TIPS FOR YOUR VISIT TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Our food is varied and rich. What is consumed daily in the Dominican Republic is “The Flag” consisting of white rice, stewed beans and stewed meat (preferably chicken, pork or beef).
Bananas are the national ingredient. It’s consumed in the country in many ways such as Tostones (sliced mashed and fried plantain) and as a Mangú which is a mashed green boiled or ripe banana, butter, milk, hot and cold water, usually accompanied by sausages, salami or eggs.
A dish that enjoys great popularity and acceptance is the Sancocho. If you come to the Dominican Republic you cannot leave without trying it. It’s a broth of seven meats and is common in various parts of Latin America (with variations). This is usually consumed on special occasions and accompanied by avocado and rice.
In terms of practical tips I’d say learn some Spanish. The local language in the Dominican Republic is Spanish and learning some words in this language will help you a lot during your trip. However, in many of the tourist sites, people usually know some English and manage to communicate without a problem.
Although American dollars are accepted in the Dominican Republic, you can regularly get better prices by paying with the local currency (Dominican pesos). Don’t worry if you bring another type of currency with you.
My final tip is to relax and enjoy! In the Caribbean, nothing is rushed. Everything is peaceful and quiet. Remember that you are on vacation. Just let yourself go and enjoy the atmosphere and the beautiful landscape. Do not be afraid to go exploring and get to know new destinations.
THE BEST REGIONS TO EXPLORE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
In my opinion, the towns that are on the north coast of the Dominican Republic are the most privileged in terms of natural resources. They have forested areas full of rivers and springs of crystalline waters. It’s perfect for those who seek to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city and connect more with themselves.
If you come to the Dominican Republic I recommend you take a walk through the coastal area of Nagua and Cabrera. There you will find everything from beaches to cenotes, waterfalls and incredible caves. Samaná is another of my favorite places for its spectacular beaches and ecological hotels.
And how can I not mention the Espaillat Province if you are looking to do something more extreme. You can explore mountains, go swimming in water canyons and jump from cliffs. From these three regions, you will have enough to fall completely in love with the contrasts of the Caribbean. I promise you won’t want to leave!
MY FAVORITE PLACES TO VISIT IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
My trips around the Dominican Republic have been varied. I love to explore every corner and share my experiences on my social networks so that other people are encouraged to visit too.
There are still a few places that I would like to explore such as Pico Duarte (the highest of the Antilles) and a few sheltered waterfalls in the mountains that I have not yet been to. This year I will continue to explore as much as possible to see the whole country!
My favorite places in the Dominican Republic tend to be turquoise colored springs. One in particular called “Rio Partido” in the Hermanas Mirabal Province is especially beautiful. Being able to swim in this place gives me a lot of peace and tranquillity.
I literally feel like I’m in a dream. It makes me appreciate my country even more. We are so privileged to have so much biodiversity. I try to transmit that feeling to my followers so that we become aware of why it’s important to care for the environment and our natural resources.
BY CARLOS TORRES