40 Best Places to Visit in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the most diverse and enticing country in the Caribbean area.

This country is known worldwide for its beautiful white sand beaches, diverse fauna, ecotourism destinations and the warmth of its people. The capital city is Santo Domingo, rich in culture, dynamic scenery, affordable lifestyle and lavish nightlife. One of the most popular destinations is Punta Cana, located in the East of the country, receiving more than 6 million tourists each year. As an immigrant myself I can honestly say that in the Dominican Republic, life begins again.Now check 40 Best Places to Visit in the Dominican Republic:

Monte Plata

Greenery and natural resources Monte Plata→

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Monte Plata is located in the southeastern region of the Dominican Republic, 53 kms (32 milles) from Santo Domingo.Monte Plata is one of the areas of the country with the greatest potential for further tourism development or naturalistic, because of its greenery and many natural resources. Among them, the largest is the National Park Los>>SHOW MORE

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Villa Vásquez

The agricultura Villa Vásquez→

Villa Vásquez Dominican Republic

Villa Vásquez one of the most dynamic economic area in Dominican Republic, the product of its large farming and ranching.The agricultural area of 60,200 domestic tasks, with 449 rural settlements. The main crop is rice, but also has large tracts of land devoted to… >>SHOW MORE

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Sosúa

 Night are two different creatures Sosúa→

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Sosúa is the base for the area’s scuba-diving operations and conveniently located for exploring the north coast. The town’s curious status as the cheese and dairy capital of the DR was established by around 350 families of Jewish refugees who fled Germany and other parts of Europe in 1940. Since few were farmers, most left after a… >>SHOW MORE

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 Santo Domingo

 Christopher Columbus Santo Domingo→

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Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial is a delightful mix of history and modern Dominican life. Crumbling 16th-century ruins scattered between wonderfully restored colonial buildings are a constant reminder of this city’s incredible history. Founded by Christopher Columbus in the late 1400s, this first city of… >>SHOW MORE

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Santiago

Economic and cultural center Santiago→

Santiago-Dominican-Republic

Santiago de los Treinta Caballeros or First Santiago de America, as the natives of this beautiful Dominican city proudly call it, is the second most important and urban city in the Dominican Republic. Santiago is located in the province of Santiago, Santiago de los Caballeros is the second city of the Dominican… >>SHOW MORE

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San Jose

Bachata, merengue and reggae San Jose→

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The rural region of San Jose de Ocoa, located 3 hours from the capital city of Santo Domingo, allows you to be fully immersed in authentic Dominican culture from the moment you arrive until the moment you depart. While the Dominican Republic is well-known for its pristine beaches and resorts, very few have… >>SHOW MORE

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San Francisco Macorís

Cocoa, coffee, fruit, corn, rice San Francisco Macorís→

San Francisco Macorís Dominican Republic loma de quita espuela

San Francisco de Macoris is the capital of the province of Duarte and the fourth largest city in the Dominican Republic. It is a city with dynamic economic development.Industrial activity in San Francisco de Macoris… >>SHOW MORE

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San Cristóbal

Beach and Balneario de La Toma San Cristóbal→

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San Cristobal is a city of the Dominican Republic, located in a valley at the foot of the Cordillera Central, between the rivers Nizao and Nigua, 16 milles from the capital Santo Domingo.It was founded as a town in the nineteenth century and was elevated to provincial status in 1932. It was the favorite city of the dictator Trujillo… >>SHOW MORE

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Samaná

White-sand-beaches,Whale Watching Samaná→

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Samana offers miles of protected inshore waters and beautiful, undeveloped white-sand-beaches, lined with tall palm trees and pastel-colored fishing boats. Trade winds and the warm temperature of the sub-tropical Atlantic Ocean bring this part of the island year-round balmy weather. With a year-round average of 77 degrees Fahrenheit, the… >>SHOW MORE

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Rio San Juan

Gri-Gri Lagoon and Salcedoa Scientific Reserve Rio San Juan→

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Río San Juan’s coast, and choose that one that fits you best depending on the activities you want to practise. Choose Grande Beach if you want to practice surf or any other aquatic activity. Visit Corpses Beach if you want to spend a relaxed time in its thin sand. If what you want is just cool off and eat at a restaurant afterwards, you… >>SHOW MORE

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Punta Cana

White-sand-beaches snorkeling and explore the coral reefs Punta Cana→

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Punta Cana is famous for its beaches, upscale hotels and great golfing. Located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana offers its guests scenic beach views, water adventures and family friendly conveniences. You can grab your snorkeling gear and explore the coral reefs up close, or, if you’re advanced, team up with a certified… >>SHOW MORE

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Puerto Plata

Mountains, lush valleys, rivers, and a multitude of beaches Puerto Plata→

Puerto Plata Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata birthplace of tourism in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata continues to pack a mighty punch. Its spectacular, sprawling landscape combines sea, mountains, lush valleys, rivers, and a multitude of beaches. Its fertile… >>SHOW MORE

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Pedernales

Coastal landscape Pedernales→

Pedernales Dominican Republic

Pedernales,tucked in the southwestern most corner of the Dominican Republic, bordering Haiti, the Pedernales province is as remote as it gets. Yet this distant, desert-like coastal landscape beckons the ultimate outdoor explorer–a place where giant cacti line the roads with intermittent views of iridescent turquoise shores, where cows and iguanas are… >>SHOW MORE

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Nizao

Long beach, lagoons and rivers Nizao→

Nizao Dominican Republic

Nizao,this long beach just outside the town is also the site of a few lagoons and rivers, allowing visitors to see a few different natural features in one place. This is a great time saver for eco-tourist who will also enjoy the beach’s more remote forested areas on the edges.Playa Nizao is on the South coast of Hispaniola. You might… >>SHOW MORE

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Neyba

Rock salt and gypsum deposits Neyba→

Neyba Dominican Republic

Neiba, city, southwestern Dominican Republic, in the lowlands between the eastern shore of Lake Enriquillo and the Yaque del Sur River. It was founded about the beginning of the 18th century. Sugarcane and fine timber are the principal products of the area; rock salt and gypsum deposits in hill-like formations… >>SHOW MORE

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Nagua

Cocoa and rice and fishing Nagua→

Nagua Dominican Republic

Nagua is the capital of the province of Maria Trinidad Sanchez. She is known for its unique geographical location: directly at the sea. Is one of the youngest provinces of the Dominican Republic, founded only in 1983.This is one of the wettest areas in the country with the presence of rain throughout the year.The city economy relies mainly on agricultural… >>SHOW MORE

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Monte Cristi

National Park of Montecristi Monte Cristi→

Monte Cristi Dominican Republic

Montecristi, the capital city of Montecristi province, during your holidays in the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. For the tourists it is an unknown city, because it is not included in touristic routes. Nevertheless, it is the entrance to the National Park of Montecristi. Other attractions of the city are its warm temperatures and solitary beaches… >>SHOW MORE

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Los Haitises

Jewels of the Dominican Republic’s national park system Los Haitises→

Los Haitises Dominican Republic

Los Haitises National Park covering an area stretching 1,600 km² (618 square miles), Los Haitises National Park is one of the crown jewels of the Dominican Republic’s national park system. Los Haitises–which translates into “hilly land” in the Taino language–attracts numerous… >>SHOW MORE

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Las Terrenas

The scenic beauty of the place with its endless beaches Las Terrenas→

Las Terrenas Dominican Republic

Las Terrenas is located on the northeastern coast of the Samana Peninsula, about a 45 minutes drive from the town of Samana, and only 20 minutes away from the El Catey (AZS) Samana Airport via the new scenic highway running along the Atlantic coast.The scenic beauty of the place with its endless beaches (more than 20 kilometers of beaches)… >>SHOW MORE

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La Vega

Mountain vacation destinations La Vega→

La Vega Dominican Republic

La Vega has gained its place in the book of tourism for the colors and sights of its Sunday carnivals in February. It is the capital of the province where the mountain vacation destinations of Jarabacoa and Constanza are located. It is also center for the veneration of the patron virgin of the Dominican Republic, Our Lady of Mercedes. But before you head… >>SHOW MORE

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La Romana

Divers and golfers La Romana→

La Romana Dominican Republic

La Romana the ideal destination for families, honeymooners, divers and golfers alike, La Romana is home to the famous Casa de Campo resort, internationally renowned golf courses, a world-class marina and Altos de Chavón, a beautiful replica of a 16th-century artisan village. Nearby, the Bayahibe area offers… >>SHOW MORE

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Juan De La Maguana

Squares and parks Juan De La Maguana→

San Juan De La Maguana Dominican Republic

San Juan de la Maguana you can find lots of busy squares and parks, such as José María Cabral Park, also known as “donkeys’ park”; Caonabo Park; Francisco del Rosario Sánchez Park; and Anacaona Square.Cathedral of San Juan de la Maguana is an impressive building that is very important for the city.Outside the city, we can find José del Carmen… >>SHOW MORE

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La Altagracia

Leading province in the country La Altagracia→

La Altagracia Dominican Republic

La Altagracia ,it is the leading province in the country in terms of tourism, among the most important areas are Bávaro,Higüey,Punta Cana:Bávaro: This area is located in the east of the Dominican Republic, in the province La Altagracia. According to a report by UNESCO, it recognizes the beaches of Bávaro as the best in the Caribbean Among its more popular activities include aquatic… >>SHOW MORE

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Bavaro

Resort area and tourist region Bavaro→

Bavaro Dominican Republic

Bávaro is a tourist area in Punta Cana, located in La Altagracia province, the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic. Bavaro was developed together with the resort area and tourist region of Punta Cana, as a town for resort workers. As hotels started to rise along the east coast, north from Punta Cana, Bavaro itself became a center… >>SHOW MORE

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Jarabacoa

Scenic mountain, cool temperatures, fresh rivers, and sweeping green landscapes Jarabacoa→

Jarabacoa Dominican Republic

Jarabacoa perched at an altitude of 529 meters (1,736 feet), this scenic mountain resort town is a favorite escape of Santiago and Santo Domingo city dwellers. They flock here in search of cool temperatures, fresh rivers, and sweeping green landscapes flanked by dense pine forests and coffee-producing mountains. An eco-tourism hub easily accessed… >>SHOW MORE

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Isla Saona

Perfect beaches Isla Saona→

Isla Saona Dominican Republic

Isla Saona Located 19 kilometers (12 miles) south of the mainland, Saona Island’s picture-perfect beaches attract more visitors than all of the country’s national parks combined. A protected site spanning 110km2 (42-square mile) and part of Cotubanamá National Park, Saona is a dream tropical escape, where long stretches of brilliant… >>SHOW MORE

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Isla Beata

34 species, including 16 land birds  Isla Beata→

Isla Beata Dominican Republic

Isla Beata and Isla Alto Velo are small satellites of the Dominican Republic, lying off its southwestern coast. We visited Isla Beata between 26–30 July 1977 and 20–21 October 1978. We explored Isla Alto Velo on 22 October 1978. In addition we made aerial surveys of the islands in 1977 and 1980. In our surveys we found 34 species, including 16 land… >>SHOW MORE

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Higuey

Basilica of Our Lady Higuey→

Higuey Dominican Republic

Higuey is located in the province which has the largest tourism development in the country where tourism has replaced agriculture and livestock, as essential economic activities. In its vicinity is the tourist resorts of Bavaro – Punta Cana, Bayahibe, Boca de Yuma and the National Park Del Este. The city has a few small hotels, all-inclusive complex are… >>SHOW MORE

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Barahona

Biodiverse reserve and parks Barahona→

Barahona Dominican Republic

Barahona ,the deep southwest of the Dominican Republic, dubbed “El Sur Profundo,” is geographically removed from the country’s primary tourist destinations–but those who get closer will find that remoteness has its perks: the most biodiverse reserve and parks in the country, surfing beaches drawing athletes in search of their… >>SHOW MORE

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Bahoruco

Sierra de Bahoruco National Park Bahoruco→

Bahoruco Dominican Republic

Sierra de Bahoruco National Park,a nature lovers’ wonderland, covering a surface area of 1,000 square kilometers (386 square miles) and 70 kilometers (43 miles) in length that stretch across the Bahoruco, Barahona, and Pedernales provinces, this is one of the country’s most valuable parks, and part of the designated Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo… >>SHOW MORE

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Azua

Central mountain of Caribbean Sea Azua→

Azua Dominican Republic

Azua de Compostela is located in the southwest of the Dominican Republic. Most of its territory consists of a coastal plain (commonly known as the Plain of Azua), surrounded by mountainous terrain belonging to the central mountain and ends with a bay in the Caribbean Sea (Bahia de Ocoa) .There are some rivers, like the… >>SHOW MORE

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Bahía De Las Águilas

Most beautiful beach in the Dominican Republic Bahía De Las Águilas→

Bahía De Las Águilas Dominican Republic

Bahia de las Aguilas recognized as the most beautiful beach in the Dominican Republic, this diamond-white stretch runs a whopping five miles, boasting crystal clear turquoise waters and no hotels, shops, or restaurants. Protected as part… >>SHOW MORE

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Duvergé

Take a refreshing bath and relax under the shadows of the lush surrounding trees Duvergé→

Duvergé Dominican Republic

Duvergé is a small but welcoming town that attracts tourists due to its rural charm and its huge tour offer. It is located in Independencia province Among many more activities, the most appreciated ones are the visit to Segundo Puente (Second Bridge) Spa, Nuris swimming-pool and Zurza Spa, where it is possible to take a refreshing bath and relax… >>SHOW MORE

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Cotui

Conception church,Hatillo dam, Taíno caves and Sierra Prieta Cotui→

Cotui Dominican Republic

Cotuí has lots of interesting places to visit: the Immaculate Conception church, the Hatillo dam, the Taíno caves and Sierra Prieta.The Immaculate Conception church is one of these interesting tourist attractions due to its architectural beauty and because it is the oldest building of Cotuí, besides, it is a place that had a great importance in the town’s developing… >>SHOW MORE

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Constanza

Highest altitude, agricultural landscape Constanza→

Constanza Dominican Republic

Constanza,boasting an average elevation of 1,200 meters (4,000 feet), Constanza is the highest altitude town in the Caribbean region. With those impressive heights come cool temperatures, rolling valleys blanketed in thick pine trees, cabins fitted with chimneys for the single digit night temperatures, and an agricultural landscape that reveals a… >>SHOW MORE

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Casa De Campo

Luxury lifestyle of billionaires Casa De Campo→

Casa De Campo Dominican Republic

Casa de Campo is situated to the east of the Dominican Republic 5 km from the city of la Romana. It is known for its large areas where it also has famous golf courses, with a Marina and with Altos de Chavon, a medieval style city within its territory.The Casa de Campo Tourist Port is on La Romana’s Salao River. It has two docks from… >>SHOW MORE

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Cabarete

Legendary nightlife Cabarete→

Cabarete Dominican Republic

Cabarete,after a day filled with windsurfing, kiteboarding and surfing, visitors to Cabarete will want to head out for the legendary nightlife. Lively nightclubs pulsing with Caribbean beats drive the nightlife scene. Not even the stubbornly two-left-footed can keep their toes from tapping when the sun goes down on Cabarete, which brims with culture… >>SHOW MORE

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Bonao

Natural beauty high in the hills Bonao→

Bonao Dominican Republic

Bonao midway between Santiago and Santo Domingo, Bonao is often considered just a stop for a meal but its natural beauty high in the hills and the local art make it more of a destination. The Blanco River ecotouristic trails and Jima waterfalls are easy to access. Its outstanding Cándido Bidó and Tiburcio museums are open all year round and visiting the… >>SHOW MORE

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Boca Chica

Beachside restaurants to eat fried fish or seafood Boca Chica→

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On weekends Boca Chica caters to Santo Domingo city residents who come for the shallow turquoise-colored waters. Boca Chica is the place to eat fried fish or seafood with a view at one of the many beachside restaurants. On weekdays, tourists can practically have the beach and town to themselves. There are… >>SHOW MORE

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Bayahibe

Lagoons and wildlife Bayahibe→

Just 10 miles east of La Romana lies the fishing town of Bayahibe. Here, divers will find spectacular coral formations and three shipwrecks: the Atlantic Princess, St George and Coco. In the national park, nature enthusiasts will find lagoons and wildlife, including a variety of birds. There is much to do, but the inviting, soft white… >>SHOW MORE