The Dominican Republic is located on the eastern portion of island of
Hispanola in the Greater Antilles of the Caribbean. Haiti occupies the western portion.
Cuba and Jamaica are located to the west, while Puerto Rico is located to the east. The Dominican Republic covers 18,000 square miles and has a population of 10 million.
This makes it the second largest island in the Caribbean, with only Cuba having a larger area or population.
The Dominican Republic was occupied by Tainos when Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492. After Spanish, French and Haitian rule, the Dominican Republic became an
independent nation in 1821. Spanish is the official language and the capital is Santo Domingo. In the past the Dominican Republic was best known for its sugar production,
but now it has become the largest tourist destination in the Caribbean and is best known for all its golf courses.
Things to see and do in San Felipe de Puerto Plata:
World Adventure Park - Swim with dolphins, pet and feed sharks or play with sea lions.
See stingrays, tropical fish, exotic birds, reptiles and tigers. This is the most popular attractions in Puerto Plata.
Fort San Felipe - built by the Spanish in 1564 to protect the
Take a cable car ride up Isabel de Torres Mountain.
Amber Museum (Museo de Ambar Dominicano)
City of Cabarete - This small, laid-back Caribbean beach village is the perfect place
for relaxing or for sports such as mountainbiking,
scuba-diving and wakeboarding. It's also one of the world's premier
wind surfing sites. Restaurants and bars line
the beach, such as Lax Beach Bar. Cabarete enjoys a popular night club scene too.