What to do in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic has a wide range of fun activities on offer during your holiday, including:
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, the seas are a little choppier, but still child-friendly.
Cabarete Bay, in particular, is well known for its international kitesurfing competitions. Even if you're a beginner, this is a great place to experience the thrill of riding the waves.
You might like us to help you arrange a multi-centre holiday, giving you a mixture of beach experience and a day or two exploring Santo Domingo. Alternatively, try a little of something completely different by combining your stay in the Dominican Republic with another destination like Miami or Cancun.
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. Or check out the Latin beats and nightlife in Puerto Plata, or Punta Cana on the Atlantic coastline.
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.
Experience Santo Domingo - the oldest city of the New World. Stay near Santo Domingo for a night or two to study the colonial buildings and learn about the Spanish rule and battles for independence. Or take a day trip to discover indigenous rock art and experience traditional villages in the rural interior.
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.
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).
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.
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
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...
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...
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...
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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