to obtain a coat of arms. The court of the Viceroy of India was a model of refinement, and this city, as beautiful as the most beautiful cities in Spain, served as a model for the other cities built on Hispaniola. Every street corner, every building, every patio, every facade, everything exudes memories of distant times when this city was the most elegant on the continent. Few cities offer this sensation in the New World. Strolling through Santo Domingo is an invitation to a journey back in time with an unalterable charm.
From beaches to infinity :
From the wild beauty of the beaches of the South to the paradisiacal landscapes of the beaches of the North, everyone will find in the Dominican Republic, where no two beaches are alike, the one that suits them. The Dominican Republic has nearly 1,300 km of idyllic coastlines (including about 600 km of beaches) which, depending on the region, have very different personalities. Wild and secret, hidden at the bottom of deep coves sheltered from marine currents, natural pools protected by coral reefs. Or long beaches swept by regular and strong winds, with gently undulating waves or vigorous rollers, powdery pearly white sand with pink splashes or white pebbles. Free of coconut or almond trees, leaned against plump, intimate and nonchalant green hills or trendy and vibrant with activity and criss-crossed by athletes of all stripes, these beaches that invite you to idleness are undoubtedly among the most beautiful in the world.
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