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Top 12 Best Things To Do in Dominican Republic

Amazing Activities & Attractions in Dominican Republic

Bavaro Beach DR via Pixabay

Bucket List: Top 12 Best Things to See and Do in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic’s coastline is brimming with beautiful beaches, ranging from peaceful havens to party hotspots. The Dominican Republic is endowed with year-round mild temperatures and oceans, so if you want to have a relaxing summer, make sure to visit. The Dominican Republic is the Caribbean’s second-largest and most diversified country. The Dominican Republic, known for its friendly and welcoming people, is a destination unlike any other, with breathtaking natural beauty, fascinating history, and diverse culture.

Here are the top 12 things to do in this paradise if you want to have a great vacation!

1. Whale-watching at Samana Bay

Samana Bay by Reese Litser via Unplash
Samana Bay by Reese Litser via Unsplash

Samana Bay is known for its abundance of whales and fun nature activities. The whale-watching expeditions only occur from mid-January until March. At least 1,500 humpback whales visit Samaná Bay which is why Samana is well-known for its whales and sea creatures. Small mangrove Cayes, seagrass meadows, and corals, all of which offer nutrients to visiting humpback whales, turtles, and manatees, make the bay a marine sanctuary with its well-protected position and deep waters.

2. Visit the palm beaches of Las Galeras

Las Galeras Dominican Republic photo via Pixabay
Las Galeras Dominican Republic photo via Pixabay

Las Galeras is known for its picturesque palm beaches. You can enjoy various outdoor activities within the region, such as camping and hiking. Some of the beaches offer dive sites so you can discover and explore the beautiful beaches of Las Galeras. Moray eels, stingrays, and occasionally blue-spotted eagle rays may be seen in the caves and tunnels, while stingrays and blue-spotted eagle rays can be seen in the sandy areas.

3. Experience a peaceful getaway at Saona Island

Saona Island photo via Pixabay
Saona Island photo via Pixabay

The island is definitely worth visiting with its swaying palm trees, white dunes, and starfish-filled beaches. You can enjoy a boat ride along the seas of DR since the island is only accessible by boat and is a popular day-trip destination from Punta Cana. You can also enjoy the eateries along the beach and grab a drink at night. Enjoy the soothing sound of waves and open bars on this beautiful island.

4. Explore the National Park at Lake Enriquillo

Lake Enriquillo, Dominican Republic by Alina Sofia via Unsplash
Lake Enriquillo, Dominican Republic by Alina Sofia via Unsplash

This is the country’s largest natural lake and is famous for spotting crocodiles. Despite its aridity, the region is rich in biodiversity. The area is filled with various bird species, fish, and crocodiles. They also have endangered species such as the Ricord’s and rhinoceros iguanas. The iguanas are the friendliest of all the species in the region. You can visit the iguanas and other endangered species at the National Park.

5. Visit the underground paradise of DR, The 3 Eyes Natural Park

El Lago de las Damas by Danu Widjajanto via Wikipedia cc
El Lago de las Damas By Danu Widjajanto – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

This destination is composed of 3 interconnected caves that lead you to 3 stunning lakes. It looks to be a typical grassy park from the ground level, yet beneath your feet lies a spectacular open-air limestone cave system. The “eyes,” which are crystal clear and turquoise blue pools, are what make this cave system in Santo Domingo fascinating. The three main depressions in the earth are filled with water from an underground river, and each “eye” is curiously distinct in elemental composition.

6. Swim through the 27 Waterfalls in DR

27 waterfalls dominican republicby Brent via Flickr cc
27 waterfalls Dominican republic by Brent via Flickr cc

27 Charcos or 27 waterfalls are a series of small waterfalls that form 27 pools where you can dive and enjoy various outdoor activities. To arrive at the tourist attraction, you begin your journey by trekking up through a lush tropical forest. If you love hiking and waterfalls, this is a perfect spot for you to visit and have a memorable experience. You’ll need to be with a tour guide to make sure you’re jumping off of safe spots.

7. A relaxing day at the Bavaro Beach

Bavaro Beach DR via Pixabay
Bavaro Beach DR via Pixabay

Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana is a beautiful section of beach with beach bars, restaurants, all-inclusive resorts, beautiful beachfront residences, and thrilling activities. Even though the beach, also known as Playa Bavaro, is open to the public, public access points are restricted; thus, learning how to get to Bavaro Beach is important. But don’t expect it to be a busy beach. Tourists may be walking down the beach, and residents are sitting in the sand, but there is never a sense of crowdedness since the beach is so long and open.

8. Visit the architectural site of Altos de Chavon

Altos de Chavon Village DR photo via Pixabay
Altos de Chavon Village DR photo via Pixabay

The architectural wonder of Altos de Chavon is a 16th-century recreation of a Mediterranean town located high above the Chavón River. The village was developed by Italian master designer and cinematographer Roberto Coppa and designed by Dominican architect Jose Antonio Caro. The stone paths, ornamental ironwork, furnishings, and charming houses were all created by Dominican craftsmen, resurrecting nearly lost metalwork and stone carving techniques. The Dominican people built Altos de Chavon as a cultural center.

9. Interact with marine animals at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata

Ocean World Adventure Park photo via FB Page
Ocean World Adventure Park photo via FB Page

Guests may touch, pet, and feed dolphins, sea lions, sharks, and other species. They can also wander through a tropical rainforest, slide down waterslides, and much more at the world’s biggest man-made dolphin habitat. Ocean World Adventure Park in Puerto Plata promotes direct interactions between customers and marine animals through interactive activities; only a few such facilities in the world give the diversity and quality that Ocean World Adventure Park does.

10. Relax at the Macao Beach

Macao Beach by Zuquirio via Flickr cc
Macao Beach By , CC BY 2.0, cc

Sink your toes into the fine-grained sands, put your feet in the clear, lukewarm sea, and feast on fresh-caught lobster. Take a minute to admire the beautiful surroundings as you arrive at the beach. Bring your camera since the contrast between the vivid blue seas and the light dunes creates a beautiful background. Locate a lovely beach location. The beach attracts a healthy mix of residents and visitors because it is public and not owned by resorts, and you are free to sit wherever you like.

11. Have a luxurious vacation at Punta Cana

Punta Cana by Joshua Wilkinson via Unsplash
Punta Cana by Joshua Wilkinson via Unsplash

Punta Cana offers a variety of outdoor activities and luxury hotels where you can relax. Punta Cana is pure relaxation, and it provides a variety of joys. Days here may begin on the picture-perfect Macao Beach and conclude in a subterranean nightclub. Punta Cana’s immaculate all-inclusive resorts, from the electric Hard Rock Punta Cana to the peaceful Le Sivory Punta Cana, provide all-day pleasure when you’re not soaking up the sun or dancing the night away. Try one of the region’s zip-line courses once you’ve gotten your fill of sun and beach.

12. Explore the Cabarete Beach

Cabarete Beach by Joel Casilla via Wikipedia cc
Cabarete Beach by Joel Casilla via Wikipedia cc

This was once a fishing town but is now a popular tourist destination. You’ll discover a cheerful, sometimes rowdy beach town with superb independent lodgings and unrivaled beach eating. Cabarete is an excellent place to base yourself for exploring the area; you’ll be within two hours of the greatest of the coast’s offerings, and if you want to go surfing, windsurfing, or kitesurfing,,, you’ll be able to do so.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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