The Dominican Republic is the most popular destination for students interested in studying in the Caribbean. Haiti's neighbor to the east, the Dominican Republic is the second largest country in the Caribbean after Cuba. Capital city Santo Domingo is home to the first Spanish settlements in the Americas. As the oldest city in the New World, make sure to visit historical colonial buildings in "Zona Colonial" or "Colonial Zone", a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Christopher Colombus arrived in 1492 and dubbed it "La Espanola" after its terrain reminded him of Spain.
Noteworthy Dominican cuisine doesn't vary too differently from other Latin dishes. Popular dishes include "mangu", or mashed plantains, which is sometimes paired with a sausage-like meat for breakfast.
Merengue and bachata are the two most popular forms of music that originated in the Domincan Republic.
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Stereotypical gender roles still exist in the Dominican Republic, and women may experience regular 'catcalling' or other verbal advances. Most students report ignoring these comments is typically the safest reaction, especially when traveling solo. If possible, students should travel with a male companion to limit these unwarranted advances.
The Dominican Republic is a popular destination for students seeking to practice their Spanish language skills or further their understanding of colonial history in the Americas.
Spend time at any of the lovely beach side cities in Punta Cana or Puerto Plata. Consider visiting Pico Duarte, the highest peak in the Caribbean. With a national obsession with baseball, considering going to a local game to catch a future major league player in action.
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