Rum & Reggae's Dominican Republic
“Joined at the hip.” We know the provenance of this saying (Siamese twins) and its meaning that two people are inseparable. Yet, when we at Rum & Reggae think of the Dominican Republic, with think of this expression. ¿Pourque? Because the national music and dance, the merengue, is a constant state of being joined at the hip. Pelvis to grinding pelvis—so close that one can feel the crease in the other’s undergarments— and obviously more. That’s the D.R. to us, a physicality that throbs throughout this exotic land of contrasts. A natural beauty and a human energy that makes this a wonderfully exotic country.

That said, the D.R. can also be a very challenging place to visit. More than other docile Caribbean destinations, the English-speaking traveler to this very Spanish-speaking nation of seven million-plus needs to be savvy and knowledgeable before landing. Lucky for you, we’ve done the work for you (like telling you how much you have to bribe the police officer who stops you for speeding—even though you were not). All you need to do is read this book first, tuck it into your bag and keep it with you. Rum & Reggae’s Dominican Republic is your passport to a fun and hassle-free vacation.

Rum & Reggae’s Domincan Republic is the only book you will need for your trip. Everything you need to know is in these pages. We provide the inside scoop on the D.R., every worthwhile place to see (and which ones to avoid), as well as the 411 on accommodations, restaurants, nightlife, activities, and more. And we give you the freedom and flexibility to make discoveries all your own. If we like something, you’ll know it. If we don’t, duck! So let Rum & Reggae be your guide to your own hip (joining) experience.
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About the Author
JONATHAN RUNGE is the author of 18 travel books: Rum & Reggae's Puerto Rico (2007), Rum & Reggae's Caribbean (2006), Rum & Reggae's Costa Rica (2006); Rum & Reggae's Brazil (2005); Rum & Reggae's French Caribbean (2005); Rum & Reggae's Grenadines, Including St. Vincent and Grenada (2003); Rum & Reggae's Virgin Islands (2003); Rum & Reggae's Caribbean (2002); Rum & Reggae's Jamaica (2002); Rum & Reggae's Puerto Rico (2002); Rum & Reggae's Dominican Republic (2002); Rum & Reggae's Cuba (2002); Rum & Reggae's Hawai'i (2001); Rum & Reggae's Caribbean 2000 (2000); Rum & Reggae: The Insider's Guide to the Caribbean (Villard Books, 1993); Hot on Hawai'i: The Definitive Guide to the Aloha State (St. Martin's Press, 1989); Rum & Reggae: What's Hot and What's Not in the Caribbean (St. Martin's Press, 1988); and Ski Party!: The Skier's Guide to the Good Life, co-authored with Steve Deschenes (St. Martin's Press, 1985). Jonathan has also written for Men's Journal, Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Out, Skiing, Boston, and other magazines.