The destinations in the Dominican Republic are incredibly diverse: enjoy your Caribbean vacation on the lively, white sand beaches or in untouched stretches of land and places where individual and ecotourism is very important. We present the most popular vacation regions of the island state.
Punta Cana is the most popular resort and is appreciated by beach vacationers as one of the most beautiful destinations in the Dominican Republic.
The 40 km long sandy beach on the turquoise sea is lined with meter high coconut trees. White dream beaches with beach bars characterize this vacation region in the Dominican Republic.
The top beach destination is Playa Bavaro, which is also a favorite among package holidaymakers, with renowned hotel complexes offering a wide range of services.
Destinations in the south/ on the south coast:
The capital Santo Domingo on the south coast is one of the most lively and colorful destinations in the Dominican Republic.
Nearly 3 million inhabitants live in the city with its historical treasures and large harbor. Nevertheless, modernity is also very important, which is also reflected in architecture, art and culture.
Santo Domingo's highlights include the colonial old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest city in the New World. The Columbus Monument and the Columbus Palace commemorate the great explorer.
The city is rich in history from the past, ruins of palaces and fortresses can be found everywhere. The almost completely preserved Ozama Fortress is a popular sightseeing destination for tourists. The museal offer in the capital also does not leave much to be desired.
To mention are here u.a. The Palace of Fine Arts, the Larimar Museum and the Museum of Anthropology. Avenida George Washingten is the name of the Caribbean beach promenade in Santo Domingo, which runs directly along the sea.
Beach vacationers enjoy the dreamlike ambience at Playa Boca Chica, the most famous beach close to the city. In the middle of the city is the Los Tres Ojos Cave Lake Park, an idyllic place where vacationers forget that city life is pulsating all around them.
Santo Domingo is also home to the best restaurants in the Dominican Republic.
If you are looking for destinations in the Dominican Republic that are perfectly designed for golf and water sports, you will find La Romana on the south coast.
Impressive sugar cane plantations, quaint fishing towns, beautiful beaches and picturesque islands await guests from all over the world. La Romana offers a wide range of sporting activities.
Excellent golf courses, tennis courts and horseback riding facilities offer a luxurious ambience and cater to the most discerning tastes. Furthermore, the vacation destination is very popular with divers and snorkelers.
Old pirate wrecks can be discovered as well as the Guadalupe underwater museum. A special excursion destination is the dream island Catalina. Among the popular beach destinations near the city is the fishing village of Bayahibe with its dreamy picture postcard idyll.
Destinations in the north/northeast:
Puerto Plata (province and city)
Christopher Columbus found this place so enchanting that he founded the first settlement of the New World here.
Beautiful beaches can be found on the coast of the province of Puerto Plata, which stretches over 100 kilometers. Beach vacationers stay at the golden Playa Dorada or in Sosúa, Cabarete is an Eldorado for surfers.
In addition to the extensive bathing pleasures and the large offer of water sports, both the province and the city of the same name, Puerto Plata, have numerous important sights.
This includes the San Felipe Fortress, the TaIno Museum dedicated to the indigenous people, the Amber Museum, Victorian buildings, the first Columbus settlement La Isabela, the temple and the local mountain Pico Isabel de Torres with the statue of Christ and a fascinating botanical garden.
Amusement parks like Ocean World or Yasika Adventures Park offer fun for all ages. Delicious rum and fine sea specialties determine the culinary pleasure.
In Puerto Plata, ecotourism is of great importance.
The peninsula of Samana
To the northeast is the peaked Samana Peninsula, which is one of the most scenic destinations in the Dominican Republic.
The capital of the island is called Santa Barbara de Samana and is the cultural and economic center.
You will not find big hotel chains and spacious hotel complexes on the island, because here eco- and individual tourism determine the picture. Almost pristine white beaches with Robinson Crusoe feeling attract visitors to the popular resort of Las Terrenas.
Samana Bay is known for the impressive rendezvous that humpback whales have there from December to March. Peninsula restaurants offer a variety from around the world.
The beautiful landscapes offer opportunities for hiking or exciting exploration and safaris. The absolute highlight is the Los Haitises National Park, a natural paradise with dense mangrove forests and a gigantic flora and fauna.
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