When Christopher Columbus arrived on this country's fair shores in 1492, he proclaimed "There is no island that is more beautiful in the world." For visitors today, the Dominican Republic, or the DR, that statement certainly holds true. From Puerto Plata's mountainous terrain and magical coast and Samana's opportunities for adventure, to Punta Cana's picture perfect beaches and La Romana's laid-back vibe, this country has it all.
Considered by many to be the prettiest part of the DR, Samana is a naturalist's delight. Offering unspoiled beaches, coconut-covered mountains, crystal clear streams, beautiful waterfalls, lush rainforests and vibrant coral reefs, this little stretch of land that juts out into the sea is also home to internationally renowned whale watching (if you time it right).
Kiteboarding is the hottest new water sport on the planet and Cabarete, a small town just east of Puerto Plata, is the place to do it. This small Dominican town has the reputation of having the best kitesurfing conditions in the world.