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The Dominican Republic is the second largest country in the Caribbean and one of the most diverse. Its heavenly beaches, historical sites and natural parks never disappoint travelers. This destination offers excellent attractions for the adventurous traveler.
Discover Santo Domingo
The Dominican Republic, with its vibrant capital, Santo Domingo, is a must-see, and you should include this fascinating city on your itinerary. This fascinating city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and was the first European settlement in America. For those looking to incorporate a bit of culture into their trip, strolling through the historic district of Santo Domingo is hands down one of the best things to do in the Dominican Republic. One of the most popular places in the old town is Parque Colón, the central pedestrian street where families and friends meet. There are wonderful local restaurants, lovely boutiques, art galleries and cigar shops where you will have an unforgettable Caribbean experience.
Snorkeling in Saona island
Saona is the largest island in the Dominican Republic. It is located in the south of the country and is part of the Cotubanamá National Park. This is a popular excursion for tourists traveling to Punta Cana and wanting to include snorkeling in their plans. Saona Island is known for its beautiful coral reefs and the wide variety of fauna such as turtles, crabs and starfish. Snorkeling in Saona Island is one of the best excursions you can do in the Dominican Republic. One of the most famous places for snorkeling is Pepe Beach. It is a paradise with white sand and crystal clear water and an incredible reef to admire. Other exciting stops on this excursion are the Mano Juan Turtle Sanctuary, the walk through the mangroves – an ecosystem of saltwater-resistant trees – and the natural pool, in which the famous Caribbean starfish lives.
Punta Cana is undeniably the crown jewel of tourism in the Dominican Republic. Located on an island, there are only two ways to get there, by plane or boat. A destination where all-inclusive resorts dominate, you can admire its impressive golf resorts, lush fairways along the Atlantic coast, and swimming pools that seem to merge with the Caribbean Ocean. Most of the five-star hotels are on Bavaro Beach, but other beaches are also worth visiting, such as Macau Beach, Uvero Alto to the north, and Playa Blanca and Bocas del Toro to the south. Punta Cana offers tours to nearby attractions, water parks, islands, rum farms, plantations, horse riding, and many other outdoor activities.
The Haitises National Park
The Haitises National Park is an extensive coastal rainforest in the southern part of Samana Bay, consisting of 56 cays and many mangroves. In recent years it has become a magnet for ecotourists and one of the country’s top travel destinations. Los Haitises, which means hilly land in the Taino language, is the main attraction of this park with a magnificent series of 30 meter high rock formations jutting out of the water. There are also many fascinating caves to see, complete with mysterious petroglyphs from centuries past. You can visit the park on foot, but the best way to do it is by kayak. This will allow you to explore hard-to-reach areas and admire the diversity of marine life such as dolphins, whales, manatees, as well as birds and reptiles. Los Haitises is one of the best kayak tours in the Dominican Republic that is sustainable without compromising the natural habitat.
El Limón waterfall
The route to the Limón Waterfall is one of the best excursions to do in the Dominican Republic when visiting the Samana Peninsula. Reaching the waterfall more than 130 feet tall is a reward after hitting the road on horseback or on foot. The trail allows you to enjoy the tropical forest full of coconut trees with steep ups and downs. it takes just over half an hour on foot and around 15 minutes on horseback. A natural pool at the foot of the waterfall offers travelers a wonderful place to cool off and rest after a hot mountain hike. This is a top notch tour so plan ahead and try to get there early to avoid the crowds.
The Dominican Republic is home to some of America’s most important natural wonders. With a diverse flora and fauna and a natural landscape where you can unleash adrenaline while enjoying dreamy land and sea landscapes, this is a trip you will never forget.
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