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SELFIE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

All over the world, selfies have become an integral part of everyday life and data expert and Dominican cultural curator Luicewil Ramirez shares with us some of the best places to take a selfie in the Dominican Republic.

We all know that the most important tourist destinations in the world have emblematic and iconic places whose histories, architecture or location make them a must stop for picture taking while on vacation.

If you visit Paris, you really haven’t been there unless you take a picture featuring the Eiffel Tower. On a trip to Brazil, who doesn’t take a picture of the giant Christ the Redeemer Statue? And then, of course, there’s New York, where everybody who’s anybody takes a picture in front of the Hudson River with the Statue of Liberty towering over in the background.

But what about our beloved Dominican Republic, with his charming, colorful towns, breathtaking beaches, and historical monuments? In other words, if you were to visit the Dominican Republic, where should you take your selfie?

Allow me. Here are my two tips on where to take a selfie in the Dominican Republic.

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia (Higuey)

Located in the city of Salvaleón de Higuey, just a 50 minute drive from Punta Cana, this cathedral is dedicated to the patroness of the Dominican Republic, Our Lady of Altagracia. French architects André-Jacques Dunoyer de Segonzac and Pierre Dupré built the basilica, which was inaugurated in 1971, at the site where each morning a young girl would find a picture of Our Lady of Altagracia placed under a tree. Mysteriously, however, she would bring the picture back into the house only to find it under the tree again the next morning. You can visit the Basilica on our Hispaniola Explorer VIP tour.

Christ the Redeemer (Puerto Plata)

Much like its heavenly counterpart in Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer towers above the Dominican town of Puerto Plata. With arms outstretched like a welcoming beacon of Caribbean seafarers, the statue is located 2,805 feet above sea level. To arrive, take a fun ten-minute cable car ride up to the top. Not only will you have spectacular views of Puerto Plata, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a celestial selfie.

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