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8 Things To Do in the Dominican Republic

With a rich culture and fascinating history, the Dominican Republic is known for its hospitality, but this Caribbean island offers more than just crystal white beaches.

Dominican Republic Attractions

1. Explore The Capital

The Dominican Republic
The stunning Dominican Republic

There are plenty of things to do in the Dominican Republic, and the first place to start is the island's capital—Santa Domingo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can find colorful dancers in traditional dress. A fusion of old and new, the capital offers a variety of activities, such as exploring the medieval fortresses and palaces or enjoying the shopping and nightlife.

2. Play Golf

The Dominican Republic knows how to create golf courses. As the number one golfing destination in the Caribbean, there are 25 golf courses to choose from, each one designed with a WOW factor in mind. From coastal backdrops to sparkling waterfalls, playing a round of golf here offers breathtaking views.

3. Take a Safari

Safari truck
A safari in a truck like this is the best way to see the island

If you want to see the authentic Dominican Republic, consider taking a safari tour around the island. Not only do you get to see a coffee and chocolate plantation and learn about their processes, but you also get to visit a typical Dominican home, spend time with a local family, and attend a local school to learn about their education. This is a great way to explore the island's east coast, and the safari organizers are happy to pick you up from any number of resorts.

4. Admire the Views

Take a cable car to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres, a giant mountain standing nearly 2,625 feet (800 meters) tall in Puerto Plata, for stunning views of the city and the surrounding ocean. If you’re adventurous, try hiking to the top instead.

5. Get Active

There are lots of watersports to choose from, too.

For the active traveler, the Dominican Republic has plenty to keep you busy. Whether it's surfing, ziplining, mountain biking, or offshore fishing for those staying in the coastal resorts, there's never a shortage of activities. For those who are less active, a visit to a local stadium to watch a baseball game, the nation's favorite sport. Many famous Major League Baseball players are Dominican-born, including World Series champion Juan Soto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Jose Ramirez.

6. Go Diving

Whether you prefer to dive or snorkel, head to the Samana peninsula for a giant pinnacle formation called the Cabo Cabron, where you can find lobsters and crabs. Catalina Island is another popular dive spot with a shallow reef bursting with colorful fish. Choose one of the shipwrecks off the island to explore their eerie chambers.

7. Relax on a Beach

White sand beach
Choose to chill out on a powdery beach

Of course, a visit would not be complete without a trip to one of the Caribbean beaches. The most popular area of the island is Punta Cana, which is bursting with hotels that promise first-class service in a truly Caribbean style.

8. Get Married!

The Dominican Republic is one of the prime destinations for those looking to tie the knot in paradise. Packages can be pretty cheap, and you can choose from a variety of hotels to say your vows. With eight international airports in the Dominican Republic, you’re never far away from a trip to this Caribbean paradise. White powdery beaches, plenty of activities, and lots of rum—is there a better place to have a vacation?


This post was brought to you in partnership with the Barceló Dominican Beach All Inclusive Resort.

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Tuesday 14th of October 2014

As anywhere in the Caribbean the sea is probably the main draw for tourists me alike. I havnt been to the Dominican Republic. Such a big island compared to any that I have been to in the Caribbean. Just got back from the bvi and wouldn't mind giving the Dominican Republic a visit.

Fingers crossed Barry


Monday 6th of October 2014

Love this list! I've never been to the Dominican Republic, but I would love to one day. This list is proof that I need to go!

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