Islands + Cayes

In addition to the mainland’s sparkling beaches, the DR boasts multiple offshore cayes with an even more stunning sea and sand environment. Hop on a catamaran sail to breathtaking Saona or Catalina islands, home to the Caribbean’s longest natural pool, and beaches stretching as far as the eye can see against iridescent turquoise waters. Cayo Arena, off the coast of Puerto Plata, is ideal for a snorkeling trip. Off the coast of Samaná, Cayo Levantado is a perfect lunch and swim escape—often included in tours of Los Haitises, but you can also overnight at the on—site, luxury resort. Off the coast of Montecristi are the most off-the-beaten track cays of the Siete Hermanos.

Island excursions are offered year-round, and are particularly enjoyable during the summer season, when crowds are fewer.

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Islands + Cayes in
Dominican Republic

Multiple offshore islands and cayes reveal additional stunning beaches, and a vibrant underwater world.

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Catalinita

The smallest of the islands off the shore of Bayahíbe; popular for its crystal clear waters year round, and its abundance of marine life and coral reefs.

Bayahíbe, La Romana

Cayo Arena

Cayo Arena offers schools of tropical fish that can also easily be seen in shallow turquoise waters, making this spot a paradise for snorkeling fans; the area boasts some of the most abundant marine life in the DR, with corals and sponges, and schools of tropical fish swimming around your feet.

Montecristi, Puerto Plata

Isla Saona

Saona’s picture-perfect beaches attract more visitors than all of the DR’s national parks combined. A protected site and part of Cotubanamá National Park, the island is a dream tropical escape.

Bayahíbe, La Romana

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