When you’re in the Caribbean, why do you go to Dominican beaches? Of course, merengue!
LonelyPlanet.com’s Dominican Republic page describes the D.R. as “a land of contrasts,” from its hot, coastal beaches to its cold, high hills, from the vibrant urban life of Santa Domingo (“La Capital”) to the slow, more simple pace of the nearby rural areas. The Dominican tourist infrastructure may try to direct you to all-inclusive beach resorts, but if you really want to experience the Dominican Republic — beyond the nation’s undeniably great music — feel free to explore on your own.