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Dominican Republic see + do
Sightseeing in the Dominican Republic means, for most visitors, staking out a patch of sand and calling it a week; given the embarrassment of beaches spread across the country, you can hardly take issue with that approach. Unlike on other Caribbean islands, though, there's plenty of action to be had elsewhere in the Dominican Republic. The buzzing capital of Santo Domingo was the first European settlement in the New World; its colonial zone is worth a visit for its rich history as well as its more recent wave of restaurants, galleries, and nightclubs. Further inland, lush forests and mountains draw adventure seekers for canyoning and river rafting—though in truth, these excursions are best seen as a supplement to beach lolling rather than as destinations in their own right. The windswept north coast is gaining fame as the world's kiteboarding capital, but even if you're not inclined to adrenaline rushes, the mix of beaches, snorkeling reefs, gourmet restaurants, and nightlife in and around Puerto Plata is among the best in the country.