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Welcome to Dominican Republic

There's far more to the Dominican Republic than sandy beaches and rum bars, as the country also boasts a diverse array of natural landscapes, with scenery that swings between fertile farmland, forest-shrouded waterfalls, and majestic mountains. Punta Cana, the country's easternmost tip, entices travelers with idyllic beaches and luxury resorts. It's also an ideal jumping-off point for a handful of adventurous day trips, and active travelers will love the variety of recreation-based tours available. Explore off-road terrain in a dune buggy, take a catamaran cruise to Saona Island, go for a swim at El Limón Waterfall, or careen through the treetops on one of the longest ziplining circuits in the Caribbean. Tours to Catalina Island, where you can snorkel above a pristine coral reef, depart from Punta Cana, too. The island capital of Santo Domingo, home to a colonial Old Town that's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is just two hours from Punta Cana. Sightseeing tours that include transportation allow visitors to hit many of its top attractions such as Calle de las Damas, Columbus Lighthouse, and Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor (Catedral Primada de América) in one day. Santo Domingo is also a logical gateway to Lago Enriquillo and Isla Cabritos National Park (inhabited by crocodiles, flamingos, and iguanas), and tours that combine both mean you don't have to choose between them.

Top 10 attractions in Dominican Republic

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Saona Island (Isla Saona)

Saona Island (Isla Saona)

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Saona Island (Isla Saona) is the Dominican Republic's largest coastal island, clocking in at 15 miles (25 kilometers) long and three miles (5 kilometers) wide, with a population of little more than 300. Part of the National Park of the East, the island features plenty of photo-worthy white sands, swaying palm trees, and turquoise waters.More
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El Limón Waterfall (Cascada El Limón)

El Limón Waterfall (Cascada El Limón)

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Whether it’s hiking up the rugged terrain of Dominican Republic’s tallest falls on foot or riding horseback through the steep mountain passes, a trip to the El Limón Waterfall (Cascada El Limón) is a quintessential Dominican Republic experience. Crested mountaintops stretch some 2,100 feet into the sky, and tropical plants, like coffee and cocoa, line trails that lead to the impressive cascade. And if picturesque Caribbean landscape isn't enough, a crystal-clear natural pool at the foot of the falls offers tired travelers the perfect place to cool off after a hot mountain hike.More
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Damajagua Falls (27 Charcos)

Damajagua Falls (27 Charcos)

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Hidden in a lush Dominican Republic jungle, Damajagua Falls—otherwise known as the 27 Waterfalls of Rio Damajagua or 27 Charcos—are a series of 27 cascading waterfalls that were discovered in the 1990s. Located in the midst of sugarcane fields in the Northern Corridor mountain range, the hidden falls are a true off-the-beaten-path experience.More
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Los Tres Ojos National Park

Los Tres Ojos National Park

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Los Tres OjosNational Park—one of Santo Domingo’s most unique attractions—is an open-air limestone cave that’s home to three beautiful lakes. A nearby underground river feeds water to these brilliantly colored ponds that are accessible on foot or by boat. Travelers can explore the blue, green and yellow waters that are rich with indigenous wildlife that were once a source of survival for the first inhabitants of Hispaniola. An impressive network of stalagmites and stalactites surround the lakes, which travelers say makes a visit to Los Tres Ojos feel like stepping into another world.More
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Macao Beach (Playa Macao)

Macao Beach (Playa Macao)

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Macao Beach (Playa Macao) is one of the Punta Cana region’s least-crowded public beaches, set away from most resort hotels. A favorite among locals, this stretch of white sand is considered one of the Dominican Republic’s most beautiful coastal escapes, with clear blue waters and a beach break known for its surf-friendly waves.More
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Ciudad Colonial (Zona Colonial)

Ciudad Colonial (Zona Colonial)

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The Caribbean is known for its brilliant colors and vibrant culture. Travelers to Dominican Republic will find this to be especially true amid the lively streets of Santo Domingo, where the country’s urban center is ripe with the smells and sounds of Latin America.But visitors who venture to Ciudad Colonial (Zona Colonial)—one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods—will find a tiny enclave filled with traditional European-style architecture, well-kept parks, cobblestone streets and artistic nods to great adventurers.A mighty bronze statue of Christopher Columbus sits at the center of Parque Colon, and nearby Calle Las Damas is the oldest paved road in the New World. These historic sites, paired with incredible architecture unlike anywhere in Santo Domingo, are just part of what make Zona Colonial a popular destination for travelers looking to escape the hustle of the city, as well as those who want to experience the nation’s capital as it used to be.More
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Los Haitises National Park

Los Haitises National Park

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Los Haitises National Park is a hidden gem full of fascinating caverns, unspoiled beaches, and mangrove forests. Visit to enjoy hiking, kayaking, and caving, as well as some of the Dominican Republic’s best bird watching. The park is also home to caves full of carvings made by indigenous Taíno Indians.More
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Amber Cove

Amber Cove

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Amber Cove is one of the newest cruise ports in the Caribbean, but its nearby attractions are far from rookie. Built by Carnival Cruise Lines for the use of their cruise ships along with other large-capacity liners and located on the Dominican Republic’s so-called Amber Coast, Amber Cove is the gateway to Puerto Plata, a popular Dominican Republic vacation destination.More
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Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Colón)

Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Colón)

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Like much of this capital city, Faro a Colon, a bold and imposing cross-shaped structure, serves as a tribute to one of the world’s most famous explorers. Built in a style that’s more urban office building than coastal treasure, this mausoleum and museum does have one distinct feature that’s responsible for its namesake. Columbus Lighthouse projects a unique cross-shaped beam with a light so bright it can be seen from the shores of Puerto Rico.Travelers who venture to this concrete structure can explore a vast collection of Columbian jewelry, an ancient boat from Cuba and what locals say are the remains of Christopher Columbus.More
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Alcázar de Colón (Columbus Palace)

Alcázar de Colón (Columbus Palace)

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This UNESCO World Heritage site located in Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone, is the oldest Viceroy residency in all of the Americas. Once the home of the famous Columbus family, the symmetrical structure was built by the famous explorers son is 1515.This historic site, which is now home to the Museo Alcazar de Diego Colon, was once an architectural constellation of fifty rooms, gardens and courtyards. While this once impressive palace is today approximately half the size, the artifacts, tapestries and documents on display in the museum showcase a rich and colorful history that grants travelers a deeper understanding of the culture and stories of Santo Domingo, as well as one of the world’s most well-known explorers.More

Top activities in Dominican Republic

Sunset Horseback Riding Tour from Punta Cana
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Recent reviews from experiences in Dominican Republic

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History in the knowing
ISABEL_C, Mar 2021
Santo Domingo City - Full Day Tour
Perfect trip during the week to see the life of Dominican Republic in action.
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Lots of travel, but worth it.
Tyson_A, Jun 2021
El Limon Waterfall and Bacardi Island Tour from Punta Cana
At the ranch you get on a horse which takes you down to the waterfall.
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Perfect day out!
Sarah_P, Feb 2021
Saona Island Full Day Private Cruise
Our english speaking host met us at the boat, and made sure everything was good before we departed on our trip with our awesome captain Jose and his first mate.
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I'm usually not one to write a...
Renee K, Apr 2016
Small Group Dune Buggy Experience with Pickup and Drop off
Would highly recommend to anyone that knows how to drive a manual, likes to have fun and wants to see the countryside of the Dominican Republic!!
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We were able to do all 27...
emily_dimirack, Jun 2016
27 Waterfalls of Damajagua Tour from Cabarete, Sosua and Puerto Plata
We were able to do all 27 waterfalls!
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This was the best tour that I have...
Jamaal H, Jun 2015
Punta Cana River Horseback Riding and Zipline Tour
The tour guide was very informative and allowed us to see the real Dominican Republic.
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Unbelievable! We actually got to see...
Tracy L, Sep 2014
Small Group Dune Buggy Experience with Pickup and Drop off
We actually got to see what the Dominican Republic is really like and Charlie gave an awesome tour.
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Great Excursion!
Rachel, Nov 2020
27 Waterfalls of Damajagua Tour from Cabarete, Sosua and Puerto Plata
The waterfalls were so beautiful and the instructors are within Covid 19 safety guidelines.
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Great Experience
Rachel_L, Nov 2020
ATV Adventure
Great way to see the highlight locations in Dominican Republic.
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Exceptional Tour
poolegooch, Sep 2019
Cable Car & Historic Town Highlights Shore Excursion - Puerto Plata
We have fallen in love with the country and its people thanks to Amber Cove Adventures.
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Great Variety in This Tour - So much fun!
promshek, Jul 2019
Full-Day Package: 4x4 ATV, Water Cave, Snorkeling Cruise At Punta Cana
We really liked doing it in one day as it was a great variety of things to do and we got to really see the Dominican Republic.
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Exploring El limon
brianna R, Jun 2019
El Limon Waterfall and Bacardi Island Tour from Punta Cana
Along the way you get to experience the beautiful nature around you, you do have to walk down stairs to get to the waterfall .
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Stunning cable car views
Trail31301617373, Jan 2019
Cable Car & Historic Town Highlights Shore Excursion - Puerto Plata
And to see The Redeemer was as Spectacular.
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Was a great trip and a brilliant way...
joseph w, Aug 2017
Saona Island Excursion by Catamaran and Speedboat
Was a great trip and a brilliant way to see a bit more of the Dominican Republic.
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My husband and I had a fabulous time...
Paula P, Aug 2017
Zipline Adventure in Punta Cana
They are very focused on safety and make sure that everyone is harnessed up correctly and knows what to do.
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If you are traveling to Dominican...
Valerie F, Feb 2018
Amber Cove Shore Excursion: 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua / Cruise Ship Passengers
I am a non swimmer but never felt unsafe-a little apprehensive at a few of the falls but jumped all but the 25 foot one.
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This tour was the highlight of our...
Andreya B, Sep 2017
Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included
We got to see a bit of the island during the ride in.
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This was a great experience! The...
Mitchell D, Jun 2017
Zip N Splash Adventure plus Horseback Riding
The shuttle picked us up just outside the lobby of our resort, and immediately the fun began, starting with a 20-30 minute drive through the country side to the 27 falls trail head.
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This tour was awesome! Our guides...
Julianne C, Jul 2018
Let's do hiking in Punta Cana
We got to see a lot of cool animals including a tarantula which was terrifying and try some fresh fruit right off the trees!
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Amazing experience!! During the...
patricia f, Dec 2017
From Punta Cana: Saona Island & Altos de Chavon Day Trip with Lunch and Open Bar
During the morning was possible to visit the italian inspired village Altos de Chavon, see its landscape over the river Chavon and its vegetation.
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