Top 10 Destinations in Dominican Republic
op 10 Tourist Destinations in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean islands. It is undisputedly a famous and affordable beach destination with tempting all-inclusive resorts.
Apart from stunning beaches and world-class golf courses, Dominican Republic has a lot of waterfalls, vast coral reefs, pine forests, isolated islands and some of the highest peaks amongst Caribbean islands that lure the people from all around the world.
You can do snorkeling, kayaking, diving, kite boarding, parasailing, sailing, surfing, whale watching, and windsurfing. and lots of water activities along the coast. I would recommend below 10 tourist destinations for you:
Surrounded by coconut palms and gorgeous beach dotted with deck chairs, Playa Dorada located on the northern coastline is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic. Playa Dorada is known as the first tourist destination on the island and the amenities include a shopping center, dozens of eateries, the Robert Trent Jones golf course and a lot of facilities.
The capital Santo Domingo is a perfect scenario of the old world and the leftover of colonial past scattered throughout the city. It has the oldest cathedral existing on the western hemisphere and it homes the Museum of the Royal Houses as well as the Alcazar De Colón which was built by the son of Christopher Columbus in early 16th century.
Punta Cana is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the eastern part of the country. This large town is packed with resorts and mostly famous for its beautiful beaches along with watersports including surfing and kayaking, and its world-class golf course. The airstrip serving the town has constant flights and charters which bring tourists, holiday-goers, and pleasure-seekers to this amazing place.
In the Southwestern region of the Dominican Republic, Lake Enriquillo is a hypersaline lake swarming with flamingos and iguanas which are the main attraction of this place.
In the center of the lake, the Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos has the largest wild reserves of American Crocodile. Over 106 species of plants and 62 species of birds including the Hispaniolan Parrot and the White-crowned Pigeon are found here.
On the Southeast coast, La Romana is a home for the magnificent Altos de Chavón, a quaint replica of a 16th-century artisans' village. It is also the best place to buy crafts.
The charming luxurious Casa de Campo Resort which is partly decorated by the famous designer Oscar de la Renta lies here in La Romana. It also has one of the top golf courses Teeth of the Dog among Carib-islands.
In the Dominican Republic, the only whitewater river Río Yaque del Norte is located in Jarabacoa. This area offers waterfalls, rivers, pine forests, rugged terrain and highest peaks in the Caribbean with a spectacular landscape.
The region’s rocky terrain with many trails, offers excellent hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking adventures. Nature made Jarabacoa is perfect for the adrenaline rush seekers.
Basilica of Our Lady
The Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia is the finest example of the modern religious architectural wonder. This is one of the famous leading pilgrimage centers which brings people from all across the country to its annual mass held every January 21st. Surrounded by the sea of palm trees, this amazing cultural and religious architecture which traces back to the time worth a visit.
Samaná Peninsula and Samaná Bay
When thinking about a tour to the Dominican Republic, Samaná Peninsula & Samaná Bay is a must see. Scattered islets and palm-fringed beaches have an amazing relaxing aura and the humid Samaná Bay water is perfect for marine life.
The peninsula homes the popular Parque Nacional Los Haïtises, which is a wonderland of forest-covered islands, crystal clear water, unique rock formation and mangrove forests. You can also visit bird-filled caves like the Cueva del Angel. Another must-see is the Salto El Limón waterfall.
Bahia de Las Aguilas and Jaragua National Park
In the Southwestern coast, Bahía de Las Águilas is one of most beautiful beaches. This six-miles-long stretch of powder-soft white sandy relaxing beach is safeguarded by the Jaragua National Park. The calm greenish-blue water of the park has a rich marine life.
Eastern National Park
The picturesque Eastern National park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest marine park in the Caribbean. It has a rich biodiversity. It habitats hundreds of species of tropical plants, animals, 112 species of birds and some endangered animals.
You will also find bottlenose dolphins, rare rhinoceros iguana, manatees, four species of sea turtles and numerous species of tropical water fishes. The rare Paloma coronita, also known as crowned, or white-headed dove is also found here.
With an amazing coral reef system, Eastern National park offers a great diving and snorkeling opportunity. In one sentence, it is a paradise for nature lovers.