Explore Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Abundance of scenic beaches

The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean country located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago. With its beautiful sandy beaches, clear waters and exhilarating water sports activities make Dominican Republic a perfect destination for a Caribbean holiday. Its diverse geography ranges from lush forests to semi-desert areas. The beach resorts of Puerto Plata, La Romana, and Punta Cana offer a tropical escape designed for rejuvenation. The colonial zones of Santo Domingo offer a memorable walk through the country's rich history. 


Popular cities: 

  • Santo Domingo

  • Puerto Plata 

  • La Romana 

  • Punta Cana 

  • Samana 

  • Sosua 

  • Santiago De Los Caballeros 

  • La Romana

  • Higuey 

Climate
The climate of Dominican Republic is typically hot with tropical temperatures all year. The best time to visit the country is between December and May.

  • January — Cool
  • February — Dry
  • March — Warm
  • April — Warm
  • May — Warm
  • June — Hot
  • July — Hot
  • August — Hot
  • September — Hot
  • October — Hot
  • November — Hot
  • December — Cool
Things to do
City Life

Santo Domingo displays a striking contrast of modern day lifestyle and colonial architecture. It houses aesthetic museums, restaurants, cafes and shops. Calle El Conde is the most happening street for shopping or dining. Amongst the many crumbling ruins, Catedral Primada de América and Fortaleza Ozama stand out the most. Zona Colonial is the highlight of Santa Domingo as most of the important tourist attractions are located here. La Romana is mainly known for its beautiful beaches. Visit the Altos de Chavón to ship for souvenirs and crafters. Golfing is also quite popular in this city. Nestled on the northern shores of the Amber Coast, Puerto Plata is famous for its beaches. Samana is a historic town located on northern Samana Bay. It's an amazing place to go whale-watching as thousands of humpback whales head to the bay between January and March.

Historic/Architectural Heritage

National Pantheon of the Dominican Republic, located in Santo Domingo, is a church converted to national mausoleum. Marble tombs along the walls, a beautifully painted ceiling and a huge Gothic-style chandelier will leave you awe-struck. The ruins Monasterio de San Francisco, located in Santo Domingo, are one of the most important History sites in the country. It stands as a testimony of the tribulations that inflicted this city throughout the centuries. Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración, located in Santiago de los Caballeros, is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city. A museum on the sixth floor tells the fascinating history of the country. Some of the other beautiful places in the country are Alcazar de Colon, Parque Independencia, Convento de Los Dominicos, Fort San Felipe, Casa de la Cultura, Altos de Chavón, and Catedral de Santiago Apóstol, among others.

Museums
The Museum of the Royal Houses, located in Santo Domingo, showcases the history and culture of the region. Displays include colonial furnishings, weapons, and Taíno artifacts, among other items. Other prominent museums are Choco Museum, Amber World Museum, and Centro León, among others.
Nature & Adventure

Jarabacoa is a major hub for adventure as you can indulge in hiking, biking, rafting and other adrenaline-fueled sports. The area is known for its mountains and natural beauty, including Ebano Verde Scientific Reserve and the Baiguate and Jimenoa waterfalls. El Limon Waterfall, situated near the Atlantic Coast side of the Dominican Republic, is a spectacular sight to behold. You can cool off all your worries in the splendid swimming hole at the bottom of the falls. Mount Isabel de Torres, located in Puerto Plata, offers breathtaking views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean. You can hike to the top or take the cable car ride. Other places worth visiting for their natural beauty are Damajagua Waterfalls, El Choco National Park, Monkey Forest, and Chavón River.

Islands
Isla Saona is home to Parque Nacional del Este, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's a tranquil place of natural beauty and habitat for numerous animals, birds and plants. Furthermore, the soft-sand beach and turquoise water of this tropical island makes it one of the best places to visit in Dominican Republic. Cayo Levantado and Isla Catalina are other beautiful islands worth exploring.
Beaches
Punta Cana is Dominican Republic's premiere beach resort destination. It offers endless entertainment through water-based activities. Bávaro Beach is Punta Cana's most popular beach. Puerto Plata and Playa Dorada, situated along the north coast, are Dominican Republic's biggest tourist draws. The golden sand beach is less crowded than Punta Cana which gives it a tranquil feel. You can enjoy snorkeling and swimming in its crystal clear waters. Cabarete is another popular laid-back beach town. If you seek solitude, Cabarete's relaxed atmosphere is just what you need. This town is also famous as a kiteboarding destination. Kite Beach is the center of the action. Besides this you can also indulge in stand up paddleboarding, surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, and windsurfing in Cabarete. Playa Rincon, Playa Fronton and La Playita are few of the tranquil beaches located in the small town of Las Galeras. Part of the Jaragua National Park, Bahia de Las Aguilas is regarded by many Dominicans as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This glorious eight-kilometer long beach is perfect in every sense. The shallow, crystal clear water and white-sand bottom, combined with little to no visitors make this one of the most serene beaches in the country. Bayahibe is one of the top places to visit in the Dominican Republic. With more than 20 dive sites, Bayahibe is the best for scuba diving.
Wildlife
Parque Zoológico Gurabo, located in Santiago de los Caballeros, is home to diverse species of animals and birds, including, deer, zebras, monkeys, ostriches and some tropical birds. Parque Zoológico Nacional, located in Santo Domingo, is a family-friendly zoo with a diverse collection of mammals, reptiles and birds.
Places of Worship

Basilica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, located in Higuey, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and cathedral. The altar holding the framed painting of the Virgin Mary is the prime attraction. It is among the most important religious sites in the country. Catedral Primada de América is an impressive basilica situated on the south side of Parque Colón. Built in 1540, maintains many of the original features from the 16th century. Other amazing places of worship in the country are Catedral San Pedro Apóstol, Cathedral Santa Maria la Menor, Santa Maria del Evangelio, and Basilica of Altagracia, among others.

How to spend time / how long will it take?

A major chunk of Dominican Republic can be covered in 7 to 10 days. Starting off in Puerto Plata, spend a day exploring this scenic city. Take a day trip to Sosua to enjoy its serene beaches. Make a brief stopover in Cabarete before you go to Santo Domingo. Spend two days exploring its plazas, cafes, museums and historic monuments. Moving upwards, go to Las Terrenas for a day to enjoy its beaches and water activities. Then take a day trip to Samana Bay for whale watching. Spend a day in La Romana exploring its prominent landmarks. Head to Punta Cana in order to reach Isla Saona efficiently. End your trip at this tranquil island by spending a day amidst nature, away from the hustle and bustle of cities. 

Cuisine
  • Dominican cuisine is made up of Spanish, Middle-Eastern, African and indigenous Taíno influences. Some must-try Domincam foods are Sancocho, Suspiritos, Pica Pollo, La Bandera Dominicana, Mangú, Chivo guisado, Yaroa, and Chimichurri Burger.
Costs
  • While meal prices in Dominican Republic can vary, the average cost of food is DOP 300 (USD 5.27) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians require a Visa.
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa.
Season to Visit
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 7 - 10 days

Known For
  • Beaches
  • Watersports
  • Forests
  • Architecture
Areas to Visit
  • North Region for beaches and Samana Bay
  • Southeast Region for urban delights and iconic landmarks
  • Isla Saona for nature and white beaches

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