Dominican Republic has a significant amount of parts and museums housing priceless moments evoke belonging to different stages of the life of this island., Among them are objects and documents that reveal the customs of the Taino ancestors, the lifestyle of the settlers, the African legacy or contribution, to a lesser extent, did the immigrants of various Asian peoples who also came to this land.
As the birthplace of the new continent, Santo Domingo has valuable museum rooms where they settle the historical and cultural heritage. As the capital city is the one with the highest number of museums throughout the Caribbean and Central America, such as: Museum of the Dominican Man, the Natural History, the History and Geography of the Dominican Family, of Modern Art, the museum Alcázar de Colón, the Columbus Lighthouse, the shipyards of the Las Casas Reales, the Duarte, the Larimar, the Amber, that of China, the Numismatic and Philatelic , just to mention some.
But there are other cities that are not far behind. in Santiago, for example, is the Lion Cultural Center, which has been listed as one of the best in America for its permanent exhibitions and seasonal programs; addition, there is the Tobacco Dominican Museum , around the Duarte park. While in Puerto Plata are the largest museum in the country and the Amber Taíno Museum, to learn about the Indian heritage; in the city of Montecristi can visit the house museum Máximo Gómez; in La Romana is the Regional Archaeological Museum of Altos de Chavon; in La Altagracia, specifically, in San Rafael del Yuma, is the House of Ponce de León and in Samana the Whale Museum.
In Dominican Republic you can find all kinds of international food, however, will be an unforgettable experience by taking advantage of their stay to taste the delicious Dominican cuisine menu with its rich flavor, aroma and color.
Culinary specialties of the country vary by region, but keep in common an exquisite flavor that will satisfy the desires of discerning diners. Perhaps not very dietetics, but tasty and nutritious if that would be the best way to describe the national formulary, which incorporated a variety of vegetable seasonings and vegetables in addition to great taste, give it a high nutritional value.
Dominican cuisine uses indigenous ingredients inherited roots, brought by Spanish and African elements trends, three streams that formed a mixed pattern acquired culinary own character and that with the passage of time also received contributions kitchen elsewhere.
The main ingredients used in the Creole menu are rice, meat, beans, food and vegetables. On a smaller scale, seafood that shape the many colorful decorating Dominican meals daily table.
Among the most typical dishes include the iconic “ Bandera “: white rice with beans (beans) red, accompanied by a serving of meat (beef or chicken) and a salad or fried plantains (fried slices green) bananas recipe that serves lunch daily.
There is also the Sancocho (a broth with meat, sometimes up to 4 different types of meat and vegetables), the Mangú (mashed green plantains), the Asopao (a broth with meat, vegetables and rice), the goat stew, the chicken cracklings, the crab and thefish with coconut; and as for sweets are the sweet shredded coconut, milk, the beans with sweet, the bread pudding, the Raspadura, among other…
Many typical Dominican dishes are also accompanied by the famous Casabe, a kind of cake, usually in a circle, and that is a foodstuff from the Tainos and the main ingredient is cassava (in other regions is known as cassava).
On this island you can live a great adventure full of different flavors and to do just visit the many local restaurants and international cuisine specializing in Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, and Mexican.
And never forget to complement your dining experience with an aromatic Dominican coffee, with the unique taste of rum or with the refreshing Dominican beer. If you order a beer, we recommend that you ask the famous Presidente, “vestidita de novia” (dressed as a bride), very, very cold.
Musically, the Dominican Republic is known for the creation of the musical style called Merengue, a type of fast-paced rhythm and dance music consisting of a tempo of about 120 to 160 beats per minute (though it may vary) from comotambores musical elements, metals, strings, and accordion, as well as some elements unique to the Caribbean Spanish speaking, such as the Tambora and the Güira. Its syncopated beats use Latin percussion, brass instruments, bass, and piano or keyboard. Known to all the great music in this area is Juan Luis Guerra, native of San Pedro de Macoris, he took Dominican music into internationally.
The Bachata, a form of music and dance that originated in the countryside and rural areas of the Dominican Republic, has become very popular in recent years. Their subjects are often romantic (commonly called Amargue, especially in letters of anguish and sadness). Bachata was born and is still closely related to the Bolero. In recent times it has been influenced by Merengue and by a variety of modern styles.
The Salsa has also had some boom in the country, beginning in the 60s with contributions from veteran musician and producer Johnny Pacheco.
The Dominican rock It is also popular in the country. This genre had its peak in the 90s.
Particularly among the young, the Rap has grown in popularity in recent years. Also known as “Rap del Patio“, originated in the mid-90s, but became popular in the early 2000s.
In Dominican Republic there are plenty of concerts coming some of the most successful singers and fame worldwide as Julio Iglesias (housing and having a close relationship with this country); Rihanna; Pitbull; Marc Anthony, among many others…
Among the places that host more concerts are very popular “Altos de Chavón” (La Romana) and the Hotel & Casino Hard Rock Café (Bávaro – Punta Cana).
The first inhabitants of this island belonged to aboriginal groups from the basins of the Orinoco River in Venezuela, and Xingu and Tapajos in The Guianas, who settled in the area following four major migratory waves.
From the third group, the result from the Arawak expansion was established, there was an independent cultural development of inland Aboriginal traditions, thereby giving rise to the so-called Taino Culture.
Taino, than in Arawak language means “good or nobleman“, was the ethnic group that developed this culture and the further development of the West Indian region, which found Christopher Columbus to reach the new continent in 1492 His lifestyle was sedentary and simple and were dedicated to hunting, fishing and agriculture, farming cassava, corn, sweet potato, lerén, peanuts, chili, taro, pineapple, tobacco, etc…