Welcome to Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is known for gorgeous beaches, luxury resorts, and its rich cultural history. As one of the most diverse destinations on the Greater Antilles archipelago, you’ll find luxury, adventure, and history in the Dominican Republic. Home to the highest peak in the Caribbean, as well as tropical rainforests and sparkling lagoons, there is something for everyone in this island paradise. It’s a lively destination known for music and dancing, friendly locals and great food. Come and appreciate the rich culture and stunningly beautiful scenery of the Dominican Republic!
Dominican Republic Map
Wander Zona Colonial In Santo Domingo
While Santo Domingo is the largest city in all of the Caribbean, the Zona Colonial will transport you back in time. This is a great place to explore the rich cultural history of the Dominican Republic.
The contrast of a modern-day bustling city, set with the backdrop of centuries-old architecture is awe inspiring. The Calle El Conde is the main thoroughfare of Zona Colonial and offers shopping, dining, architecture and wonderful museums.
Enjoy Punta Cana
Known for its long stretches of white sand and gorgeous emerald water, Punta Cana is home to some of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic. Bavaro Beach is one of Punta Cana’s premiere destinations for sunbathing and swimming in the turquoise Caribbean Sea.
Luxury resorts line the beach and offer easy access to the many beach activities in the area. These include snorkeling, parasailing and boat tours, among other water sports.
Check out this excellent Snorkeling Coral Nursery + Seafood Lunch tour here or this amazing sailing, snorkeling and catamaron tour here.
Water sport options abound in Punta Cana. Check out the best parasailing tours here.
Whale Watching In Samaná Bay
Humpback whales migrate to Samaná Bay each year from December through March to mate and give birth. This makes Samaná Bay one of the best places for whale watching in the world. Although the city of Samaná is a charmingly small town, whale watching is so popular that many companies offer day trips from destinations all around the Dominican Republic. You can even take a whale watching trip with a marine biologist.
Check out this amazing Whale Watching tour in Samana Bay here.
Pedro García Coffee Trail
To learn more about one of the Dominican Republic’s top exports, coffee, head to the Pedro García Coffee Trail. Located close to the border between Puerto Plata and Santiago, you’ll discover how to roast and then sample your own coffee creation. Don’t forget to purchase some fresh beans to take home with you!
Tours can offer some amazing insight into Dominican Republic top exports. Check out this great Cocoa Plantation and Chocolate Factory tour. Or this adventurous 4×4 tour with coffee and chocolate tasting.
Relax On Saona Island
Surrounded by sugary white sand beaches, Saona Island is the perfect place to relax under swaying palms. The tranquil turquoise waters of the natural pools are perfect for swimming.
The vibe on this island is chill and the crystalline waters provide the perfect place to snorkel with colorful tropical fish. There are several companies that offer day excursions to the island or you can take a catamaran.
Swimming In Waterfalls
Swimming in waterfalls in the Dominican Republic is an unforgettable experience. One of the most popular waterfalls is El Limón, where you’ll journey 1.5 miles through the lush jungle to reach this magnificent waterfall before you take a swim.
Or you can head 30 minutes from Puerto Plata to the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua. The area is hidden in a beautiful tropical canyon and features waterfalls that you have to see to believe. The entrance fee depends on how many waterfalls you hike to, for example, hiking 7 waterfalls takes 2.5 hours and costs $8 USD.
The Dominican Republic will awaken the adventurous spirit inside of you with options like zip-lining through the jungle! While there are many companies that offer fantastic zip lining that will have you flying high above the jungle, this Adventure Ziplining Tour is perfect for you.
How does driving a 4×4 buggy through the jungle sound? Those looking for adventure will love this Adventure Bundle that offers adventurers zip-lining, fun buggies, and Monkeyland tours.
Swim In Hoyo Azul at Scape Park Cap Cana
Nature and adventure fans will love Scape Park Cap Cana, a tropical theme park filled with activities such as ziplining, cenote swimming, horseback riding, and other water activities. The most popular attraction is Hoyo Azul, a beautiful cenote blue lagoon that you can swim in. There is also cave exploration and more available at Scape Park Cap Cana.
This Hoyo Azul & Scape Park Cap Cana Full Admission tour is the perfect way to enjoy the park!