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The Dominican Republic lies on the second largest island in the Greater Antilles, Hispaniola. It occupies two-thirds of the island, with Haiti occupying the western third. The Atlantic Ocean is on its north side and the Caribbean Sea on its south. There is a welcoming, hospitable culture in the Dominican Republic. Its soft-sanded beaches, warm waters, and a mixture of historical and cultural sites add to its charm. More than 5 million tourists visit the Dominican Republic each year, and it is a popular pick for destination weddings and honeymoons.

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1. Santo Domingo: La Capital

The Dominican national capital, Santo Domingo, sits on the southeastern coast of the island. Its historic district, the Zona Colonial encompasses 16 square blocks located in the heart of the city and home to architecturally significant buildings dating back to the 16th century. Despite its rich historical heritage, Santo Domingo is a thriving, modern center for Dominican culture, with an array of art galleries, shopping malls, restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and nightclubs. Guides are available for walking tours. Bike rentals allow you to experience the city of Santo Domingo on your own. Families will enjoy a tour via the Chu Chu Colonial train, a 45-minute tour of monuments, parks, colonial homes, and churches in Santo Domingo.

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