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What to do in the Dominican Republic

Watersports: Swim with dolphins or go windsurfing in the calm waters of the Caribbean sea, surf the Atlantic coast breaks, learn to kitesurf, scuba dive or snorkel in stunning coral reefs. The best beaches for surfing are on the north side of the island.

Nightlife: Learn the Merengue if you think you can follow the beat, if not you can settle for the slower paced ‘Bachata', or watch the experts perform on stage. Dance all night in the beach clubs, or discover the vibrant nightlife of Santo Domingo, the country's capital and beating heart.

Beaches: Take your pick of white-sand beaches, rocky bays, wind-swept dunes and mangrove lagoons. The most tranquil waters are found on the eastern and southern coastlines - our favourite beaches for utter relaxation include Boca Chica and Bayahibe.

History: Experience Santo Domingo - the oldest city of the New World. Explore Indigenous Taino sites, such as "La Cueva de las Maravillas". See evidence of Spanish colonisation in the colonial buildings, monasteries and forts, or ask us to tailor you a tour and you can see it all.

Culture: Mingle with the locals in Santo Domingo, and immerse yourself in the colourful street life or shop till you drop in "Mercado Modelo" shopping mall. Experience the traditional culture of rural villages, such as Altos de Chavon (near La Romana).

Adventure: Take the plunge at the 27 waterfalls at Damajagua, go on a dune buggy adventure or a monster-truck safari through the national parks, explore sugar cane fields and tobacco plantations, or take on a challenge and climb Pico Duarte - the highest mountain in the Caribbean.

Whale Watching: If visiting between mid-January and March, we definitely recommend a trip to Samana - the only place in the Caribbean where you can get close enough to get a clear view of humpback whales in the wild.

Excursions and Attractions

alton de chavon and la romana

Alton De Chavon and La Romana

Step back in time during your holiday in the Dominican Republic as you discover the architectural delights of Altos de Chavon, a fascinating re-creation of a 16th-century Mediterranean stone village. You will also get the chance to shop in the resort town...

animal adventure tour

Animal Adventure Tour

Year after year, tourists are drawn to the Dominican Republic for its beautiful beaches, diverse landscapes and spectacular wildlife. There are plenty of opportunities to spot birds and animals here, one of the most popular being wildlife safaris in the...

aquatic tours

Aquatic Tours

If you dream of fun, action and adventure James Bond-style during your holiday in the Dominican Republic, this exhilarating aquatic tour won’t disappoint you. Drive your own speedboat along the breathtaking East Coast and spend time exploring the...

bavaro splash

Bavaro Splash

If you’ve always dreamed of a tour that allows you to be in absolute control and ride independently across the soft waves of a tropical ocean then this most certainly is the aquatic adventure you’ve been looking for! Our Bavaro Splash is a...

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