1. Zona Colonial
Santa Domingo may be a vibrant capital, It’s the five hundred year old city-center that is known for its history and culture. The Zona Colonial is the historic heart of Santa Domingo and immediately comes on top as one of the best things to do in the Dominican Republic. The collection of historic houses and cobbled streets is the oldest colonial center of the New World. Enough reasons to book this as one of your excursions in the Dominican Republic, following the footsteps of the Spanish conquerors.
2. Punta Cana
Punta Cana is the region that is known to all sun loving beach bums. Here the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean. I have to admit that the beaches of Punta Cana are among the most gorgeous sights of the Dominican Republic. With countless resorts, beaches and recreational opportunities, it’s therefore logical that most people spend their holidays in the Dominican Republic. Costa del Coco is probably the most popular beach because of its tropical appearance. The many excursions offered from Punta Cana are among the best in the Dominican Republic. Jeep safaris, snorkeling tours, surf lessons and buggy rides are just some of the excursions you can book here.
3. Los Tres Ojos
One of the excursions you can make from Santa Domingo is a day trip to Los Tres Ojos. This cave system connects three different underground lakes or ojos. No wonder that it’s one of the most visited sights of the Dominican Republic. Los Tres Ojos is located in the Parque Mirador del Este, in the west of Santa Domingo. A tour of these lakes is just one of the things to do in the Dominican Republic that you shouldn’t miss!
If you prefer to get there cheaper, I recommend to arrange your trip with a Uber driver. This point of interest isn’t far from the city center of Santo Domingo. You can buy (cheap) tickets in the park itself.
Price for an excursion: 65 euros or 73 dollars.
4. The Damajagua Falls
Travelers describe the tour to the Damajagua Falls as one of the most impressive things to do in the Dominican Republic. This is one of the places where you don’t have time to take pictures, but where you just jump into the adventure. The 27 waterfalls of Damajagua are located in the mountains in the north of the island. As a tour, they are best booked from Puerto Plata.
Price for an excursion: 68 euros or 76,5 dollars.
5. Cordillera Central
Just eighty miles from the capital of Santa Domingo you’ll find a completely different world. The mountainous inland, dominated by the Cordillera Central, is just one of the sights of the Dominican Republic that you can’t skip. The height not only makes for a cooler environment, but offers vistas that will let your jaw drop open. The various peaks are a challenge for every hiker and nature lover.
6. Puerto Plata
There are no shortcomings in things to do in the Dominican Republic. This is proven by the next place again. Puerto Plata is a port located between the Pico Isabel de Torres and the Atlantic Ocean. With a history dating back to the end of the fifteenth century, it’s one of the oldest points of interest of the Dominican Republic. Although the nearby resorts of Playa Dorado and Sosua attract the vast masses, a visit to the colorful center of Puerto Plata can’t be missed.
7. La Isabela Bay
History lovers will fall in love with La Isabela Bay. This was one of the first colonial settlements in the New World. Situated between the rugged countryside and the most beautiful beaches, Christopher Colombus didn’t take long to start his first settlement in honor of the Spanish queen. The ruins that remain seem to be interesting enough to come here but it’s the adventurous trekking through the wild landscapes that makes this one of the top things to do in the Dominican Republic.
8. Las Terrenas
This small fishing village hasn’t been a point of interest for many tourists. Because, fortunately, the vast amounts of hotels and restaurants didn’t compromise the charm of the village and its people yet. The popularity of the fishing village is due to its location on the northern coast of the Samana peninsula. Located deep in the Atlantic Ocean. The proximity of many tropical beaches where many palm trees grow over the white sands give relief and shadow after an exciting day in paradise.
9. La Romana
Sugar was a very important export product sent from the port of Romana to the world. The sugar mill dominates the city’s view and undoubtedly you’ll see some sugar trains steaming through the countryside. Also make some side visit. Altos de Chavon is definitely worth an excursion. The many Italian-style houses and the ancient amphitheater built to honor Roman tradition almost doesn’t make you believe that this was only built in the 1970s.
Excursions in the Dominican Republic
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