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Spring Fever Meets Island Fever in Dominican Republic

Say goodbye to winter with a Caribbean escape

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With one of the coldest winters in recent history bearing down on much of the U.S., people are in more need than ever for some island sun. When it comes to selecting the ultimate combination of warm weather and luxury relaxation, there is no better place than Dominican Republic.

Escape to Dominican Republic this spring: destinations like beachy Bayahibe wait to sweep you off your feet.

Across 48 states in the U.S., the winter months of December 2013 and January 2014 averaged to be the third coldest in the last 30 years. Those looking to escape the Polar Vortex only need to look south, where Dominican Republic's sunshine-filled days await to wrap you in warmth and 1,000 miles of sparkling Caribbean coastline. Whether looking for a relaxed beach getaway, a thrilling adventure or a real-life history lesson this spring break, Dominican Republic has it.

A convenient two-hour flight from Miami will transport travelers to another world that is anything but typical when it comes to Spring Break hot spots. Dominican Republic's destinations range from lively city centers to tranquil and untouched ecological retreats. The country offers vacationers an affordable cultural haven to explore pristine beaches, take in awe-inspiring natural attractions, indulge in local gastronomy and interact with the island nation's friendly and welcoming residents.

"Dominican Republic is an ideal getaway for a wide range of travelers, especially families," said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. "Not only are our captivating landscapes and alluring attractions easily accessible, affordable and diverse, but the infectious spirit of the country makes it easy for visitors to immerse themselves in our culture and mindset."

With several unique regions to explore, visitors are sure to find something for every age and interest:

Puerto Plata / Cabarete: A hotspot for adventure tourism, Puerto Plata and Cabarete on the North Coast are an adrenaline lover's paradise. Cabarete Beach is known as the Kiteboarding Capital of the World, while outdoor activities such as hiking, cascading, canyoning, ziplining and more are available throughout the region.

La Romana / Bayahibe: The Southeast Coast's La Romana and Bayahibe provide the ultimate playground for golf, diving and fishing aficionados. This region is home to enough variation to fill any itinerary: attractions include world-class Dye Dynasty golf courses, ancient shipwrecks to explore under water, world-class deep sea fishing and more.

Santo Domingo: The capital city of Santo Domingo, tucked into the South Central Region, is a historical area that has successfully stayed true to its past. Nestled within is the Colonial Zone, the first city of the New World, where visitors can explore many other "firsts" and facilities established by Christopher Columbus including Catedral Primada de America, Alcazar de Colon, Fortaleza Ozama and more. Museums and galleries are also plentiful in the city's Cultural Plaza, making for a well-rounded escape for the culturally-minded who still crave a little sun.

Punta Cana: Punta Cana on the East Coast is home to beautiful white sand beaches ideal for relaxing and beach sports. All-inclusive resorts cater to familiesa multitude of workshops, clubs and excursions are available for teens and children to socialize with others their own agewhile offering adults the opportunity to relax at on-site spas, pools, bars and restaurants.

For information on hospitality options, local excursion providers, natural attractions and more, visit www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

About Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic's first tourist was Christopher Columbus in 1492. Rich in history, Dominican Republic has developed into a diverse destination offering both Dominican and European flavors to approximately five million global visitors in 2012. Named #1 Golf Destination in Caribbean & Latin America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, Dominican Republic boasts 28 designer golf courses, upscale resorts, pristine nature and sophisticated cities and quaint villages filled with warm Dominican people. Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism's official website at: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

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CONTACT:
BVK Public Relations for DR Ministry of Tourism
Annie Holschuh: (414) 247-2140/[email protected]

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SOURCE Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism

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