The colonial heritage of Santo Domingo and the seaside luxuries of Punta Cana are two of Dominican Republic’s best-known travel experiences. But the Caribbean nation has so much more to offer! Be it historical landmarks, mesmerising coastlines, or natural treasure troves, the land of merengue and bachata is a destination of many unexplored gems. So, below we tell you about the top 6 things to do in Dominican Republic:
Discover the sights of Santo Domingo
One of the oldest cities in the Caribbean, Santo Domingo’s is full of picturesque, old edifices, some dating back to the 15th century. The riverside castle of Fortaleza Ozama, National Pantheon of the Dominican Republic, and Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor are a few of the must-see landmarks. Most noteworthy, on a full-day tour of Santo Domingo, you will also be treated to an authentic, Dominican lunch, accompanied by traditional dance and music. In contrast, if you’re staying in the city, you may also enjoy cycling around the colonial zone with a guide.
Spend the day at Los Haitises National Park
Renowned for its mangrove forests and caves filled with petroglyphs, Los Haitises National Park deserves an entire day. Boating through its mysterious expanse brings you tantalisingly close to islets and tropical rainforests. Even more, lofty rock formations and a dazzling turquoise bay characterise the karst plateau that this eco sanctuary rests on. Turkey vultures, herons, swallows, and pelicans are among the 200 species of birds in the area.
Spot whales at Samana Bay
If you’re visiting between January and March, you’re in luck. The North Atlantic humpbacks can be seen in Peninsula de Samana. They are usually seen either trying to attract mates, or nursing their young at Samana Bay. Cayo Levantado or Bacardi Islet is a favourite destination for whale-watching. There’s also a whale museum in Samana, housing an enormous whale skeleton.
Cruise to Saona Island on a catamaran
Have you always wanted to spot starfish? Then Saona Island, famed for the Palmilla Beach and Mano Juan village, is your dream come true. From Bayahibe port, you can sail to the island on a catamaran, and enjoy the heavenly views with a drink in hand. Many kinds of tropical birds and fish reside in the caves and lagoons of Saona Island.
Go on a cigar and rum tour
The Dominican Republic has a worldwide reputation for manufacturing the best cigars and rum, and a full-day cigar and rum tour is the best way to find out why. Furthermore, at Vega Fina Factory, you can hold freshly churned out cigars in your hands.
Trek Through La Isabela Bay
Surrounded by beautiful countryside and stunning beaches,La Isabela is visually arresting. In 1493, Christopher Columbus founded La Isabela, named after the Spanish Queen. Above all, trek through its remote landscape to enjoy wonderful views of the ocean, and explore the archaeological ruins for a glimpse into history.