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There are many reasons why location scouts choose certain spots for their movies. Sometimes it’s the scenery, sometimes it’s for tax reasons, sometimes it’s the will of the director or stars. For the Dominican Republic, its climate and geography often made it a go-to destination when political matters prevented filming in other parts of the world. Check out some of the big-name flicks that were shot there:

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The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is an annual musical event that takes place on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, on the beautiful beaches of Cabarete, Sosua and Puerto Plata. The Festival has been running since 1992 and is the oldest – and, most important, free – music festival on the island.

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Getting a Taste of Dominican Cuisine

  August 25, 2015  |    David Abolafia

When taking a trip to the Dominican Republic, it’s a good idea to chew on a little history before deciding what to eat. Because the country – which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti – was formerly a Spanish colony, many traditional Spanish dishes have found a home there. Meanwhile, there are additional influences from the Taíno (indigenous people), as well as some Middle Eastern and African cuisine. Dominican cuisine does resemble that of other countries in Latin America – primarily those of Puerto Rico and Cuba – though the dish names sometimes differ.

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Daytona Beach: Sun, Fun and Film

  August 19, 2015  |    David Abolafia

Given its dual reputation as a haven for NASCAR fans and a popular spring break Mecca, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of the movies shot in Daytona Beach have either a racing theme or a party hijinks flavor. Still, there are a few exceptions, including an Academy Award-winning drama. Check out some of the titles and filming locations associated with Daytona Beach:

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When trying to decide what to do and where to go on vacation, it can sometimes feel like a game of chance. There are so many possibilities and so many variables that a perfectly planned, enjoyable and restful getaway would appear to be just as random as a travel nightmare. Fortunately, once you’ve narrowed down your travel dates, there are a number of steps you can take to turn the odds of having a wonderful, memorable journey in your favor.

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There’s a definite New York feel to the range of restaurants in Daytona Beach. It would be easy to chalk this phenomenon up to the population; after all, a large percentage of the area’s population – both year-round and part-time residents – hails from the Empire State. However, it is a cultural mix that further links both locations, and infuses the culinary selection along Florida’s eastern coast.

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They say that everything’s big in Texas. And Dallas is the “Big D.” Put them together, and you’ve got reason to bring a big appetite on your trip to Dallas – where the food is phenomenal, the portions are large and the choices are plentiful.

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Haunted Williamsburg

  August 10, 2015  |    Janette Wider

As the birthplace of America, Williamsburg, Virginia has an extensive history. Depending on what you believe, this goes hand in hand with reports of paranormal activity. There are numerous ghost tours and tales from both visitors and locals of this historic city. Whatever your opinion is on matters of things that go bump in the night, the following sites are said to be some of the most haunted in Williamsburg.
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Given its increasing popularity as a tourist destination – and port of call for cruise ship passengers – it’s not surprising that Cozumel is working to please as many palates as possible. For the most part, the island is accomplishing this with variations on traditional Mexican fare. However, there are a few culinary curveballs thrown in that add delightful variety to the menu.

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Cinema Goes South of the Border

  July 29, 2015  |    David Abolafia

While Cabo San Lucas is known for its spectacular beaches, phenomenal fishing and unique geography at the “End of the Earth,” this dynamic destination is also known as a popular filming spot for movies. Of particular interest is the fact that some of the biggest flicks to be shot in Cabo were actually set somewhere else, far away. Here are a few of the films that got made in this Mexican hot spot:

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