As sub-zero temperatures blanket most of the United States many people find themselves dreaming of their next vacation. While there is no shortage of beaches to visit, those who want a truly unique tropical location should consider the Dominican Republic.  For vacation goers, the Dominican Republic strikes the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure – and it has a lot of history to it as well. Here are just a few of the top reasons why the Dominican Republic is a must-see destination.

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Damajaqua Cascades 

Though it is off the beaten path, the Damajaqua cascades are truly an unforgettable wonder. The area features an astounding 27 waterfalls and pools for you to explore. Their beauty alone will make a trip to the Dominican Republic a memorable experience.  Guided tours are available and take about 3 hours on average. Since the falls were discovered in the early 90s, nearly 50,000 tourists visit the area each year. It is certainly not something to be missed.

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Ocean World

Ocean World is an adventure park located in the Puerto Plata region of the Dominican Republic. It is the perfect destination for families, as there are fun activities for all ages. Some of the activities you can enjoy at Ocean World include swimming with dolphins, string rays, sea lions and sharks. There are water slides and other fun activities as well. But the park doesn’t close after dusk; Ocean World also features the best in nightlife entertainment, from exquisite dinners to a casino and a disco.

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Zona Colonial

For those looking to learn a bit about the history of the Dominican Republic in between dips in the pool, Zona Colonial is a top destination. Located in Santo Domingo, the area marks the spot where Columbus settled in the New World. While there, you can visit Catedral Primada De America, the Americas first cathedral, and Fortelaza Ozama, the oldest standing fort in the Americas. Centered in a 12-block radius that is lined with Baroque buildings and cobblestone streets, Zona Colonial also offers great entertainment with remarkable restaurants, hotels, and bars.

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Pampered Living

As the Dominican Republic is one of the best vacation destinations in the world, there are a number of all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic that can make a vacation even more enjoyable. These all-inclusive resorts offer nearly unlimited activities within the resorts borders, and their accommodating staff can help you plan unforgettable daily excursions. Some of the most popular all-inclusive Dominican Republic resorts are the Barcelo family of resorts– located in Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Juan Dolio and Bavaro Beach. Regardless of which Barcelo resort you choose, you are never far away from some of the country’s top attractions. And, while staying at one of Barcelo’s all-inclusive resorts, you can enjoy dining in first-class restaurants, relaxation in luxurious spas, and fun activities for the entire family.

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Jarabacoa

Jarabacoa is a must-visit for those who want to add some adventure and physical activity to their vacation. Jarabacoa is in the central mountains of the Dominican Republic – an area that features beautiful forests, waterfalls, and the highest peak in the Caribbean. Many tourists visit Jarabacoa for hiking, biking and rock climbing. The Río Yaque del Norte, the Dominican Republic’s only whitewater river, is also a popular destination for rafting.

If you’re looking to take a memorable vacation this year, these beautiful sites and fun activities are just a few reasons why the Dominican Republic is a must-see destination.

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