The Do­mi­ni­can Re­pu­blic Dres­ses in Orange

THE CA­RIB­BEAN IS­LAND DOESN’T WANT TO BE LEFT BEHIND IN THIS NEW TRA­VEL TREND IN WHICH TOU­RISTS HA­VE THE OP­POR­TU­NITY TO DISCOVER THE MOST GENUINE THINGS THE DES­TI­NA­TION HAS TO OF­FER ON THE BASIS OF THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE

Excelencias Turísticas del caribe y las Américas - - Turismo Alternativo / Tourism Alternative -

In re­cent de­ca­des, tourism has burst in­to an ex­plo­sion of forms, qui­te of­ten lin­ked to a par­ti­cu­lar co­lor. Ha­ving said that, we can talk about green or eco­lo­gi­cal tourism, or whi­te tra­vel lin­ked to win­ter and moun­tain sports. As a trend, travelers are in­crea­singly see­king mo­re new ex­pe­rien­ces and sen­sa­tions, and their in­ter­ests when it co­mes to plan­ning a trip are no lon­ger the sa­me. Many are spoo­ked by the idea of al­ways being a plain tou­rist du­ring their jour­neys around the world.

Per­haps that is why orange tourism has emer­ged, a new ni­che that seeks to bring culture and tourism to­get­her in a bid to gi­ve travelers the op­por­tu­nity to un­ra­vel the most genuine things any tra­vel des­ti­na­tion has to of­fer on the basis of their own experience. It's all about a new tra­vel phi­lo­sophy that has se­du­ced millions of peo­ple from around the world. And in that sen­se, the Do­mi­ni­can Re­pu­blic is de­ter­mi­ned not to trail behind the pack as it has set out to be­co­me one of the top des­ti­na­tions in La­tin Ame­ri­ca and the Ca­rib­bean for this par­ti­cu­lar seg­ment.

Su­rroun­ded by the Atlan­tic Ocean to the north and the Ca­rib­bean Sea to the south, the Do­mi­ni­can Re­pu­blic is a pa­ra­di­sia­cal tro­pi­cal country that boasts so­me 1,600 km of coastli­ne, 400 km of the best bea­ches in the world, lu­xu­rious ho­tels and a va­riety of sport-re­la­ted op­tions, re­crea­tio­nal to-dos and en­ter­tain­ment. Peo­ple the­re dan­ce to the ex­ci­ting beat of me­ren­gue, and vi­si­tors can scour cen­tu­ries-old an­cient re­lics from the past or wa­llow in the de­li­cious Do­mi­ni­can cui­si­ne.

In this eye-pop­ping des­ti­na­tion, which now gets dres­sed in orange, it is in­ter­es­ting to experience li­fe as if we we­re

One of the many pro­mi­sing be­ne­fits of orange tourism is the pos­si­bi­lity to com­bi­ne different tra­vel seg­ments. And in this res­pect, the Do­mi­ni­can Re­pu­blic has the up­per hand due to its rich eco­lo­gi­cal di­ver­sity

lo­cal ci­ti­zens. It is very fea­si­ble to ex­plo­re the country by road, sin­ce the main ci­ties are no mo­re than four hours away from one anot­her and the­re are se­ve­ral op­tions for pu­blic and pri­va­te trans­por­ta­tion. If you start out in the li­vely ca­pi­tal of San­to Domingo, a trip by land to the east to relax in Pun­ta Ca­na ta­kes no mo­re than a th­ree-hour dri­ve. Then, you can move about four hours north to the lush and green re­gion of Sa­ma­na. But you can al­so hop on a do­mes­tic flight from any of the country's eight in­ter­na­tio­nal air­ports.

Ho­we­ver, dri­ving your way around of­fers the chan­ce to pull over at a va­riety of road­si­de bars in the form of motley pa­ra­do­res that dish out Do­mi­ni­can-fla­vo­red fast food. In many of them, you are li­kely to co­me across spea­red pig, a po­pu­lar lo­cal re­ci­pe, along with tasty ho­me­ma­de des­serts pre­pa­red by the lo­cals, li­ke ten­der co­co­nut cus­tard. The pos­si­bi­lity of scou­ting the country's sout­hern part al­so gi­ves the tra­ve­ler the en­joy­ment of countless fruit trees that are li­ned up along the roads, in­clu­ding man­goes, avo­ca­dos, pas­sion fruits and co­co­nuts.

One of the many pro­mi­sing be­ne­fits of orange tourism is the pos­si­bi­lity to com­bi­ne different tra­vel seg­ments. And in this res­pect, the Do­mi­ni­can Re­pu­blic has the up­per hand due to its rich eco­lo­gi­cal di­ver­sity, which allows travelers to blend eco­lo­gi­cal (green) tourism with ot­her seg­ments.

ADVANTAGES OF ORANGE TOURISM

• DIVERSIFICATION OF THE TOURISM OF­FER

• COMBINATION OF DIFFERENT SEG­MENTS

• CHAN­CE TO BREAK FREE FROM TRA­DI­TIO­NAL TOURISM PATTERNS

• STRENGTHENING OF TRA­VEL EX­PE­RIEN­CES BA­SED ON SUS­TAI­NA­BLE TOURISM

VEN­TA­JAS DEL TU­RIS­MO NA­RAN­JA

•DI­VER­SI­FI­CA­CIÓN DE LA OFER­TA TU­RÍS­TI­CA

• COM­BI­NA DI­FE­REN­TES SEGMENTOS

• AYU­DA A ROM­PER LA ESTACIONALIDAD TU­RÍS­TI­CA

• CON­SO­LI­DA­CIÓN DEL TU­RIS­MO DE EX­PE­RIEN­CIAS CON BA­SE EN UN TU­RIS­MO SOS­TE­NI­BLE

In the pro­mi­sing south­west re­gion of Ba­raho­na, the trend of lu­xury cam­ping or glam­ping of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to camp out on so­me of the world's most pris­ti­ne bea­ches. The­re, it is pos­si­ble to sleep pea­ce­fully un­der the stars and wa­ke up to the swa­ying sound of the wa­ves, let alo­ne ta­ke naps in ham­mocks right un­der the sha­de of tro­pi­cal palm trees.

And you don't even ha­ve to bring slee­ping bags be­cau­se the sto­res at the glam­ping si­tes are out­fit­ted with beds. In ad­di­tion, the camps ha­ve bath­rooms, sho­wers and fully-stoc­ked res­tau­rants and bars. Many of them pro­vi­de tours and snor­ke­ling ri­des th­rough hid­den bea­ches. As a mat­ter of fact, one of the most sought-af­ter ex­cur­sions is a trip to the stun­ning Bahía de las Águi­las (Ea­gles Bay), pen­ci­led in as one of the country's most beau­ti­ful and still-un­tap­ped bea­ches.

The Ca­rib­bean na­tion is al­so ho­me to se­ve­ral ma­jor events, in­clu­ding the no­te­worthy Tas­te of San­to Domingo, a pow­wow de­sig­ned to let peo­ple en­joy the very best of the Do­mi­ni­can cui­si­ne by the hand of culture, nightli­fe and the his­tory of the cos­mo­po­li­tan city. The Do­mi­ni­can Rum Fes­ti­val is just anot­her outs­tan­ding ce­le­bra­tion, in which one of the country's top lo­cal in­dus­tries and one of its most be­lo­ved drinks are ex­to­lled.

On the ot­her hand, its bou­ti­que ho­tels are al­so coveted for their warmth and hos­pi­ta­lity. The sma­llest lod­ges are per­fect pla­ces for guests to in­ter­act bet­ter with the po­pu­la­tion and tas­te the lo­cal cui­si­ne with an as­sort­ment of fresh ho­me­ma­de pro­ducts, to­get­her with many ot­her op­tions that gua­ran­tee un­for­get­ta­ble stays.

Hand in hand with tho­se who sup­port the most tra­di­tio­nal tourism forms, the­re are many travelers who are loo­king for so­met­hing el­se: a sin­ce­re experience of in­ter­ac­tion not only with the lands­ca­pe, but al­so with the lo­cal culture and tra­di­tions, with the peo­ple and their warmth. The Do­mi­ni­can Re­pu­blic of­fers all this much to per­fectly paint that orange offt­he-bea­ten-track path­way tou­rists will su­rely be wi­lling to tra­vel on ti­me and ti­me again.

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