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Dominican Republic’s luxuries sparkle in 2011 rankings

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Dominican Republic is a favorite getaway for those seeking exciting culture, delicious gastronomy, pulse-pounding merengue, effervescent nightlife and the world’s top resorts.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Dominican Republic is a favorite getaway for those seeking exciting culture, delicious gastronomy, pulse-pounding merengue, effervescent nightlife and the world’s top resorts. Every year influential international media and tourism influencers honor this most popular and 2nd largest Caribbean country with accolades. Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism is proud to share this annual list of awards honoring the majestic beauty of the island nation. From industry-leading guest service and luxurious golf, to pristine coastlines and dream wedding destinations, Dominican Republic continues to top travelers’ lists in 2011:

Lavish Accommodations

Tortuga Bay Hotel, the Oscar de la Renta-designed hotel in the PUNTACANA Resort & Club complex, was honored with the AAA Five Diamond Award for 2011.

TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2011 honored IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro as the 9th best all-inclusive resort in the world and as the best hotel in Punta Cana.

TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2011 ranked Zoetry Agua Punta Cana as the 2nd best hotel for relaxation in the Caribbean and Mexico, as well as the 8th most romantic resort in the region.

Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino in Santo Domingo received TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence 2011.”

Living in the DR

TripAdvisor ranked Punta Cana 8th on its 2011 “Top 10 World Beach Destinations.”

Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana was named a “Top Beach in the Caribbean” by in 2011.

Aquatic Adventures

Ocean World Adventure Park in Puerto Plata received TripAdvisor’s “Award of Excellence 2011” and “Best Caribbean Entertainment Complex” by The Sunpost.

Teeing Off

GolfWeek included nine Dominican golf courses on its “2011 Best Courses of the Caribbean and Mexico”: Teeth of the Dog Golf Course, Dye Fore Golf Course, Playa Grande Golf Course, Roco Ki Faldo Legacy Golf Course, La Romana Country Club, Guavaberry Golf & Country Club, Punta Espada Golf Club and Corales Golf Club.

Top Travel Destinations declared Punta Cana as one of their “Top 20 Winter Break Destinations” in 2011.

Arthur Frommer listed Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Samana as the frontrunners on his list of 2011 “Top 15 Best Bargain Vacations” in The Toronto Star.

Travelocity named Dominican Republic as one of the “Top Ten Destinations for 2011 Summer Family Travel.”

Destination Weddings and Honeymoon magazine named Dominican Republic as one of the 20 “Best Honeymoon Destinations 2011.”

MasterCard Worldwide’s 2011 tourism destination forecast ranked Santo Domingo as 7th in “Emerging Markets that will Play a Bigger Role in Knitting the World Together.”

New York Post named Dominican Republic as a “Caribbean Favorite for Spring,” in 2011.

Houston Chronicle ranked Dominican Republic as the 4th “Best Budget-Friendly Spot in 2011.”’s “Top 10 Budget Caribbean Islands” listed Dominican Republic as 3rd in 2011. named Punta Cana as the “Top Spring Break Destination” in 2011. ranked Samana, Puerto Plata and Punta Cana as 2011 destinations with “Top Bargain Value.”

SITE (Annual Analysis & Forecast of the Industry Motivational Events) listed Dominican Republic as one of the most popular and up and coming destinations in 2011.

Dominican Republic ranked as 2nd desired destination wedding location and 1st preferred honeymoon destination in Bridal Guide’s “Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Survey for 2010-2011.”