Occupying the east of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic is an island nation and the Caribbean’s most-visited tourist destination. It was inhabited by Taino people for centuries before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. The modern-day capital Santo Domingo once served as the seat of Spanish colonial rule in the New World.
Things to do in Dominican Republic
With its blissful beaches, adventure activities and atmospheric cities, the Dominican Republic is understandably a traveller favourite.
Sightsee in Santo Domingo. One of the Caribbean’s oldest cities, Santo Domingo serves as the lively capital of the Dominican Republic. Buildings dating back to the 16th century cluster in its historic core, which is home to engaging museums, cafe-lined squares and the first cathedral built in the New World. Art enthusiasts can visit Alcazar de Colon, which houses an impressive tapestry collection.
Enjoy the beaches of Punta Cana. At the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic is the island’s most popular tourist resort, Punta Cana, which is renowned for its stunning beaches and turquoise waters. Spend your days swimming and sunbathing on the sun-drenched sands of the Costa del Coco or take to the skies on a parasailing adventure.
Spot whales in Samana Bay. Between December and March each year, thousands of humpback whales arrive in Samana Bay on the north-east coast of the Dominican Republic. Join a whale-watching cruise led by a naturalist guide to see these magnificent creatures in the wild and discover why they select Samana Bay to mate and give birth.
Visit the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua. Hidden in the northern mountains of the Dominican Republic are the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua, a series of picturesque cascades surrounded by sugarcane fields. Join an action-packed adventure to explore the narrow gorge and jump from the top of each waterfall into the refreshing pools below.
Getting around Dominican Republic
Punta Cana International Airport is the main aviation gateway to the Dominican Republic and has flights to destinations across the globe. Guaguas (local buses) travel around the country while taxis are readily available for getting around Santo Domingo.