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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Punta Cana River Horseback Riding and Zipline Tour

The fun starts as soon as you get picked up from your resort.  Our entertaining guides will have you laughing as they tell you all about the incredible countryside you are travelling through.  Learn about the culture, schools, entertainment and life in general from an insiders point of view.  After a short scenic drive you will arrive at our launching point an authentic hand made cigar shop where we disembark to begin our eco-adventure.  Here you will discover the different scents and tastes of some of the finest tobacco in the world. Sample a cherry or chocolate cigar while they explain the methods in making their cigars and if you want to give it a try they will assist you in rolling your own.  Next it's time to introduce you to our fantastic Higueyano horses. Don't worry if you have never ridden before, the combination of our great horses and guides ensures your first time will be an easy and safe experience. We ride out through a small village and then down a beautiful mountain path where we make our way to a flat meadow. Here our more adventurous riders have the opportunity to gallop across the countryside while the others meander along a shorter route at a walk or a slow trot.  We customize each and every ride to the level of experience for each of our riders.Traveling further down the mountain path we reach the Anamuya River which we travel alongside and across several times.  Those that want to get wet, can go deeper in the river when safe conditions are present and those that want the dryer route will take the higher path until we reach the bottom of our enchanting, secluded ranch. 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.  After you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy an amazing Dominican feast prepared with local recipes, complete with fresh coffee from the ranch.  Then it's time for more fun while you 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 fresh samples and experience Dominican rituals and culture.  Once you've caught your breath we will mount up again and begin our journey back along the river and up the mountain to the village. Back at our starting point, our vehicle is waiting to take you back to your resort as we say our goodbyes to our new friends making for a complete day of adventure and learning in the Dominican Republic in a safe, fun and friendly environment.

$109 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

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 Beach, Bavaro, Punta Cana, La Altagracia Province, Dominican RepublicThe 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.

$79 Day Trips & Excursions

Monkeyland Safari and Coffee Plantation Tour from Punta Cana

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Runners Adventures, Punta Cana, La Altagracia Province, Dominican RepublicRunners Adventures parkDuration: 3 hours