Can’t-Miss Destinations in the Dominican Republic

With an ideal climate and an abundance of natural and cultural beauty, the Dominican Republic is the most visited country in the Caribbean. The country offers world-class golfing, beaches, cities, and mountains. The DR is perfect for both adventure and leisure seekers. Spend weeks exploring the coral reefs, waterfalls, jungles, islands, forests, and so much more.

I’ve gathered some of the most popular destinations in this beautiful country to get your journey abroad started:

Punta Cana

On the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic sits one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island. Punta Cana is known for its beautiful beaches and resorts. While here, you can partake in world-class golfing and the nearby Scape Park, where you can enjoy zipline tours, dune buggies, and the Hoyo Azul Lagoon.

Santo Domingo

One of the greatest things drawing visitors to the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the Americas! The country has preserved this wonderful city with its rich history and culture. The city is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Colonial City, an area filled with cobblestone streets, Spanish Colonial architecture, and great food.

Samaná

The Samaná Peninsula is home to some of the country’s best beaches and picturesque mountainous landscapes, and it is frequently referred to as the most beautiful part of the country by both locals and visitors. The area is quiet compared to some of the more developed areas of the DR, making the peninsula the perfect place for those looking to relax.

The peninsula is home to the next destination on our list, Las Terrenas.

Las Terrenas

Just a short car ride from Samaná is Las Terrenas. The resort town is filled with tourists and expats enjoying beachside restaurants. It’s mostly known for central Las Terrenas Beach, but you can also enjoy the beauty of Bonita, Cosón, and Las Ballenas beaches.

Barahona

On the southwest end of the island is Barahona, a less tourist-ridden area of the country, making it a hidden treasure for visitors looking for a relaxing experience. In this area, travelers can enjoy isolated beaches, dense rainforests, and local flavor. Spend your day horseback riding, ziplining, hiking, or relaxing at one of the many unspoiled beaches.

Eastern National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna and surrounds one of the Caribbean’s biggest marine parks, which features a large coral reef system. In these waters you can witness four species of sea turtles, manatees, bottlenose dolphins, and many species of fish while diving and snorkeling. There is even the rare white-headed dove and the rhinoceros iguana in the area.

Along with exploring the different plants and animals, you can see examples of pre-Columbian art in caves or sit on any of the park’s isolated beaches. Saona Island has beaches that are pretty popular among visitors.

Jarabacoa

Jarabacoa is growing in popularity for eco-tourists all around the world. Located in the Central Mountains, the area is filled with pine forests, rivers, waterfalls, and the highest peaks in the Caribbean. The Río Yaque del Norte is the only whitewater river in the Dominican Republic, and it offers gentle rapids for rafters. The many trails offer visitors perfect conditions for mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing.

Lake EnriquilloConsumer Resource Guide

This is the lowest point and largest salt lake in the Antilles. While here, visitors enjoy the surrounding nature (including the flamingos and iguanas) and Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos, an island in the center of the lake. The island is home to one of the largest wild reserves of American crocodiles, 106 species of flora, and 62 bird species.

La Romana

La Romana is the third largest city in the Dominican Republic and is home to some of the country’s favorite destinations for visitors. The Altos de Chavón is a replica of a 16th century village and sits among the island’s top destinations to shop for crafts, the perfect souvenirs for friends and family back home.

The Casa de Campo, a famous resort, is also located in La Romana. The resort encompasses several hotels, gardens, a riding school, polo ground, and tennis courts. Well-known designer, Oscar de la Renta, a Dominican native, helped decorate the rooms of the resort.

South of La Romana sits Isla Catalina that draws thousands of visitors a day as a cruise ship port-of-call.

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