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20 Unmissable Attractions in the Dominican Republic

Picture of Shimon Brathwaite
Updated: 23 May 2017
The Dominican Republic has one of the most geographically unique landscapes of any Caribbean country. In addition to the warm beaches, the Dominican Republic has mountainous terrain, large lakes, sand dunes, and more. These unique elements have been used to create a variety of attractions, suitable for visitors with all sorts of different interests, all found within this one small country.

Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina and Casino

Ocean World Adventure Park is not your usual water park where guests just observe the animals. Rather, it prioritizes interaction between the guests and the animals through several different programs. Next to the marina is the Ocean World Casino, a four-story aquatic themed casino with mosaics of whales, dolphins, and tropical fish.

Here you can interact with many different animals
Here you can interact with many different animals | Pixabay

Sirenis Aquagames Punta Cana

Sirenis is a massive water park that covers an area of 12,000 square meters and comes with a vast array of services and features. It has a swimming pool in the central area of the park, a restaurant area with grills, hamburgers, and pizza, a ten-meter high tower with a free fall twister, four-lane speed slides, a Caribbean pirate themed children’s area, and a nursery for those traveling with very small children.

A waterslide
A waterslide | © mrkt/Pixabay

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is an all-inclusive resort, home to the largest Casino in the Caribbean. It is also known for having its own its own nightclub and a wide variety of bars to choose from.

Hard Rock Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel | © World Poker Tour/flickr

Pirate Rum Factory and Taino Cave Tour From Punta Cana

At the Pirate Run Factory, you can taste eight flavors of Rum, including coconut, mamajuana, lime, banana, passion fruit, coconut punch, and pineapple. You will also be able to learn the history and origins of Dominican rum brewing. The Taino Cave tour will let you explore the underground caves and learn the history of the original inhabitants of the Dominican Republic, the Taino Indians.

Rum
Rum | © holdosi/Pixabay

Zona Colonial

Zona Colonial is a small town located in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. This area is home to many important historical buildings, such as the first cathedral, monastery, university, customs house, and the hospital in the “New World.” On top of the historical attractions, the Zona Colonial has a wide variety of restaurants and is also well known for its clubs and lively nightlife.

Nightclub
Nightclub | © Sax/Flickr

Humpback Whales

Samana is home to the “Sanctuary of the Humpback Whales” and is where every year between December and March, about 2,000 humpback whales come to reproduce in the warm waters near the shore. Humpback whales can grow up to 40 tons and perform many acrobatic acts while mating, such as jumping out of the water, and some males will sing “songs” to attract females to mate with.

Whale
Whale | © Thomas kelley/ Unsplash

The 3 Eyes National Park (Los Tres Ojos)

This park gets its name from the lagoons (eyes) that were formed in the roof of the underground limestone caves. Over time sinkholes became filled with water and thus formed the three lagoons that make up this famous attraction.

Gri Gri Lagoon

This lagoon is known for having amazing crystal clear blue waters and being a great spot for rest and relaxation. While relaxing here you will likely see turtles at the nearby springs, as well as many different species of birds and fish.

Turtles
Turtles | © onkelramirez1/Pixabay

Cabarete

Cabarete is known as the surf haven of the Dominican Republic. Cabarete is a small, laid-back beach village about 20 minutes away from the Puerto Plata International airport. Cabarete provides a great combination of relaxed and adventurous lifestyles.

Cabarete is a surfers paradise
Cabarete is a surfers paradise | © fgmsp/pixabay

Bavaro Beach

Bavaro beach is considered a beach paradise; it is filled with white sand beaches and has a large concentration of all-inclusive resorts. Here you will be able to enjoy a wide variety of water sports, such as jet skiing, parasailing, and banana boat rides.

Parasailing
Parasailing | © Tigertravel/Pixabay

Damajaqua Cascades (27 Waterfalls)

Damajaqua Cascades, or the 27 Waterfalls, is one of the biggest attractions for nature lovers in the Dominican Republic. Over 50,000 people come every year to visit these waterfalls, take pictures, and swim in the natural pools formed below. The 27 waterfalls are found in the hills of the Northern Corridor mountain range, crafted by Mother Nature out of solid limestone.

A tropical waterfall
A tropical waterfall | © poswiecie/PixaBay

Catedral Primada de America

This is the first cathedral to be built in the Americas, dating back to 1514 with the intention of being a center for religious proselytizing in the New World. This is a great attraction for people interested in architecture, as it has elements of the Gothic style that were predominant in Europe at the time.

Cathedral de Santo Domingo
Cathedral de Santo Domingo | © Ulises Jorge

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve

This is a massive, 1,500-acre private reserve owned and maintained by the Ecological Foundation. This reserve is filled with many endangered and rare species of animals such as the Ridgway Hawk. Here you can also find 12 freshwater lagoons and an abundance of birds, reptiles, insects, and several local species of plants.

A yellow billed kite
A yellow billed kite | © Kdsphotos/PixaBay

Parque Nacional Los Haitises

Haitises means “mountainous land” and this park is one of the few remaining tropical forests in the Dominican Republic. This park has an enormous amount of mangroves that covers an area of 1,600 kilometers per squares. Los Haitises is home to many keys and caves; the jungle was used in the making of the movie Jurassic Park.

The Jungle used for Jurassic Park
The Jungle used for Jurassic Park | © Antoine Hubert/flickr

Dunas de Bani

This place is a sand dune facing the Caribbean Sea. It has sand made of volcanic rock and gray sand and offers you the chance to see something very rare to find in the Caribbean, and take some excellent sunset pictures. There are also some high peaks that you can use to go sand surfing. Lastly, you can see special species living here, like lizards and dessert goats.

Sand Dunes
Sand Dunes | © Pexels/Pixabay

Teleferico Puerto Plata Cable Car (Pico Isabel de Torres)

Teleferico Puerto Plata is a cable car service that takes visitors to the top of the mountain, Pico Isabel de Torres, which stands at 2,600 feet or 792.5 meters tall. On a clear day you will be able to see spectacular views of the city and coastline. In order to make the most of the view we suggest you go early in the morning before the mountain starts to cloud up.

A Mountain Top view
A Mountain Top view | © 1507844/Pixabay

Outback Safari Adventure Tour From Punta Cana

Outback Adventures is an adventure tours company that provides safari tours in several different regions of the Dominican Republic. The tours will be tailored according to both your hotel location and your desires. In addition to this, tours can provided in several languages other than English, such as French, German, and Spanish.

Dominican Republic landscape
Dominican Republic landscape | © tpsdave/Pixabay

Punta Cana Small-Group Sailing and Snorkeling Catamaran Tour

This sailing experience will give your group of up to 16 people a chance to sail the waters surrounding Punta Cana for up to three hours. You will also get the chance to go snorkeling with hundreds of tropical fish.

Tropical fish
Tropical fish | © skeeze/Pixabay

ChocoMuseo Punta Cana

ChocoMuseo is a chocolate museum located in Punta Cana; here you can taste a wide assortment of ice creams and chocolates to your hearts content. In addition to enjoying all of the free samples, this museum is only steps away from Don Lucas’s Cigar factory. There, you can learn about the history of Cigar making in the Dominican Republic

Ice Cream
Ice Cream | © RitaE/Pixabay

Monkey Land Explorer and Zip Line Adventure From Punta Cana

This tour takes you into the Mountains of Anamuya, where you will get to see and interact with squirrel monkeys that have been trained to interact with humans. The second part of the tour is the Zip Lining Adventure. Here you will get to experience the sensation of flying through the air as you zipline between 16 platforms for over two miles of mountain ranges and forestry.

Ziplining
Ziplining | 800 boost/PixaBay