Top ChoiceViewpoint in Playa Limón

Montaña Redonda

This dramatic mountaintop viewpoint has been discovered by the Instagram generation – Dominicanos flock here on weekends to take photos swinging in sky-high swing sets, hammocks and teeter-totters, or flying on...

Nature Reserve in Bayahibe & Dominicus Americanus

Isla Saona

There’s a reason why boatloads of tourists descend upon this island every day. The powdery, white-sand beach doesn’t seem real from afar, and a dip in the aquamarine surf is a gentle restorative, while palm trees...

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...

Church in Higüey

Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia

From the outside, this basilica is a strange mixture of the sacred and the profane. A utilitarian concrete facade, not far removed from a military bunker, is topped by an elongated arch reaching high into the...

Nature Reserve in Bayahibe & Dominicus Americanus

Parque Nacional Cotubanamá

Much 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) also includes eight emerged reef terraces, 400 or...

Nature Reserve in Punta Cana & the Southeast

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...

Cave in La Romana

Cueva de las Maravillas

Extending for 840m between Río Cumayasa and Río Soco, this lighted and well-marked massive underground cavern complex is off the highway some 20km west of La Romana. More than 500 pictographs and petroglyphs can...

Cave in Bayahibe & Dominicus Americanus

Padre Nuestro

Located deep inside Parque Nacional Cotubanamá, Padre Nuestro is a weaving stalagmite- and stalagtite-filled 290m tunnel flooded with freshwater that can be dived by those with cave certification and swum by the...

Landmark in La Romana

Altos de Chavón

While a trip to a faux-16th-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,...

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...

Island in La Romana

Isla Catalina

In the 15th century, pirates including Francis Drake would lurk around Isla Catalina, waiting to pounce on Spanish ships sailing to and from Santo Domingo. Today this island ringed by fine coral reefs teeming...

National Park in Boca Chica

Parque Nacional Submarino La Caleta

This underwater park is the resting place of several shipwrecks, incuding the Hickory, a salvage ship that was scuttled in 1984, the year the park was founded. It's now visited as a popular dive site, depending...

Museum in Boca de Yuma

Casa Ponce de León

Just east of the two-lane highway linking Higüey to Boca de Yuma, outside the small town of San Rafael del Yuma, is a fine rural Dominican town surrounded by fields in all directions, with dirt roads. Spanish...

Nature Reserve in Bayahibe & Dominicus Americanus

Isla Catalinita

This tiny uninhabited island on the eastern edge of Parque Nacional Cotubanamá is a common stop on snorkeling and diving tours. Arriving on the island’s western (leeward) side, it’s about a half-hour hike to the...

Beach in Boca Chica

Playa Boca Chica

The thing about the beach at Boca Chica is that it’s in Boca Chica. This means that despite the powdery white sand and tranquil waters, it’s unlikely to be a relaxing experience. Flanked by Av Caracol and Av 24...

National Park in Boca de Yuma

Parque Nacional Cotubanamá – Eastern Entrance

There's little formality or information available from this entrance as few people enter here (and nobody is around to collect an entrance fee), but there's a long, easy-to-follow road that hugs the coast for...

Beach in Bayahibe & Dominicus Americanus

Playa Dominicus

The advantage of staying in Dominicus Americanus is being able to walk to Playa Dominicus, a beautiful stretch of thick, nearly white sand, with good water for swimming and enjoying splashing in the waves. It...

Museum in Higüey

Museo de la Altagracia

This interesting, modern museum traces the history of religion and culture in the DR back to the 18th century. It is on the grounds of the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, surrounded by an impressive...

Cave in Boca de Yuma

Cueva de Berna

This large cave, with scattered Taíno pictograms (and graffiti) and stalactite and stalagmite formations, is several kilometers west of Boca de Yuma on the way toward the entrance of Parque Nacional Cotubanamá.

Beach in Bayahibe & Dominicus Americanus

Playa Bayahibe

Much of Playa Bayahibe, the town beach to the right of the parking lot, is occupied by dozens of motorboats waiting to ferry tourists to Isla Saona. Beyond there is a relatively narrow stretch of sand with calm...