Dominican Republic, interactive 360° panoramas and virtual tours of tourist attractions and businesses
Dominican Republic ... Has it ALL!!! There's no place quite like the Dominican Republic. That’s because its history is the result of an unlikely mixture of influences; nowhere else will you find a blending of European, African, and native Taíno Indian cultures. These distinct cultures still drive the social identity of the people today. Every aspect of their food, music, art, sports and religion provides a unique insight into the development of their country. In a single day you can experience both ancient and modern cultures from around the globe. Nowhere is this more evident than in their food. As a former Spanish Colony, many of its dishes carry a familiar Latin American feel. Lots of rice, beans, meat and seafood can be found in their cuisine. However, strong influences from its heritage give the meals a unique twist. Traditional Taíno dishes are still made featuring yucca, plantains, and potatoes; as well as African recipes using similar native ingredients. The most common food on the Island is called La Bandera, or “The Flag.” It is made with meat, rice, and red beans. Making the dish distinctly Dominican, many will also serve it with friend plantains called “tostones.” As a culture that loves to eat, the meal will often continue beyond this first course. Be prepared to try boiled green plantain known as “mangú,” “pasteles en hojas,” which are wrapped turnovers cooked in banana leaves; and various casseroles, stews, and meat dishes featuring braised goat, pork and chicken rinds. In addition to their rich culinary history, Dominicans also demonstrate their unmistakable heritage through art. The island is filled with many different types of bright and colorful artwork. Jewelry made out of amber, bone, horn and coconut husk can be found at local markets and shops, where the native Taíno influence can still be seen. In addition to jewelry, Dominican artists also use clay, porcelain, hemp, and guano to make both decorative and religious figurines. Many of these figurines point to the religious history of the island. Its inhabitants are mostly Catholic, followed by other denominations of Christianity. Although food and art are important parts of Dominican culture, the true life of the culture is baseball. Much more than a national pastime, baseball is a major source of national pride and identity. In fact, almost 40 percent of players in the U.S. Major League Baseball and minor leagues come from Latin America- with most of those coming from the Dominican Republic. Some of their most famous Dominican players include Pedro Martinez, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols and Sammy Sosa. As the first city founded in the Americas, the Dominican Republic’s capital city of Santo Domingo boasts an incredible collection of museums, historic sites, art and music. The Colonial City, located inside Santo Domingo, is the first city of the America’s; it features the first street, hospital, university and cathedral in the Americas. It is believed that the body of Christopher Columbus still resides on this island that he landed on hundreds of years ago. There are many historic museums and buildings that take a unique look into Dominican culture. Among them are the Alcázar de Colon (Fortress of Colon), the Reloj de Sol (the Sun Clock) and the monasterio de los Padres Dominicos (the Monastery of the Dominican Fathers). Much of the Dominican culture can be experienced through its inspiring museums, food, and music. However, to truly understand the depth of the Dominican People, you must experience Carnival. This annual celebration of independence spans the entire country, with each city putting on their own unique version of the festival. They fill the streets with colorful masks, music, and of course, dancing. However, Carnival didn’t always look this way. It is actually the culmination of all three cultures; native Taíno, Spanish and African. Brought together, they create a swirl of energy and culture that you can’t find anywhere else. Carnival lasts throughout the month of February, climaxing on the 27th. Other Dominican Holidays include January 26th, the day of the patriarch Juan Pablo Duarte; March 9, the day of the patriarch Francisco del Rosario Sánchez; August 16, the Restoration of the Republic; and Constitution Day on November 6.
More informations (source): www.godominicanrepublic.com MINISTRY OF TOURISM OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Address: Calle Cayetano Germosen, esquina avenida Gregorio Luperón Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Phone: 809-221-4660 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cluster Touristico Santo Domingo Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and the City of America. Its metropolitan population was 2,084,852 in 2002, and is estimated to be 3,813,214 in 2011. The city is located on the Caribbean Sea, at the mouth of the Ozama River. Founded by Bartholomew Columbus in 1496, on the east bank of the Ozama river and then moved by Nicolas de Ovando in 1502 on the west bank of the same river. Known for being the site of the first European settlement in America, and as the first seat of Spanish colonial rule in the New World. It is located within the boundaries of the National District, and the latter in turn borders the province of Santo Domingo. Santo Domingo was called "Ciudad Trujillo" from 1936 to 1961, due to a change made by the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina. Regained its original name in 1963 after the assassination of the tyrant. Today, Santo Domingo is the largest metropolis in the Dominican Republic, and is the most populous city in the Caribbean followed by Havana. More informations (source): www.clusterturisticodesantodomingo.org.do
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360° Virtual Tour and Panoramic Images from down town Las Terrenas - Samana - Dominican Republic.
Comercial Center Paseo de La Costanera
About 40 shops, bars, restaurants, agencies and services are available.
Paseo de la Costanera was the first commercial center of Las Terrenas. Its privileged location in the center of the village and near the sea, its wood and cana structure, its tropical garden, and its Tainos fountain, make this place really enjoyable. An ideal place for shopping!
Marina Cap Cana is the heart of the Cap Cana region, set in the heart of the Caribbean. It is positioned to be the most complete state-of-the-art marina, already providing the premium mix of recreation and relaxation. Located 7 minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport.
Plenty of activities and attractions nearby make a stay at the Los Marlins Hotel & Golf Resort in Juan Dolio memorable. The property is located just outside of Santo Domingo, with the Las Americas Airport nearby.
Los Marlins is a fairly large site containing a total of 126 rooms. A good selection of amenities and an exciting social scene make this large property popular among visitors who crave constant entertainment. This hotel has received a rating of 3 stars, for its service, amenities, and overall quality.
Los Marlins Hotel & Golf Resort, an all-inclusive property, is located within Juan Dolio, a suburban, tame-but-upbeat neighborhood of the Dominican Republic.
Only one hour to the east of the capital of Santo Domingo, Guavaberry is located near the resort town of Juan Dolio. Here you are within reach of spectacular beaches, all-inclusive resort hotels, the highest mountains in the Caribbean, and the capital city’s Spanish colonial architecture and modern amenities.
Guavaberry’s convenient location, natural beauty, and challenging features make it one of Gary Player’s most stunning achievements.
The Gary Player Design team has really outdone itself this time, creating not only a golf course but a landscaping marvel. They’ve blended the course design flawlessly into the existing natural environment, giving the impression that the links have been part of this gently-rolling, tropical terrain from the beginning of time.
Guavaberry will challenge you with its impressive waste bunkers, deep sand traps, and indigenous coral rock formations that rise up from lush fairways. Together, they make this a course not to be tamed easily.
OPEN Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 A. M. - 5:00 P.M. SUNDAYS FROM 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P. M. Built in the second decade of the sixteenth century , it was the seat of the Vice Regal 's Court presided over by the First Vice Regal of America , Diego Colón who Lived with the wife Doña María de Toledo . Construction was Begun in 1509. It has been abandoned since the eighteenth century was restored around 1955 then converted into a museum and with More than 800 pieces from the XIII Original to the twentieth century.
Santo Domingo, known officially as Santo Domingo de Guzmán, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic. Its metropolitan population reached exactly 2,907,100 in 2010, excluding rural population. The city is located on the Caribbean Sea, at the mouth of the Ozama River. Founded by Bartholomew Columbus in 1496, it is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas, and was the first seat of Spanish colonial rule in the New World. It lies within the boundaries of the Distrito Nacional (D.N.; "National District"), itself bordered on three sides by Santo Domingo Province.
Santo Domingo was called "Ciudad Trujillo", from 1930 to 1961, after the Dominican Republic's dictator, Rafael Trujillo, named the capital after himself. Following his assassination, the city resumed its original designation. Today, Santo Domingo is the Dominican Republic's major metropolis, and is the largest city in the Caribbean by population. Santo Domingo is ranked as a Gamma world city by Loughborough University.
Pantheon of the Fatherland ( Former Jesuit Church ) PLAZA Maria de Toledo . OPEN MONDAY TO SUNDAY 8:00 AM At 5:45 P.M. ATTRACTIVE : CHANGING OF THE GUARD AT NOON . FREE ENTRY . Formerly belonged to the Society of Jesus , completed in 1755. Church is popularly known as the Jesuits. Religious Lost in 1772 when the Jesuits were expelled from the Spanish dominions . The last restoration , in 1961 , became the National Pantheon , where famous figures are buried in Dominican history .
Antonio de Montesinos, Malecon, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Share
Antonio de Montesinos (Dominican friar)
He became a Dominican friar at the convent of St. Stephen in Salamanca, where he may have studied. He was part of the first band of Dominicans to come to Hispaniola island, in September 1510, under the leadership of Pedro de Cordova.
On December 4, 1511, de Montesinos preached an impassioned sermon criticizing the practices of the Spanish colonial encomienda system, and decrying the abuse of the Taíno people on Hispaniola.
Listing the injustices that the indigenous people, de Montesinos proclaimed that the Spanish on the island "are all in mortal sin and live and die in it, because of the cruelty and tyranny they practice among these innocent peoples" The sermon outraged the conquistadors, including Admiral Diego Columbus (son of Christopher Columbus) and other representatives of the king.
The 38th Master of the Order of Preachers, from 1508 to 1518, born at Gaeta, Italy in 1468, was then Tommaso de Vio, a.k.a. Thomas Cajetan or sometimes Gaetano
Right hand side : Shield of the Dominican Order , whose 1st Master was Saint Dominic in 1216.They were fundamental in the running for around six centuries of the Roman Catholic Inquisition as well as in the adamant defence of the aboriginal American Indians under Spanish and Portuguese rulers well for over three centuries till the independence of some 20 countries South of the actual U.S.A. at the beginnings of the 19th Century.
Their protests resulted in an order from King Ferdinand the Catholic that Montesino and other Dominicans who supported him should be shipped back to Spain. Initially Ferdinand referred to the preaching of Montesino as "a novel and groundless attitude" and a "dangerous opinion [that] will do much harm to all the affairs of that land". While in Spain, however, Montesinos and his companions were able to persuade the king of the correctness of their position.
As a result, the king convened a commission which promulgated the Laws of Burgos, the first code of ordinances attempting to protect the indigenous people, regulate their treatment and conversion, and limit the demands of the Spanish colonizers upon them.
Montesinos' sermon also had a formative impact upon Bartolomé de las Casas, who heard it firsthand. Las Casas became well-known for his advocacy of the rights of indigenous peoples of the Americas.
Duvergé is the largest city in the Independencia Province of the Dominican Republic. The first settlers of this community were the gentlemen Christopher Pérez and María del Pulgar, originating from San Juan de la Maguana, who they were established in Bermesí.
These they were hateros Spanish that with some kin and African slaves founded the populated of The Ladies in the year 1772.
Some historiographers affirm that the name of "Las Damas" arose due to that the men that fought in these lands, by the country they kept their women to the edge of the river and when they finished their military combats they exclaimed: We go for our Ladies! Thus the name of Las Damas arose.
The village of The Ladies becomes a part of the common one of Neyba Province of Azua of Compostela, Department of Ozama May 9 of the 1850 by the law not. 533 on territorial division.
But late May 17, 1876 by the number of inhabitants and by its agricultural importance, the president Ulysses Francisco Espaillat signed the decree not. 1524 erecting in Cantonal Position upon populating of The Ladies belonging to the common one of Neyba, Province of Azua.
September 12, 1881 became a part of the Maritime District of Barahona, jointly with Petit Trou, today Municipality of Enriquillo.
During of the government of Ulysses Heureaux (Lilís) the vice president of the Republic Wenceslao Figuereo instituted in common with the name of Duvergé the Cantonal Positions the Ladies of the Maritime District of Barahona, June 22, 1891 offering him the name of Duvergé in honor of the hero of our war of General independence Antonio Duvergé.
The common one of Duvergé was segregated of the Province of Barahona, in its condition of common to become a part of the Province Bahoruco by means of the law not. 229 of March 18, 1943.
In the year 1949, in the government of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina was promulgated the law not. 2107 by means of which the common one of Duvergé becomes a part of the Province Independence to the present time.
The municipality of Duvergé, a plain entrenched between saws and mountains, this located geographically in the Valley of Neyba but politically belongs to the Province Independence.
This community this to some 17 km. of Neyba and to 42 km. Of Jimaní, municipality head of the province.
Duvergé this located in a zone of abundant cactus, with An a little irregular climate, nevertheless, counts on currents of groundwater and superficial that dampen their lands and in spite of the aridez they do them eligible for the production.
Although does not it count on an exuberant vegetation, the same one has an attractive worthy natural landscape of to be appreciated by any human Being that observe it, since this reforested in almost all its extension
The original cigar factory in Dominican Republic
La Aurora was founded on October 3rd, 1903 by Eduardo León Jimenes, a hard worker man who was son and grandson of tobacco growers, that, without neglecting his family tradition, decided to go a step further with the creation of a cigar brand which he intended to have a global dimension. The founder was then 18 years old, inherited some “tareas” of land and with a reduced roster of six employees, a great enthusiasm and much effort, began to build his dream. Today, more than 111 years later, La Aurora has a presence on the five continents and more than a thousand employees.
The Aurora is, today, the leading cigar factory in the national Dominican market, but its brands are sold in more than seventy countries all around the world. Its production has a great diversity, with over a thousand different references with such well-known brands as La Aurora, León Jimenes, Princes, Family Reserve and Imperiales.
In addition, La Aurora has just released a brand new concept: La Aurora CIgar World, which encompasses all products and services offered by the Aurora which are not tobacco, as the Factory Tour, tourist attraction number one of Santiago de los Caballeros, according to the travel Trip Advisor website; the Cigar Institute, training centre for amateurs and tobacco professionals, backed by the Dominican Tobacco Institute; the Cigar lounge “Fernando León Asensio”; a renovated store and, of course, the rum La Aurora 110 anniversary, a blend of Dominican rums in the world reserves, of which only occur a year 3000 numbered bottles.
And soon there will be more.
360° Virtual tour of SALTO DEL LIMÓN – Lemon Waterfall
In the north east of the Dominican Republic, in the middle of the Samaná Peninsula, surrounded by its virgin beaches and the colorful Victorian-style houses, northwest of the town of Samaná, is Salto del Limon. From Santo Domingo , taking the new highway, it takes less than 2 and a half hours to get there.
Nature will enchant you. An amazing 52 meters waterfall will leave you breathless , you will enjoy bathing in the refreshing natural pool. There are two ways to reach the falls: you could get there with a 30 minutes walk or rent a horse and enjoy the ride! If you want to avoid the tour-bus crowds, arrange an early morning or late afternoon visit from El Limón. The path cuts across a broad river before climbing into the palm-thick mountains.
Bottega Fratelli is the newest restaurant of the Bonacam Group. With more than 42 years in the gastronomic field in the Dominican Republic. A fusion between classic and modern with Italian and international cusine dishes
This 360 Virtual Reality Tour present the 4D Cinema of Santo Domingos historical part, the Colonial City, in detail.
Cristobal Justiniano enriched thereby, in adition to the Audio Guide Dominicano project, the historic town with an another tourist highlight.
Because of this perfect produced short movie the Dominican Republic received the prestigious “Golden City Gates” award at the recently held International Tourism Fair in Berlin.
The award winning short 4D film, “The Battle of Santo Domingo,” is produced by The Colonial Gate 4D Cinema and tells the story of Francis Drake, the English pirate that attacked the city of Santo Domingo in 1586. It is currently playing in a movie theater in Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone and has become a tourist attraction.
The 15-minute film was made with the highest technological standards, and has been translated simultaneously into nine languages.
The ITB-Berlin Film Award recognizes the best initiatives that promote tourism resources throughout the world.
The film entries are evaluated by an international jury and the winning films receive gold, silver and bronze awards. The best film of the festival, as selected by the jury, receives the “Diamond Award.”
The Colonial Gate Cinema 4D is the first Caribbean movie house to feature 4D films that are simultaneously translated into nine languages.
Francis Drake was an English pirate, explorer, slave trader, politician and Vice Admiral of the English Royal Navy.
All Inclusive resort located in the Samaná bay, at Las Galeras, 45 minutes from the Arroyo Barril National Airport and 25 minutes from the town of Samaná.
Amidst an exotic and unspoiled natural environment, this resort is an ideal spot for people with free and adventurous spirit, who delight in natural milieus, or for those who need perfect leisure and rest.
Those Inclusive resorts are located in Sosúa, 10 minutes from the Puerto Plata International Airport and 25 minutes from the Puerto Plata town.
Adjacent to a private beach surpassing 500 meters long in the town of Sosúa, laids this resort, recognized for its charming atmosphere and inexhaustible fun possibilities. Sosúa is a fascinating spot in the Dominican Republic for its history and mix cultural character.
Our guests delight with staggering facilities in the All Inclusive regime, and all the services of Casa Marina Reef, the sister hotel.
This All Inclusive resort is located at Playa Dorada Beach community; only 25 minutes from the International Airport of Puerto Plata and 15 minutes from Puerto Plata town (walking distance). Grand Paradise Playa Dorada presents an attractive and wide offer characterized by a gorgeous beach front, the friendship of the staff and the best gastronomy of the area.
Blue JackTar Condos & Villas is located just 15 minutes away from the Gregorio Luperón International Airport, and 3 kilometers from the tourist village of Puerto Plata. This attractive property has been redesigned as a destination with multiple family-oriented products. Situated in the renowned Playa Dorada complex, with a wonderful view of the Isabel de Torres Mountain, the Blue Jack Tar, Condos & Villas Hotel has 75 beautiful rooms fully renovated in 2012. The hotel is also located around the Playa Dorada 18 holes golf course, designed by world-renowned Robert Trent Jones Jr. The Blue Jacktar Condos & Villas hotel offers our customers a high standard accommodation, 'a la carte' breakfast, personalized service from the club's concierges, and the option either for lunch or dinner at the newly opened restaurant Green Jack. Blue JackTar Hotel, Condos & Villas is the perfect destination to spend quality time with your family, meet new friends, or share romantic vacations. Come, enjoy and experience the well-known hospitality of this new product at the Caribbean!
This 360° Aerial view was taken right above Ocean Adventures Punta Cana and Huracán Cafe at Los Corales Beach.
This attractive area of Bavaro offers easy road access to Bavaro beach, sports facilities, exceptional golf courses (Cocotal Golf & Country Club) close by, a selection of bars, restaurants and cafes, all right in the heart of Bavaro – Punta Cana.
Corales location makes it an excellent option for a second home or relocation. Close to the shops, bars and amenities, and the lovely beaches the area is known for.
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This 360° aerial panorama, overlooking the golf community of Cocotal, was taken above the Hole 3. On one site of the Hole 3 you can see the apartment complexes of Las Quintas del Hoyo 3, also known as Palma Real Villas.
Details Hole 3: With the wind at your back, this semi-dogleg is easily reachable in three. The first two strokes are most important if you want to attack the flag from the front since the green is well protected by bunkers and mounds.
The Redonda mountain, the lagoons Redonda and Limón with its more than 50 km of the most beautiful beaches are just a step away from becoming the most valuable tourist destination of the country.
There are several companies which offer a trip to the top of the mountain. From here you have an breathtaking view all over the surrounding areas ... and on a good day you can even sea the shores of the samana island.
This 360 degree aerial panorama was taken above the Excellence Resort at the Uvero Alto beach. The region is known for stunning beaches that rank among the world’s best. This is the setting of some very fine hotels ... right on a perfect 30-mile stretch of palmed-lined coastline.
A view from a drone with the view of the center of Boca Chica. Boca Chica is a fishing village and the most popular tourist destination close to the capital of Santo Domingo. Boca Chica, located 30 kilometers from the capital, is considered by many as the beach of Santo Domingo. It is also near the Las Americas International Airport and an ideal destination to escape the noise of the capital.
Boca Chica has a small population, small shops, restaurants overlooking the sea, a beautiful beach and you can easily find accommodation with a good value. If you are looking for an all inclusive type hotels, Boca Chica is not your destiny.