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Our Beaches

Perhaps there is no better way of providing our readers with a more objective appraisal of our beaches than to borrow the experts below a from United Nations report on our beaches and coasts:

"Of all the tourist beaches in the world, few are blessed with such beautiful grains of sand or crystal-clear waters. The beaches are strewn with granules of sand that are so white that they seem nearly magical, fantastic. Without question, they must rank among the best in the world."

The choice is yours! You may bask in the magic of our unspoiled, virgin Atlantic shores to the north. Or you may lull yourself to wonderland with the white sands of our southern shores, alternately kissed and teased by the crystalline waters of the Caribbean Sea.

National Parks

Designated and managed as the national parks system are: urban parks and recreational areas, natural habitats, and zoological/botanical reserves where the country's flora and fauna are protected.

The Ministry of the Environment is the institution in charge of the development, administration, organization, and maintenance of all natural and recreational areas. Its principal objective is to conserve our natural resources as well as preserve our ecological patrimony for the perennial enjoyment of present and future generations.

Recreational areas are made up of urban parks, among those in the Santo Domingo area are: Aquario Nacional (National Aquarium); Mirador del Norte; Mirador del Sur; Mirador del Este (located at the Faro a Colón –[Columbus Lighthouse]); the Zoológico Nacional (National Zoo); and the Jardín Botánico (Botanical Gardens).

The natural areas and scientific reserves are composed of, among others: The J. Armando Bermúdez National Parks, José del Carmen Ariza, Nacional del Este, Los Haitises, Isla Cabritos, Sierra de Bahoruco, Montecristi and lastly, Jaragua, which is the largest in the country, and the Scientific Reserve Ébano Verde, located in the province of La Vega, which is representative of a very wet sub-tropical forest ecosystem, with an average annual temperature of 12 ºC / 23 ºC.

Here visitors can appreciate the many species of flora and fauna that are endemic to our island; see the source of the Camú and Jatubey rivers; take a refreshing swim in El Arroyazo, one of the most important affluent of the Jimenoa river; enjoy a mountain biking tour around the surrounding mountains; go camping in the forest or enjoy a relaxing trek through the Baño de Nube walkway.

Info: 809-472-4204 | www.medioambiente.gob.do




National Botanical Garden

All known species of the island's flora have been collected, classified and exhibited at the Museo de Historia Natural (Museum of Natural History) as well as at the Jardín Botánico Nacional (National Botanical Garden). The latter resembles a huge emerald island amidst the surrounding urban development. It also bears the name of the prominent Dominican botanist, Dr. Rafael M. Moscoso, founder of the Botanical Institute of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo.

The National Botanical Garden was ranked by England's Kew Gardens amongst the 10 best in the world, thanks to the research that is taking place here, the environmental education, recreation, maintenance conditions and its live collections.

More than any other native flora, the orchid has been the most studied specimen. Indeed, the term "orchid" is a broad botanical designation covering some 67 major species throughout the island, and 300 classified miniature, rare species. The latter come in fascinating shapes of all kinds, a feature that makes this jewel of nature particularly attractive to collectors. Among them are: oncidium henekenii, shaped like a small tarantula; polyradicium lindeníi, shaped like a toad; oncidium variegatum shaped like a little angel; leonchilus labiatus shaped like a little nun; and, broughtonia domingensii, a beautiful, lilac-colored variety that adorns most of our coastal areas. The National Botanical Garden issues the "not-in-danger-of-extinction" certificate that is necessary to export these.

Apart from offering a relaxing environment and complete contact with nature, the National Botanical Garden offers executives and the general public an ideal location for exercising and enjoying fitness and safety in a protected site that is jealously and meticulously kept by its administration and the walking club that has adopted it as its headquarters. Info: Phone. 809-385-2611 | www.jbn.gob.do

National Zoo

The Dominican Republic, as a territory in the Caribbean, is endowed with a varied yet peculiar range of animal life. A taxonomy of the island's fauna shows a predominance of the lower species, a rich bird population, and few native mammals.

Among the most interesting native species are the rock-climbing iguanas, of the cyclura type; the hutias, rodents of the solenodon and plagidontia types; the American crocodile, cocodryluys americanus acatus, and our "cigua palmera" Dulus Dominicus – the national bird –, all examples of groups and species exclusive of our Antillean region.
In terms of native terrestrial mammals, there are only two species of the aforementioned hutias— both are an endangered species of great biological value.

Other species of our bird population are: the guaraguao (red-tailed hawk), the zumbador (hummingbird), the barrancolí, the flautero, and the parrots of the Amazona ventralis type, that have been a part of our daily lives well before the Iberian advent.

Of the island's foreign species, the manatee and the whale, both amphibious mammals, are the most exceptional. The humpback whale in particular migrates each winter from the frigid Arctic waters to give birth to its young along the Banco de la Plata (Silver Bank)— approximately 35 miles northeast of the community of Cabrera, in Dominican territorial waters.

Most species of the Dominican fauna are on exhibit at the Museo de Historia Natural (Museum of Natural History), the Acuario Nacional (National Aquarium), and the Parque Zoológico Nacional (National Zoological Park).
In parks where the animals are allowed some freedom to roam about, park rangers escort and supervise visitors. Info: Phone 809-378-2149  |  www.zoodom.gov.do

If you want to enjoy the opportunity of seeing animals and plants in their natural habitats, you can book an excursion to observe the wildlife. Info: see OPETUR Directory

Cultural Square

The Plaza de la Cultura, an oasis for the city with its huge gardens, majestic fountains and ancient trees, just as its name suggest, is a cultural center located right in the heart of Santo Domingo. It has been designed in such a way as to allow access to its installations from three of the cities most important avenues: Máximo Gómez, Pedro Henríquez Ureña and César Nicolás Penson.

The modern building complex houses the Biblioteca Nacional (National Library), the Cinemateca Nacional (National Film Library), the Galería de Arte Moderno (Gallery of Modern Art), the Museo de Historia Natural (Museum of Natural History), Museo de Historia y Geografía (Museum of History and Geography), Museo del Hombre Dominicano (Museum of Dominican History), and the Teatro Nacional (National Theater). A visit to the Cultural Plaza is more than just a pleasant stroll; it is a walk through Dominican culture and history.

The Plaza de la Cultura serves each year as the venue for one of the most important cultural events in the country: the Feria Internacional del Libro de Santo Domingo (International Book Fair of Santo Domingo). This celebration not only honors and promotes national and foreign literature, but also houses other forms of artistic expressions, such as theater, film, dance and visual arts in general. Phone 809-686-2472


The Teatro Nacional (National Theater) 

Is a modern building located in the very heart of the Cultural Plaza. The main auditorium can hold 1,700 patrons in comfortably designed seats that allow for optimal viewing from any seat. Its state-of-the-art modulated acoustics system can authentically transmit a whisper from stage to audience. Should your stay coincide with the theater season, it would be worthwhile attending a performance.


Máximo Gómez #35, Plaza de la Cultura, Santo Domingo, 809.687-3191

Palacio de Bellas Artes
Máximo Gómez, Independencia, Santo Domingo, 809.687-0504, www.bellasartes.gov.do

Casa de Teatro
Arzobispo Meriño #110, Santo Domingo, 809-689-3430, www.casadeteatro.com

Teatro Las Máscaras
Arzobispo Portes #56, Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, 809.687-9788, www.teatrolasmascaras.net.do

Teatro Guloya
Arzobispo Portes #205, Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, 809.685-4856, www.teatroguloya.org

Gran Teatro del Cibao
Av. Las Carreras #1, Santiago, 809-583-1150, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it