If you wish to live a dream vacation in a tropical destination that has everything that you're looking for, then the Dominican Republic is for you.
Called Hispaniola by Christopher Columbus when he discovered it in 1492, this island in the Greater Antilles is known for its beautiful beaches, the quality of its tobacco and sugar cane plantations, and many other unique attractions, which will make your trip to the Dominican Republic unforgettable.
Where to Go in the Dominican Republic
This island of a thousand colours, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south, will give you your money's worth. Delivering excellent value to the tourists who visit from all over the world, the entire island offers all-inclusive resorts to suit every taste and every budget.
The Most Popular Destinations
Among the most popular destinations are La Romana, Samana, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, and Puerto Plata. If you aim for one of these five destinations on your trip to the Dominican Republic, you will be sure not to misfire, since each one has its charms and many attractions to delight you.
The busiest tourist destination, Punta Cana is known for its beautiful coastline and white sandy beaches endlessly framed by palm trees. This is the perfect place to bask in the sun in the comfort and luxury of an all-inclusive hotel.
Located in the province of La Altagracia, in the southeast of the DR, Punta Cana offers many sightseeing opportunities for travellers. Among those worth considering are trips to Catalina and Saona Islands, perfect places for scuba diving and admiring the wildlife, swimming with dolphins, exploring the artists' village of Altos de Chavon, and partaking in the famous Bavaro Runners excursion, which allows to discover the country's culture.
Note that many of these trips are also available from other destinations.
During this one-day excursion, visitors have the opportunity to explore the mountains on horseback, to visit sugar-cane and cocoa plantations, to learn how Dominican rum is manufactured, and to explore authentic mountain villages. The day ends with a cocktail and a swim at the beach in Macau, a beautiful resort area north of Punta Cana.
Perched in the north, this coastal city is the Dominican Republic's second most popular tourist destination. It is perfect for surfing – the beaches of the nearby small village of Cabarete are particularly suitable for this sport, for enjoying a beer and a traditional Dominican dish on a terrace, and for learning more about the country's culture.
Unlike Punta Cana, Puerto Plata allows guests the chance to leave the all-inclusive theme to visit the city. Many museums and cultural monuments are close to the hotels, including the Amber Museum and the Brugal Rum Factory, which offers free rum tasting.
On the top of your to-do list if you are planning a trip to Puerto Plata, include a visits to the beach at Cayo Arena and Paradise Island, which lives up to its name in every way.
The country's capital, this colonial town perched in the south is the perfect place to taste the national dish, la bandera, consisting of white rice, beef stew, and red beans. It is found in all the city's restaurants.
The oldest city in the country, and older than any in North America, Santo Domingo was, in fact, the first city in the New World. It is full of museums and cultural treasures. Among the must-see attractions are the Calle de Las Damas, the first paved road in the New World, the home of Christopher Columbus, and America's first cathedral, Santa Maria la Menor.
If you like culture, luxury, and golf, visit La Romana, a dream resort that is also the third largest city in the country. You will discover a multitude of all-inclusive luxury complexes. Its golf courses are among the most luxurious and expansive in the world and its historical and cultural sites will allow you to learn more about the history of the Dominican Republic.
Located in the south of the country, close to Santo Domingo, La Romana is also the perfect base from which to explore the capital region, allowing you to return home with the most beautiful memories of your trip to Dominican Republic.
Top on your to-see list in La Romana are the beaches of La Romana, Bayahibe, and Dominicus.
Another dream resort, this destination located in the peninsula of the same name, northeast of the country, is known for its beautiful beaches, mountainous and lush landscapes, and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Home to the largest coconut plantation in the world, Samana offers tourists many possibilities for excursions of all kinds, such as Jeep safaris and trips by boat or catamaran – the place is particularly well-known for the humpback whale watching from January to March, and many other activities.
Other Places to Discover in the Dominican Republic
There are many other places to discover if you are planning a trip to the Dominican Republic. Another must-see destination is Boca Chica, a small fishing village near Santo Domingo, popular for its clear water and its authentic charm.
As for other beaches and resorts, don't miss Sosua, Cayo Levantado, and Playa Bonita, to name only a few that will certainly not leave you indifferent. Have a great trip!