Lush rainforests, a rich colonial heritage and an addictive baseball culture: the Dominican Republic is so much more than a rum-soaked beach paradise. Hike to the top of Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s highest mountain; bathe under spectacular tumbling waterfalls; and shop for beautiful amber jewellery in the capital, Santo Domingo. Whether you’re after pumping nightclubs, the freshest Dominican coffee or deserted powder-white sands, use our map of the Dominican Republic to plan your trip.

The Dominican Republic’s coast is spectacular; watch giant humpback whales breaching in Samaná Bay; go windsurfing in the warm waters of Cabarete or simply relax under the palm trees of Playa Rincón. If you want to get into the party spirit, you’ll find loud discos and busy bars along Santo Domingo Malecón and fast-paced merengue dancing across the country, or grab a mask and join the celebrations at the colourful La Vega Carnival.

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Video: 14 things we love about the Dominican Republic

Video: 14 things we love about the Dominican Republic

With waterfalls, beaches and wildlife galore, the Dominican Republic is an island paradise. If you need any more inspiration to plan a visit, here are 14 things…

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