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The Dominican Republics vibrant capital is well worth a visit

Most of us think of the Dominican Republic as a tropical paradise, a haven of all-inclusive resorts offering the perfect sun and sand vacation during seemingly endless winter months.
But theres a wonderful world outside those resorts, and those who choose to venture out will be rewarded with wonderful memories. This is, after all, the birthplace of the Americas and as such offers a unique cultural experience, steeped in colonial and indigenous history.
The culture of the Dominican Republic, like its Caribbean neighbours, is a blend of the legacies of European colonists, Africans, and the indigenous Tanos people. And theres no place better to experience those distinctly different elements than in Santo Domingo, the countrys capital.
Long before Columbus set foot in the Dominican Republic, the island was home to several native tribes, most notably the Taino Indians. The Museo del Hombre Dominicano (Museum of Dominican Man)in Santo Domingo preserves portions of that early, rich history and allows visitors to get close to tribal masks, ceremonial items, and everyday artifacts that survived the European colonial expansion.
The Dominican Republics African legacy is reflected in the elaborate masks worn by revelers during the Santo Domingo Carnaval. This annual celebration finds the city streets full of festival goers dressed in traditional costumes. The event closes with an elaborate parade featuring the Carnaval King and professional dance groups .
The colonial influence of Santo Domingo is best exemplified in the architecture and ambiance of the oldest hotel building in the New World, the Palacio Nicolas de Ovando. This oasis of refinement and old word regality is an amazing contrast to the fast pace and bustle of this Caribbean city. A very European afternoon can also be spent at La Cafeteria gazing at artists, musicians, and Dominican intellectuals while enjoying their legendary rich black espresso.
Why not make your next trip to Dominican Republic a memorable one by visiting the incredible city of Santo Domingo? It may just be the highlight of your trip!

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