Visit the Dominican Republic – Punta Cana
Punta Cana activities are geared toward the amusement of those staying at its all-inclusive beach resorts:
- Visit the beaches of Punta Cana
- Snorkel and Scuba, Full Day Catalina Island Snorkel
- Catamaran Cruise to Altos de Chavon and Isla Saona from Punta Cana
- Manati Park – lots of animals
- Marinarium Shark and Ray Experience
- Bavaro Adventure Park
- Punta Cana Zipline Canopy Adventure
- Adventure Day Trip to Fun Fun Cave
- Day Trip to Santo Domingo
Visit the Dominican Republic – Puerto Plata
- Ocean World Adventure Park – Swim with dolphins, feed sharks or play with sea lions. See stingrays, tropical fish, exotic birds, reptiles and tigers. This is the most popular attractions in Puerto Plata.
- Puerto Plata City Tour – Visit the Amber Museum (Museo de Ambar Dominicano). See Fort San Felipe – built by the Spanish in 1564 to protect the city. Then ride the cable car ride up Isabel de Torres Mountain.
- City of Cabarete – This small, laid-back beach village is the perfect place for mountain biking, scuba-diving, wind surfing, kiteboarding and wake boarding. Restaurants and bars line the beach, such as Lax Beach Bar. Cabarete enjoys a popular night club scene too.
- Bay of Sosua Catamaran Cruise and Snorkeling
- Santiago, Jarabacoa and Damajagua Waterfalls
- Bravissimo Cabaret Show – Enjoy dinner overlooking the Ocean World Marina. The meal is followed by the Bravissimo show, which offers Caribbean rhythms and costumes. After dinner, visit the casino.
Visit the Dominican Republic – Santo Domingo
- Visit the Old Town (Zona Colonial) – Walk the pedestrian El Conde Street. See the cathedral and the Royal Houses Museum.
- Cross the river from Old Town to Columbus Square and the Columbus Lighthouse
- Los Tres Ojos – The 3 Eyes National Park, limestone cave
- Acuario Nacional – The Aquarium
- Jardín Botánico – Botanical Garden
- Plaza de la Cultura and the museum district
Dominican Republic Weather
The Dominican Republic has weather that is typical for the Caribbean. Most travelers visit during the winter and spring. The Dominican Republic is in the main belt for hurricanes, so June – October are risky months to plan a visit.
Dominican Republic – Transportation
Punta Cana International Airport is the main entry point to visit the Dominican Republic. The airport is within minutes of some of the beach resorts. The second largest airport is in Santo Domingo. The Dominican Republic is a very large island. Allow 6 hours if you plan to drive from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata.
Carnival Cruises opened their cruise terminal at Amber Cove near Puerto Plata in 2015. The terminal has pools and water slides. There’s beach front nearby. So, cruisers can spend their day in port at the cove. Carnival, Holland America, Princess, Costa and P&O stop at Amber Cove. This cruise port has overtaken Punta Cana in popularity.
Visit the Dominican Republic – Hotels
Visit Dominican Republic – Background
The Dominican Republic is located on the eastern portion of island of Hispanola. Haiti occupies the western portion. Cuba and Jamaica are located to the west, while Puerto Rico is located to the east. The Dominican Republic covers 18,000 square miles and has a population of 10 million. This makes it the second largest island in the Caribbean, with only Cuba having a larger area or population. The Dominican Republic was occupied by Tainos when Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492. The country became an independent nation in 1821. Spanish is the official language and the capital is Santo Domingo. In the past the Dominican Republic was best known for its sugar production, but now it has become the largest tourist destination in the Caribbean. It is best known for all its golf courses.