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The Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the Caribbean. A geographically diverse nation, the Dominican Republic is home to both the Caribbean’s tallest mountain peak, Pico Duarte, and the Caribbean’s largest lake and point of lowest elevation, Lake Enriquillo. Music and sports are of great importance in the Dominican culture, with Merengue and Bachata as the national dances and music, and baseball as the favorite sport.
The Dominican Republic is a sovereign state located in the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago. It occupies the eastern five-eighths of the island, which it shares with the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands, along with Saint Martin, that are shared by two countries. With 18,705 sq mi (48,445 sq km), the Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation area wise (after Cuba), and third by population with approximately 10 million inhabitants, of which approximately three million live in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo, the capital city.
The East Coast of the DR features fantastic beach areas. The coast is predominantly made up of large, gated, all-inclusive resort communities. If your vacation calls for kicking back on a beautiful beach, playing a little golf, or doing a little gambling, these resort areas are great for you.
The beaches along the eastern coast of the DR are among the most beautiful you are likely to discover. This area is definitely the jewel of the East, if not the country’s, in terms of beach vacations. The turquoise clear waters and endless white powder sand beaches, lined with tall palms, seemingly go on forever.
The Dominican Republic is the most visited country in the Caribbean, and for good reason. Its diverse landscape and rich culture have created attractions that cater to visitors of many different interests. Whether you’re interested in nature, jewelry, watersports, or just enjoying the tropical experience, the Dominican Republic has something to offer to everyone.
Randolf van de L'Isle was born in Moengo, Suriname on June 28, 1966. His family moved to Paramaribo in 1969, where he finished his elementary and high school education. He started his Civil Engineering studies at the Anton de Kom University, but his studies were interrupted due to the tumultuous political climate and the economic depression that hit Suriname in the late eighties and the early nineties. After traveling around South America and the Caribbean he finally settled in the Dominican Republic in 1994 as a construction consultant and English instructor.
In 1995 he was drawn into the hospitality industry due to this his fluency in several languages and became a specialist in the field of Sales and Customer Service while working for prestigious companies such as Melia Hotels and Royalton Hotels. In 2020, as all tourism activities in the Dominican Republic came to a halt due to the global pandemic, he entered the world of DMC by joining IVI DMC and is currently the Destination Manager in the Dominican Republic.
Randolf considers himself a problem solver and a motivator with great communication skills. His peers consider him a natural leader centered around goals, assertiveness, and confidence, geared to perfection and cultivating teamwork. He enjoys involvement in local community projects, especially where it benefits underprivileged children in the Punta Cana region. He is also a donor for Doctors Without Borders, which he admires for their much-needed work around the world. He loves the Dominican Republic and is proud to be a naturalized citizen of this country.
Local Attraction: The old colonial city of Santo Domingo is one of the places that he recommends everyone should pay a visit to during their stay. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990. Walking along the cobbled stoned streets and taking in the many many 500 years old historical sites gives visitors an overwhelming sensation of how much we have overcome as a society.
Recreational Activity: Walking and hiking especially in the early morning hours, helps has helped Randolf find his focus and realization that every new day brings new opportunities. Woodworking is another of his personal favorites as it helps him unwind mentally.
Restaurant: He fancies Asian food, especially Indian cuisine, the rich odors, flavors, spiciness are a true delight for his senses. Randolf's favorite drink is a nice cold beer especially in the company of friends and family and a deep meaningful conversation.
Local Event: Baseball, the national sport of the Dominican Republic. He enjoys visiting the nearby ballpark in La Romana during the "winter" months (it is always summer in the Dominican Republic) to root for Los Toros, because as they say: "Aquí todos somos Toros, y el que no ... que se mude" (Here, everyone is a Toros fan, and the one's who are not, should relocate).
Unspoiled Caribbean jewels that sparkle in the island sun. There are plenty of beaches since the Dominican Republic boasts almost 800 miles of coastlines, featuring almost 300 miles of some of the most stunning sands in the Caribbean. Vacationers never waste time searching for a great surf.
There are eight international airports, one of which is the busiest airport in the Caribbean, with direct flights from North, Central, and South America, as well as Europe. The Dominican Republic is easily accessible not only through international airlines and charter operators but also through various cruise lines.