Dominican Republic physical features
Some of the world's most beautiful beaches lie in the Dominican Republic. (Photo: Images )
Mountains cover more than half of the Dominican Republic, a nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with its western neighbor, Haiti. Facing the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south, the Dominican Republic features several landforms. The country’s diversity includes several mountain ranges, coastal plains, islands, lakes, rivers and some of the world’s finest beaches. The country also claims the region’s highest and lowest points.
Pico Duarte soars to more than 10, 000 feet and is the highest peak in the Caribbean. The mountain is part of the Cordillera Central, the largest and highest range in the Dominican Republic. The range sits in the west-central portion of the country, extending from the Haitian border southeast to the Caribbean Sea. A second range, the Cordillera Septentrional runs along the northern Atlantic coast from the western border to the Samana, a peninsula that juts into the Atlantic Ocean. The Cibao Valley lies between the two ranges and is the country’s biggest agricultural area. Two smaller ranges lie in the far southwestern part of the country, the Sierra de Neiba and Sierra de Bahoruco. Tourists often visit the mountains to enjoy hiking, caving, biking and the beautiful scenery.
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