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Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic, (Spanish: República Dominicana) is a country located on the eastern two-thirds of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, bordering Haiti. Hispaniola is the second-largest of the Greater Antilles islands, and lies west of Puerto Rico and east of Cuba and Jamaica. A legacy of unsettled, mostly non-representative rule lasted for much of the 20th century; the move towards representative democracy has improved vastly since the death of military dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo in 1961. Dominicans sometimes refer to their country as Quisqueya, a name for Hispaniola used by the native Taíno Indians. The Dominican Republic is not to be confused with Dominica, another Caribbean country.
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The country has had a history of changing ownership, with occasional attempts at independence and self-rule. First a Spanish colony and then a French colony, it was subsequently ruled by Haiti and then Spain again, and later the United States twice ruled Dominican territory.

In the beginning the island was primarily inhabited by the Taino, a branch of the Arawaks. Taino means "the good" in that native language. A system of Cacicazgos (chiefdoms) was in place, and Marien, Maguana, Higuey, Magua and Xaragua (Also written as Jaragua) were their names. These chiefdoms were then subdivided into subchiefdoms. The Cacicagzos were based on a system of tribute, consisting of the food grown by the Taino. Among the cultural signs that they left were cave paintings around the country, which have become touristic and nationalistic symbols of the Dominican Republic, and words from their language, including "hurricane" (hurrakan) and "tobacco" (tabakko).

Resort Areas and Individual Resorts in the Dominican Republic


 Bayahibe / La Romana
Canoa_Coral_by_Hilton Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus Viva_Wyndham_Dominicus_Palace
Casa_de_Campo Santana_Beach_Resort_&_Casino Viva_Wyndham_Dominicus_Beach

Boca Chica
Hamaca_Coral_by_Hilton Hotetur Dominican Bay
Small or Boutique Hotels
Hostal Angel Gabriel Hostal Zapata

Constanza / Jarabacoa
No Major Resorts
Small or Boutique Hotels
Rancho Guaraguao

Juan Dolio

Costa_Caribe_Coral_by_Hilton Embassy Suites Hotel
Small or Boutique Hotels

La Vega / Bonao
No Major Resorts
Small or Boutique Hotels
Aquarius Hotel, Bar & Restaurant

Playa Grande / Rio San Juan / Cabrera / Nagua
No Major Resorts
Small or Boutique Hotels
La Catalina

Puerto Plata / Sosúa / Cabarete
Iberostar Costa Dorada Fun Royale & Tropicale Hotetur Villas Doradas
Gran Ventana Beach Resort Puerto Plata Village Marien Coral by Hilton
Eden Bay Resort   Hotetur Dorado Club
Playa Naco Resort & Spa Sun Village Resort & Spa SuperClubs Breezes
Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada Victoria Resort Golf & Beach Viva Wyndham Tangerine
Small or Boutique Hotels  
Cabarete Palm Beach Condos Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Hotel Casa Cayena Sosua
Hotel Villa Taina Natura Cabañas Piergiorgio Palace

Punta Cana / Bávaro
Barceló Beach Resort Carabela Beach Resort Catalonia Bávaro
IFA Villas Bávaro Beach Resort Iberostar Bávaro Resorts Melia Caribe Tropical
Ocean Bávaro Resort Ocean Blue Golf & Beach Resort Occidental Allegro Punta Cana
Occidental Grand Flamenco Paradisus Palma Real Paradisus Punta Cana
Puntacana Resort & Club SuperClubs Breezes  
Small or Boutique Hotels  
Sivory Punta Cana    

Samaná / Las Terrenas / Las Galeras
Viva Wyndham Samana
Small or Boutique Hotels  
Club Bonito Hotel Eva Luna & Restaurant Hotel Moorea Beach
Hotel Residence Playa Colibri Tropical Island Bed & Breakfast Tropical Lodge Hotel
Villa Serena    

Hodelpa Centro Plaza Hodelpa Gran Almirante Hotel
Small or Boutique Hotels

Santo Domingo
Clarion Hotel Courtyard Hotel Dominican Fiesta Hotel
Hilton Santo Domingo InterContinental Melia_Santo_Domingo
Mercure Comercial Naco Hotel & Casino Napolitano Hotel & Casino
Occidental_El_Embajador Quality Hotel Real Aeropuerto Renaissance Jaragua
Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando Hotel_Santo_Domingo  
Small or Boutique Hotels  
Antiguo Hotel Europa Aparta Hotel Aladino Hodelpa Caribe Colonial
Plaza Florida Suites Hotel Sofitel Frances  

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