The Dominican Republic is a very popular holiday destination and it's not difficult to see why. This sun-soaked island does not only have beautiful beaches, it also has incredible scenery unspoilt by tourism. Whilst here, do not leave without going to one of the beautiful national parks or well-preserved historic attractions. The Dominican Republic is one of the best places to go for all inclusive holidays, as they are affordable yet luxurious. So consider having an extra special holiday on this stunning Caribbean island.
Although discovered only in the 15th century, the Dominican Republic has historic attractions that are well-worth visiting. Whatever you know much about the past of the island, you're bound to find the museums and historic attractions on the island interesting. Head to the Museo Nacional de Historia y Geografia or visit the Museo de las Atarazanas to explore the discover of a 15th century shipwreck. Other notable historical sites on the island include the Fort San Felipe, a 15th century fort and the Parque Nacional La Isabela, which holds the remains of Columbus' second settlement in the New World. Make the most of cheap flights to the region, from the UK and Europe to discover these historic attractions.
You can not go to the Dominican Republic without relaxing on one of the island's perfect beaches. The beaches here are beautiful, and extensive – stretching for over 1000 miles. Most all inclusive resorts offer a variety of themed private pools, as well as a number of different water sports and activities, including parasailing, snorkeling and diving. Golf is another popular activity on the island. The Dominican Republic is home to several championship golf courses, including the Las Aromas Golf Club in Santiago, the Guavaberry Golf and Country Club in Juan Dolio and the Playa Dorada Golf Club in Puerto Plata.
All inclusive holidays allow you to relax completely, so take this relaxation to a new level by heading to one of the island's spas. Many all inclusive resorts offer spa services, including facials, massages and body treatments. Asian spas are also popular on the island, with many offering open-air yoga and tai chai for those seeking serenity. The variety of activities available, combined with a choice of restaurants and bars, make all inclusive holidays incredibly popular.
Although there has been an influx of tourism to the island in recent years, the island has retained much of its natural beauty. The island has five national parks which help to reserve the landscape and surrounding environment. One of the best parks is the El Choco National Park in Cabarete, which has a huge lagoon that is home to a variety of tropical birds, and the Damajagua Casacades, a series of 27 amazing waterfalls in the jungle near Puerto Plata. Another notable park is Parque Nacional Jaragua, home to the island's largest flamingo population and some of the best beaches on the island.