Divorces in the Dominican Republic

It shares an island with Haiti, from which it receives crowds of illegal immigrants, and that may be one reason why the Dominican Republic markets itself as a good destination for both weddings and divorces.

The country occupies the eastern half of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, and it has quite a history having been visited by Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to the New World, and then having the America’s first European settlement established there, by none other than Bartholomew Columbus, Christopher’s brother.

That settlement is Santo Domingo, which was Spain’s first capital of the America’s and which remains the Dominican Republic’s capital. It is also home to the New World’s first university, cathedral and castle, which today are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Apart from Haitians the most recent invaders are tourists, as the Dominican Republic is becoming a popular destination because of its great golf courses, spectacular beaches, casinos and good resorts.

In fact, tourism has become so important to the local economy that 1 in 7 Dominicans are employed in the tourism industry.

From a strictly tourist perspective, the Dominican Republic is divided into four main regions: the North Coast, Samana Peninsular, East Coast and South Coast.
On the North Coast many of the resorts are located in an area called the Amber Coast which is a virtual playground for those interested in pursuing mountain biking, horseback riding, windsurfing, kite surfing, diving, and other adventure sports.

The Samana Peninsular has the best coastline, with thick palm forests, kilometres of unspoiled white sand beaches, and clear turquoise waters. The middle of the peninsula is made up of high mountain passes that host magnificent views, lush tropical forests, and a number of waterfalls. It also has a fascinating history, having once been an island, but the channel silted up and it is now attached to the mainland.

The East Coast also has its fair share of beautiful coastline and is home to many magnificent resorts, but they tend to be gated communities so that interactions with locals is not extensive.

The country’s capital city, Santo Domingo, is located on the South Coast, which is also littered with popular resort communities which mostly boast spectacular beaches, golf courses and marinas that overlook the Caribbean Sea.

Fortunately, the government of the Dominican Republic has embraced ecotourism, so that much of the country remains in pristine condition and real efforts are being made for new tourist developments to remain in harmony with the local ecology.

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