Exploring the Best of the Dominican Republic: North Coast
I recently had the opportunity to explore the best of the Dominican Republic in the north coast with the Dominican Republic Ministry Tourism. I had one of the most memorable experiences learning about sustainable travel in the Dominican and have fallen in love with the country. This was my second time visiting the Dominican Republic but my first time exploring Samaná, Las Terrenas, Cabarete and Sosúa.
The north coast is surrounded by pristine beaches along the Atlantic ocean, lush tropical forests and of course an abundant of tropical fruits I enjoyed every day. While you could easily spend a few weeks exploring the north coast, I was able to experience the best of the north coast in six days. Here are my highlights of things you absolutely cannot miss!
Samaná & Las Terrenas
I stayed at Sublime Samana, a luxury beach resort with beautiful cabanas, stunning pool and a private beach.
What to do
Don’t forget water shoes and swimsuit!
Whale Watching & Cayo Levantado – We were lucky to have the opportunity to observe humpback whales during mating season and listen to the male humpback’s solitary courting song. It’s an experience of a lifetime from Jan 15 – Mar 31. Make sure to check the site for future dates.
Las Terrenas town – spend an evening or two exploring the cute town of Las Terrenas. It’s full of colorful buildings, shops, restaurants and bars. Make sure to have dinner at Mi Corazon and drinks at El Mosquito Art Bar.
Cabarete & sosua
Where to stay
I was lucky enough to stay at an eco-friendly luxury villa at Sea Horse Ranch where they have their own organic farm and equestrian center.
Our group spent a few hours to explore Extreme Hotel, one of the leading ecologically sustainable boutique hotels. They grow their own food to sell to local vendors and use for their in-house farm-to-table restaurant. Do not leave without trying their delicious mojitos! The hotel is quite unique, it has a fitness center, flying trapeze, circus school, yoga classes and so much more! The hotel is located on kite beach – home to the world’s premiere kitesurfing destinations and kiteboarding school.
What to do
27 Waterfalls – Take an adventure and hike up the mountain with Iguana Mama Tours to jump and slide down the 27 waterfalls. Our group decided to do a half day hike and experienced 12 waterfalls which I thought was the perfect amount.
Snorkel in Sosua – Book an excursion to explore the largest coral reef on the north coast. Spend the afternoon snorkeling and getting some sun!
Explore Cabarete town – Situated along the beach, the town has plenty of great shops, restaurants and bars. Spend the day having drinks along the beach and watch a sunset.
Where to eat
Natura Restaurant – My favorite meal of the entire trip! It’s also known to be “one of the country’s best places to eat” by Forbes. I totally agree because the flavors were phenomenal and every single dish was amazing. The restaurant is located at Natura Cabana Hotel.
La Casita de Papi – Amazing seafood and located right on the beach!
Fresh Fresh – Healthy smoothie and juice bar. I love my fresh smoothies so I couldn’t resist trying it.
My experience in the north coast of the Dominican Republic was absolutely amazing! I hope I’ve inspired you to plan your next vacation to experience the culture, cuisine, stunning beaches and learn about eco-tourism in the Dominican Republic.
This post was written in partnership with the Dominican Republic Tourism Board. As always, all honest opinions are my own.
Christine’s original blog post: http://tourdelust.com/dominican-republic-north-coast/