The Acuario Nacional in Santo Domingo is a rare opportunity, to experience the rich local marine fauna. While it is not as large as American Aquariums or as full of worthless spectacle (like Dolphin and Whale shows that do a lot to attract $$$ but little for conservation) it is a unique place as it is open and airy and located on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean. The staff is amazing, they have been at the forefront of Marine Biological Conservation efforts in the Caribbean for decades and have little if any Government support. This little gem is often overlooked by tourists and locals alike but what they have managed to do since opening their doors in 1990 is amazing. They have managed to instill a love of wildlife in children across the board and inspire other nations to mimic their research, unfortunately because these achievements have been made quietly it is easy to dismiss this places beauty & charm over the blaring flash and glam of other places that focus on treating their animals like props rather than illustrating their beauty's own merit. If you are an eco-tourist this would be an amazing stop. I highly recommend it.
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