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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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Bavaro Beach (Playa Bavaro)

Bavaro Beach (Playa Bavaro)

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In Punta Cana, an idyllic resort town on the Dominican Republic’s east coast, all roads lead to Bavaro Beach (Playa Bavaro). Visitors flock to this beach not just for its aquamarine waters, white-sand strip, and coconut palm forest, but also for its abundance of fun—from water activities to watering holes.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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Catalina Island (Isla Catalina)

Catalina Island (Isla Catalina)

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Tiny Catalina Island (Isla Catalina), just 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) off the Dominican Republic’s mainland, is an idyllic sandy speck in the turquoise Caribbean waters. Known for its well-populated coral reefs, Catalina is a peaceful respite for those looking to escape bustling Punta Cana and La Romana.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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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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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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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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Coco Bongo Punta Cana

Coco Bongo Punta Cana

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Travelers looking to dance the night away while sipping strong tropical cocktails under flashing lights with thumping beats will love the classic island party experience at Coco Bongo Punta Cana.This lively disco combines the best of a Las Vegas stage show with the music and dance floor of a contemporary club. Every night feels like Saturday night at Coco Bongo, and guests can opt for VIP packages that include prime seating and skip-the-line options. Whether it’s the first stop of the night, or the last stop in Dominican Republic, Coco Bongo guarantees a fun, memorable and entertaining night out!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

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Punta Cana

How to Spend 2 Days in Punta Cana

Top Adventure Experiences in Punta Cana

Top Adventure Experiences in Punta Cana

Top activities in Dominican Republic

Recent reviews from experiences in Dominican Republic

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Private Ride
Shantelle_O, Dec 2021
10-12 Hours Private Punta Cana Dune Buggies Adventure from Santo Domingo Tour
The private Ride there and back from the experience was great because you get to see the countryside of Dominican republic
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Bryanna_V, Oct 2021
Monkeyland and Plantation Safari Tour from Punta Cana
Highly recommend 10/10 especially if you’re traveling with kids.
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Quite Lovely
Karjane_L, Aug 2021
4x4 Dominican Adventure with Chocolate and Coffee Tasting from Punta Cana
It was wonderful to see the authentic side of Dominican Republic during the atv tour.
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Highlight of our cruise, not to be missed!
Michael_C, Jan 2022
Amber Cove Shore Excursion: 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua / Cruise Ship Passengers
We were informed that there were only 7 waterfalls available and we had the option to not do the excursion but we were undeterred and glad that we did not cancel.
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Very relaxing tour!
Michael_M, Sep 2021
Prestige Catamaran Cruise to Catalina Island
I was able to communicate in English and Spanish without a problem.
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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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I'm usually not one to write a...
Renee K, Apr 2016
Xtreme Buggy 4 hours Dune Buggy & Country side experience
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_M, 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
Xtreme Buggy 4 hours Dune Buggy & Country side experience
We actually got to see what the Dominican Republic is really like and Charlie gave an awesome tour.
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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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Great Excursion!
Chera_D, 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 & Puerto Plata Highlights Shore Excursion - Port of Taino Bay
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!
Peggy_R, 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
Sandy_M, Jan 2019
Cable Car & Puerto Plata Highlights Shore Excursion - Port of Taino Bay
And to see The Redeemer was as Spectacular.
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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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This was a unique opportunity to see...
Laura J, Nov 2017
Damajagua Waterfalls Adventure Shore Excursion - Puerto Plata
This was a unique opportunity to see a beautiful area from a unique position.
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