If the history of the Dominican Republic does not create a reason to visit, surely the sandy beaches, crystal clear oceans and vibrant culture will do the trick. The country's traditions extend back hundreds of years. It is a country of welcoming, smiling faces, great food, and lively dancing — most notably, Merengue and the Bachata.
Time your visit to see the Carnivale de La Vega, a colorful parade of masks and costumes, or stumble across a pick-up game of baseball — the most obsessed-over sport in the country.
TOP 10 FAMILY RESORTS Club Med Punta Cana
The island of the Dominican Republic beckons families to this all-inclusive resort, with a range of services from educational activities, games and healthy food at Baby Club Med to adolescent pampering at the Teen Spa.
TOP 10 VALUE HOTELS WORLDWIDE Iberostar Dominicana Hotel
On the palm-lined beach of Bavaro, this resort forms a complex with the adjacent Iberostar Punta Cana. Try your luck at the casino, relax by the pool or take your complimentary lounge chair, umbrella and beach towel down to the water's edge.
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