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In the northeast region of Samaná, Los Haitises National Park is home to hilly vistas and high rock formations jutting out of the waves. Venture into the park by boat to explore a series of caves throughout the mangroves. The caves are home to an impressive collection of petroglyphs and pictographs created centuries ago by the indigenous Taino Indians. The park is also popular among birdwatchers, and if the rainforest looks familiar, that may be because it was featured in the film “Jurassic Park.” Back on land, Dominican Republic is famous for having the most diverse topography for a single nation in the Caribbean. That diversity is personified by two extremes: the Caribbean’s highest peak, Pico Duarte, sitting at 10,164 feet above sea level; and the region’s lowest point, Lago. Enriquillo, a saltwater lake that sits 131 feet below sea level, is accessed by a grueling hike up to Pico Duarte rewarded by stunning views at the top of the mountain – and below sea level, Lago Enriquillo is a must-visit for animal lovers, where visitors can spot alligators, flamingos and a wide array of bird species. The most adventurous can explore the country by air and take in the sites from above. In Puerto Plata, climb aboard The Teleférico, the Caribbean’s only cable car which offers an iconic view of Puerto Plata and beyond. In Bávaro, Dominican Balloons will have you soaring above Punta Cana in a hot-air balloon – the only place it is offered in the entire Caribbean. EASE OF ENTRY As of September 15, all international travelers no longer need to provide a negative PCR or COVID-19 test upon arrival. Instead, airports and other ports of entry will administer a quick, aleatory breath test to between 3 and 10 percent of passengers, and all those who present symptoms.

TREAT YOUR TASTE BUDS Foodies will be delighted with Dominican Republic’s dining scene, which offers the best of both worlds, including traditional Dominican fare as well as globally inspired cuisine. Throughout the country, you can savor local flavors like fried tostones and mofongo (mashed plantains with garlic, deep-fried pork or shrimp). Seafood is, of course, a big part of this Caribbean country’s diet. You’ll find the freshest fish from sea to table, particularly red snapper, in coastal fishing villages and towns such as Bayahibe, Sánchez, Sabana de la Mar, Samaná, Puerto Plata, and other seaside areas. For the ultimate Dominican experience head to the beach and ordering a pescado frito or whole fried fish with tostones and avocado. We are sure that wherever you go in Dominican Republic, its wide gastronomy selections will satisfy your taste buds! SAFETY UPON ARRIVAL Following arrival at all eight international airports, and other ports throughout the country, guests will be subject to mandatory temperature checks, social distancing and mask ordinances in and around airports, hotels and public spaces. Likewise, within the customs process, travelers will be required to submit a mandatory Traveler’s Health Affidavit. Through this form, passengers declare they have not felt any COVID19 related symptoms in the last 72 hours and will be required to provide contact information details for the next 30 days. With eight international airports and the highest number of cruise destinations in the Caribbean, it has never been more accessible or appealing to explore Dominican Republic. Are you ready to give into the pull of Dominican Republic? FOURTH QUARTER 2020 | TRAVEL & CRUISE 31

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2020 4th quarter edition of Travel & Cruise Magazine. Published quarterly, Travel & Cruise is the official magazine of the FCCA, CLIA, and t...

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2020 4th quarter edition of Travel & Cruise Magazine. Published quarterly, Travel & Cruise is the official magazine of the FCCA, CLIA, and t...

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