Dominican Republic

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Desert plains, thick rainforest canopies, high alpine mountains, stalactite caves, dry grass savannas, white-sand beaches — when all of those landscapes are talked about, it's usually on the continental scale.

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But all of those environments can be found in the island nation of the Dominican Republic.

Sharing an island border with Haiti, the Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation, and it's got the diversity to prove it. Here, maybe you'll climb the Caribbean's highest peak, cut your way through mangroves in Haitises National Park, float along Samaná Bay, or feel lucky just sitting on Playa Rincon. There's a reason so many honeymoons are spent here -- start planning below, and you'll see why.

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