The first theme park in the Dominican Republic, Manatí Park is a 210-square kilometer (80-square-miles) home to at least 150 tropical species, including birds, reptiles, and mammals, from dolphins to horses. Centered in magnificent gardens abundant with orchids and tropical plants, children get to enjoy animal entertainment shows. The park also boasts cultural exhibits that offer a look into Dominican culture, folklore, and the artistry of the Taino Indians–the island’s first inhabitants, before the arrival of the Spanish.

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Boca de Yuma

Boca de Yuma offers a daytime escape to a scenic Dominican fishing village. Boasting panoramic cliff top views, it has often been compared to an Italian seaside town, where restaurants, bars, and shacks line up above the sea. The Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León once had a home in the area.

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Casa Ponce de León

How often do you get to step into the home of a 16th century Spanish explorer? Juan Ponce de León’s residence continues to stand in the southeastern town of San Rafael de Yuma, close to Higüey, where he lived before heading out into the seas to conquer neighboring Puerto Rico.

La Romana, Punta Cana

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