Cheap flights from the Dominican Republic

As one of the most geographically diverse countries in the region, Dominican Republic features beautiful mountain scenery, beaches, and deserts. The rural byways and vendors selling their produce, as well as the old men grouped across the corner makes idyllic scenes. The cities are also a delight to explore, especially the capital, where there are various landmarks featuring colonial architectural designs.

The people and country of Dominican Republic are also fascinating to learn more about. One is the people's penchant for parties, as seen at the Carnival celebrations throughout the country. Each of the town's fiestas is also colourful and distinct, making it fun to celebrate their holidays with them. From here, tourists can go on a downtime from all the hiking and touring, and just enjoy the elaborate feasts and fun activities.

Where to go

Punta Cana, the point where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, features large resorts that offer the amenities of modern living right on the beach. Various golf courses can also be found here, which has about 11 courses located along the strip. Most of the resorts cater to families, while many weddings are also held here every year. One will find here El Cortecito and Los Corales in the centre of Bavaro, a small fishing village with shopping centres, supermarkets, and many gift outlets. There is also the Playa Cabeza de Toro to check out, which is popular for being a departure point for fishing trips and fishing tournament sites. Those interested in natural landmarks can turn to Parque Ecologico Ojos Indignas, which lets tourists meander through tropical forests and lagoons.

Samana, a treasury of natural landmarks, is filled with coves, bays, waterfalls, mountains, and inspiring views. Salto el Limon lets one go through the jungle before reaching El Limon Waterfall, which drops 130 ft from the top of Sierra Samana. There is also the Acuario Natural Kaio, where large fish swim around the coral gardens in an aquarium. One can then head to the Parque Nacional Los Haitises, one of the most important reserves in the country. The park has extensive mangroves with many keys and caves, as well as a jungle used as a location for the film, Jurassic Park. Several endangered birds can be found here, such as the Ridgway's hawk, hispaniolan piculet, pelicans, frigate birds, and other spectacular birds.

Within reach by an hour by plane, the city of San Juan in Puerto Rico makes an intriguing place to check out. Established in 1521, the city has a number of splendid landmarks to visit, such as the El Morro, which rises boldly over the headlands. This Spanish fort, said to be oldest Spanish fort in the New World, features a grey and castellated lighthouse and the Sta Barbara Bastion and the Austria Half-Bastion, where one can find beautiful views of the sea, the bay, Old and New San Juan, and many others.

The Fuerte San Cristobal, one of the largest military installations of the Spaniards, can also be visited here. There are also 150-ft walls, moats, bridges, and tunnels, as well as a museum, a store, and military archives. The Puerta de San Juan can also be part of the itinerary, a tunnel dating from the 1630s which marks the end of the Paseo de la Princesa and stands as one of the three remaining gates into the old city.

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a lively city where various galleries can be found. Decorated with artworks from the masters, tourists should not miss going to any or all of these landmarks: Museo del Prado (one of the world's premier art galleries with more than 7,000 paintings), Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (features one of the most intriguing private collections of mostly European art), and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (hosts a range of world-renowned contemporary art).

One can then turn to the Palacio Real, the most exclusive real estate in the country, which was built with the intention of going higher than any palace in Europe. The turnout was an elegant Italianate baroque giant, with more than 2,800 rooms. There is also the Basilica de San Francisco El Grande to check out, one of the grandest old churches of Madrid in a baroque basilica design.

How to get out

When going out of Dominican Republic, tourists can book flights from Punta Cana International Airport. Numerous airlines, including Servicios Aéreos Profesionales, LAN Airlines, JetBlue Airways, American Airlines, and Sunwing Airlines, among others, connect from here to the Americas and Europe, which allow passengers to venture to and from different parts of the world.

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