The Dominican Republic is much more than just a giant beach that attracts tourists. It is blessed with abundant stunning mountain scenery, desert scrublands, high energy city life and provocative colonial landmarks. The “Dominica” is one of the most sought-after countries in the Caribbean.
However, before you pack your bags and hop on the next available plane, you might want to read this little guide, which seeks to give you an idea about some exotic places to visit that will make your trip memorable. You can stay in peaceful luxury vacation rentals perfect for a wellness escape or backpack around hostels. The Dominican has something for everyone and their different budgets.
Below are our top of the pick, the creme-de-la-creme of the must see places in the Dominican Republic.
Santo Domingo: This is the oldest city in the New World, with lots of local shopping and sights to see. A walk through it feels like a time-capsule: the colonial city, cobblestone streets and beautifully restored Spanish colonial architecture. Within a very short period of time spent in this city, you are reliving hundreds years of history. The city also hosts the first Cathedral of America, which is the oldest surviving cathedral in the Americas. In the early 16th century Alcazar De Colon was built by the direct son of Christopher Columbus. However, the most fascinating feature of this is City is perhaps the gracious way by which it embeds the new history with the old landscape. The two co-existing within the same space will leave you in utter amazement.
Eastern National Park: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the natural habitat of hundreds of species of animals and plants, including a mind-boggling 112 species of birds.
Relax at Playa Rincon: Beautiful white sands that meet aqua-blue waters, this beach is what heaven is made of. Playa Rincon is known to be breathtaking and peaceful. So if you’re a fan of chilling out on the beach, this is the spot for you. You can even eat lobster (caught fresh) right on the beach.
Leisure at the Las Galeras: If you truly seek an escape from your work life back home, then this sleepy fishing village offers you an out. You will encounter fewer developments and fewer tourists here, meaning this village has one of the most natural scenic environment in all of the Dominica. You might even catch a glimpse of migrating whales and maybe a Dolphin or two. Las Galeras also offers delicious food while you watch the sunset at the Restaurant El Cabito.
Punta Cana: This is located at the Eastern tip of the Dominican Republic. It’s the top known tourist destination in the Dominical Republic. That’s why it’s also known for it’s beaches, world-class golf courses, dune buggies and the quaint fishing village: El Maca. Your trip is not completed until you pay a visit to this area.