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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.