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Beaches

Imagine tropical beaches with wonderful white sand and palm trees. These are the beaches of the Dominican Republic! On the north coast you’ll find a lot of beautiful beaches and resorts between Puerto Plata and Cabarete. At Punta Rucia you have stunning mountain views. Additionally Cayo Levantado, a small island south of the Samaná peninsula, and Playa Rincón, a five kilometres long remote beach on a bay, are also wonderful. In the east of the Dominican Republic, you’ll find the so-called Costa del Coco, the best known coast of the country. It´s where the number one resort Punta Cana is located. Do you want to escape the crowd? Then go to the friendlier Playa la Vacama or Playa los Muertos. 

Diving

The Dominican Republic is a beautiful diving destination. Playa Bayahibe is one of the best locations for a dive and advanced divers are very excited about Parque Nacional Submarino la Caleta, east of Santo Domingo. This underwater park has 28 diving locations, including the popular wrecks Hickory, El Limón and Captain Alsina. Hickory is the largest wreck with a lot of colourful, tropical fishes and an impressive collection of sponges and coral. Off the coast of Sosúa, on the north coast, you can explore the world-famous Zingara wreck, a 45 meters long cargo ship. The peninsula of Samaná has some surprising diving locations. Particularly, The Tower at Cabo Cabrón and Islas las Ballenas with its tunnels and underwater caves are special.  

Golf

The Dominican Republic is very popular among golfers. The country has approximately 40 championship golf courses and the number is still growing. Especially at tourist hot spots and big resorts you can find golf courses. A lot of these courses are also used for international tournaments. Teeth of the Dog Golf Course in the south is known as the best golf course in the Caribbean. Another large golf course is Cocotal Golf & Country Club, which is located on the east coast. This course consists of a championship course with 18 holes and a regular course with 9 holes. The club is designed by José Gancedo, six-time golf champion of Spain. 

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The Dominican Republic is located in the Caribbean, on the island of Hispaniola. Due to its tropical rain climate it is green and warm all year long. The beautiful bounty beaches make it an excellent beach holiday destination. There are hotels and resorts in all sorts and sizes, some with their own professional golf course. 

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Time zone
In summer -6, In winter -5
Visa
Yes
Vaccinations
Recommended
High season
December - April
Currency
Dominican peso (DOP)

Where to stay?

Where to stay?

Dominican Republic is well-known for:

  • Tropical bounty beaches with many water sport facilities.
  • Famous golf courses
  • Adventurous activities like rafting and horse riding
  • Many luxurious hotels and resorts.

Keep in mind:

  • There is some crime outside of the hotels and resorts
  • Mostly Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Samaná are very popular among tourists

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Tropical beach and clear blue sky
Beaches

Imagine tropical beaches with wonderful white sand and palm trees. These are the beaches of the Dominican Republic! On the north coast you’ll find a lot of beautiful beaches and resorts between Puerto Plata and Cabarete. At Punta Rucia you have stunning mountain views. Additionally Cayo Levantado, a small island south of the Samaná peninsula, and Playa Rincón, a five kilometres long remote beach on a bay, are also wonderful. In the east of the Dominican Republic, you’ll find the so-called Costa del Coco, the best known coast of the country. It´s where the number one resort Punta Cana is located. Do you want to escape the crowd? Then go to the friendlier Playa la Vacama or Playa los Muertos. 

Wonderful diving
Diving

The Dominican Republic is a beautiful diving destination. Playa Bayahibe is one of the best locations for a dive and advanced divers are very excited about Parque Nacional Submarino la Caleta, east of Santo Domingo. This underwater park has 28 diving locations, including the popular wrecks Hickory, El Limón and Captain Alsina. Hickory is the largest wreck with a lot of colourful, tropical fishes and an impressive collection of sponges and coral. Off the coast of Sosúa, on the north coast, you can explore the world-famous Zingara wreck, a 45 meters long cargo ship. The peninsula of Samaná has some surprising diving locations. Particularly, The Tower at Cabo Cabrón and Islas las Ballenas with its tunnels and underwater caves are special.  

Golf Punta Cana
Golf

The Dominican Republic is very popular among golfers. The country has approximately 40 championship golf courses and the number is still growing. Especially at tourist hot spots and big resorts you can find golf courses. A lot of these courses are also used for international tournaments. Teeth of the Dog Golf Course in the south is known as the best golf course in the Caribbean. Another large golf course is Cocotal Golf & Country Club, which is located on the east coast. This course consists of a championship course with 18 holes and a regular course with 9 holes. The club is designed by José Gancedo, six-time golf champion of Spain. 

Horseback riding on the beach
Horseback riding

Horse riding is a popular activity in the Dominican Republic. Almost every beach resort offers a horse riding trip. A ride to the waterfall El Salto de Limón, located on the Samaná peninsula, is highly recommended. But also the area around Jarabacoa is very nice. This place on an altitude of 530 meters lies in the valley of the Río Yaque del Norte and is surrounded by nature. 

Zip lining
Outdoor

The town of Jarabacoa is surrounded by nature and offers lots of outdoor activities. The area lies in the valley of the Río Yaque del Norte on an altitude of 530 metres. This river is perfect for exiting raft trips, because it rushes down from the mountain range Cordillera Central. Nearby, you can find different waterfalls where you can practise canyoning. Canyoning is a sport where you move through the cliff of a river. Are you looking for a bit more speed? Then go to one of the zip lines where you are connected to a cable and glide through nature. 

Kitesurfing
Water sports

Cabarete on the north coast, is the water sports capital of the Dominican Republic. Especially Kite Beach is the place to be for water sport activities! Here, the wind-, golf, and kitesurf facilities are very good. The conditions for both beginners and advanced surfers are perfect. This mainly has to do with the Atlantic trade winds, that provide the high waves. Next to Cabarete, Playa Sosúa is also popular among water sports enthusiasts. Most of the big resorts in the Dominican Republic offer all kinds of water activities. Join a boat safari or go on a banana boat or jet ski.  

Rafting in wild water
Active

When discovering the inlands, you will notice that the Dominican Republic has a lot more to offer than sun, sea and beaches. Rafting, horse riding, golfing, hiking, canyoning or mountain biking, it’s all possible. Being active and enjoying the beautiful nature at the same time. Especially, rural Jarabacoa has a lot of activities. Jarabacoa is located on an altitude of 530 metres and lies in the valley of the Río Yaque del Norte surrounded by nature. 

 El Salto de Limón
Hiking

Hiking is very nice in the surroundings of rural Jarabacoa. Walk through the valley of the Río Yaque del Norte and behold beautiful waterfalls. Southwest of Jarabacoa, you can find the highest peak of the Dominican Republic, Pico Duarte. This peak reaches over 3000 meters and is accessible from mountain village La Ciénaga with a three-day tour. Even for the avid hiker, this is a challenging climb. Also Parque Nacional Siera de Bahoruco and the mountain range Cordillera Central have wonderful maintained trails. 

Rhinoceros iguanas enjoying the sun
Wildlife

A very special location on the peninsula of Samaná is Bahía de Samaná. Not because of the beautiful beaches or the good water sport facilities, but to watch humpback whales! These gigantic animals return to this bay every year to give birth. To see them with their calves is a truly unforgettable experience! The mangrove forests, in the inlands of the Dominican Republic, are one of the last places where manatees live. In the largest national park Jaragua, you can find some endangered animals like the rhinoceros iguana. Furthermore, this national park is the habitat of flamingo’s, pink spoonbills and turtles. Besides that, the Dominican Republic has an amazing bird life! Over 300 species of birds, including 30 native ones, fly around.

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