16 Top Attractions & Things to Do in the Dominican Republic

Written by Lana Law and Michael Law Updated Apr 6, 2023

Authors Michael and Lana Law live part of each year in the Dominican Republic and have traveled the country extensively.

Postcard-perfect beaches, luxury resorts, and a solid tourism infrastructure are the main reasons people visit the Dominican Republic. This, combined with lush forests, mountains, and even semi-desert creates unique opportunities for travelers who want more than a simple beach vacation. Things to do off the beach can include exploring waterfalls, hiking, visiting mountain villages, or wandering historical city centers.

A beach on the Amber Coast

The beach resorts of Punta Cana, Puerto Plata , and La Romana offer what many packaged vacationers are looking for: a tropical escape designed for relaxation. This is where you'll find most of the Dominican Republic's all-inclusive resorts.

Independent travelers who want to escape from this scene can head to remote areas of the country, like the Samaná Peninsula , the mountainous interior, or the less tourist-focused towns and cities. Surfers and kiteboarders will find exactly what they're looking for in places like Cabarete.

No place in the Caribbean delivers on history quite like the colonial zone in Santo Domingo. This city is a must-see, and it is also a major hub with direct flights around the world. It's a great place to start or end a trip. The Dominican Republic's new airline, Arajet , offers discount fares on direct flights to cities throughout South America and eastern Canada.

Immerse yourself in nature, find secluded beaches, and learn about the culture with our list of the top attractions and things to do in the Dominican Republic.

1. Plan a Vacation to the Resort Destination of Punta Cana

2. visit puerto plata & playa dorada, 3. walk through santo domingo's zona colonial, 4. enjoy the beaches and beachside restaurants in cabarete, 5. lounge on the beaches in las galeras, 6. kiteboard on cabarete's kite beach, 7. go whale watching in samaná bay, 8. visit las terrenas, 9. 27 waterfalls of damajagua (27 charcos), 10. bahia de las aguilas, 11. isla saona and parque nacional de este, 12. jarabacoa, 13. la romana, 14. cable car (teleferico) in puerto plata, 15. the three eyes national park, 16. los haitises national park, the dominican republic - climate chart.

Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana

Where an endless stretch of beautiful white-sand beach meets the emerald waters of the Caribbean is Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic's premiere resort destination . If you are looking for luxury all-inclusive resorts , a couple's retreat, or family-friendly resorts combined with an unending list of water-based activities for entertainment, this is the best place to visit in the Dominican Republic.

Bavaro Beach is Punta Cana's most impressive stretch of beach, where you can wade into the water or walk for hours along the sand. Resorts line the beach and offer easy access to all the activities. This is not a place to come for a quiet getaway.

The ocean is a flurry of activity, with boats, parasailers, and sightseeing tour boats coming and going. Roped-off areas offer safe places to swim. Inland from the beach are a smattering of restaurants and retail, most of which are very modern, especially by Dominican Republic standards.

Playa Dorada

Along the north coast, looking out over the Atlantic Ocean, the resort destination of Puerto Plata and the beautiful stretch of beach known as Playa Dorada is one of the Dominican Republic's biggest tourist draws . This golden-sand beach is lined with luxury resorts, although much less densely packed than what you'll find in Punta Cana.

This area is also much more subdued and has more of a tranquil feel. The beaches are not busy with boats and water sports, although it's a beautiful area for swimming or snorkeling. You can walk beyond the resorts to undeveloped beaches backed by palm trees and forest.

Pink Street in Puerto Plata

Take a day and head into Puerto Plata's city center to explore the colorful streets and historical attractions. Highlights in Puerto Plata include Pink Street, Umbrella Street, Central Park, and Fort San Felipe.

Calle el Conde, Santo Domingo

In this city, where Christopher Columbus first landed in the America's , you'll find the hustle and bustle of modern day life being played out against the backdrop of centuries-old buildings. The colonial architecture, much of which today houses museums, restaurants, shops, and quaint hotels, lines the streets and squares, and takes you back to another era in mind-blowing fashion.

Much of the activity focuses around Calle El Conde , the main thoroughfare and a popular street for shopping or dining el fresco. Wandering around the various streets, you'll see crumbling ruins, like those of Monesterio de San Francisco; beautifully preserved buildings, such as the Catedral Primada de América (First Cathedral in the Americas), which is still in use today; and residential areas, offering a glimpse into local life.

Even eating pizza in a restored colonial building on a hot night, or lounging in the courtyard of your 450-year-old hotel can feel like a unique experience in this beautiful city. Santo Domingo is definitely a place worth spending some time.

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Cabarete, main beach

Cabarete is a laid-back beach town. It's known for its relaxed atmosphere and huge, crescent-shaped beach lined with casual restaurants where visitors can dine right on the sand.

Unlike the Dominican Republic's resort destinations like Punta Cana or Puerto Plata, this town is not full of all-inclusive resorts and packaged-vacation tourists. Instead, Cabarete attracts free spirits, backpackers, retirees, and kiteboarders and surfers who come here to spend a few weeks or months, particularly during the winter.

Beach to the east of downtown Cabarete

If you are staying in nearby Puerto Plata you can day trip to Cabarete to spend a day on the beach, enjoy a meal, or do some shopping. In the early evenings, especially on weekends and Tuesdays, musicians often perform in the local beachfront restaurants and provide entertainment as the sun sets.

To the east and west of town are long stretches of beautiful beaches lined by palm trees. This natural setting is perfect for peaceful walks.

Las Galeras

At the farthest tip of the Samaná Peninsula , where the road dead ends at the ocean, looking out over one of the area's many beautiful beaches, is the small town of Las Galeras. Its remote location will appeal to independent travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience. Palm-lined, white-sand beaches and turquoise water create an idyllic scene.

Beaches like Playa Rincon, La Playita, Playa Fronton , and other unnamed stretches of undeveloped beaches in the area are some of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic and offer the polar opposite experience of the major resort destinations on the island. Here, you can hire a boat to take you to a remote beach for a morning or afternoon, or walk from town to several beautiful sandy coves in the surrounding area.

The town itself has only one main street but restaurants along here, many operated by French expats, offer outstanding cuisine at backpacker prices. Restaurants in the surrounding mountains or along the oceanfront cliffs, which require a drive from town, provide more great options.

Las Galeras is the perfect place to get away from busy streets and the tourist scene, while still offering enough infrastructure to make you comfortable.

Kite Beach, Cabarete

Cabarete is known around the world as a kiteboarding destination . The center of the action is on Kite Beach, just around a headland from Cabarete's main beach. It's about a 20-minute walk along the beach from the center of town to Kite Beach.

This small area of Cabarete has its own unique vibe. In the mornings, the beach is quiet, with the exception of walkers and runners or people swimming and stand up paddleboarding. In the afternoon, when the winds pick up, kiteboarders descend on the beach, and the sky fills with kites.

Big wave day at Kite Beach in Cabarete

The sand is a riot of colors with kites waiting for the best winds to materialize. A few restaurants along here offer casual food right along the water's edge.

Cabarete and nearby Encuentro Beach host the annual Master of the Ocean competition in February, where the best in the world come to compete in kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, and stand up paddleboarding. This is a great time to see some incredible kiting on Kite Beach.

If you are interested in taking up this sport yourself, numerous schools offer lessons and hotels cater to kiters. See our article on learning to kiteboard: lessons, schools, and where to stay on Kite Beach.

Surfing is another popular activity in Cabarete. Most of the surfing is centered at Encuentro , another beautiful stretch of beach just outside town. Many people head out to Encuentro for surfing in the morning, then move down to Kite Beach for kiteboarding in the afternoon, and eventually end up on Cabarete's main beach for a little nightlife.

Humpback whale in Samaná Bay

Each winter, from December through March , thousands of humpback whales enter Samaná Bay to mate and give birth, making this one of the best places to see these beautiful giants in the wild. The city of Samaná, on the Samaná Peninsula, is the main departure point for Whale Watching trips.

The city itself holds little else for travelers, but the whales are such a popular tourist attraction, many companies offer day trips here from various destinations around the island. If you are passing through on your way to Las Galeras, of if you are based in nearby Las Terrenas, less than an hour away, you can stop in Samaná and sign up for a tour. If you are staying in Punta Cana, full day whale watching tours are also available.

Coconut seller in Las Terrenas

On the north coast, Las Terrenas is a busy Dominican city with a peaceful and laid-back beachfront area, where winding, single-lane dirt roads meander past small French cafés and lookout over palms, beaches, and the aquamarine ocean. Just a short stroll inland takes you to the motorbike-filled streets, where Dominicans are going about work and everyday life.

This is one of the best places to visit if you want a taste of Dominican culture and all the conveniences of a city, combined with a great beach destination. Like Las Galeras, many French people have made Las Terrenas their home and have set up restaurants and inns.

27 Waterfalls of Damajagua

If you are looking for adventure, one of the most interesting things to do in the Dominican Republic, is to climb up a narrow gorge of waterfalls and then jump off the top of each one into the pools below. This attraction is not for the faint of heart, it's a serious undertaking, but incredibly fun.

You'll be outfitted with a lifejacket and a helmet and led by a qualified guide who will take you up a series of ladders . As you ascend, you'll be able to watch other visitors fly past you on their descent. It's nonstop action and mayhem. Some of the drops are quite high, but you can always change your mind in any given section and take the ladder back down.

The falls are near Puerto Plata, and most people go on an organized tour from Cabarete, Sosua, and Puerto Plata.

If you have your own transport, you can also do this on your own, but guides are mandatory and can be arranged at the falls. You need to be able to swim and not be afraid of heights.

Bahia de Las Aguilas

Well off the major tourist route, the remote Bahia de Las Aguillas in Jaragua National Park is a glorious eight-kilometer stretch of beach , which you may have all to yourself on any given day. The shallow, clear, calm water and white-sand bottom, combined with a distinct lack of tourism and development, make this one of the most pristine beaches in the Dominican Republic.

Located on the southwestern coast of the country, close to the border with Haiti, this area is isolated, to say the least. From Santo Domingo, the drive time is at least six hours . The nearest town to the beach is Pedernales, almost an hour away by car, and the tourism infrastructure in this part of the Dominican is some of the least developed in the country.

You won't find luxury resorts, but you will find tranquility, solitude, and unique experiences if you come out this way. The climate here is semi-arid, and the landscape, which consists largely of cactus and scrub, is much different than other areas of the country.

Isla Saona

While Parque Nacional del Este, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a serene place of natural beauty and habitat for countless plants, animals, and birds, most people know the park for the beaches of Isla Saona. This island is a tourist magnet, with all kinds of day trippers from the nearby resort destinations of Punta Cana and La Romana.

The soft-sand beach and turquoise water are what most people would imagine if they were to picture a tropical island paradise. But, despite the fact that there are no resorts on the island, it is a lively destination during the day as catamarans and speedboats drop tourists on the beaches to relax in lounge chairs and soak up the sun.

If you are tired of the scene in Punta Cana and looking for an outing, you can hop on a Saona Island Day Trip from Punta Cana. A small speedboat will whisk you over to the island for a day of relaxing on the beach and playing in the shallow waters.


While many Dominican vacationers consider Jarabacoa a summer retreat destination, foreign travelers tend to see it as an outdoor adventure playground in the mountains of the Dominican Republic's interior. In the vicinity are opportunities for rafting, hiking, biking , and other types of exploration.

At an elevation of over 500 meters, the climate here is much milder than the coast and nights are often cool. If you are spending more than just a week or two in the country, it's worth venturing up to Jarabacoa. This town also makes a convenient stop for a couple of nights if you are traveling between Santo Domingo and either Puerto Plata or Cabarete.

Altos de Chavon, La Romana

Not far from Punta Cana, La Romana is one of the Dominican's resort destinations . This area has a number of large resorts, some of which are geared towards more independent travelers looking to self-cater. However, the number of resorts here is not nearly on the same scale as Punta Cana. Beautiful beaches in the area are the main draw.

One of the most popular things to do here is visit the Altos de Chavón , where you can shop for crafters and souvenirs in a replica of a 16th-century artisan's village. The village is set off on its own, but you can join an organized shopping trip if you don't have your own transportation.

Not far from La Romana is Bayahibe, a fishing town with a public beach and the departure point for trips to Isla Saona. You can also day trip from La Romana to Santo Domingo, about 1.5 hours away. Golfing is another popular activity in the area.

Cable car in Puerto Plata

An ideal way to get a bird's-eye view of the northern coast of the Dominican Republic is to take a ride up the cable car in Puerto Plata. Ascending nearly 800 meters from the steamy heat of sea level, the cable car whisks you up to the top of Pico Isabel de Torres where you'll find the air pleasantly cool.

Take a little while to wander around the top and see the statue of Christ the Redeemer. The views out over the surrounding countryside are spectacular. Places to look for include Sousa, Cabarete, and the windmills on the hills beyond Puerto Plata.

It's best to go early in the day, as it tends to get cloudy as the day progresses.

Three Eyes National Park

Should you find yourself in Santo Domingo with a free day, it would be best spent making the short trip to the Three Eyes National Park. This fascinating park has been the site of several jungle adventure movies, and once you visit, you'll see why.

Descend below the surface of the earth along a series of staircases into a limestone cave and emerge beneath a tangle of vines at the first of three crystal-clear pools. It's these small lakes that give the park its name. Pathways lead from pool to pool , and if you want a bit of added adventure, pay a bit extra for a short boat ride to the farthest one.

Trails also lead around the top of the caves, providing glimpses down into the caverns. The Three Eyes National Park is easy to reach — it's only about a 15-minute drive from the old town of Santo Domingo.

Limestone pinnacles in Los Haitises National Park

Somewhat reminiscent of the limestone pinnacles in places like Thailand, Los Haitises National Park is a green and verdant paradise. Limestone islands with 100-foot-high peaks covered in dense greenery rise directly from the surface of the water

The area, best explored in kayaks or small boats , is a wonderful place to see wildlife, especially birds. Species spotted include woodpeckers, hawks, pelicans, and herons among many others.

The limestone geology is rife with caves, some of which were used by the ancient Taino tribes, who left their marks with pictographs. Some caves even have small beaches in them, ideal for taking a cooling swim as this is a hot and humid area of the country.

Another fascinating area to explore are the mangrove tunnels, places that can be calm, quiet, and sometimes a bit eerie. Los Haitises National Park is usually reached via boat from the city of Samana.

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Take a stroll around Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial

The capital of the Dominican Republic,  Santo Domingo is where the country’s industrial, financial and retail businesses cluster. Yet within this bustling modern city lie 11 blocks of charming cobblestone streets and stone archways called the Zona Colonial . 

The area dates back to Christopher Columbus’ arrival on the island in 1492; several buildings were first constructed in the 1500s, including the Ozama Fortress , the Primada Cathedral and the Casa Colón – the first castle residence in the Americas. 

“La Zona” is also a favorite among locals thanks to its busy parks, vibrant cafe scene, live music venues and restaurants serving Dominican staples like mangu , fried fish and empanadas. 

Watch the high rollers in Punta Cana

Along with some of the most scenic beaches in the country, Punta Cana also plays host to the island’s biggest hotels and all-inclusive resorts. The scene is touristy to be sure – but if you’re looking to live the life of a high roller for a few hours (or just watch a few in action), the casinos here are some of the best you’ll find in the Caribbean. 

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has one of the biggest (and flashiest) gaming floors in the area, with over 500 slots and 28 game tables. Meanwhile, the casino at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace keeps the lights running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

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A man swimming in the bright blue waters of the pool by the Saltos de la Damajagua

Swim the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua

Tucked into the hilly terrain of the Dominican Republic’s Northern Corridor mountain range, the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua offer pristine pools formed by limestone and pressure from relentless torrents of water. With the help of a guide, you’ll trek through some dense forest to find your way,  with the reward a day spent jumping from the falls (up to 26ft/8m) into the cool water below, where you can swim through smooth canyons before climbing a series of ladders and ropes to do it all over again. 

See whales off the coast of Samaná Bay

The best time to head to Samaná Bay is between the months of December and March, when thousands of humpback whales descend upon the eastern side of the island to mate and give birth in the warm waters. Catch a tour with a marine biologist from the neighboring city of Samaná to spend the day contemplating the lives of these large aquatic mammals.

The areas surrounding Samaná contain sleepy, laid-back townships that lend themselves more to cozy European cafe culture than the splashy, towering resorts in Punta Cana. After your day on the water, linger a while.

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Go kiteboarding in Cabarete

A day trip from Puerto Plata, Cabarete is a bustling beach town with some of the spiciest waves and gustiest winds on the island. This makes it a hotbed for adrenaline junkies looking to catch some air while kiteboarding or windsurfing. Cabarete is also a popular spot with surfers, who head to the town’s main strip at the end of the day for some Dominican food at one of the local restaurants and bars like Bliss , Gordito’s Fresh Mex or La Casita de Papi . 

Shop for souvenirs in a 16th-century-style village

Evoking a 16th-century Italian-Spanish village,  Altos de Chavon  in La Romana looks authentic enough to be...the set of a movie. Indeed, in 1976 a Hollywood producer designed the square to look just like a medieval European town using stone from a nearby blasted mountain. A scene from the movie Apocalypse Now was filmed here. 

Spend the day exploring the church, museum and 5000-seat amphitheater that make up the village while stopping into some of the artisan shops for locally made souvenirs. 

A cable car tours above a forest area in Puerto Plata

Take a cable car up to Pico Isabel de Torres

Since it’s a 2625ft trip (800m) to the top of Pico Isabel de Torres, thank goodness you’ll have a teleférico (cable car) to help get you up there. The flat-topped mountain offers unobstructed views of the northern region of the Dominican Republic. Just be sure to head up early, as clouds tend to form around the mountain as the day wears on. 

After taking in the views, a nearby botanical garden invites a leisurely afternoon stroll. Don’t forget to catch a glimpse of the monumental Christ the Redeemer statue before you go.

Ride an ATV through jungle terrain

Water sports get a lot of the main billing in the Dominican Republic, and with good reason. That’s no reason not to seek out land adventures here as well – such as the ATV and buggy tours offered outside of Punta Cana, for example. 

Several tour operators in the area organize excursions (you can expect to spend anywhere from $50 to $120 for the experience) that let you rip through lush jungle terrain and bumpy slopes for a hair-raising several hours. 

Try to keep an eye out for some of the wildlife that inhabits the area – though if you’re in it mostly for the adrenaline rush, the buggies won’t disappoint. 

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A palm tree bends and casts a shadow on a sparsely peopled beach in Saona Island, Dominican Republic

Snorkel around Saona Island

While Saona Island is a nationally protected park, much of the coral around the area has sadly been damaged by boats and tourists.

Still, the powdery white sand, postcard-perfect palms and crystal clear waters here remain dreamy, making it easy for novice snorkelers to get a glimpse of the abundant marine life below. A sandbank near the shore is a popular spot to post up for a rum cocktail, served up by local Dominicans wading through the shallow waters. 

Swing off the side of a mountain

Depending on your viewing angle, the swings on the side of Montaña Redonda might give you pause. After all, there appears to be a considerable drop to the lush valleys, lakes and streams below. But that’s only an illusion: there’s soft grass right below your feet should you take a tumble.

Situated between Punta Cana and Miches, this coastal mountain offers 360-degree views of the eastern part of the island. It’s a 40-minute walk up to the top (you can also opt to catch a ride with one of the tour buses or jeeps, for a fee) – and once you’re there, the aforementioned swings, hammocks and zip lines make for some of the best photo ops in the country.

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Top 10 Tourist Attractions in the Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic is the undisputed most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean. The Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, has, on average, 6.1 million people visiting for vacation. That is 2 million more than Cuba, the second most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean. So what are some of the more popular attractions in the  Dominican Republic ? Below we list out the top 10.

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Places to Visit in Dominican Republic

1. punta cana.

Located on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana has some of the best beaches in the country. As one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Dominican Republic, thousands of tourists flock to the beaches of Punta Cana to relax and have some fun.

If you are looking for a premier resort destination, a couple’s retreat, and friendly accommodations combined with water sports activities, you should add Punta Cana to one of the places to visit in the Dominican Republic. The city has a 35km stretch of pristine beaches for ultimate beachside relaxation and is open to outdoor activities like golfing and horse riding. Punta Cana’s beaches are also famous for water sports, including surfing and kayaking. Other exciting things you can do here include swimming with sharks and dolphins, catamaran sailing , whale watching , zip lining , and speed boat racing.

You should spend several days in Punta Cana if you intend to experience it all. Pack your swimsuits, dive into the crystal-blue pool of the hidden cenote, or go off-road on buggies in nearby tropical jungles. Also, you can go on quick excursions to the nearby Saona Island , where you will find an unspoiled natural reserve filled with marine wildlife. Or, take a stop at Pirate Rum Factory, where you can learn about rum production and have a taste too.

Another notable site in this city is Scape Park , where adventure seekers can enjoy a zipline tour, dune buggies, and visit the refreshing Hoyo Azul Lagoon. Aside from beaches, Punta Cana also boasts excellent dining spots, bars, and spas to relax and refuel.

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Dominican Republic: Punta Cana - Parade of colorful Kayaks at beach in Punta Cana. Photo Credit: © Dominican Republic Tourist Board.

A parade of colorful kayaks along a beach in Punta Cana. Photo: ©Flickr/ EdYourdon .

2. Playa Dorada Beach

If you are coming to Playa Dorada, you should plan to be very busy because there are many things to do here. Playa Dorada is one of the most popular beach destinations on the Dominican Republic’s northern coastline. This massive resort complex, known as the country’s first tourism destination, lies on a gorgeous stretch of replenished beach surrounded by coconut palms. The resort area is home to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course and has many facilities and amenities, including restaurants, bars, and shops.

If you seek a less crowded beach, you’ll find Playa Dorado perfect. This location often has few people at once, offers privacy and tranquility, and is best if you want to explore the beach area without noise. The beach also has many luxury resorts with modern facilities, and it’s a good area to swim, snorkel, and kayak. You can observe the sea floors for coral reefs and varieties of marine fauna. Other fun things include taking a walk under the palm trees, taking a diving course, and enjoying golf on the beach.

Also, this destination is home to some fine restaurants, bars, and pubs where you can try local and continental delicacies and discover Dominican Republic culture.

3. Exploring Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is the country’s capital and offers visitors some of the best things to do in the Dominican Republic. This is the city where Christopher Columbus first landed, so expect some Old World charm with remnants of the colonial past scattered throughout the city.

Santo Domingo is also the city of many firsts. It is the first city founded by the Spanish in the Americas and has the first fortress and first university. Santo Domingo also has the first and oldest existing cathedral in the Western hemisphere, aptly named the First Cathedral of America.

Furthermore, the historic city is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Colonial City (Zona Colonial) , which boasts Spanish old-world architecture and quaint cobblestone streets. Other notable sites showcasing the country’s rich cultural history include The Plaza de la Cultura, which houses the Palace of Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, and the National Palace. Also, while you are there, you should stop at the historic district, where you will see some of the country’s most majestic buildings reflecting Middle Ages architecture.

Most of the houses today in Santo Domingo have a colonial architectural style that takes you back to the old era, so history and architecture lovers will enjoy roaming this city a lot. Another notable spot in the area is the old colonial palace of Christopher Columbus’ familiarly called the Alcazar de Colon. This site is now a museum where visitors can explore and browse through period furniture and decorations.

As one of the largest cities in the country, Santa Domingo also boasts the bustle and beauty of modern-day life. Expect to find many fine dining restaurants, bistros, nightclubs, and bars where you can enjoy your nights or afternoons.

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  The National Palace in Santo Domingo. Photo: ©Flickr/ Jean-MarcAstesana .

4. Lake Enriquillo & Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos

Lake Enriquillo (Lago Enriquillo) is the largest lake in the Dominican Republic and the whole of the Caribbean. The abundance of flamingos and iguanas is one of the main attractions at this large saltwater lake. Located in its center is the Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos, one of the largest natural reserves of American Crocodiles and home to over 100 species of flora. The park is also a refuge for about 62 bird species making it a great place to admire exotic birds in their natural habitat.

One of the fun things you can do here is taking a boat trip along the waters while getting a glimpse of fascinating animals like pink flamingos , iguanas, salt crocs, and American crocodiles. We recommend you wear your hat and fill up your water bottle while coming here, as the heat is intense, especially when taking a boat ride. You should also keep in mind that there are no restaurants around this area, so you may want to bring your snacks. While you are here, you can visit Isla Cabritos, a small island within the lake where you find beautiful cacti and desert flora.

5. Eastern National Park (Parque Nacional del Este)

Eastern National Park features white sandy beaches, flora, waterfalls, and diverse animals, making it one of the best tourist attractions in the Dominican Republic. The rich biodiversity of the Eastern National Park (Parque Nacional del Este) has made it the ideal habitat for abundant tropical plants and animal species. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this national park covers a total area of 161.75 square miles and boasts a variety of biodiversity, including over 500 species of flora.

Eastern National Park also has one of the largest marine parks in the Caribbean, with manatees, bottlenose dolphins, four species of sea turtles, as well as numerous species of fish. The park is also home to the rare Paloma Coronita, also known as the crowned, or white-headed dove, in addition to the rhinoceros iguana and 112 bird species. This rainforest also boasts coral reefs and white sandy beaches, making it an excellent spot for snorkelers, scuba divers, and visitors who want to explore underwater treasures.

In addition to flora and fauna, Eastern National Park is also of historical significance as it features an archaeological site featuring artifacts, human remains, and cave art of the Taino Indians. You can also attend one of the educational seminars at the site to learn about the Taino people, their culture, beliefs, and myths about them. And to add to it, Eastern National Park has about 400 caves that visitors can explore through hiking.

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Magnificent frigate bird nursery in red mangrove at Parque Nacional del Este. Photo: ©Flickr/ Christine&JohnFournier .

6. Samaná Peninsula and Samaná Bay

Samana Bay is one of the best spots in the Dominican Republic to watch whales in the wild . In January and February, the Samana Bay Peninsula is a prime spot to see humpback whales birth their calves. While the whales are just one of many marine animals that frequent Samana Bay waters, they are the most popular reason visitors love coming here. If you are interested in whale watching, we recommend you plan your journey towards winter because this is when the big fishes migrate.

The bay of Samana is also an ideal spot for nature lovers. Here you will find the Parque Nacional Los Haïtises , a natural utopia of lush vegetation, crystal clear waters, thick mangroves, and unique rock formations rising from the sea.

In addition, you can take a boat or kayak trip around Los Haitises National Park . Visitors can also explore the bird-filled caves like the Cueva del Angel and the Salto El Limón waterfall, one of the country’s most scenic beaches. El Limon (The Lemon) drops 50 meters near the Atlantic Coast side of the Dominican Republic. Getting here is an adventure because you have to cross several rivers on horseback or walk a 40-minute trail over the steep terrain. But it’s all worth it when you take a dip in the spectacular swimming hole down the falls.

While you are here, we recommend you spend some time at Las Galeras , located at the tip of the Samana Peninsula. This spot is perfect for backpackers and beach lovers as you will find incredible beaches like Cayo Levanrado, Playa Rincon, and Playa Bonita.

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7. Bahia de Las Aguilas and Jaragua National Park

If you love beaches, we recommend you add Bahia de Las Aguilas to your list of best places to visit in the Dominican Republic. The remote Bahía de Las Águilas is a six-mile stretch of magnificent, unspoiled beach on the Dominican Republic’s southwestern coast within the Jaragua National Park. The protected Jaragua National Park abounds with marine life and several species of birds. Also, this park has been on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage list since 2018. The nearest town to this tourist destination is Perdernakee which is about an hour away by car.

If you come to Bahia de Las Aguilas , it will surely become one of your favorite beaches in the world. The stunning turquoise water, the powdery white sands, and the lush palm trees make it one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the Dominican Republic. This area is a little bit isolated, and while you won’t find luxury resorts or hotels like in Punta Cana, you will find a very relaxed atmosphere and unique experiences.

If you are in for outdoor activities, you could also rent some snorkeling, paddle boarding, or kayaking equipment to explore the crystal clear waters. You will find some popular species in the water, including starfish, octopus, lobster, urchin, and other fishes. Another fun thing to do here is to view the pristine area through a scenic helicopter flight organized by Eco del Mar.

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Local fishermen along the Bahía de las Águilas. Photo: ©Flickr/ MattHintsa .

8. Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia

The Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia (aka Basilica of Our Lady) ranks among the most important religious sites in the Dominican Republic and draws people from all over the country to its annual Mass on January 21 each year. After the annual mass on this day comes a celebration that continues around the cathedral and involves food and drinks. If you happen to be in the country during this period, this is the ideal spot to be on that day.

The Roman Catholic Basilica honors Our Lady of Altagracia with a framed painting on display since 1571. The building, which is known as a leading pilgrimage center in Latin America, is also recognized as a modern architectural wonder. It stands out for its 69-meter-high arch and a bronze and gold entrance that thousands of people visit yearly. Architectural fans will, of course, love the beautiful, unique design of the place.

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9. La Romana

Set on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, La Romana is home to the luxurious Casa de Campo Resort, where the rooms were partly decorated by famous Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta. The Teeth of the Dog golf course, one of the best in the Caribbean, is also located at this resort. La Romana is also close to the popular cruise destination of Isla Catalina.

One of the best things to do at La Romana is to visit The Altos de Chavón , a quaint replica of a 16th-century artisans’ village in La Romana. While at this Mediterranean-style village, you can shop for unique souvenirs and crafts to take home. You can also join a guided tour to go on a shopping trip to this artisan’s village.

The southern port of La Romana also once enjoyed a booming sugar industry in 1917. Even now, you will see the sugar plantations along the Chavón River. Other things to do here include visiting Bayahibe , a small fishing village now a full-fledged vacation destination where you can engage in exciting water sports activities, shop local artifacts, and have a glimpse of whales/dolphins. Also, from Bayahibe, you can take a ride to Isla Saona (Saona Island) for more things to do in the Dominican Republic.

La Romana is not far from Punta Cana and has a lot of large resorts and luxury hotels perfect for travelers looking to self-cater. Also, La Romana has a lot of galleries to view artworks, restaurants to enjoy great cuisines, and courses for golf lovers.

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Workers at Altos de Chavon Village. Photo: © Flickr/Puno3000.

Workers at Altos de Chavon Village. Photo: ©Flickr/ Puno3000 .

10. Jarabacoa

If you are looking for things to do in the Dominican Republic, especially adventure activities, don’t miss out on going to Jarabacoa. Also known as the city of everlasting spring, Jarabacoa is a perfect spot for summer retreats and outdoor adventures, especially for nature lovers.

In Jarabacoa, you will find Río Yaque del Norte , the country’s only whitewater river. The area also offers an amazing taste of ecotourism with its waterfalls, including the Jimenoa and Baiguate waterfalls, rivers, and rugged terrain. The destination is fast becoming a popular spot for rafters and adventurers, and is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and other types of exploration.

If you love adventures, consider crossing the Jimenoa River on the wood and rope footbridge available. You can also consider golfing on a nine-hole course or visit the Cistercian monastery of Santa Maria del Evangelio.

If you are spending more than a week in the Dominican Republic, then it’s worth coming up to Jarabacoa, especially if you happen to be traveling between Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata. You can also plan your trip in February to experience some of the most famous carnivals and parties in the country.

With the Dominican Republic being a hub for tourists, it is indeed a perfect place to have adventures, learn about their history, and relax. There are plenty of places to visit in the Dominican Republic, and it’s always a good time to plan a trip to this island.

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Boutique Hotel Palacio:  Two blocks from the Cathedral of America and right in the center of all the historical and cultural attractions, this boutique hotel is a handsome conversion of a former president’s home, with stylish yet electric furnishings.

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Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino:  Soaring over the Malecon, this hotel overlooks the Caribbean sea and has a huge swimming pool, a casino, a fitness center, a full-service spa, and lush gardens. The spacious guest rooms are all tastefully decorated.

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Note: Originally published on September 10th, 2018, this post was updated on June 9th, 2023.

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While Punta Cana is the most popular place to visit in the Dominican Republic, this second-largest country in the Caribbean boasts many areas that are as spectacular and diverse in geography. From a large lake home to American crocodiles to lagoons where pink flamingos thrive, soaring mountains, wild, undeveloped beaches, and a capital city ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there’s a lot to the Dominican Republic that many miss seeing. Here are the top 10 places you should visit in the Dominican Republic.

Santo Domingo

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The Dominican Republic’s capital offers modern and historical sides, along with plenty of shopping, dining, arts, music, and nightlife. Santo Domingo’s Colonial City–also known as the Zona Colonial–is a World Heritage Site since 1990 as the oldest city in the Americas, built when the Spanish settled here in 1496 and brought enslaved Africans.

Visit historic sites turned museums, including the first hospital, the first university, and the first cathedral built in the “New World.” Walk the neighborhood’s charming streets–enjoy its parks, sidewalk cafes, and live music. Nearby, the Malecon’s breezy seaside boulevard is lined with restaurants and casinos. In the city center, you’ll find shopping malls, upscale restaurants, and botanical gardens. 

The Samana Peninsula’s Beaches

Dominicans will agree that among the most stunning beaches in the DR are the ones that lie along the Samana Peninsula’s rugged coastline. From Las Terrenas to Las Galeras, beaches here are wild, dramatically framed with cliffs and palm trees as far as the eye can see. Las Galeras boasts stunners such as Playa Rincon, reached by boat, while Las Terrenas has easily accessible Playa Coson and Playa Bonita. There are also secluded beaches that few tourists get to, including Playa del Valle and Playa El Moron.

Parque Nacional Armando Bermúdez

Tucked in the center of the Dominican Republic, Parque Armando Bermúdez is the most accessible departure point to a two-day overnight expedition to Pico Duarte—the highest summit in the Caribbean at 10,105 feet. The park also offers numerous daytime trails for those who wish to immerse themselves in nature, swimming in the Yaque del Norte River, which flows directly from the peak. It’s a great spot to spend a day out in the mountains while visiting the mountain resort town of Jarabacoa.

Constanza is a complete departure from what you expect to find in the Caribbean, and that’s precisely why you’d visit. Tucked at 4,000 feet above sea level, it’s the highest altitude inhabited town in the region. It’s also the heart of the DR’s agriculture. Drive along fields of chayote, potatoes, and even strawberries. Stop at a local colmado or corner shop and order a strawberry milkshake or batida. Go hiking or biking in the hills to take in the fresh mountain air. One of the most spectacular national parks and birding locations in the country lies here at Valle Nuevo National Park. Hike its trails, lined with giant pine trees and ferns, and warm up from the cold temperatures by a chimney when you overnight in a mountain cabin.

Barahona Province


Barahona province was made for the adventurous traveler in search of road trips, serendipitous cultural encounters, and a rustic, great big outdoors. This least visited province of the DR boasts scenic drives, with roads snaking between a dramatic landscape of mountains and an iridescent turquoise sea. Beaches are pebblestone for the most part, and the sea too rough to swim far, but there are stunning river parks, where freshwater streams tumble down to meet the sea and create pools idea for a swim. 

Lago Enriquillo

If you’re a fan of crocodiles and iguanas, you’ll find them at Lago Enriquillo in the southwest of the Dominican Republic. Take a boat ride onto the lake to spot American crocodiles lurking beneath the waters of this giant part salt, part freshwater lake. Lago Enriquillo is also the largest lake in the Caribbean, lying at the lowest altitude in the country below sea level. Within the park’s dry forest grounds, endangered green iguanas thrive and will welcome you from the moment you enter the parking lot. You might even spot a few crossing the road.

Parque Nacional Jaragua

This national park boasts a lagoon that’s home to a colony of pink flamingos, among numerous other bird species. There are multiple trails, easily accessible after you pay a single entrance fee, guided or solo, as well as caves, a mangrove coastline, and secluded beaches. Hop on a boat ride of Laguna Oviedo to spot more birds and take in the natural scenery.

Puerto Plata Province

Among the most well-rounded destinations in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata’s province offers a little bit of everything: beaches, culture, outdoors, and water sports. Beach lovers will find numerous options along its northern coastline, from Playa Dorada, lined with resorts to Playa Alicia in Sosua, and Cabarete’s kitesurfing and surfing hubs, Kite Beach and Playa Encuentro. Inland, brave the 27 Damajagua waterfalls, hike trails in El Choco National Park, and go canyoning in the countryside. Cultural experiences are easily found, too, from cacao plantation tours, where you can make chocolate, to dining out in historic downtown Puerto Plata. 

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In the early morning, thousands of tourists descend on Bayahíbe VIllage’s bay to depart on catamaran day trips to nearby Saona Island. While it’s a worthwhile day trip, it’s also worth it to overnight in the village, stay in a boutique hotel or guesthouse and enjoy the lively international atmosphere, from local to foreign-owned bars and restaurants. Walk the colorful streets to view traditional Bayahíbe wooden homes, beach hop along the shoreline and catch the sunset in front of the bay; it’s one of the most beautiful in the Dominican Republic.

Monte Plata

You won’t hear of it often, but Monte Plata is an outdoor lover’s dream with its lush forests and waterfalls tucked inside national parks. An hour drive north of Santo Domingo, Monte Plata boasts a stunning waterfall at Salto de Socoa with a deep emerald pool for dips close to shore. Nearby, Salto Alto is even more impressive with a 75-foot cascade and pool that’s safe to explore, as well as other areas of the park with plenty of picnic tables. If you’re not much of a beach fanatic, Monte Plata is an ideal day trip in the Dominican countryside.

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By Carl Austin · Last updated on October 3, 2023

If you’re in the mood for a Caribbean holiday, the Dominican Republic is the place to go. It shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti in the Greater Antilles. The island is where Christopher Columbus made his first stop in the New World in 1492 and which later became the first capital of the Spanish empire in the Americas. You’ll find plenty of evidence of the country’s Spanish heritage.

Today, however, people visit the Dominican Republic for its beautiful sandy beaches, clear waters and water sports activities. Off-shore activities include deep sea fishing and whale watching. There’s really not any good reason for you to stay home after you’ve seen these best places to visit in the Dominican Republic.

10. Las Terrenas [SEE MAP]

Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, was once a small fishing village. But that all changed in 1946 when the country’s president ordered rural residents from Santo Domingo to settle here as farmers and fishermen. Today, Las Terrenas is a growing tourist destination known for its pretty landscapes, white sand beaches and clear ocean water. It’s popular with foreigners and Santo Dominicans since it’s only a two-hour drive from the capital. Top beaches include Playas el Portillo and Las Ballenas. Las Terrenas also is a good place to go dolphin and whale watching.

9. Jarabacoa [SEE MAP]


Because of its tropical climate, Jarabacoa is frequently called “the city of everlasting spring.” The area is known for its mountains and scenic beauty, including the Jimenoa and Baiguate waterfalls, and the Ebano Verde Scientific Reserve. If you’re an adventuresome visitor, you might try crossing the Jimenoa River on a wood and rope footbridge. More timid travelers may opt for a round of golf on a nine-hole course or a visit to the Cistercian monastery of Santa Maria del Evangelio. Come February, Jarabacoa hosts one of the most famous Carnivals in the country.

8. Playa Rincon [SEE MAP]

Playa Rincon

You may be walking on history as you beach comb on Playa Rincon: It’s one of two places in the Dominican Republic rumored to be THE spot where Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus first touched land in 1492. But even if it’s not, you’ll enjoy strolling on the soft sandy beach, which, at nearly two miles long means there’s room for everyone, though you may have to share the beach with stuff the ocean washed in. Still, Playa Rincon is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. You can get there via a 20-minute boat ride from Las Galeras.

7. El Limon Waterfall [SEE MAP]

El Limon Waterfall

El Limon waterfall definitely doesn’t live up to its name, The Lemon. Instead, El Limon is a spectacular waterfall that drops 50 meters (170 fee)t near the Atlantic Coast side of the Dominican Republic. Getting there can be a sweaty and wet ordeal since you’ll cross several rivers on horseback (the main way to get there), but once there, you can cool off in the spectacular swimming hole at the bottom of the falls. You may need the dip even more if you’ve opted to walk the 40-minute trail over sometimes steep terrain.

6. Santo Domingo [SEE MAP]

Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and its largest city – indeed, it has the largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean. Founded in 1496 on the Ozama River, it is the oldest European settlement in the Americas. It also holds a number of other New World firsts: capital of the Spanish empire, castle (Alcazar de Colon), monastery, cathedral (Cathedral Santa Maria la Menor) and university. The best place to take in this rich history is, of course, the historic district where you’ll find majestic buildings reflecting Middle Ages architecture. You can also see the Fortaleza Ozama, the oldest fortress in the Americas.

5. Cabarete [SEE MAP]


If you’re into adventure sports, Cabarete is a good place to indulge yourself. Founded in 1835 by former slave owner, this once quiet fishing village is now a kite-surfer’s dream, hosting many international competitions. It’s one of the most popular surfing spots in the Caribbean. Cabarete has a good infrastructure for tourism, with top hotels and eateries, all of which are easy to find, since the village has only one main street. Cabarete has pretty beaches, but if you get tired of them you can explore nearby caves or go kayaking, snorkeling or scuba diving.

4. Samana [SEE MAP]


Samana, capital of the province with the same name, is a pretty, historic town located on northern Samana Bay. Its main claim to fame is that it’s the last stop Christopher Columbus made the New World in 1493 before heading back to Spain. In more modern times, it’s a great place to go whale-watching, since thousands of humpback whales head to the bay to give birth between January and March. During these months, Samana is the tourism capital of the Dominican Republic. It may interest baseball fans to know that several notable pitchers, including Wily Peralta, grew up here.

3. Bayahibe [SEE MAP]


In a country that is known for its beach destinations, the resort town of Bayahibe is no exception. The former fishing village is now one of the top places to visit in the Dominican Republic. Bayahibe Beach is located less than a mile from town, but you’re more likely to visit here to catch a boat to Saona and its fabulous beaches located within a national park. Bayahibe also is the best scuba diving locations in the country, with more than 20 dive sites. Don’t scuba dive? How about stand-up paddle boarding or snorkeling?

2. Sosua [SEE MAP]


In 1938, long before the Dominican Republic became a top tourist destination, its president offered safe haven to 100,000 Jewish refugees. About 800 settled in Sosua and were given land where they started a dairy and cheese factory. You can eat products from Productos Sosua today. Sosua is a popular destination for diving enthusiasts who like the calm waters, reef structures and the many varieties of fish they’ll see. Sosua is a place where nature is still making beaches, some naturally and others by storms. By day, Sosua is a typical beach resort; by night, it’s a haven for party animals.

1. Punta Cana [SEE MAP]

#1 of Best Places To Visit In Dominican Republic

Punta Cana is one of the most popular beach destinations in the Dominican Republic. It stands apart from other beach resorts in the country, however, because it has beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Punta Cana has 100 km (60 miles) of coastline with mainly shallow waters, but the beaches can be windy sometimes. Punta Cana is a party town where you can swim with dolphins or sharks, race a speed boat, or go deep sea fishing, catamaran sailing, whale watching or zip lining. Plan to be very busy during your visit.

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Tourism in the Dominican Republic has been accelerating at a dizzying pace, and it’s easy to see why it has become a highly sought-after holiday destination owing to its hundreds of miles of coastline, picturesque views, and colonial architecture. From exploring this gorgeous island, here are some of my favourite places…

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1. Punta Cana

Punta Cana

Located on the opposite side of Haiti , Punta Cana is in the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic. It is known for its beaches, facing the Atlantic and Caribbean. The area has upscale hotels and fantastic golf courses in a truly romantic setting.

There are plenty of all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana, and numerous activities are available, from reef exploration to catamaran sailing.

With average temperatures ranging from the late 20s to early 30s, I highly recommend relaxing on the sands of one of the world’s best beaches.

2. Samana Province

Samana Province Dominican Republic

Samana is an Atlantic-facing stretch of coastline in the northern part of the DR, including the beaches of Playa Rincón, La Playita Beach, and Cayo Levantado.

It was famously discovered by Christopher Columbas in 1492, who was greeted by a barrage of arrows by the locals; thankfully, tourists are more welcomed now, with an international airport opening in 2006! 

Its tropical forests, coconut groves, and hundreds of tiny, sandy alcoves are still relatively unexplored by tourist hordes, and that’s why I love this place!

Still, its unique selling point is that it is the special breeding place for humpback whales, and thousands of them congregate off the coast of Samana from January to March.

Indeed, the national parks, unspoiled bays, and peninsulas are only a bonus after watching these gentle giants frolic in the crystal, turquoise waters. Week-long live-on-board excursions can be arranged for an even more intimate experience, offering the rare opportunity to snorkel alongside the whales.  

3. Parque Nacional del Este

Parque Nacional del Este

A visit to Eastern National Park is a special treat for any nature enthusiast. As one of the largest marine parks in the Caribbean, it has a fantastic offshore coral reef system that offers stunning diving opportunities and allows divers to encounter a myriad of marine life.

Those who prefer dry land will not be disappointed with over a hundred species of birds, remote beaches, and tropical forests. All the ingredients for a romantic getaway with a difference!

There is also evidence of early Taino activity, and visitors are treated to the rare cave drawings along the area, documenting early indigenous life.

4. Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial

Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial

This historic neighborhood of Santo Domingo is the oldest European settlement in the New World and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It’s located on the west bank of the Ozama River and exudes romance with delightful pastel-colored buildings, colorful hanging baskets, beautifully restored mansions, and cobblestone streets.

You feel nostalgic as you follow in the footsteps of the conquistadors. Among the many tourist attractions of the quarter are the Calle Las Damas, the New World’s oldest paved street, dating from 1502, the 16th-century cathedral, the 19th-century bronze statue of Christopher Columbas, and the fabled home of Herman Cortes.

Spend an afternoon steeped in history, meandering through the area, sipping strong coffee in the roadside cafes, or checking out the local craft for sale in the many little shops on street corners.

5. Saona Island

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Although this little isle is part of the national park, it deserves some column inches of its own and is widely considered the most popular part of the park.

The panorama alternates between idyllic stretches of coastline, acres of mangrove swamp, and the tiny fishing hamlet—the only inhabited part of the island.

For tourists, this tropical paradise island is easily accessible by boat or catamaran. Tourism has increased significantly thanks to its desert island setting and its rise to fame as the location for filming the Bounty bar advert! Wow! 

6. Bahía de las Águilas

Bahia de las Aguilas

This island’s beaches are known for their crystal clear water. This means ‘Eagle Bay,’ an 8km stretch of sandy and blue water considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by locals and visitors alike.

The main reason for this is that it is completely unspoiled and virtually isolated, miles away from the major tourist regions, and needs to be accessed by boat or by finding a local tour guide from the tiny fishing village of La Cueva (the cave).

Once here, a local villager will oblige you by driving you to the isolated sandy stretch for a small fee. Although getting here can be a bit of a mission, it is worth it to lie out on one of the world’s most romantic stretches of coastline.

7. Paradise Island and The Mangroves

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Speedboats take you to this breathtaking deserted island with rolling, white sandy beaches, perfect coral reefs, and sparkling turquoise waters.

I highly recommend snorkelling with a guide and allowing the tropical fish to eat out of your hand! If snorkelling is not your thing, take a boat ride through the mangrove forests or enjoy lunch in a traditional fishing village’s formal restaurant.

Day trips to the island operate daily, and a tour guide will explain the natural history of marine and land life and the conservation projects underway.

8. La Romana

La Romana Dominican Republic

La Romana is located at the island’s southeast end, with numerous golf courses, beaches, diving locations, and other outdoor adventures.

Stop by a working cigar factory to see how everything is put together, or visit the 7,000-acre resort, Casa de Campo, which provides everything you need to make your vacation memorable.

The golf courses alone are considered some of the best in the Caribbean, but the area provides many activities that will make you never want to leave.

9. Playa Rincon

Playa Rincon - Dominican Republic

Some people claim that Christopher Columbus first landed on this beach in 1492, but even if this cannot be proven, Playa Rincon is a place I highly recommend adding to your itinerary!

It consists of two miles of some of the whitest sand beaches and the most fantastic water you’ve ever seen, and it is often thought of as one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire Caribbean.

It is only a 20-minute boat ride from Las Galeras, which is a lot of fun. Most of all, though, it offers lots of opportunities for fun in the sun, regardless of what you enjoy doing there.

10. Bayahibe

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This gorgeous resort town and former fishing village offers a beautiful beach a mile from town, some of the best scuba diving places in the country, and more than 20 dive sites.

You can also go snorkelling or paddle-boarding, and you can even catch a boat and visit Saona and the nearby national park. Bayahibe is conveniently located and easy to get to, and its tree-lined beaches are something to behold.

Regardless of what you enjoy doing outside, it’s very likely this town will provide it to you.

11. Cabarete

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Known as one of the best places for kite-surfing, the town also offers kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, and cave exploring, not to mention enough eateries and shopping opportunities to keep you busy for a long time.

It has even hosted several international kite-surfing events and is one of the top surfing spots in the entire Caribbean. People who love action sports especially love the town because it offers so much to do and is small enough that anyone can quickly find anything they want.

12. El Limon Waterfall

El Limon Waterfall

Found near the Atlantic Coast side of the island, this waterfall has a 170-foot drop that does not look spectacular.

Getting there is a challenge—you’ll have to cross a few rivers—but you can jump right in as soon as you reach the waterfall, and the swimming hole at the bottom is just as extraordinary.

You can also walk the 40-mile trail to get there, but regardless of which method you choose, you’ll enjoy soaking in the cool water as soon as you arrive.

13. Jarabacoa

Jarabacoa Dominican Republic

Located in the Cordillera Central Mountains, the eco-tourism center consists of quaint little stores and boutiques, hiking and mountain climbing trails, gorgeous waterfalls, wooden shacks, and everything else that makes the area unique and wonderful.

Commonly called the Dominican Alps, the town even offers rafting opportunities on the Yaque del Norte River, and the view of the waterfalls alone is worth the trip.

If you love lush green outdoor areas and appreciate nature, I highly recommend it here!

14. Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas

Until 1946, this was a small fishing village. However, it is a tourist spot unknown to many that offers white sandy beaches, clear, sparkling water, and some of the most beautiful landscapes you’ve likely ever seen.

Only a two-hour drive from the capital, Las Terrenas is popular with tourists and locals alike, and the area’s beaches are stunning.

You can also visit a few beaches to watch the dolphins or the whales. If you’re going to taste what makes the local areas unique and you love spending time in the water, this is the town for you.

15. Playa Dorada

Playa Dorada

Located roughly three miles east of Puerto Plata, Playa Dorada is a set of 12 different resorts, all of which are all-inclusive and offer everything you need to remain there for your entire vacation if that’s what you want.

With beautiful beaches and resorts that are there for your satisfaction only, you can enjoy a host of sights and activities that will keep you going the entire time, regardless of how long you stay there and what you were looking for in the first place.

16. Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata

A renowned city, Puerto Plata was once a very prosperous port city but still offers beautiful beaches, many distinguished places to shop, and many areas of historical and cultural significance.

Landmarks such as Fort San Felipe, Mount Isabel de Torres, and the Old Quarter are included.

I love that this city showcases the island’s diversity with its unique combination of Victorian, modern, and colonial structures throughout the area. Whether you want to shop, eat, or hang out with some terrific people, it has it all! 

17. Lago Enriquillo

Lago Enriquillo

This salty relic of an ancient oceanic channel is known for its elusive inhabitants of crocodiles and iguanas. It is one of the few lakes in the world that is home to crocodiles and has been declared a wild reserve offering sanctuary to many species of birds, giving visitors a chance to observe many of these captivating creatures in their natural habitat.

Tourists check in at the small visitor center with information about the island’s history, and local guided tours offer boat tours of the park that lasts about an hour.

Remember to bring suntan lotion (temperatures in summer have been recorded as upwards of 45 degrees) and wear covered shoes, as the odd scorpion abounds.

The Dominican Republic is so much more than just beach resorts; it is one of the most geographically and naturally diverse countries of the Caribbean, with stunning scenery, breathtaking sunsets, and bustling, evocative colonial cities.

Unfortunately, so many visitors spend all their time in their beach resort; following this list of must-sees, there’s so much more to be gained by stepping outside and experiencing the real Dominican Republic.

18. Damajagua Cascades

This is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the DR and is located in Puerto Plata. Following admission to the park, travellers will follow an English-speaking guide for a 25-30-minute trek to the hills of the Northern Corridor, where the 27 waterfalls are nestled.

Visitors to the park can opt for a different package and visit one or two of the waterfalls; they are offered the chance to climb to the top of each cascade with the help of a guide the way down.

Jump! What could be more exhilarating than splashing into a warm, sparkling pool of clear water at the base of a glistening waterfall? (Don’t worry, safety gear is provided for each participant!).

Most visitors to the park comment that ‘La Tinjita ‘ is the most exciting waterfall. Unlike its counterparts, it has raised curved edges on either side of the torrent of water, resembling a natural water slide.

This unique shape ensures tourists get a wild ride to the pool at the bottom- worth leaving your resort hotel room for.

19. Peninsula de Samaná

Whale watching in Peninsula de Samaná - The Dominican Republic

If you want to go whale-watching, Samaná is the ideal place. During peak season, between January and March, over 300 whales come from Greenland and Iceland to the bay.

Once they start their journey towards Samaná Bay, their route includes Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, and the Gulf of Mexico . There is a high chance that you will be able to witness their acrobatic moves.

The whale nursery is strongly protected; only credited boats can enter the bay. However, they also have restrictions. As you can imagine, the bay becomes a birthing centre where they need all the care and peace as the new calves are born.

20. Hoyo Azul Lagoon

Hoyo Azul lagoon - The Dominican Republic

If you are looking for a famous destination, Hoyo Azul Lagoon is your pick. This stunning place offers crystal-clear water and memorable moments.

The lagoon is in Punta Cana, specifically in the south, where you can stay in luxurious resorts and villas. To access the lagoon, you will need to go to Scape Park Cap Cana, and after passing through a beautiful trail with plenty of fauna and flora, you will reach the lagoon in less than 10 minutes.

A couple of things worth noting is that the deepest point of these blue waters is 37 meters. 

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Emma-Clair Ni Clearaigh - writer and photographer With itchy feet, an inquisitive nature and an ardent wanderlust, Emma Clair has always been a traveller at heart. Hailing from the Emerald Isle she calls a small coastal town near Dublin home, but has lived in a few countries including Saigon, Vietnam where she resided for over a year, now she balances travel and travel writing with teaching and a passion for vintage interior design. She counts supping on Bloody Marys on a rooftop in Manhattan, downing Singapore slings at the Raffles Hotel, daring a paraglide on the Grand Cayman, spending an exotic Christmas in Malaysia and exploring the Angkor Wat, Cambodia as her all time favourite travel moments. Although, she’ll always have a special place in her heart for the city where she makes her annual pilgrimages – Paris, her true city of lights. Find Emma-Clair on Instagram or Facebook . Hotel Reviewing Experience - Asked by tourist boards and many high-profile travel brands to formally review hotels including the Catalonia Tourist Board ,  Visit Finland, Visit Zurich and Atout France. Also travelled around the world scouting out and reviewing all the most unique hotels in the world, check out our Instagram page for photos .

12 thoughts on “Top 20 Breathtaking Spots in The Dominican Republic”

i live there and it is beautiful there aremore beautiful places there

So impressed with the pictures. You may just have inspired a visit!

They all look so beautiful, would love to visit one day!

The beaches and sunsets are good enough reasons to visit for me and I’m sure my wife wouldn’t say no either!

these are awesome places. Specially I love to visit Punta Cana Just Amazing Place 🙂

Truly beautiful pictures, my favourite is Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial!

I’d love a chance to visit the Dominican Republic. Your photo of the flamingos at Lago Enriquillo is amazing.

My daughter has been talking about going to the DR for years! With these photos, I might just book it! Beautiful.

Are there exactly 27 Waterfalls? Stunning place, I’m so amazed!

So many beautiful places, they all look amazing. Great post.

Interesting to see that the Dominican Republic isn’t just a few beaches lined with all-inclusive beach resorts! There is some nature and culture to be seen there. Thanks for sharing that!

Saona looks like crap compared to the rest

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The Dominican Republic is known worldwide for its range of all-inclusive hotels.

It is one of the most visited destinations in the world by tourists looking for this type of experience. However, after more than 10 trips to the Dominican Republic, I can say that this country is a tourist treasure beyond the offers of this type of hotel. On almost all my trips I have rented a car and toured different regions of the island.

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1. Pedernales and Bay of Eagles

Located in the far southwest of the country, near the border with Haiti, the Bay of Eagles is one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet.

A region that does not yet have mass tourism, which will allow you to enjoy its very well preserved nature.

Driving from Santo Domingo will take you approximately five hours. Along the way, you will find many surprises, such as vineyards and salt flats in Baní, Barahona, and San José de Ocoa.

2. Constanza and Jarabacoa

Constanza is known as the Switzerland of the Caribbean. From here, you can climb Pico Duarte, the highest mountain in the Caribbean — an incredible ecotourism experience that can be done in two days.

The region has rivers, waterfalls, and different types of ecotourism experiences, such as picking strawberries, macadamias, and other symbols that are only seen in this region. The gastronomic offer is one of its best-kept secrets. Recently, the Balcón Restaurante Jarabacoa opened, which features Michelin-starred chef Adin Langille.

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3. San Juan, Salcedo and North Coast

Some of the most spectacular rivers in the world I have seen here are Cola de Pato and Río Partido. Its deep blue reminds you that the Dominican Republic is a paradise.

This route can be combined with coastal provinces, such as San Juan, which has spectacular virgin beaches.

This is my favorite region of the Dominican Republic. It is a peninsula where the rainforest meets the Atlantic Ocean, one of the best places in the Caribbean for whale watching. In less than an hour, you can go from beautiful waterfalls (Salto el Limón) to the most crystal clear beaches. You can walk along miles of beaches with waters that color. I recommend you visit Las Terrenas, La Caleta, and Frontón beach.

These are four road-trips that you can do in the Dominican Republic that will show you a different side of the famous Caribbean destination. If you're planning to go to the Dominican Republic, put this on your list.

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15 Dominican Republic Fun Facts You Should Know When You Go

T he Dominican Republic (DR) is a vibrant and diverse country that offers much more than its stunning beaches and luxurious resorts. This Caribbean gem is rich in culture, history, and natural beauty, making it a fascinating destination for travelers. In this blog post, we’ll delve into some fun facts about the Dominican Republic that highlight its unique and captivating aspects.

The Dominican Republic is dedicated to preserving its natural beauty, with 25% of its land and coastal areas designated as national parks, reserves, and sanctuaries. These protected areas are home to diverse ecosystems and wildlife, including the Caribbean’s highest peak, Pico Duarte, and the lowest point, Lake Enriquillo. The country’s commitment to conservation makes it a leader in sustainable tourism.

Baseball is Life-Dominican Republic Fun Facts #1

Baseball is more than just a sport in the Dominican Republic; it’s a national passion. The country has produced over 100 players who have made it to professional leagues in the United States, including legendary figures like David Ortiz and Albert Pujols. Baseball fields, known locally as “play,” are found in almost every community, where young Dominicans dream of becoming the next big star.

As a baseball fan (Go Braves), I’ve been to several stadiums that are loud and boisterous, but it is nothing compared to a Caribbean game. There is music, dancing, food…oh yeah and they really get into the game!

The Grocery Store is Where To Hang

In the Dominican Republic, colmados are more than just grocery stores—they’re community hubs. These local shops are stocked with everything from fresh produce and meats to seasonings and desserts. What sets Dominican colmados apart is the lively atmosphere. You can sit at the counter, order a cold beer or rum, and immerse yourself in the vibrant sounds of merengue, bachata, and salsa.

Catch up on the latest news with friendly conversations, or even enjoy some impromptu karaoke. And yes, you can still pick up your milk and eggs while you’re at it.

You’ll Hear Merengue Everywhere

Merengue, with its fast-paced rhythm and lively beats, originated in the Dominican Republic and has become a defining element of its cultural identity. This vibrant music and dance form is celebrated across the country, especially during festivals and holidays. However, bachata is the most popular. It’s a uni Try to get a dance class, it will be worth it!

The Colonial Zone Is A Historical Gem

Santo Domingo , the capital of the Dominican Republic, is a city steeped in history. It is home to the first Catholic cathedral, university, and hospital in the Americas, all of which date back to the colonial era. The city’s Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts over 300 historical buildings and monuments. If you want to take a break from the beach, I highly recommend it.

Larimar Stone Is the Perfect Souvenir

Larimar, a rare blue stone, is found only in the Dominican Republic. This beautiful gemstone, reminiscent of the Caribbean Sea, is highly prized for its stunning color and unique patterns. Larimar is used to create exquisite jewelry and decorative items. You can even go on a mining tour of it!

Jurrasic Park Was Actually Filmed Here

The Amber Museum in Puerto Plata is a must-visit for anyone interested in natural history. The museum has an impressive collection of amber, including a famous piece with a prehistoric mosquito preserved inside, which was featured in the movie Jurassic Park.

If you grew up with the movie franchise, like I did then you’d know why this was such a fun trip. The last time I visited Costa Rica , I asked our tour director where they filmed the movie, and he told us they actually filmed the scenes in the Dominican Republic and Hawaii. I felt lied to!

Samaná Bay Is A Whale Watcher’s Paradise

Every year from January to March, Samaná Bay becomes a sanctuary for thousands of humpback whales that migrate to the warm Caribbean waters to mate and give birth. This natural spectacle attracts whale watchers from around the world, who come to witness them in their natural habitat. If you want to go on a whale-watching tour, this is a great chance!

Pico Duarte Is The Highest Peak in the Caribbean

This towering mountain offers adventurous travelers the opportunity to go on a challenging hike through lush forests and scenic landscapes. Whichever tour you go on, you will have a view of the island and the mountain.

Traditional Dominican Cuisine Usually Has Rice and Beans

Dominican cuisine is a delightful blend of flavors and traditions. A typical lunch , known as “La Bandera” (The Flag), consists of meat, red beans, and white rice. People also enjoy tostones, crispy fried plantain patties often served as a side dish. If you are traveling to the DR you HAVE to try it!

But Mangu Is the Unofficial National Dish

So having a lot of Dominican friends, I can confirm that THIS dish is actually the traditional dish. People make Mangu from mashed plantains. They usually serve it for breakfast with eggs and sausage. But I like it with chorizo.

A Unique Drink is the Mama Juana

Dominicans make Mama Juana, a traditional drink, from a mixture of rum, red wine, honey, tree bark, and herbs. They believe it has medicinal properties and often tout it as an aphrodisiac. The drink is a must-try for visitors looking to experience local traditions and enjoy a taste of Dominican culture. Pair it with chocolate !

Prepare to Hear Car Honking….All the Time

It must be a cultural thing, but honking is something to prepare for. Everywhere you go, people honk the horns! Sometimes its done to say hi, sometimes to get attention, and sometimes to …well you know why. But, just be ready to hear it all the time.

Dominican Republic Fun Facts Cultural Preservation Is A Must

The Dominican Republic is committed to preserving its rich cultural heritage , including the traditions of the Taino, the island’s indigenous people. People protect and celebrate the artifacts, cave art, and religious practices of the Taino. Additionally, Afro-Caribbean traditions play a significant role in Dominican society, with music, dance, and rituals kept alive by organizations like La Cofradía de Los Congos del Espíritu Santo.

You Can Find Pirates

The 17th century saw the Dominican Republic become a hotspot for piracy, with notorious buccaneers like Blackbeard and Captain Kidd frequenting its waters. These pirates raided Spanish trade ships, museums and historical sites across the country preserve their history. The Museum of the Royal Houses in Santo Domingo offers a fascinating look into this swashbuckling chapter of the island’s history.

The Cable-Car System is Still Around

Puerto Plata is home to the only cable-car system in the Caribbean. The cable car takes visitors up to Mount Isabel de Torres, where they can enjoy panoramic views of the city and the coastline.

Which of the Dominican Republic Fun Facts Will You Try?

The Dominican Republic is a treasure trove of unique and captivating facts that go beyond its well-known tourist attractions. From its passionate love for baseball and vibrant music to its historical landmarks and natural wonders, the DR offers a rich tapestry of experiences for visitors.

If you’re planning your next vacation to the DR, let us know and we can put it together for you. You can contact us here .

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