By Clark Norton, Fe Liza Bencosme
The authors - certainly one of whom is a Dominican Republic local - proportion intimate wisdom of this island country. Virgin shorelines, 16th-century Spanish ruins, the Caribbean's optimum mountain, unique natural world and immense wooded area reserves will entice you right here. And this publication will express you round. massive aspect at the tradition, the heritage, the ideals of the folks (how they relate to each other and to you) plus the economic climate and politics - so that you can be excess of an informal vacationer. Diving, climbing, flora and fauna, parks, excursions, getting round, carnivals and celebrations, companies, buying - all are lined intimately. lodgings run the gamut from luxurious inns to bare-bones tenting amenities. The authors suggest areas to devour, too ? together with roadside shacks promoting neighborhood cuisine. Descriptions of the easiest nightlife in each city, from Sosua to Santo Domingo and the tiny cities in among. Over 20 city and nearby maps plus colour images.
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Extra resources for Adventure Guide to the Dominican Republic, 4th Edition (Hunter Travel Guides)
The mahogany is considered the national tree and is now protected from unrestricted cutting. Also watch for such colorful trees as scarlet-flowered flamboyants (royal poincianas), white-and-purple-flowered jacarandas, and dark-green and golden star apples. n Fauna Land Mammals Most of the more than 30 species of mammals that inhabit the land today – including cows, pigs, boars, horses, mules, goats, sheep, dogs, cats, rats, and mice – arrived with European colonizers, starting about five centuries ago.
N Rainfall Rather than changes in temperature, the major seasonal variation between summer and winter tends to be in the amount of rainfall. In most of the country, including Santo Domingo and the Caribbean coast, May through November is the rainy season, with May and November the wettest months. The dry season generally runs from December through April, with March the driest. ) “Rainy” and “dry” seasons can be misleading, however. Even during the rainy season, rain often comes in tropical-style bursts that often last a half-hour or less and then give way to sunshine.
The main attraction is exploring two wrecked ships, both scuttled here in the 1980s, when the park was formed. The larger of the two ships, the Hickory, 130 feet long, was once used to hunt treasure, salvaging sunken Spanish galleons. Over the course of the past 20 years it’s become a veritable underwater museum of sea life, easily accessible to divers in the shallow waters. ) A coral reef with tropical fish is a big draw for snorkelers. For details, see page 138, The Caribbean Coast. Minor National Parks Parque Nacional Cabo Frances Viejo This small north coast park consists of a lighthouse perched atop a majestic cliff that overlooks breathtaking coastline on the tip of a headland about halfway between Sosúa and Samaná.