The ocean-scape of the Dominican Republic is one of the most famous in the world. Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club Sister Resorts encourage visitors to take in more of this region than just the beaches and sparkling waters.

Puerto Plata is rich in history, and there are many museums and monuments that pay tribute to the Tainos¾the people Christopher Columbus came across in 1492 in the area. Even today, the Tainos culture is evident in the food, art, and customs of the Dominican people. Vacationers will want to explore the villages and get a taste of the local artistry and cuisine while vacationing here.

Santo Domingo, the nation’s capital, offers another look back in time. The part of town known as the Colonial City is a mixture between modern and 15th-century charm. Historical buildings and horse-drawn carriages add to the capital’s ambiance. Boasting honors as the oldest city in The New World, it is home to the first streets, first university, the oldest church in the Americas and the first hospital. Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club Sister Resorts knows that visitors will be entranced by the dark history that can be found in Santo Domingo.

Although the beaches will still beckon visitors to their shores, planning time to explore the other regions of the Caribbean is sure to make for some memorable moments. The Dominican Republic has both extremes of elevation¾the highest and the lowest in the Caribbean. Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club Sister Resorts recommend checking out the many guided tours winding up the mountain range or going the other way to visit Lago Enriquillo, the largest lake in the region and the lowest in elevation.

There is something special about tropical flora. The Dominican Republic offers a wide variety of parks that cater to flower lovers. The best place, however, to view and enjoy orchids, aquatic flowers and palms are at the National Botanical Garden. The Japanese garden is also a favorite stop.

Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club Sister Resorts encourage visitors to get out and experience all that the Dominican Republic has to offer. For more information, visit http;//