While the Dominican Republic is famous for its tropical landscape and party centric entertainment, there are a multitude of unique and exciting activities to do, on and off the beach.
Caves and Caverns
The Dominican Republic isn’t just known for its gorgeous tropical beaches, but it’s also home to several gleaming caves and caverns that are open to visitors. These landmarks are also an intriguing sign of history, as the Dominican Republic’s first inhabitants left their markings in caverns located all around the country. Illustrated with pictographs and petroglyphs, the Dominican Republic’s caves are an exciting sight. Both tourists and locals enjoy hiking the caverns, which can become a thrilling experience. Depending on which terrain you choose, the trek can be easy and relaxing or rather challenging. Cueva Del Pente looks like a mystical jungle, with the inclusion of unique rock formations and small openings where sunlight peeks through. On the other hand, Cenote Indígena Las Ondas radiates turquoise and green colors, and a massive pool of water for guests to swim and relax in. Other unforgettable caves in the Dominican Republic to visit include La Cueva del Eden, Cueva de las Maravillas, and Cueva de Chico.
There are a few different excursion options when it comes to ziplining in the Dominican Republic. Many of them include other activities such as sightseeing or a guided safari after the ziplining is over, so you can gain the most out of the journey. One of the most popular choices is ziplining in Punta Cana, where you can sail across the rainforest, on cables up to 800 meters long. If you’re looking to experience something a little different, Punta Cana’s Monkeyland and Zipline Adventure allows you to interact with monkeys for almost an hour after ziplining on one of the 12 cables provided. Ziplining is a perfect way to see the geographic beauty of the Dominican Republic in a panoramic view, while embarking on a once in a lifetime adventure!
Coastal Boating and Sailing
Boating along the Dominican Republic’s coast can become a big group party centric celebration, or an intimate sailing session. Either way, you have a plethora of options for boating during your visit to the country. Another bonus – most every boating and sailing excursion you’ll find here is pretty affordable, unless you’re spending a half day on a private yacht. Small groups can rent a boat with an open bar and choose stopping points to swim and snorkel in the pristine ocean. A more laid-back sailboat tour is also a great choice, and if you want to spend as much time on the water as possible, try renting both during your stay.
Enjoy the many, many beaches
The number of beaches that are home to the Dominican Republic can seem overwhelming, especially when trying to fit several of them into your vacation. However, there are some top-rated beaches that are well worth the visit. In Punta Cana, one of the most popular and famous beaches is known as Bávaro Beach. Bávaro Beach is by far one of the most tranquil and calm beaches and depicts the perfect tropical setting. The waters are exceptional for swimming and wading, and the surrounding landscape view is anything but disappointing. Playa Rincón offers all of the same qualities, with the inclusion of an up-close view of green mountains surrounding the coastline. If you’re looking to feel extra lavish, Cayo Levantado is located on a private island off the coast of the Samaná Peninsula. Other amazing beaches in the Dominican Republic include the Las Galeras chain, Bahia de las Aguilas, Playa Dorada, and Cabarete Beach.
While the Dominican Republic is home to various glitzy resorts and hotels, glamping along some of the most incredible beaches in the world is an experience you won’t forget. The Glamping EcoLodge Cueva De Las Aguilas provides you with a tent, bed, fan, and other amenities right along the coastline. Because waking up just steps away from crashing waves and great weather might just top a night at a hotel.
Hike the tallest mountain in the Caribbean
El Pico Duarte is the tallest mountain in the Caribbean, located in the Cordillera Central Mountain range which eventually descends into Haiti. Its peak extends over 10,000 feet, and even if you don’t make it to the top of this challenging terrain, there are other easy to moderate trails you can tackle. The views from El Pico Duarte are everything unimaginable and known to be extremely peaceful as well.
After all the packed days full of excursions and recreational fun, let loose with a little downtown partying. The most popular area to go drinking and dancing is Punta Cana, where you can find anything from nightclubs to cigar bars, or a mix of both. Coco Bongo nightclub is known as one of the best nightlife hubs in Punta Cana, in which you can experience live shows, dancing, and other entertainment productions. ORO Nightclub is along the same lines, and is an exclusive club open to international DJ’s. The list doesn’t end there though! There are hundreds of spots to experience entertainment in the Dominican Republic, in and outside Punta Cana.