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Dominican Republic : Michelin's recommendations

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The Dominican Republic, the number one tourist destination in the Caribbean, unfolds before your very eyes a patchwork of images and tropical colours - coconut palms, beaches of white and black sand, transparent lagoons and Creole houses, with rum and merengue galore. Most tourists enjoy this tropical R&R in "all-inclusive" luxury hotels beside the heavenly, warm and shallow sea (in Punta Cana, for instance).

But the former island of Hispaniola, where Columbus landed in 1492, will only reveal its full charms to those who take a 4X4 and criss-cross its roads and trails through "Pyrenean" landscapes of high-altitude tropical vegetation blending banana, orange and mango trees and sugarcane.

Explore its reserves and national parks, such as Parque Nacional del Este and Parque Nacional Los Haitises; climb the highest peak in the Caribbean, the Pico Duarte, and visit Lake Enriquillo, its largest salt water lake, set in the rugged sierra of the Central Cordillera; admire the rock paintings in Cueva de Las Maravillas cave; experience everyday life in the fishing village of Boca de Yuma; go diving at Sosúa and do boardsports at Cabarete; enjoy the remote landscapes of Cabo Rojo and the deserted beach at Bahía de las Águilas.

With its amazingly varied natural heritage and intoxicating tropical rhythms, the Dominican Republic deserves a more in-depth exploration beyond the tourist clichés.

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Dominican Republic : Must-see towns and regions

  • Santo Domingo de Guzmán

    Santo Domingo has all the trappings of a major capital. Great museums, particularly the Plaza de la Cultura in the modern town; a remarkable architectural legacy from the past in the Colonial sector; ...

  • Boca de Yuma

    Boca de Yuma, a peaceful haven and charming fishing village, has until now escaped the ravages of mass tourism. Sleepy and lethargic by day, when the sun sets, rum and merengue bring the village to li...

  • Cabarete

    Cabarete, a seaside resort, developed on a premium position on the northern coast where the wind blows from morning until dusk and the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean have made it into one of the ...

  • Jarabacoa

    This is the ideal destination for adventure sports lovers. Jarabacoa is in the heart of the Cordillera Central and not far from the Pico Duarte (3 090m). This untamed, mountain environment is paradise...

  • Las Galeras

    The charming village of Las Galeras owes its name to the galley ships that moored here in the past. Much less over-crowded than Las Terrenas, it has not lost its traditional village feel, despite a gr...

  • Las Terrenas

    By day, laze on the heavenly beaches and indulge in a wide range of water sports. Come nightfall, which begins early due to the curfew, live music and parties set the scene. Las Terrenas, the north co...

  • Río San Juan

    Far from the madding tourist crowd, the life of the little village of Río San Juan beats in time with its fishing harbour. It is sheltered from the sea by the Gri-Gri Lagoon, a bird sanctuary covered ...

  • Puerto Plata

    It would be unthinkable to go to the northern coast without visiting Puerto Plata, founded in the late 15C, whose 16C fort remains a solid architectural fixture. Fine Victorian abodes (one of which ho...

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