Attractions

Top Choice Viewpoint in Playa Limón

Montaña Redonda

This dramatic mountaintop viewpoint isn't new, but the selfie generation has discovered its value – Dominicanos flock here on weekends to take photos swinging in sky-high swing sets, hammocks and teeter-totters; or …
Nature Reserve in Bayahibe & Dominicus Americanus

Isla Saona

There’s a reason why boatloads of tourists descend upon this island daily. The powdery, white-sand beach doesn’t seem real from afar, and a dip in the aquamarine surf is a gentle restorative, like the waters of the …
Nature Reserve in Bávaro & Punta Cana

Ojos Indígenas Ecological Park & Reserve

Though development may eventually cover every inch of the Dominican coastline, for now there are still large areas of pristine coastal plains and mangrove forests. About 500m south of (and part of) the Puntacana Res…
Church in Higüey

Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia

From the outside, this basilica is a strange mixture of the sacred and profane. A utilitarian concrete facade, not far removed from a military bunker, is topped by an elongated arch reaching high into the sky. But i…
Nature Reserve in Bayahibe & Dominicus Americanus

Parque Nacional Cotubanamá

More than simply Isla Saona, which is all that most people see on a group tour, the Parque Nacional Cotubanamá (formerly known as Parque Nacional del Este) includes eight emerged reef terraces, 400 or so caverns, so…
Nature Reserve in Parque Nacional Los Haitises

Parque Nacional Los Haitises

Around 9km west of Sabana de la Mar, Parque Nacional Los Haitises is certainly the best reason to visit this small bayside town. Its name means ‘land of the mountains,’ and this 1375-sq-km park at the southwestern e…
Cave in Punta Cana & the Southeast

Cueva de las Maravillas

Cueva de las Maravillas is an enormous cavern complex on the highway some 20km west between San Pedro de Macorís and La Romana. Extending for 840m between Río Cumayasa and Río Soco, this massive underground museum i…
Cave in Bayahibe & Dominicus Americanus

Padre Nuestro

Located deep inside Parque Nacional Cotubanamá, Padre Nuestro is a weaving 290m tunnel flooded with freshwater that can be dived (by those with cave certification) and swum by the rest of us. It's not for the faint …
Landmark in La Romana

Altos de Chavón

While a trip to a faux 15th-century Italian-Spanish village created by a Paramount movie-set designer won’t exactly give you a window into Dominican culture, Altos de Chavón has some redeeming qualities, especially …
Cave in Bayahibe & Dominicus Americanus

Cueva del Puente

Parque Nacional Cotubanamá has more than 400 caves, many of which contain Taíno pictographs (cave paintings) and petroglyphs (rock carvings). Archaeologists have found several structures and artifacts in and around …