The DR feels more like a South American country than a Caribbean island, maybe because of its size. It has a population of almost 10 million--3 million live in the capital, Santo Domingo.
The DR has three independence days, but the one from Haiti on February 27, 1844 is the most important (the other two are from Spain). This explains why we saw so many flags flying while we visited in February.
The DR has some of the best beaches in the world. From Santo Domingo on the south coast, it takes a little over 2 hours to drive to the north coast.
Our semi-private beach at Samana:
An island in the Samana bay:
Pick-up baseball on the beach:
I love this downspout!
And beautiful sunsets.
Stay tuned for Part 2 about the south coast!