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Leisure in the Dominican Republic

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Wondering about leisure activities available in the Dominican Republic? Here is an overview.

Whatever the purpose of your stay in the Dominican Republic, you should definitely take the time to visit the country and discover its wonders. In fact, most regions provide various leisure activities to locals and foreigners, regardless of their age. In fact, stretching over some 49,000 km2, the country has much to offer in terms of nature, culture, history, etc., through its numerous places of interest.

Culture

Culture also plays an essential role in the Dominican countryside. Hence, if you wish to discover and learn more about it, you can simply make a trip down to the countryside, and why not visit La Aurora Cigar Factory in Santiago de los Caballeros. You will be ravished by its marvelous colonial architecture, not to mention several basilicas, monasteries, churches and cathedrals which you are likely to come across.

In Santo Domingo, you can enjoy the National Theater, as well as the Theater of Fine Arts which host plays regularly.

History

The country also holds a rich and vibrant history which is depicted by its unique architecture. Take your time to visit its numerous museums, such as the Aromas Museum in Bavaro, the Museo Infantil Trampolin and the ChocoMuseo in Santo Domingo Santo Domingo and Punta Cana, the Amber Museum in Puerto Plata, among others. You can also enjoy the Parque Colon in Santo Domingo which is famous for its unique environment.

Nature and parks

Nature lovers should definitely visit the Boca el Diablo region which hosts the Caribbean's second biggest waterfall, the Salto Aguas Blancas, near Constanza. Futher, especially in the North of the country, you will find sunny and fine sand beaches where you can not only relax and have a good time, but also swim and practice scuba diving so as to discover the lagoon's precious treasures. The surrounding regions, especially Puerto Plata, host splendid caves and waterfalls.

The Caleta Underwater National Park, for its part, is located underwater and is an ideal place to visit with your family or friends. You can also try the Ocean World Adventure Park, the Marina and Casino, Fun City, Puerto Plata Scape Park at Cap Cana in the Punta Cana region. The country, especially the capital city, also hosts many aquariums with interesting marine species.

Sports

Finally, you can practice sports in the Dominican Republic as in most countries worldwide. Domino is deemed to be the country's national sport as it is practiced not only by the elderly but by the youth as well. It is a really good way to get rid of your stress and relax, along with meeting people and socializing. Of course, you can find many golf courses across the country as golf is a very popular sport, with foreigners in particular. La Romana is one of the country's luxurious golf courses.

You can also practice Beisbol which is quite similar to football, or soccer. Finally, you can attend cockfights, which are very popular with the locals, especially in terms of betting.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Leisure in the Dominican Republic Forum 
Ministry of Tourism www.godominicanrepublic.com
Planetware – Dominican Republic www.planetware.com

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