A June 1993 trip
to Santo Domingo by Robert Raymond Ingledew
Quote: Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo) may not be a rich country, but its inhabitants really enjoy life. I visited Santo Domingo, Barahona, Santiago, La Vega, San Francisco Macoris, San Pedro Macoris, La Romana, Puerto Plata, Higuey, I was not able to make it to Punta Cana, I was near, but working...
This is a delightful country. People know how to enjoy life. It is a colorful island, full of many attractions and history. Christopher Columbus arrived here in 1492 and was impressed by its beauty, calling it a "miracle of God's hand". Santo Domingo is a beautiful city and was founded in 1496. The capital has well over half a million inhabitants (the population of the whole country is nearly 1,600,000). Agriculture is well developed, specially sugar cane farming. All the island has a lively green color. The main tourist attractions in Dominican Republic are its history and its beaches. I imagine you will be interested in both.
SANTO DOMINGO has a lot of history, but there I was enjoying my stay at the Hotel Concorde, a very nice hotel. At that time it cost me only 50 dollars per night, but I imagine it must be more expensive by now. This was the first time I enjoyed tasting a Piña Colada, it was really delicious. Tropical fruits and fruit juice are the first things you will learn to enjoy during your stay in any country in the Caribbean.
PUERTO PLATA is a place I really enjoyed. There are fortifications of the Spaniards. The San Felipe castle is impressive. The beaches in Puerto Plata are surrounded by mountains, and there is a cable car to the top of the mountain. Puerto Plata has the safest beach for children I have seen in my lifetime. You can walk a couple of blocks into the sea and the water will still not cover your knees.
LA ROMANA: This is really a private country club, with some very nice hotels and small secluded beaches with palm trees. Most of the development is colonial with paving stone streets. That gives it a special taste. NAGUA: I only passed by, it has nice beaches, but very little tourist development and very few hotels. PUNTA CANA: It is the most important tourist development in the whole island. Beaches are fantastic, with white sands and turquoise waters. I was only 20 miles away. When I saw what it was like, I never forgave myself. Don’t miss it.
I also visited Santiago, La Vega, and Barahona. I will try to give more information on each one of these places in separate reports. Dominicans enjoy life… and you will really enjoy your vacations there.
Robert Raymond Ingledew
Villa Carlos Paz (Cordoba), Argentina