Xclusive Weeks Feature | Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

The Xclusive Weeks featured destination this week is tropical Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Keep reading for a summary of this exotic vacation spot, as well as instructions on how to get access to last minute travel deals through Xclusive Weeks.

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Divide your time in the northern city of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic between stunning beaches, world glass golf courses, and exciting excursions ranging from horseback riding to dune buggy rides to eco-tourism. The most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean has perfect tropical weather year round. Here are five things to know before you venture to the D.R.:

It’s on the island of Hispaniola, and it shares the island with Haiti. The Dominican Republic is the oldest country of the Americas, and Christopher Columbus made landfall there first on his voyage in 1492. Many Dominicans you’ll meet may have immigrated from Haiti for a better life.

Baseball is the national sport. Major leaguers Albert Pujols, Sammy Sosa, Miguel Tejada, Manny Ramirez, Adrian Beltre, David Ortiz, Vladimir Guerrero, Juan Marichal, and Pedro Martinez are all from the island.

It’s the second largest Caribbean nation by area and population, behind Cuba. The country is located in the Greater Antilles archipelago, has a population of 10 million, and is almost 19,000 square miles in size.

You’ll be offered Mama Juana. Mama Juana is a very popular Dominican alcoholic drink made by allowing rum, red wine, and honey to soak in a bottle with tree bark and herbs. Bartenders and shops love to offer it to tourists with a smile, touting its aphrodisiac properties.

Get to know Larimar. The rare blue variety of the mineral pectolite is found only in the Dominican Republic and is very popular in tourist shops. Locals craft jewelry out of the gem, which mostly comes from the southwestern region of the island. Don’t forget to always negotiate a good deal when shopping on the island!

Grab your sunscreen and your umbrella drink, and hit the beach!

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling! His favorite RTX spots to visit are Orange Beach, Alabama, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but he's visiting new places all the time. .

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