I and my two friends went on a trip to the paradise islands – the Dominican Republic. Tired of a long flight, at the car rental we took a car and drove to the Lincoln Suites hotel in Santo Domingo, where we were in for a delicious Dominican breakfast: banana purée with fried eggs and very strong and thick coffee. Dominicana is famous for its coffee, which, by the way, is practically not exported, so you can only buy it here, which we did.

The national parks of the Dominican Republic

Dominicana – a country of exotic nature, so almost all the main attractions of the state – national parks, which can be seen on a rented car. And the first park we visited was “Haragua”. The park is the largest in the Caribbean. It consists of three zones. The first zone includes the islands of Beata and Alto Velo. Here you can find very rare turtles, such as a turtle loud, a kaguamo or a green turtle. In the second zone of the park, we saw very rare birds: a frigate, a green heron, and a tanagra. Also in the park lives the largest colony of pink flamingos. Well, the third zone is very arid, so various cacti grow there, and there are almost no animals.

Photo of a lizard

Photo of a lizard

Nature in the Dominican Republic is incredible.on a rental car We tried to embrace the immensity, and we visited several more parks and reserves, such as Los Aytizes with its Devil’s Cave, Samana Peninsula with its crisp white beaches and, of course, enjoyed the unique waterfalls. I would like to note that the Dominican beaches are distinguished by clear and pure water, palm trees everywhere. It seems that hit the advertising “Bounty”.

What else to see

Next to Santa Domingo is another incredible beauty National Park “Three Eyes”. The most interesting thing in it is the caves with a depth of up to 20 m, in which there are lakes with blue transparent water.

In the nature reserve José del Carmen-Ramírez, we were the first time. In the park, you can see everything: palm trees and creepers, alpine meadows with a huge number of birds, juniper, olives, cedar trees.

Santa Domingo

Photo of the Cathedral of Santo Domingo

Photo of the Cathedral of Santo Domingo

Since our hotel was located in the capital of the Dominican Republic, as well as in the oldest city in the country, we, of course, could not spend our time there. Walking along the cobbled roads in the city center, we wandered into the square of Spain, where stands the Alcazar de Colon palace, surrounded by many cafes and restaurants. It used to be the main residence of the viceroy of America. We also visited the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, built in honor of the Holy Virgin Mary – America’s oldest cathedral. Not far from the square there is an incredible number of interesting buildings, cathedrals, churches. And in the evening we enjoyed the Dominican culture, danced merengue and bachata, drank strong coffee and smoked cigars.