The Dominican Republic is a country based on island Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles extended group of islands of the Caribbean nation. It has some of the most tourist attractions as it is the 2nd largest island of the Caribbean.
Dominican Republic is a place that is so fascinating that even Hollywood film-makers can’t keep themselves away from this wonderland. while many of these movies showcase Dominican Republicans as mafia members, but the real Dominican Republic is a lot different. Dominican Republicans are one of the most hospitable people and they do love tourists.
They love and appreciate their culture and like to showcase it to the outside world. They could have a bad reputation of not having enough commodities, but I guess a real traveller is the one who cares less about commodities and focus more on travelling, knowing cultures and learning more.
Island is not less in anything. It has fully blessed places with the stunning ocean to beaches, amazing lands to mountains, with beautiful nature and river. Not only this, the island is a perfect combination of modern and old culture with modern nightlife and in a day visits the historic heritage of the island.
Not only tourist sights but also very good places for adventure. You will definitely enjoy all the Dominican Republic tourist attractions.
Below we have discussed the filtered list of the most visited Dominican Republic tourist attractions. This island is considered one of the best islands to visit with family and love.
Best Places to Visit in the Dominican Republic
- Los Haitises National Park
- Samana Peninsula
- El Limon waterfall
- Punta Cana
- Bahia de Las Aguilas and Jaragua National Park
- Santo Domingo
- Three eye national park(Los Tres Ojos)
- Puerto Plata & Playa Dorada
- Damajaqua Cascades (27 Waterfalls)
- Pico Duarte
1. Los Haitises National Park
Los Haitises National Park is the crown of the island and is spread in 1,600 km², situated near Samana. It as an attraction point of many visitors traveling to the Dominican Republic. It is genuinely one of the best Dominican Republic tourist attractions with a complete ecosphere.
Beautiful mangroves and rainforests, and pleasant bays make this are just mind-blowing to see. Not only this, travelers go crazy by seeing some 30-feets rocky formations which are spread in this area by having a close look at it by a ride in a boat.
National Park is home to many birds like Ridgway’s Hawk, the Hispaniolan Piculet, the Hispaniolan Woodpecker, the Hispaniolan Emerald, as well as pelicans, frigate birds, herons, and much more majestic bird fly in this area and you will often see them when you will be there.
2. Samana Peninsula
Samana is the coastal area based on side of Atlantic sea. As Samana is the bay, so wide numbers of beaches which include the best beaches of DR namely: Playa Rincon-the soft sand beach, La Playita Beach, and Cayo Levantado.
Besides beaches, there is a national park, Los Haitises National Park where you will experience the enjoyment of trekking, birding and seeing series of beautiful caves carved by water, wind, and rain. And for the nature lover the amazing waterfall in this area, El Limon waterfall.
Although beaches of the Samana Peninsula are fantastic, tourists specially come here to watch the great actions of humpback whales, who come near to the area for mating and hatching which is something worth seeing.
3. El Limon waterfall
Nearby Samana this area where the waterfall is situated is not only the view is satisfying but the adventure to reach there is more pleasant.
On the horseback or on foot you have to cover 2.5 km of hilly way to reach the top or to the waterfall. The track is full of beautiful flora and fauna and you will face different species of birds and animals.
The area is majorly filled with palm trees and pineapples. You can often see palmchat- the DR’s national bird, Broad-billed tody and Hispaniolan woodpecker in this area.
EI Limon waterfall is falling from 160 feet of high which is just satisfying to see. Below the fall you can have fun with your fellow mates with a swing in water and playing with it. Besides this there you can do paragliding, take canyons tour which are just amazing to explore.
4. Punta Cana
Punta Cana is the beach city of the Dominican Republic in the nation, Caribbean. Just stunning 60 miles long white sand beaches covering two seas namely – Atlantic and Caribbean seas. The city’s main source of income is tourism, thus they have many inclusive resorts and hotels.
Beaches of Punta Cana are covered with long palm trees all over. Besides this, there is full of energy and fun. There are many things to explore like Saona Island, which is swallowed sea and can usually see starfish.
Bavaro beaches nearby this sight, famous for water activities like parasailing, renting speedboats, sailing, rowing and many more countless activities. Rather than this, you can even do snorkeling in its water and experience an amazing feeling with marine life.
By the way, if you are searching for quite a beach for lying down peaceful, it isn’t one of them. Beaches are full of the crowd with local vendors and tourists. Overall DR’s best tourist attraction.
5. Bahia de Las Aguilas and Jaragua National Park
The actual corner of paradise in the Dominican Republic is Bahia de Las Aguilas beach. This beach is not crowded at all rather you can’t see anyone far-far way.
Though, the tourist visited claimed that it is the most beautiful beach in the nation. There is no hotel or resort nearby, thus has no facility to stay. It will take hardly 320 km away from Santo Domingo.
Anyway, this beach is a part of Jaragua National Park located in Pedernales. Nations’ best natural diversity park. It is 1295 square kilometers from sea to land, lagoon to isles, Taino caves, the fascinating hidden offshore isles of Beata and Alto Velo.
You will face many animals and birds which will be unique and strange at the same time. Especially the beautiful Flamingo standing on one foot.
6. Santo Domingo
This city is the historic city of the nation as Christopher Columbus first came to America through this route only. So the streets and lanes were filled with colonial architecture and building which reflects the sophisticated colonial food and culture.
Cathedral Primada de América is the first cathedral of the Americas which gives the experiences of the old way of worshipping in the 16th century by Europeans still now.
Zona Colonial has the Europeans touch in buildings and cafes. Parque Colón is also known as Columbus park which is in the heart of the city. Not only this but also many historical monuments over this area will be common to see and worth spending time.
Besides this many places are there nearby this city which can be visited by taking a car tide to it. Places like mindblowing Bahia de Las Aguilas and Jaragua National Park, famous Three eye national parks (Los Tres Ojos). Some top beaches near this city are Las Terrenas, Playas El Portillo and Las Ballenas which are just 2 hours far from the drive.
7. Puerto Plata and Playa Dorada
Best golden-white sand beaches are located in Puerto Plata. It followed up with the beautiful resorts and hotel to stay. On beach site, you will see numbers of sunbathers lying on the sand or cabanas or sitting in lounge chairs with Live Merengue music which just gives you constant entertainment which you can’t avoid.
The most popular beach among all beaches of the city usually told as the tourist hub of the Puerto Plata is Playa Dorada beach. This is a customized build city and the perfect place for budget freaking tourists.
Fort San Felipe is the oldest historical heritage of the nation as this is the First European building constructed in the Americas for war between French and English pirates.
The heavenly nature spot, not soo far from Puerto Plata is the amazing 27 Waterfall also named Damajaqua Cascades is just must visit place if you are in the city.
8. Los Tres Ojos (Three eyes national park)
It’s an open-air limestone cave, not soo far from Santo Domingo to drive and visit to see this amazing beauty of nature.
Park follows with staircases to hidden natural freshwater pool beneath the caves. As the name is reflecting that there are 3 cenotes in this area which make this park the most Dominican Republic tourist attractions.
Three eye as the park name says “Aguas Azufradas”, “La Nevera”, and the third eye “Las Damas” or “Lago de las Mujeres.” make this place full beautiful. Park is covered with lush greenery.
Though there are some entry fee and the park is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, though the last tickets can be booked till 3:00 PM. Be careful while lost with nature as sone places are slippery. so, come with a proper pair of shoes and carry water with yourself as there are no cafes or food vendors inside the park.
9. Damajaqua Cascades (27 Waterfalls)
Damajaqua Cascades is the area having natural water pools and 27 waterfalls coming from high mountains. You can’t travel here without the guide. So hire a guide for one of the agencies opened there.
If you are going to this place, don’t expect that you will come out dry, so carry extra clothes with you. Though for safety tour agencies will provide you the water flow jackets and caps.
Top of cascades, you can make chose according to your budget that you want to explore 7 waterfalls or 17 or 27 waterfalls with climbing, sliding and cliff jumping. The first waterfall “The Virgin” comes in the way after 25 minutes of a hike to the hill. Tourists traveling here says that “La Tinajita” is the most thrilling waterfall in this area. Its shape like jar makes it unique from the other 27 waterfalls.
Overall, there will great fun and enjoyment jumping to the natural pool of this area. You will feel worth expending money on this waterfall park.
Jarabacoa is usually known as “City of Everlasting Spring”. The place is a total of adventure and it will be of great fun for nature- adventure lovers. 25-meter long river, Salto de Baiguate with just a gorgeous waterfall falling not so far between nature beautiful canyons. You may swim in the river which will be of great fun.
Paragliding above the waterfall for 20 mints. Rafting in the water of a minimum of 4 hours will make you feel uplifted of your expectations and many more adventure to do.
Take a 5km hike tour to Ebano Verde Scientific Reserve where you get to face to face with 100s type of birds and more than 500 species of flora. This place is claimed to be one of the most popular Dominican Republic tourist attractions.
11. Pico Duarte
The Pico Duarte is the highest mountain in the whole nation, the Caribbean. It’s about 10,125 feet above the sea. This large section of the island is blessed with well-maintained ecosphere.
Tourists who like to do adventure must come here to do hiking for more than two days. It will be a wonderful experience between the forest full of different pretty good flora and fauna. Though it covered with snow in winter.
People come here to take a break from city life and enjoy nature with hiking. Hiking in this area has 3 routes which all are best but hiking will take at least 3 days to reach the top height of the mountain.
The most popular and famous route among all is La Cienaga which has 23 km of hike track. Though it is the quickest way to reach the top it may depend on your speed of hiking.
Want to make out the most of your vacation to the Caribbean with full of fun and enjoyment?…then do visit the Dominican Republic for sure.
From this blog, we have tried to list all tourist attractions in the Dominican Republic. Island is full of life and energy.
They have some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean nation. Many water sports activities are held on the beaches whereas some beaches are just quite a silent one. Both will give you ultimate happiness.
Not only that they have gorgeous biosphere, reservers with many adventures things to do. Whereas many waterfalls are present on this island making this place more greenery and full of flora and fauna with a variety of birds and animals too.
Islands have some old cities and charming heritage monuments with authentic Dominican food on the street or in the nightlife of cities.
When you go for a tour of this beautiful state, Throughout the state, you will find many interesting things to do, and this place has some awesome natural wonders. Here in treknova all we do is just keep you updated with wanderlust stuff from all around the world.
So I hope this blog and information will help you to organize your trip and enjoy it without any stressful situation. Thank you for reading this and please share your experience with us.