Dominican Republic

Surprise History of the Dominican Republic

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Surprise History of the Dominican Republic

Surprise History of the Dominican Republic                                                                                   The Dominican Republic’s Samana Peninsula What do the streets of Philadelphia and the idyllic northeast coast of the Dominican Republic’s Samana Peninsula have in common? Answer: William (“Will”) Kelley, a descendant of freed slaves from Philadelphia, and others like him, who speak English with little or no accent, have British and Irish names and even carry on the tradition of afternoon tea. I had the pleasure of...

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The Dominican Republic Tees-Off Golf Season

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The Dominican Republic Tees-Off Golf Season

Golf season starts at One of Dominican Republic’s Award-Winning Courses DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, March 18, 2013 — Dominican Republic is known worldwide for award-winning and brilliantly-designed golf courses that are surrounded by unspoiled nature, breathtaking coastlines and lush green fairways. During its golf season people from all over the world come to play as most clubs provide clinics, lessons with elite players and golf vacation packages that cater to serious and recreational players. And there is no better time than now to...

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Dominican Republic Offers It All

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Dominican Republic Offers It All

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Oct. 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Already known for its silky smooth beaches, breathtaking mountains, and adrenaline-pumping water sports, luxurious accommodations, and more, Dominican Republic is gaining the attention of visitors for its uniquely-Dominican products and iridescent gemstones. The history and culture engrained in the Dominican way of life have made it the majestic destination that it is today and in turn have provided the world with those qualities’ physical forms — the...

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“No Problem” in the Dominican Republic

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“No Problem” in the Dominican Republic

“No Problem” in the Dominican Republic “No problem, no problem!” I vaguely heard Juan shout as he drove our mototaxi the wrong way down a one-way street. Getting on his taxi went against my better judgment, but it was cheap and I was tired, and he drove by at the right time. I was left with no choice but to believe his promises of safety, but as he confidently broke numerous traffic laws, my mother’s cautions began to creep into my head. As we sped down the highway, three large people and two large backpacks on one very small...

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Hilton Hotels Launch “Authentically Local” Vacation Experience

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Hilton Hotels Launch “Authentically Local” Vacation Experience

(MIAMI, Fla., February 2012) – In an effort to meet travelers’ growing desire for authentic vacation experiences, a selection of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, and Hilton Garden Inn hotels in the Caribbean and Latin America today announced the “Authentically Local” package – an exciting new program that introduces travelers to local culture and language. Available now through Dec. 31, 2012, the “Authentically Local” package features accommodations and a number of local touches including: ·         Local culture...

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Swimming with Dolphins in Punta Cana

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Swimming with Dolphins in Punta Cana

I wouldn’t say swimming with dolphins is on my bucket list as much as it’s a lifelong obsession. While visiting Punta Cana recently, I was lucky enough to visit the Dolphin Explorer Park. I was hyperventilating with excitement when I first read the itinerary, but I had no idea what was in store for me. As we made the short drive from the Hard Rock Punta Cana, I started to imagine the setup of the dolphin park. Maybe there would be four or five dolphins in a large saltwater tank. Maybe we would be able to have some one-on-one time....

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All-Inclusive, Punta Cana

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All-Inclusive, Punta Cana

I had never stayed in an all-inclusive resort. That is until last month, when I visited Punta Cana, the easternmost region of the Dominican Republic famous for its all-inclusive resorts. There are several options in the area, but I was staying in the biggest and brightest of them all: the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. The lush, 121-acre property boasts over 1,000 rooms (each with their own double Jacuzzi tub in the living room), 15 pools, nine gourmet restaurants, a handful of night clubs, the biggest casino in the Dominican...

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Media Memos: Dominican Republic

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Media Memos: Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic (DR) Sets New Tourism Record in 2010 The DR welcomed 4,124,543 visitors in 2010 according to the Dominican Republic Central Bank. This represents an increase of 132,240 visitors (3.3 percent growth) over the previous year. It is the first time that the number of visitors to the DR has surpassed four million. Visitation to the DR this past December was up 0.75 percent, despite several flight cancellations due to snowstorms. The U.S. continues to be the leading market for the country with over one million visitors arriving to...

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Swimming with Dolphins in Punta Cana

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Swimming with Dolphins in Punta Cana

I wouldn’t say swimming with dolphins is on my bucket list as much as it’s a lifelong obsession. While visiting Punta Cana recently, I was lucky enough to visit the Dolphin Explorer Park. I was hyperventilating with excitement when I first read the itinerary, but I had no idea what was in store for me. As we made the short drive from the Hard Rock Punta Cana, I started to imagine the setup of the dolphin park. Maybe there would be four or five dolphins in a large saltwater tank. Maybe we would be able to have some one-on-one time....

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Cofresi: Tranquility in the Dominican Republic

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Okay, so it was dumb luck that I booked a villa in this tranquil ocean front oasis, three miles west of the clamor of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. The road to Cofresi would be easy to miss if it weren’t for the billboard directing me to Ocean World, but more about that later. My home for the week, Villa Carolisol was reasonably priced and lovely with a large second story covered porch, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and a pool. Palm trees and tropical blooms surrounded the structure and peeked over the porch framing a view of the ocean which...

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Frommer’s Top 10 Budget Destinations

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May 1, 2008 (HOBOKEN, NJ) – At a time when fuel, food, and even the price of postage are more expensive than ever, an affordable summer vacation may seem to be slipping out of reach. But there are still plenty of places, both in the U.S. and abroad, where travelers can enjoy beautiful beaches, outdoor adventures, wine tastings and spas, and unique cultural experiences—without breaking the bank. Pauline Frommer, series editor of Pauline Frommer’s Travel Guides, has selected ten top budget destinations, from romantic getaway spots to family...

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Dominican Republic Resort Renovation

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Excellence Resorts Invests $8 million in Renovations Guests will experience new enhancements and amenities at Punta Cana property Excellence Resorts recently announced the completion of $8 million in renovations to its charming Excellence Punta Cana property, 2008 winner of the TripAdvisor® Traveler’s Choice award for the number one resort in the Caribbean, best pool and most romantic in the Caribbean. Located on the East Coast of the Dominican Republic and resting on the shores of the azure Caribbean Sea, Excellence Punta Cana received a...

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Caribbean Golf Package

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-The four-star boutique all-inclusive resort provides guests with upscale accommodations, gourmet dining, and world-renowned golf in a picturesque golf-front setting- Tee off under the warm Dominican sun on the renowned Robert Trent Jr. Golf Course, named one of the best golf courses outside of the United States by Golf Digest, and enjoy the 250 acres of golden sand beaches of Playa Dorada with Victoria Golf & Beach Resort’s new “Golf in the Caribbean ” package. Rates start at $170 per room per night based on double occupancy. The...

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Underwater in La Romana

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LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (July 31, 2007) – A diver’s dream, La Romana’s undersea world offers incredible ocean adventures with ancient shipwrecks, underwater caverns and stunning coral reefs. Combined with its spectacular clear blue warm waters, La Romana makes an ideal destination for diving – now the second-most popular activity enjoyed by vacationers according to the 2007 YPB&R/Yankelovich Leisure Travel Monitor. La Romana makes it easy for travelers seeking an affordable dive getaway. The destination...

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Sol Melia Golf

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For those looking to break away from the cliché Father’s Day gifts and get dad something truly memorable this year, Sol Meliá Resorts in Puna Cana, Dominican Republic offers a luxury all-inclusive resort experience with exclusive privileges and unlimited greens fees at Cocotal Golf & Country Club. Located on Bavaro Beach just minutes from the Paradisus Palma Real Resort, Paradisus Punta Cana Resort, and Meliá Caribe Tropical, Cocotal Golf & Country Club is a championship course offering amenities and facilities for the most...

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