What to see in the Dominican Republic? Palaces and cathedrals of Santo Domingo; Lemon Waterfall, Gri-Gri Lagoon and Amber Coast; the St. George wreck; Punta Cana, Viva Shallow and Catalina Island; wrecks the Coco, the Patricia and the Atlantic Princess; and Padre Nuestra caveAll Dive Centers in Dominican Republic (1)
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern coast of Haiti Island in the Caribbean and several nearby islands, including the Greater Antilles. Its nearest neighbor is the Republic of Haiti, located on the same-name island. The climate of the Dominican Republic is classified as humid subtropical - there are often sea breezes and trade winds here.
In the capital of the Dominican Republic – Santo Domingo – there are many local attractions, including Higuey Basilica with its unusual architecture, the gothic Cathedral of the 16th century, the church of San Nicolas and Regina Angelorum, the Chapel of St. Andrew and the oldest church in America - Santa Maria. Also, tourists will like to explore the beautiful palaces, for which the Dominican Republic is notable, for example, Casa Borgelya and Casa Del Duarte. Surprisingly, even the first house on the island, built of stone, has remained intact there.Many historical monuments of the island are dedicated to the notorious Christopher Columbus. These include the Museum las Casas Reales, the palace of his son El Alcazar and Columbus Park, where there is a bronze statue of Christopher.
Those who like natural beauty can visit Lemon Waterfall, Gri-Gri Lagoon, Amber Coast, stretching from Cabarete to Cofresi, where you can see black amber, and climb to the peak of Duarte. You can take a tour of local tobacco factories. In the Samana Bay it is worth visiting the National Park, and to admire the rare humpback whales in winter.
International airports in the Dominican Republic
Of the six airports of the Dominican Republic, only three have international status.
• Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)
The airport ranks third in terms of passenger traffic in the Caribbean. Due to the high workload and growing passenger traffic another runway, which will accept any passenger aircraft, is being under construction.
• Las Americas International Airport (SDQ)
• International airport of Puerto Plata (POP)
Also known as Gregorio Luperon Airport.
Diving in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic offers excellent opportunities for diving thanks to a constant temperature of clear water, extensive thickets of coral gardens, underwater caves, "blue holes" and many wrecks. Dominican underwater fauna is particularly diverse - here you can see rare shellfish, crabs, sea rays, sharks, giant sponges and coral mazes.
Divers especially like such areas as Bayahibe with its National Park and wreck of the St. George, located close to the depth of 15 meters, Punta Cana, Viva Shallow with octopuses and eels, Catalina Island, where you can see the coral gardens Aquarium and Wall, Saona Island, Sosua Island, Shark Point, where you can make the company to reef sharks, and Stingray Point - here it is easy to see stingrays.
Along with the St. George, in the Dominican Republic, you can explore such wrecks as the Coco, the Patricia and the Atlantic Princess, artificially sunken in 2008. Unfortunately, from many ships resting on the bottom of the Dominican for many years, there are only boards left. Alas, nothing lasts forever.
A special highlight of the Dominican diving is underwater caves, for example, Padre Nuestra, famous for its stalactites. Virtually all of the entrances to the cave system are located on the land and in different parts of the country. It is worth noting that newcomers should take diving in underwater caves with great caution, as the inputs are rather complex for people without special training.