Welcome to Dominican Republic


Coastal Country

Hundreds of kilometers of coastline define the Dominican Republic (DR) – some of it white-sand beaches shaded by rows of palm trees, other parts lined dramatically with rocky cliffs, wind-swept dunes or serene mangrove lagoons. Whether it’s fishing villages with boats moored along the shores, or indulgent tourist playgrounds with aquamarine waters, the sea is the common denominator. Some of the bays and coves where pirates once roamed are the temporary home of thousands of migrating humpback whales, and form part of an extensive network of parks and preserves safeguarding the country’s natural heritage.

Peaks & Valleys

Beyond the capital, much of the DR is distinctly rural: driving through the vast fertile interior, you’ll see cows and horses grazing alongside the roads, and trucks and burros loaded down with fresh produce. Further inland you’ll encounter vistas reminiscent of the European Alps, rivers carving their way through lush jungle and stunning waterfalls. Four of the five highest peaks in the Caribbean rise above the fertile lowlands surrounding Santiago, and remote deserts stretch through the southwest, giving the DR a physical and cultural complexity not found on other islands.

Past & Present

The country’s roller-coaster past is writ large in the physical design of its towns and cities. Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial exudes romance with its beautifully restored monasteries and cobblestone streets along which conquistadors once roamed. The crumbling gingerbread homes of Puerto Plata and Santiago remain from more prosperous eras, and scars from decades of misrule are marked by monuments where today people gather to celebrate. New communities have arisen only a few kilometers from the ruins where Christopher Columbus strode and where the indigenous Taíno people left traces of their presence carved onto rock walls.

People & Culture

The social glue of the DR is the all-night merengue that blasts from colmados (combined corner stores and bars), and this is true everywhere from the capital Santo Domingo to crumbling San Pedro de Macoris to Puerto Plata, where waves crash over the Malecón. Dominicans greatly appreciate their down time and really know how to party, as can be seen at Carnival celebrations held throughout the country and at each town's own distinctive fiesta. These events are windows into the culture, so take the chance to join the fun and elaborate feasts.


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$99 Outdoor Activities

Punta Cana River Horseback Riding and Zipline Tour

After hotel pickup in Punta Cana, saddle up with a horse to suit your skill level—from beginner to advanced rider. Then follow your professional guide on a scenic horseback ride along the Anamuya River, whose natural surroundings provide plenty of photo ops. You’ll have the opportunity to pick up speed if you desire, or just walk or trot; your guide will customize the tour to each rider’s comfort and level of experience. The river travels up a mountain path as it winds its way through a tiny village to a beautiful oasis at a cigar plantation. Stop and grab a cold drink from the bar or sample one of the freshly made cigars rolled right in front of you (own expense). Enjoy a chance to mingle with the locals or just take in the peace and quiet before continuing on horseback to the ranch. If you’ve selected an optional upgrade, practice your herding skills on a cattle drive. (See description below for details.)The fun doesn’t end as you disembark from your horse! Get your adrenaline pumping while you soar back across the river on a safe and fun, double-cable zipline. View the breathtaking landscape from a different perspective as professional guides instruct and assist you through every part of your zipline adventure. You can go as many times as you’d like or descend to level ground to relax.After you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy an amazing Dominican feast prepared with local recipes, complete with fresh coffee from the ranch. Give your lunch a chance to settle as you work on your tan by the pool or lounge in one of the hammocks. Before return transport to your hotel, take a tour of the ranch and discover the many varieties of plants found here, including cocoa, coffee and vanilla. You’ll observe how cocoa is processed and, of course, enjoy plenty of samples!Optional Upgrade: Horseback ride with a cattle driveAn extension of your ride on the Anamuya River, the cattle drive provides you with the opportunity to help herd cattle or horses the old-fashioned way: on horseback. Practice your cowboy or cowgirl skills as you wrangle the herd along this scenic area. No riding experience is required; your guide shows you everything you need to know for this rare and thrilling experience.

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Punta Cana Dune Buggy Ride and Catamaran Cruise

While receiving brief safety instructions from our professional guide, get ready to begin the adventure of a lifetime! Turn your engine as we travel on rough roads, between lush forests, tropical gardens and typical Dominican houses. You can have a taste of the true Dominican flavor in our first stop, at the Coffee and Chocolate House.With the cool breeze caressing your face, discover spectacular places. Passing by snuff, palm trees and banana plantations, we reach one of our natural treasures: the Taino Ecological Park. Once there, you will enjoy a stunning natural landscape and you can take a dip in one cenote of fresh and clear water. Starting from there, we reach one of the most beautiful coasts of the Caribbean: Playa Macao. Here you will enjoy the panoramic view of the sea and the Macao Headland. It is a beautiful place due to its white sandy limestone walls, which are ideal for spectacular photographs.In Cortesito-Bávaro Beach, while feeling the white sand bathed by the sunshine, among beautiful coconut trees and the whisper of the waves, you will board a unique double-deck Catamaran Cruise that holds up to 50 people. From there, between crystalline waters and warm tropical temperature, we navigate to the Snorkel zone. Under the supervision of our professional divers, you will be able to observe and feed a variety of colorful fish and stunning coral reefs.In the fantastic and refreshing Natural Pool, you will see that its shallow waters are ideal for taking a nice dip. You will have a floating bar with refreshing drinks at your disposal, as you delight the fascinating feeling soft sand caressing your feet. It is a special place to shoot beautiful and memorable photos.Among drinks and party, all aboard prepare to make a toast. Try a rich Dominican flavor with your favorite island drink made with indigenous roots, wine, honey and Dominican rum as we head back to the marina. Return to hotels.

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Parasailing, Shark, Catamaran, Snorkeling from Punta Cana

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Bavaro BeachThe first activity is the boarding of a speed boat to enjoy the parasailing observing from the heights. (the flight time will depend on the number of people aboard the speedboat,) The time described will be approximate.Then start the journey to the snorkel, then continue the excitement and arrive at the marine park for the interaction and surface diving of sharks and rays. Then continue to the fascinating natural pool, there you will live pure fun with floating bar full of exquisite national drinks in the middle of shallow waters.Duration: 6 hours

$79 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Punta Cana Sailing and Snorkeling Small-Group Catamaran Tour

After arriving at the designated meeting point, you will board a beautiful 34-foot sailing catamaran and set sail through the shallow waters of Punta Cana. You will be taken to the natural reserve of Cabeza De Toro near Cabo Engaño for some time snorkeling with hundreds of colorful tropical fish. After snorkeling, the boat will sail very close to shore so you can enjoy the beautiful sights of untouched beaches without hotels. Then, the boat will anchor at a sand bar with waist deep water where the crew will serve drinks from a floating bar while you chill out. After spending time at the sand bar, you will board the boat and enjoy a relaxing ride back.

$89 Outdoor Activities

Punta Cana Half-Day Dune Buggy Adventure

After being picked up from your Punta Cana hotel, you'll receive brief safety instructions and rules from your knowledgeable guide. Then, jump inside your dune buggy and get ready to start the adventure of a lifetime! With original VW engines and a 4-speed stick-shift transmission, these vehicles are sure to impress with their speed and agility!The adventure starts as you head out into the Dominican countryside, passing colorful Caribbean houses along the way. Your first stop will be for a real Dominican coffee, ensuring your energy level is high for the rest of your drive!Following the nature path and passing by palm trees and banana plantations, you'll reach an authentic limestone mine. Driving back on a paved road to the villages of La Caiba and Macao, you'll make a stop at a local colmado (grocery store), where you can join local people from the countryside doing their daily shopping. Enjoy snacks and drinks at the colmado then head over to Macao Beach, one of the last natural beaches in the Dominican Republic.Drive along the white sand and enjoy breathtaking views of the beach and ocean. If there's time, you'll stop for a quick dip in the ocean before returning back to Punta Cana! Please note: dune buggies have manual transmissions and operate with a 4-speed stick shift. No training is available and drivers must know how to drive a manual transmission.

$75 Day Trips & Excursions

Monkeyland Safari and Coffee Plantation Tour from Punta Cana

Hop aboard a zebra-striped safari vehicle for your early morning or afternoon hotel pickup in Punta Cana or Bavaro, and travel with your knowledgeable guide to a typical Dominican country house and plantation. Meet the farmer residents and learn about their organic methods processing cacao, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon and other products grown on their land. Taste some of these delights and fresh tropical fruits, and feel free to purchase any products to take back with you to your hotel.Back in your vehicle, rumble up a mountain road and deep in the jungle, disembark at Monkeyland, a squirrel monkey habitat spanning 5 acres (2 hectares), managed by a Canadian couple with more than 35 years of experience caring for wildlife. Take a 45-minute tour of the grounds, including the on-site botanical garden home to native flowers and plants, and get to see the monkeys that bound about freely. These small simians are accustomed to humans, so don’t be too surprised if they swing down from a tree right in front of you.After time with the monkeys, your 5-hour tour ends with transport back to your hotel.