Dominican Republic Travel Guide

Dominican Republic Travel Guide

The Dominican Republic has so many amazing tourist sites and activities you’ll want to extend your holiday to be able to see and do them all. Here is a short Dominican Republic Travel guide to get you started.

Caving in El Choco

Just behind Cabarete by the lagoon sits numerous caves to explore. You can also take a nice swim in the lagoon. There are plenty of tours that will take you there, which we can help you book. Alternatively, you can go to the park entrance and hire a guide directly there. You’re not allowed to enter the park without a guide. Read more about the El Choco caving experience here.

Whale Watching in Samaná

Samaná Bay is where the action takes place for this exciting nature excursion. Depending on your location, most tours depart very early in the morning to ensure you get to Samaná in plenty of time to enjoy a great day. Watch as more than 10,000 Humpback Whales return to the Dominican Republic from their North American locations to breed and mate. Marine guides will narrate your boat excursion, explaining mating and breeding information about the whales and their behavior. Witnessing these magnificent creatures, the most active of all whales, is definitely an experience of a lifetime.

Playas Grande & Preciosa

Considered to be one of the best in the Caribbean this beautiful beach area is just after the Playa Grande Golf Resort, an easy hour from Cabarete. The sand is soft and white, and the water is a magnificently clear turquoise color – postcard perfect. Open-air Dominican restaurants line the beach and paths where you can feast on delicious fresh seafood.

Sosúa Beach

Only 15 minutes west of Cabarete, Sosua is a tourist town. You can find most of the dive companies on the North Coast located there.  Sosua Beach is the main attraction here. It is lined with food stands, restaurants, bars, and a variety of shops selling tourist souvenirs.  Best to avoid Sosua at night, as it’s infamous for it’s red light district.

La Boca de Yasica

La Boca meaning the mouth is where the Yasica River meets the ocean. There are few tourists and a beautiful beach. A small restaurant sells fresh fish. This area is popular with wakeboarders and kiteboarders as the start of a downwinder into Cabarete.  It’s 20 minutes east of Cabarete, off a dirt road via Camino del Sol. Turn left off the main road at the Camino/Paraiso del Sol Hotels entrance, follow this road and turn right. After passing these hotels stay  left until you reach a dirt road that eventually follows the ocean.

The Blue Lagoon

Just east of Rio San Juan is the Blue Lagoon, a freshwater sinkhole used as a local swimming hole. Surrounded by dense vegetation and only accessible by a series of rough steps in the rock face, it has the feel of a Tarzan movie set. Have a refreshing swim in the cool water or just watch the death-defying feats of the local children as they dive into the lake from the surrounding cliffs and trees.  LOCATION: East of Cabrera, by Playa Diamate.  GPS: 19.5647278, -69.9075623. Located 1.5 hours east of Cabarete, behind the town of Rio San Juan, Blue and Dudu Lagoon are a clear blue freshwater water holes. There are big signs for the area on the right side of the main road. Once you turn in here you’ll have to stop at the small restaurant so they can give you a key to enter the areas.

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