The Dominican Republic is part of the island of Hispaniola, the second largest island in the Caribbean Sea, and shared with Haiti. Originally claimed as a Spanish territory by Christopher Columbus, the island still shows a strong Spanish influence.
There are three major resort areas on the island; La Romana in the south, Puerto Plata in the north and Punta Cana at the east end of the island. There are golf courses in all three areas which are popular attractions for tourists, but what draws the most number of visitors are the numerous all-inclusive resorts in the Punta Cana area.
The beaches in Punta Cana are beautiful, white sand beaches with a combination of blue green water from the Atlantic and the Caribbean. This portion of the island is almost exclusively all-inclusive resorts, from medium to large, with choices for everyone. The resorts are similar to self-sustaining villages in that the visitor can find everything they want or need right at the resort. There are restaurants, bars, spas, shopping, golf, tennis, fitness programs and many have daily activities and nightly entertainment to keep their clients busy.
La Romana is famous for Casa de Campo, a high-end all-inclusive golf resort. Known as a playground for the rich and famous after it was built, this resort maintains the only Caribbean golf course consistently ranked in the top 100 courses in the world. There are several other resorts in this area giving alternatives to non-golfers and families on a budget.
Puerto Plata is less developed than either Punta Cana or La Romana and is situated on the northern coast with beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. The beaches are not as sandy and calm, but the dramatic backdrop of the mountains behind Puerto Plata make for a beautiful destination. Again, there are multiple all-inclusive resorts to choose from and golf is also available.
The Dominican Republic now rivals Mexico’s Cancun/Riviera Maya area for the most economical Caribbean vacation with all-inclusive packaging. The resort options are so varied, this island has something to entice most types of travelers.