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Dominicaanse Republiek: een onuitputtelijke bestemming en uniek in de wereld

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Onze stranden

Er is wellicht geen betere – en objectievere - manier om onze stranden aan te prijzen, dan u te citeren uit een rapport van de Verenigde Naties over onze stranden en kusten:

"Van alle toeristische stranden in de hele wereld zijn er maar weinig gezegend met zulk verfijnd zand en kristalhelder water. De stranden zijn bedekt met zandkorrels die zo wit zijn dat het bijna magisch is, fantastisch. Er is geen twijfel over mogelijk dat ze behoren tot de beste stranden ter wereld."

Wij nodigen u uit om te genieten van de maagdelijke Atlantische kusten in de noordelijke regio of van de ongelooflijk mooie witte stranden in het zuiden, die gekust en geplaagd worden door kristalheldere golven van de Caribische Zee.

Nationale parken

Onder het nationale parkensysteem vallen stedelijke parken en recreatiezones, natuurlijke omgevingen en zoölogische/botanische reservaten waar de flora en fauna van ons land wordt beschermd.

De Ministerio de Medio Ambiente (Ministerie van Milieu ) is de instelling die verantwoordelijk is voor de ontwikkeling, administratie, organisatie en het onderhoud van alle natuurlijke en recreatieve gebieden. Het voornaamste doel is het conserveren van onze natuurlijke bronnen en het behouden van ons ecologische erfgoed, zodat de huidige en toekomstige generaties ervan kunnen genieten.

Recreatiegebieden omvatten de stedelijke parken. In Santo Domingo zijn dat o.a. Aquario Nacional, Mirador del Norte, Mirador del Sur, Mirador del Este (bij de Faro a Colón), de dierentuin en de botanische tuin.

De natuurgebieden en wetenschappelijke reservaten zijn onder andere: de J. Armando Bermúdez Nationale Parken, José del Carmen Ariza, Nacional del Este, Los Haitises, Isla Cabritos, Sierra de Bahoruco, Montecristi en tot slot Jaragua, dat het grootste gebied in het land is. Verder is er het wetenschappelijke reservaat Ébano Verde, dat zich bevindt in de provincie La Vega. Hierin is een zeer nat, subtropisch ecosysteem in een bos te vinden, waar de jaarlijkse gemiddelde temperatuur tussen 12 en 23 graden Celsius ligt.

Bezoekers kunnen hier genieten van ontelbare soorten inheemse flora en fauna, de geboorte van de rivieren Camú en Jatubey, ze kunnen een bad nemen in El Arroyazo, één van de belangrijkste zijrivieren van het Jimenoa-rivier, met een mountainbike de bergen in de omgeving doorfietsen, kamperen in de bossen of rustig wandelen in El Sendero Baño de Nube.

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

 

 

National Botanical Garden

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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

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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

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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

Theaters

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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, Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft Javascript nodig om het te kunnen zien.

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