Sun-kissed beaches with powdery white sand, gin-clear waters, world class golf courses and quaint cobblestone streets. These are all things you’ll find in the Dominican Republic, the most visited destination in the Caribbean.

The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern 5/8ths of the island of Hispaniola, with the remainder of the island belonging to Haiti. It’s one of only two islands in the Caribbean occupied by two countries.

One of the DR’s most underrated qualities is its incredible cuisine. The country’s diverse foods are influenced by Taino, African, Spanish cultures. Nearly three quarters of the population is of a racially mixed origin, so you’ll also find everything from German to Chinese and Lebanese influence sneaking into its classic recipes.

If you want to sample the mouthwatering flavors of the DR without buying a plane ticket, simply hop in your car and head for El Caribeno in Southwest Detroit. The restaurant serves authentic Dominican recipes in a friendly, welcoming environment.

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