Gap Years and Backpacking in the Dominican Republic

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Ok, there's no way round this. The Dominican Republic isn't really a gap year destination. Or is it?

If you're heading to the Caribbean on your gap year then you're going to need to start off somewhere. As one of the largest countries in the Caribbean the Dominican Republic is the perfect place to start off .

This Caribbean country offers the traveller a diverse countryside comprising tropical rainforests, arid desert expanses, alpine ranges and steamy mangrove swamps. It's a playground for trekkers, mountain bike enthusiasts and water-sport junkies. And of course there's always the beach to chillax on.

The Dominican Republic is also music and dance, exotic foods and drink, the popular local baseball games and remarkable architecture as is found in the capital Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial. There are also many sugar plantations, small quaint villages and wonderful mountain retreats in Jarabacoa and Constanza.

If you're looking for a Caribbean gap year then the Dominican Republic has to be towards the top of the list.

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Dominican Republic Fact!

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Even though Santiago is the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, as of 2006 the metropolitan area of New York City had a larger population of Dominicans.

Dominican Republic Fact!

The Dominican Republic is the only country in the world to have the bible on it.