By Fe Liza Bencosme, Clark Norton
All-color advisor, with hundreds of thousands of photographs and maps. The authors, one in all whom is a Dominican Republic local, proportion their intimate wisdom of this island country. Virgin seashores, 16th-century Spanish ruins, the Caribbean's optimum mountain, unique flora and fauna and giant woodland reserves will trap you the following. And this booklet will exhibit you round. big aspect at the tradition, the background, the ideals of the folk (how they relate to each other and to you) plus the economic system and politics, so that you may be way over an off-the-cuff vacationer. Diving, mountaineering, flora and fauna, parks, excursions, getting round, carnivals and celebrations, prone, buying, all are lined intimately. lodgings run the gamut from luxurious inns to bare-bones camping out amenities. The authors suggest locations to devour, too, together with roadside shacks promoting neighborhood cuisine. Descriptions of the easiest nightlife in each city, from Sosua to Santo Domingo and the tiny cities in among. Over 20 city and nearby maps plus colour all through.
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Some others, such as La Isabela (site of the second European settlement in the New World), are of mainly historical interest. Also overseen by the national parks department are a variety of national monuments, recreational areas, ecological corridors, and panoramic routes, totaling about 70 in all. As you travel around the country, watch for the bright yellow and green “Parque Nacional” signs. There’s often a ranger station nearby, where you’ll typically need to pay a fee of RD $50-100 to enter the park.
INSECTS Like most tropical and subtropical regions, the Dominican Republic has countless insects. Mosquitoes and sand flies are the most noticeable – and annoying. There are plenty of spiders as well, though none are believed to be poisonous. The island’s scorpions, however, can produce lethal bites. NATIONAL PARKS & RESERVES Almost every adventurous traveler to the Dominican Republic will visit at least one – and most likely several – of the island’s national parks and scientific reserves, which preserve and protect a growing portion of the DR’s mountains, forests, deserts, wetlands, and flora and fauna.
N ECONOMY The Dominican economy has been on something of a roller-coaster ride since the late 1980s, when the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) dropped sharply even as consumer price inflation spiraled out of control. In the 1990s, the DR enjoyed the opposite: several years of moderate to high growth with declining inflation. In the latter half of that decade, the country led the Western Hemisphere in GDP growth. After slowing in 2001, the GDP bounced back in 2002 – but so did inflation, rising more than 10% that year.