Factbook: Domincan Republic

Dominican Republic Geography Location: Caribbean, eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Haiti Geographic coordinates: 19 00 N, 70 40 W Map references: Central America and the Caribbean Area: total: 48,730 sq km land: 48,380 sq km water : 350 sq km Area –…


Time to Discover the Dominican Republic: El Portillo Beach Resort

El Portillo Beach Resort Will Expose its treasures By Walt Stearns The Dominican Republic is a collection of idyllic and unspoiled territories on the second largest island of the Caribbean. On its north coast, the Samana Peninsula is considered one of the most exquisite regions. With only one small fishing community, Las Terrenas, the shoreline…


Flamenco Beach Resort and Divers

By Walt Stearns With an impressive collection of modern, all-inclusive resorts, the Dominican Republic (DR) provides a luxurious home base for the enjoyment of a wide range of above and below water adventures. A vacationer’s playground spans several square miles of the DRs Amber Coast, east of the north coast port city of Puerto Plata.…


Time to Discover the Dominican Republic: Don Juan Beach Resort

Don Juan Beach Resort and Treasure Divers Offer Reef and Wreck Dives By Walt Stearns With underwater clarity averaging 80 feet and no detectable current, the morning dive could not have been easier. Sitting even keel at a depth of 60 feet, the MV Hickory looked like something befitting a Hollywood movie. Sent to the…


A Time to Discover the Dominican Republic

Ecologically Diverse Punta Cana Beach Resort By Walt Stearns The Punta Cana reef system is a majestic expanse. At the easternmost end of the Dominican Republic, the second largest island in the Caribbean, it is the longest continuous reef tract in the region as well as the least explored. Starting just beyond the shore and…


The Caribbean’s Best Kept Secret

The Dominican Republic: THE CARIBBEAN’S BEST KEPT SECRET Text and Photography by Walt Stearns Coming to the Dominican Republic was certainly the most unexpected treat of this year. Its topography is incredibly varied and its cultural diversity nothing short of astounding. For beach lovers, the Dominican Republic has more than 300 miles of golden sand…


The Secrets of an Ancient Indian Watering Hole

by Walt Stearns It began as an invitation by the government of the Dominican Republic, in August 1996, to a team of underwater archaeologists led by Indiana University professor Charles Beeker. The idea was to initiate the investigation of a water filled sinkhole and a dry cave inside one of the countrys national parks near…


The Dominican Republic’s Far Eastern Corner of Paradise

By Walt Stearns A couple hundred yards out from the edge of the beach, the upper parapets of ancient castles of coral break the Caribbean Sea’s rolling waves into a fine series of ripples. Seaward, fortifications of giant star, boulder, mound and brain corals sweep sharply to depths of 40 and 50 feet into a…


The Dominican Republic’s Samana Peninsula

by Walt Stearns Returning to the surface, I stopped for a moment to gawk at the face of the cliff towering more than 140 feet above me. What a striking visage it made. Below the ocean’s limpid blue surface, this same vertical profile continued its journey for another 120 feet nearly straight down, changing from…


The First Island of the New World

By Greg Johnston   Tito was our dive guide. And judging from the broad smile beneath his new Skin Diver baseball cap, he was eager to show us his favorite dive site. He ran back and forth between the dive boat and shop collecting our gear, each time holding up two fingers and repeating, “Only…