This past June, before moving to South Korea, I spent almost a full month beneath the Caribbean sun in Dominican Republic. It was a blissful summer spent laying by the pool, floating in the ocean, scuba diving with starfish, and eating every type of seafood I could get my hands on. The DR is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever visited. Despite being half Dominican and the rare family vacation spent at island resorts when I was young, it wasn’t until recent years that I finally got to know my mothers home land.

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They say that once you’ve visited one Caribbean island, you’ve visited them all, and that’s simply not true! Each island has it’s own somethin’ special to offer. I’m not talking about the excursions you take from the hotel, or the all inclusive cant-believe-it’s-so-affordable prices you get during the off season. These islands are homes to talented people, exporters of goods like fruits and coffee, and major zones in need of climate control. Dominican Republic is a year round summer paradise, but it’s also much more than that.

Instead of going on and on about how beautiful, unique, and diverse Dominican Republic is, let me show you:

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Beaches

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People

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Sunsets

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8 Comments

  1. Wow! I only know people who have been in Dominican Republic in al-inclusive. Personally, I really don’t like these kind of resorts, and your photo essay just gave me more reason to want to explore this country on my own. Thumbs up! Beautiful pictures!

  2. All of these pictures make me wish I could pull a Mary Poppins and walk into them. I’m not sure whether I’d choose a beach, one of the churches, or that outdoor barbecue!

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