By Clark Norton, Fe Liza Bencosme
The authors - one in all whom is a Dominican Republic local - proportion intimate wisdom of this island state. Virgin shorelines, 16th-century Spanish ruins, the Caribbean's maximum mountain, unique natural world and mammoth woodland reserves will entice you the following. And this publication will express you round. colossal element at the tradition, the heritage, the ideals of the folk (how they relate to each other and to you) plus the financial system and politics - so that you could be way over an informal vacationer. Diving, mountaineering, natural world, parks, excursions, getting round, carnivals and celebrations, companies, procuring - all are coated intimately. lodgings run the gamut from luxurious lodges to bare-bones tenting amenities. The authors suggest locations to consume, too ? together with roadside shacks promoting neighborhood food. Descriptions of the simplest nightlife in each city, from Sosua to Santo Domingo and the tiny cities in among. Over 20 city and local maps plus colour pictures.
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Be careful not to park your car under a coconut palm, either. Dominican mahogany. While the practice of exporting exotic woods to Europe, beginning with the arrival of the Spanish, wiped out many of the DR’s native mahogany trees, they may still be found in the subtropical forests. 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.
In the more laid-back tourist areas outside Santo Domingo, dress tends to be much more casual, and on the beach itself, just about anything goes. But residents of Santo Domingo consider wearing shorts away from the beach, especially to dinner, to be the height of tackiness and even offensive. Many top-flight beach resorts also discourage wearing shorts at dinner. n Music One thing that certainly stands out during any visit to the Dominican Republic is the population’s passion for music – particularly merengue and, in recent years, bachata.
A cemetery sits alongside the ruins, where scientists have unearthed the skeletal remains of perished Spaniards, some displayed in a small museum along with Spanish and Taino artifacts found in the area. The area was made a national park in 1998, and excavations continue. See North by Northwest chapter, page 243, for details. Parque Nacional Los Haitises More than 100 species of birds and mammals live in the hills, mangrove swamps, and exotic waterways of this rainforest wildlife sanctuary, including several rare or endangered species.
Adventure Guide to the Dominican Republic, 4th Edition (Hunter Travel Guides) by Clark Norton, Fe Liza Bencosme