Hundreds of kilometers of coastline define the Dominican Republic – some of it white-sand beaches shaded by rows of palm trees, other parts lined dramatically with rocky cliffs, wind-swept dunes or serene mangrove lagoons. Some of the bays and coves where pirates once roamed are now home to fishing villages and thousands of migrating humpback whales. I’ve been looking forward to sharing these Dominican Republic postcards with you!
We’re currently spending two weeks exploring the Caribbean nation, driving all over the country to explore and also taking a side trip to Haiti. It’s been the perfect summer trip: with a dosage of sun and sea, along with learning about history and culture in its cities, and some adventure exploring its under-explored neighbor, Haiti.
It turns out that the Dominican Republic is a lot more than just beautiful beaches — the country is also home to an impressive trove of colonial cities, mountains, rainforests and waterfalls on the second biggest island in the Caribbean (sharing with Haiti). Beyond the capital, much of the DR is distinctly rural: driving through the vast fertile interior, we saw cows and horses grazing alongside the roads, and trucks and burros loaded down with fresh produce.
I’ll be sharing my tips and guide on the Dominican Republic shortly – here are some postcards from the beautiful island to give you a glimpse.