This island is known for its beautiful beaches and a multitude of resorts, but it’s also one of the most diverse destinations you can visit. You’ll want to come here for the country's merengue and live music scene, its hospitable people, as well as its rich natural activities like coffee trails, and tropical forests. From its colonial cities to beach towns, national parks with great hiking trails, secluded islands, and quiet lagoons, there’s more to do and see than you can fit in one trip.
The Dominican cuisine is a rich blend of cultures, from Taino to African, Spanish, and even Middle Eastern. A typical Dominican dish you should try is mangů which is a plantain mash generally served at breakfast. Sancocho, a hearty meat and root vegetable stew, is a local favorite. Streetside fried snacks are also popular, such as chimichurri burgers, chicharron, or fried pork rinds.