Why I love the Dominican Republic

Driving along the DR's rural byways, past coconut sellers and men playing dominoes, thick jungly brush often gives way to the idyllic ocean vistas the country is known for. But for me, the country's distinctive appeal lies in everyday village scenes, when Dominicans' informal hospitality can be appreciated. What keeps me going back are the afternoons at beachfront seafood shacks or mountainside-hugging colmados... Read More

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Punta Cana Full-Day Dune Buggy Adventure to Lemon Lagoon Bay

Hop aboard a dune buggy for a full-day adventure and experience the best Punta Cana has to offer! Drive your manual transmission dune buggy through rice fields and along Playa La Vacama. Share your 4-passenger buggy with another party or keep all the driving to yourselves (depending on which option you select). Enjoy refreshments plus lunch at Hotel La Cueva at Lemon Lagoon, where you can relax before a short guided horseback ride along the scenic beach. Receive personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.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 stick-shift transmission, these vehicles have amazing speed and agility. Whether or not you choose to share the driving of your 4-person buggy with another party, you’ll enjoy an unbeatable adventure through 115 miles (190 km) of rugged interior in the Dominican Republic.Start your journey by driving to Uvero Alto, a famous beach town on the northeast side of the island. From there, you'll head inland towards Nissibon, passing workers in the rice fields tending to their crops. On the way, stop at a typical Dominican colmado (grocery store) for a refreshing soft drink.Then, steer through Playa La Vacama and drive approximately 9 miles (15 km) on a secluded, palm-fringed beach. Feel free to jump off your dune buggy and take a refreshing swim in the ocean to cool off! Afterward, drive over to Lemon Lagoon, where you'll be served a delicious lunch at the Hotel La Cueva.You’ll have some free time to enjoy the hotel facilities before your guide leads your small group on a scenic, 10-minute horseback ride along the shore of the gorgeous beach. Afterward, jump back in your dune buggy and make your way to Zadanja for another stop at a colmado. Enjoy a soft drink, snack and quick visit with the locals before driving back to the Punta Cana area where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.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.

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Dominican Outback Safari

Travel beyond the resorts and get to know the real Dominican Republic on this full-day tour from Puerto Plata. Admire gorgeous landscapes aboard a festive, safari-style vehicle and meet farmers, a Dominican family and schoolchildren, learning about the island's rich history and heritage along the way. Spot wildlife, boogie board on a beautiful beach and sip as much rum, beer and soda as you’d like during this all-inclusive tour. Don’t miss this fantastic glimpse into local culture, an experience ranked by TripAdvisor reviewers as Puerto Plata’s top activity.Climb aboard a colorful, jungle-themed safari vehicle from your hotel in Puerto Plata. Throughout the tour, listen to engaging commentary from your knowledgeable guide about the island’s history since its independence from Haiti in 1844, and learn about the plant and wildlife you see along the way. Rumble aboard your vehicle through the backcountry and enjoy a fair amount of walking as well. Head into the jungle to visit a coffee and chocolate plantation, where you’ll walk the grounds, talk to the farmers and learn how they harvest their products. Then meet a typical Dominican family at their home and learn about their lives while you drink freshly brewed coffee or bite into locally made chocolate. Receive heartwarming insight into the local educational system when you visit a school. A teacher introduces you to a classroom of children; don’t be surprised by how much is communicated even if you may not speak the same language. Depending on the weather, cool off by taking a dip in a freshwater river. When your stomach rumbles in hunger, dig into a delicious family-style Dominican lunch and taste freshly cut fruit and sugarcane.Stop at a local rum shack to try, what else, but rum. Drink as much as rum, beer, soft drinks or water as you like during this all-inclusive tour. The shack also sells rum, cigars, coffee and other local products if you’d like to purchase some to take home as souvenirs or gifts. Get a kick out of seeing wildlife like crocodiles, iguanas, turtles and more at a local ranch. Next, continue to a 15-mile (24-km) stretch of secluded beach where you can boogie board in the Caribbean. Or simply dig your toes in the sand and soak up the sun with a cocktail in hand. After your rich day of culture, history, nature and beach time, you’ll be transported back to your hotel.

$88.99 Sightseeing tours

Santiago and Jarabacoa Waterfalls

A day of history and beautiful scenery as you take in the sights and history of Santiago, the first capital of the Dominican Republic, followed by a visit to Jarabacoa Waterfalls.In Santiago you will visit a cigar factory where you can see them being hand rolled, and also have the chance to buy at factory prices. Also visit a ceramic factory with the ceramic, faceless dolls produced making a great souvenir of your trip.After lunch you will head through the picturesque Dominican Alps to Jarabacoa passing through spectacular scenery of green valleys and clear streams. The waterfalls at Jarabacoa will astound you with their natural beauty as you journey by foot to the tranquil area.

$84.99 Sightseeing tours

Rincon Beach Day Trip from Samaná

Spend a relaxing beach day on one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the Caribbean on this day trip to Rincon Beach (Playa Rincon) from Samaná. The jewel in the Samaná Peninsula’s crown of gorgeous tropical sights, Playa Rincon is remote and takes a bit of effort to access, so make it easy on yourself with this convenient tour that includes round-trip hotel transport. You’ll have about four hours on the beach to sunbathe and swim in the perfect turquoise sea. Lunch on the beach is included. After hotel pickup in Samaná, head east along the southern coast of the Samaná Peninsula, stopping for a photo op and brief history lesson at the location known as the Bay of Arrows (Golfo de las Flechas), the supposed site of a fight between Christopher Columbus and the natives who lived on the island at the time of Columbus' first landing in 1493.Continuing the drive toward the southeastern corner of the peninsula, pause in the village of Los Cacaos to watch local fishermen bringing in the catch of the day. Then head north to Playa Rincon, hidden down a rocky road on the northern coast that keeps many crowds away from this pristine stretch of shoreline. After arrival on the beach, you have nearly four hours to hang out at your leisure.The 3-mile (4.5-km) beach is often considered the most beautiful in the Dominican Republic, and even one of the prettiest in the whole Caribbean. Its soft white sand ringed by a forest of coconut palm trees provides a postcard-perfect setting. Swim in the calm turquoise waters, work on your tan and grab a bite to eat from the food stands when you need a snack (own expense). Lounge chairs are available to use. Lunch is provided on the beach and includes fresh seafood such as lobster, chicken, coconuts and Dominican specialties, as well as beverages (water, soda and rum). Before it’s time for you to leave, take a quick dip in the small freshwater stream that meets the beach to rinse off any sand and sunscreen. Your beach day trip ends with return to Samaná.

$306 Water sports

PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course in Bayahibe

Learn how to scuba dive with a top-notch quality course with PADI professionals. Get your worldwide recognized PADI certification to dive up to 18 meters independently anywhere in the world! You can do it in just 3.5 days with friendly PADI scuba instructors. You will participate in confined sessions conducted in special pools and 4 open-water dives on fantastic dive sites in the Dominican Republic.

$99 Boating & cruises

Punta Cana Discovery Package: Dune Buggy Adventure and Catamaran Cruise

Discover the Dominican countryside while driving a powerfull all terrain off road Dune Buggy, where you'll go on an exploration adventure you will always remember. As you buggy through the dominican jungle, you'll taste naturally harvested chocolate, coffee and cinnamon and visit the beautiful Macao Beach and Amazing Farallon cliff, which offers a picturesque view of the entire coastline. You'll be amazed at nature's ability to create when you dip inside the freshwater springs of vivrant underground caves. Even more exciting is the second part of this package, The double deck party boat Catamaran Cruise. For 3 hours, enjoy the party boat of a lifertime! Fresh snacks, unlimited drinks, music and dancing ensures that you'll enjoy a wonderful time with family and friends. Snorkle the barrier reef's clusters of corals with its distinct undersea wildlife & and discover the most relaxing and magnificent section of water in all of Punta Cana, our famous Natural Swimming Pool.