As a black American from the South, I initially (and perhaps naively) thought I’d catch a break from the daily racism I experienced in the U. As with black Americans, there are Dominicans (and Haitians) of every shade.

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Visitors to this tropical paradise will discover a growing sense of pride in the island's natural environment.

The country boasts 16 national parks and 67 protected areas that preserve landscapes of towering mountains, dense rain-forest and coasts teeming with marine life.

For those whose vacation plans are all about the beach, Punta Cana is the place to be.

Renowned Dominican Republic hotels lie along Bávaro Beach, which has been named the best in the Caribbean.

Its capital, Santo Domingo, is a contrast of modern skyscrapers and historic buildings dating back the days of Christopher Columbus.

This spacious resort area at the island's eastern tip caters to visitors who want their days packed with fun at the beach and on the water.

Whether in the form of racial slurs or extreme violence, both Haitians and dark-skinned Dominicans alike confront racism on a daily basis.

After continuously feeling like a walking target with my sizable , I decided to carry hair ties for the days that the taunts became unbearable.

Samaná is a peninsula that juts into the ocean and is washed by the Atlantic on its northeastern shore.