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Dominican Republic

Destination & Adventures

Local Cuisine

Dominican Republic seduces your senses with her natural beauty, incredible sunsets and vibrant nightlife as well as a wonderful selection of restaurants that will satisfy food lovers from all over the world.

100% Pleasure

Wine Tasting & Drinking

The cultivation of wine began over 500 years ago with Hernan Cortes.  Today the wine production in Mexico is gaining importance nationally and internationally.In Mexico, there are seven main estates where wine production is carried out.

Fun & Pleasure

Tequila

Tequila is a regional distilled alcoholic drink made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila,  and in the Jaliscan Highlands of the central western Mexican state of Jalisco.

Lime, Salt & Fun

Beer

Beer in Mexico has a long history. From  Mesoamerican time and the arrival of the Spanish, European style beer brewed was introduced and Mexicans have been brewing beer for centuries and is one of the world’s top beer-producing countries.

Learning to Cook Regional Delights

Attending a local cooking school is the best way to learn the local cuisine and Manzanillo serves as a key location for cooking schools and food preparation here. Foodies who choose to mix learning with pleasure in the Dominican Republic often find this to be a great chance to meet new friends and interact with locals.

The Basics: Seafood
Fresh seafood abounds in Manzanillo, with all the usual suspects making an appearance: sandwiches out of beach-side shacks, grilled fish platters and plenty of ceviche. Regional ceviche has its own unique flavor acquired by the unconventional splash of orange soda or juice and sprinkling of tomatoes. Manzanillo also has two seafood dishes that are distinct to the region: Pescado a la Talla is the most well-known regional specialty, a grilled snapper that has been marinated in spices and chiles. Vuelve a la vida or “return to life” in English, is the perfect hangover cure that locals swear by. It’s essentially a seafood cocktail (think bloody Mary with seafood thrown in) served in a chilled goblet with a side of saltine crackers and sliced avocado. A vuelve a la vida usually contains some combination of shrimp, raw clams and oysters, squid and ceviche doused in tomato juice, ketchup and a spicy salsa.

Stretching along Mexico’s long Pacific shoreline and supplying much of the country’s staple grains, fruits and vegetables in addition to the freshest and widest selection of local cheeses and chiles, the North Pacific Coast cuisine is noted for dishes such as chilorio, birria, pozole, chilayo, menudo and pork dishes. Guadalajara is the region’s cultural and gastronomic center, and the area’s most famous dish is birria, a stew of beef, mutton or pork with chili peppers and spices. Near Guadalajara is the town of Tonalá, known for its pozole. Jalisco is known worldwide for tequila with the liquor produced only in certain areas allowed to use the name. The Pacific coast is a spectacular succession of coconut plantations, sandy coves and rocky, surf-battered headlands, and seafood dominates the region’s cuisine and is generally cooked with European spices along with chili peppers and served with a spicy salsa. Favored fish varieties include marlin, sailfish, swordfish, black sea bass, snapper, porgy, amberjack, tuna, shrimp and octopus.

Dominican Republic Cuisine

Pozole

In Manzanillo, you can enjoy two types of pozole: white and green. White pozole is the kind you can find just about anywhere in Mexico; it’s prepared with chicken or pork, heirloom corn, vegetables and tortilla chips. Green pozole, specific to Manzanillo, has pumpkin seed sauce and green tomatoes added. The steaming hot soup is usually served in a clay bowl and is the perfect meal for a rainy afternoon on the coast.

Relleno 

Another classic Manzanillo dish that’s specific to the state, this stew is a heady combination of pork, pork lard, pork skin and spices. Everything is finely chopped, mixed up together and slow-cooked in a clay pot.

Tamales 

The delicious tamales have a special flavor that makes for a unique dining experience. They often consist of black mole with pork, chicken or green beans and squash blossoms wrapped in a banana leaf that gives them a more smooth and solid consistency. You can also enjoy bean tamales covered with green pumpkin seed mole or tamales made from fresh pumpkin.

Ceviche

Since Manzanillo is a major port town, fresh seafood is something that can easily be enjoyed during your visit. Ceviche is prepared by cooking pieces of fish that were dipped in lemon juice for at least one night before draining the mixture and adding onion, fresh lemon juice, diced avocado, cilantro, olive oil, olives and chili.

Pescado a la Talla

Manzanillo is full of coconut and tamarind trees, and as a result, there are various recipes that have been created using the fruits. Some of the treats that are peddled on the beach and everywhere in between include tamarind pulp mixed with sugar, jamoncillo, a nutty kind of fudge, baked coconut candy and coconut ice cream.

Vuelve a la Vida

Vuelve a la vida or “return to life” in English, is the perfect antidote to Manzanillo’s famed nightlife, a hangover cure that locals swear by. It’s essentially a seafood cocktail served in a chilled goblet with a side of saltine crackers and sliced avocado. A vuelve a la vida usually contains some combination of shrimp, raw clams and oysters, squid and ceviche doused in tomato juice, ketchup and a spicy salsa.

Sweet Treats for Dessert

Manzanillo is full of coconut and tamarind trees, and as a result, there are various recipes that have been created using the fruits. Some of the treats that are peddled on the beach and everywhere in between include tamarind pulp mixed with sugar, jamoncillo, a nutty kind of fudge, baked coconut candy and coconut ice cream.

Famous Manzanillo Drinks

A well-known drink is Damiana liqueur. This is made from the plant with the same name and combines with cane alcohol, sugar, and water. It is usually prepared with indigenous Guaycrua for various ceremonies. This is actually digestive liquor. As a matter of fact, it is also known to be a relaxing aphrodisiac.

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Dominican Republic

Activities & Adventures

Explore Your Adventure Destination

Your vacation in the Dominican Republic is sure to consist of plenty of fun and excitement, but how about adding a touch of adventure as well? For those who can’t shake that adrenaline bug, consider booking exciting excursions, such as zip-lining, setting sail on a catamaran cruise or snorkeling and diving, to make the most out of your destination.

Sun and Sand

Beach, Swimming & Sunbathing

Beaches

Over 200 beaches—many of which remain uncrowded and undeveloped—line the Caribbean and the Atlantic coastlines, ranging from a brilliant white to a handful of black sand beaches.

Swimming

Palm-studded, continuous diamond white beaches are synonymous with Punta Cana, but the Dominican Republic’s stunning beaches extend countrywide.

Sunbathing

Saona’s picture-perfect beaches attract more visitors than all of the DR’s national parks combined. A protected site and part of Cotubanamá National Park, the island is a dream tropical escape.

Romance

Weddings, Honeymoons & More 

Weddings

Celebrate your romance with a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic. Romantic weddings on a sand beach, rich sunsets and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are the perfect backdrop for your destination wedding.

Bachelor/ette

Your bachelorette/bachelor party can be the most fun you’ve had in years! With a bit of planning  beforehand, the Dominican Republic is the perfect spot to plan such an adventure.

Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is sure to consist of plenty of romance, and the Dominican Republic is the honeymoon destination. From quiet privacy to all out partying, the Dominican Republic has something for every honeymooner.

Renewal of Vows

A rededication to your marriage is an exciting thing – you can do it as often as you like. With vow renewals (or reaffirmations) you have the opportunity to have the ceremony you’ve always wanted.

On the Sea

SUP, Sea Kayak & Sailing

SUP

Paddle boarding is undoubtedly a great way to get in contact with the land and marine environment in the Dominican Republic. Easy to learn and a sure way to have great fun in the Caribbean Sea.

Sea Kayaking

Dominican Republic’s pristine fresh waterways and the tranquil Caribbean Sea make kayaking an ideal way to explore the Dominican Republic.

Sailing

Sea breezes and  the most beautiful beaches in the world. Dominican Republic is the perfect location for sailing and learning to sail. Bask in the sun and enjoy the unbelievable sunsets.

In the Sea

Snorkel & Scuba Diving

Snorkel

Considered one of the top islands for snorkeling in the world, the crystal-clear waters of the Dominican Republic offer an incredible experience for novice and expert alike.

Scuba

Explore the depths among the colorful coral reefs that are home to anemones, eels, giant stingrays, sharks and turtles.
If you bring the whole family, try snorkeling in shallow water perfect for the little ones.

Fishing the Sea

Deep Sea, Shore & Lake

Fishing

If you love sportfishing then we have the trip for you! Troll for sailfish, blue marlin, white marlin, wahoo and dorado in the teeming waters of the Caribbean Sea!

Deep Sea

Big attraction for anglers heading to the Dominican Republic is unquestionably saltwater fishing. Thanks to her fantastic deep waters surrounding the coastlines, sport fishing for highly sought after big game species is incredibly popular.

Shore

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Family

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Golf by the Sea

Golfing Experiences

Golf

Renowned for having the most magnificent golf courses in the Caribbean region, and Latin America, the Dominican Republic is the undisputed leader of golf in the tropics. Dominican Republic’s award-winning courses are on every golfer’s bucket list.

Golf

At least seven of the Dominican Republic’s courses have consistently topped Golf Week Magazine’s Top 50 courses in the Caribbean and Mexico, including Punta Espada in the top 10.

On Land

Horses, Hiking, Biking, ATV

On Horseback

Horseback riding is deeply entrenched in Dominican culture, going back centuries to colonial Spanish times. Ride horseback along the hills, and colorful villages of the Domincan Republic in any location countrywide.

Hiking & Biking

Mountain bike and hiking tours led by local guides—a great choice for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Ride and hike along scenic trails through forested areas, river beds and jungle trails.

Off Road

Rugged mountain terrain and hidden treasures, create the perfect setting for an off-road  adventure. Drive your own ATV through countryside full of surprises and new adventures.

Lifestyle

Live the Lifestyle

Living

Looking for Lifestyle Options? Considering the Dominican Republic as a place to live or retire, the knowledge we share will help you to create a plan, and we’ll connect you with useful lifestyle services and property choices.

Retire

Many consider the Dominican Republic for their retirement home. With recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and a modern infrastructure, stable electrical grid and high-speed internet.

Lifestyle

Variety of lifestyles, from resorts, condos and other full-time housing—it’s a perfect place for those seeking an “always on vacation” lifestyle. Dominican Republic has everything you need and more, affordability, healthcare, safety, culture and cuisine.

Real Estate

Finding the Right Investment

Real Estate

Opportunities for real estate investment exist in the Dominican Republic for entrepreneurs. Beachfront and ocean view houses and private land that lie close to the attractive vistas that line the coastline.

Beach Houses

It is always a wonderful idea to set up villas, apartments and other residential units in the vicinity of a stunning ocean, pristine beaches, and picturesque lagoons. The attractiveness of the Dominican Republic has always been a magnet that attracts buyers and tenants at any time of the year.

Culture

Experience the Culture

Culture

In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in the Dominican Republic and promptly claimed the island for the Spanish crown. A year later, Santo Domingo had become the first European settlement in the New World, and the Spanish influence that still dominates had begun.

Culture

 There is no better place to immerse yourself in authentic Caribbean culture. The Dominican people and their customs have predominately European cultural origins with both African and native Taíno influences.

Cuisine

Enjoy the Food & Drink 

Food & Drink

Dominican Republic is well known for its varieties of regional and national food and drink. From street food to exquisite culinary delights, paired with regional beverages, beer and rum with long histories and international reputations.

Mamajuana

The most popular Dominican drink – Mamajuana. Mamajuana is a potent drink native to the Dominican Republic that is purported to have strong medicinal qualities.

Beer

A handful of beers are made in the Dominican Republic, including craft beers found in a few places around the country. The most popular brand is the world famous Presidente beer, made by Cervecería Nacional Dominicana since 1935.

Rum

Dominican rum is produced by several big brands, the most popular two being Brugal and Barceló. Ron Bermúdez dates back to the 19th century, with white and golden premium varieties.

Where to Stay

Find the Right Resort

Resorts

If your idea of recreation is a healthy dose of relaxation, Dominican Republic offers world-class amenities with old Caribbean charm. Along with unlimited experiences on land, on the sea and in the sea, DR has you covered.

Resorts

As a traveler in Dominican Republic you can enjoy a full array of spa services, fine regional dining or sunning yourself at the beach or by the pool. Dolphin and whale watching expeditions are an extra special vacation treat not to miss.

Special Trips, Tours & Events:  Dominican Republic

Taste of the Carribbean 

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Activities

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