Booking a Holiday, Tour or Vacation in the Dominican Republic

By: Stuart Cheese

In my capacity as the UK Director of Operations for One World Tours Limited, I am often asked about the destinations I have been to so that is why I try to give a good opinion on those places I have visited in order that you can make an informed decision for yourself. Here then, are my top suggestions for sites to take in during your holiday in the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic is a part of the world that offers everything that you could wish for from a tropical holiday. With its warm crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and coconut palms you would be forgiven if you feel you have found paradise. As if this was not enough there is plenty of diverse wildlife to experience and if history is your thing then you do not have to look too far to satiate your curiosity.

Firstly let me tell you about Samana Bay where the waters are warm and the surrounding islets are bordered by coconut palm beaches, a tropical paradise. Between the months of March and November those same waters are home to humpback whales, turtles, seals and a selection of bird life.

You can experience the whales very close up in fact so close that you can hear the gentle exhalation of air that spouts up in a fine mist as these beautiful creatures surface. Some of the fishermen may invite you onto their fragile craft to get closer to these magnificent creatures. It is better to resist the temptation as to do so, not only are you putting yourself at danger because of the lack of safety equipment such as life vests etc, and some fishermen and tourists lack of knowledge could cause harm to these creatures by their behaviour.

Whales are air-breathing mammals that are warm-blooded fascinating creatures. These amazing mammals nurture their young with mother's milk which makes it devastating to think that because they have been so viciously hunted their numbers have decreased by an estimated 98%.

On the same theme the Los Haitises National Park envelopes thick mangrove forests, jungle-covered islands and of course the Hump backed whales again. Here you will also find some very strange rock formations which emerge from the sea like weird creatures.
The park is also home to bird-filled caves like the Cueva del Angel and other caves which house stalactites and stalagmites
In the months of January and February 80% of the world's humpback whales mate and have their young in the waters off the Los Haitises.

On the Samana Peninsular in the mystical low cloud of a tropical forest, you will find this countries' most wonderful attractions known as the Limon Waterfall which is 180 feet in height.
You have the choice of a 2 hour horseback ride or an equally amazing adventure of trekking through the tropical vegetation of a rain forest to reach the stunning waterfall. You will be rewarded for your efforts when you reach the falls as it is a solid mass of greenery, the product of hundreds of ferns and the high humidity. At the bottom of the cascade you will find a natural swimming pool where you can enjoy a welcoming dip after your journey. You will have the chance to discover some of the tourist stops along the way which have been set up by some of the local community groups.

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