Dominican Republic Travel Guide

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When you think of the Dominican Republic, you probably picture white sand beaches and package-holiday resorts. And plenty of them there are too, providing palm-fringed luxury and hassle-free ‘holidays of a lifetime’ for those on a sun-filled stress break. For many, the pampering is escape enough. If you’re more of a culture junkie, though Santo Domingo (‘La Capital’) and the rural villages won’t let you down.

Chaotic Santo Domingo is the center of absolutely everything in the Dominican Republic, from sweaty clubs to some of oldest surviving buildings in the Caribbean. The Zona Colonial and its cobbled backstreets date back half a millennia, full of ornate pillars and sturdy ramparts. Just down the road locals twin passions can be found side by side: the ever-busy national baseball stadium, and a host of nightclubs where elegant dancers show off their enviable merengue and salsa skills. Then there’s the beach, of course.

You won’t want to miss Santo Domingo, but it would be a mistake to never leave. If you time it right, you can watch splashing humpback whales gather off the Peninsula de Samana at mating season. If you’re sick of the package tour crowds, there are deserted beaches up for grabs along Playa Limon, while you can track down some seriously aged art in the form of the cave paintings at El Pomier.

For some serious action, a brisk climb up Pico Durante – the Caribbean’s heftiest peak – gives picture-postcard ocean views, or you can tire yourself out with a host of sail sports off Cabarete, one of the world’s foremost kite surfing destinations. Surprisingly, there are even some chilly mountain retreats, like popular Jaracaboa, where shaky wooden walkways take you over forested canyons, the waterfalls are cold enough to draw only the brave, and the lodge-side swimming pools have to be heated.

You can easily make your Dominican holiday about coconuts, palm trees, clear waters and resort-heavy luxury. And you’ll have a great time doing it. If you’re all rested up already – or you’re the type who just can’t keep still – the colorful culture, range of adventure sports and heartfelt history are equally compelling.

Also don't forget to check out both Santiago, Sousa and Punta Cana. These wonderful locations each have their own attractions that will make your trip memorable.

Punta Cana #1 most popular location
Once one of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, Punta Cana has begun transforming in recent years into one of the most popular destinations for the Dominican Republic. While t…
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Santo Domingo #2 most popular location
The people of Santo Domingo are proud of their heritage, which is a fantastic mix of ethnic of Tainos, Africans and Spanish. This Spanish speaking town was the first European settlement in t…
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Puerto Plata #3 most popular location
Puerto Plata, or the Bride of the Atlantic, as is also Known. Is a great little location of warm sun, soft rain, great friendly people and food all year long. Puerto Plata is located in t…
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Cabarete #4 most popular location
Cabarete is a small, laid-back Caribbean beach village located in the north coast of Dominican Republic. It has a charming, hip ambience and a combination of relaxed and adventurous lifestyle…
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Sosua #5 most popular location
Sosúa is a small town in the Puerto Plata province, in the North Coast of Dominican Republic. Sosua Bay attracts many water sports enthusiast, including snorkelers and divers because of its …
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Las Terrenas #6 most popular location
Las Terrenas is a small town, located in the northeastern coast of the Samaná Peninsula. It has more than 15Km of cream and White sand beaches, lined with tall palm trees and pastel-colored …
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Samana #7 most popular location
Samaná Bay is located in the northern territory of Dominican Republic, and collects the most majestic landscape of hills and amazing beaches of White sands and crystal water in Dominican Rep…
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Boca Chica #8 most popular location
Welcome to Boca Chica! This tiny beach town is one of the Caribbean's best kept secrets. Not only does it host the largest reef protected bay, affectively called of the largest natural swimmi…
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Juan Dolio #9 most popular location
Juan Dolio is a small town about 1 hour west of Santo Domingo. The beach is very nice and about 4 km long. The "old Juan Dolio town" is at the west side of the beach and offers a couple block…
La Romana #10 most popular location
Another beautiful beach destination in Dominican Republic. It is located at the southeast part of the island. This is a perfect place for snorkeling, diving and for the golf lovers. Some of t…
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Bayahibe #11 most popular location
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Las Galeras #12 most popular location
Santiago #13 most popular location
Santiago is the second largest city in Dominican Republic. It is Located in the Cibao Valley, so is very productive city and fertile area. It is famous for the tobacco, coffee, cocoa plantat…
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Higuey #14 most popular location
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Luperon #15 most popular location
Bani #16 most popular location
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Cabo Rojo #17 most popular location
Saona Island #18 most popular location
San Cristobal #19 most popular location
San Cristóbal is a city of significant importance to Dominican Republic, this town, just a few kilometers (25) from the main city, Santo Domingo, is the fourth largest city in the country in…
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La Vega #20 most popular location
Dominican Republic is not only about beaches and La Vega Province is its best example. The richest ecotourism and adventure tourism in Dominican Republic is within La Vega. For those who love…
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San Juan #21 most popular location
Guayacanes #22 most popular location
Nagua #23 most popular location
Sabaneta de Yassica #24 most popular location
San Cristobal #25 most popular location