Dominican Republic: A Vacation Destination Fit for the Whole Family
Rich history, outdoor adventures and luxurious accommodations come together to create lasting memories
SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Nov. 21 2017 – Whether you’re traveling with toddlers or teens, Dominican Republic is an idyllic Caribbean destination for an unforgettable family vacation, offering adventures suited to travelers across generations.
“Dominican Republic is the perfect family destination, whether you’re seeking all-inclusive convenience, cultural exploration in the capital or an adventurous outdoors getaway,” said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “Our wide array of accommodations and activities cater to visitors of all ages and activity levels.”
History and Culture in the Capital
Santo Domingo is the bustling capital of Dominican Republic and the oldest city in the New World. The capital’s rich history dates back to the 1400s, and the Colonial City—a walkable grid of historic streets—is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. A visit to the Colonial City offers a history lesson along with old-world charm and captivating culture. Marvel at the gothic architecture and colonial period oil paintings on display at the First Cathedral of the New World as you stroll along the picturesque cobblestone lanes illuminated by iron street lamps. Families can hop aboard the Chu Chu Colonial for a 45-minute trip around the city, which is an ideal activity for families with small children or visitors with limited mobility.
Children will relish a visit to the Santo Domingo’s Trampolin Children’s Museum. The museum offers interactive exploration and science activities for the city’s youngest tourists. The Plaza de la Cultura is also home to numerous museums, including the Museum of Natural History, which opens its rooftop to the public once a month so that families can witness incredible views. Visitors can marvel at unobstructed views of the stars, moon and planets. Santo Domingo’s year-round festivals also promise outdoor family fun while showcasing the talents of local musicians.
On a rainy day, Santo Domingo’s malls offer a little bit of everything for each member of the family. Between world-class shopping, restaurants, movie theaters and special activities for kids, the whole family can enjoy an afternoon of entertainment.
Mountains, Rivers and Active Adventures
Dominican Republic’s many themed adventure parks offer a plethora of adventurous activities, from zip lining to buggy rides through the rugged countryside. Parks around Punta Cana and Santo Domingo make for a convenient and pulse-pumping day trip.
Families that love the great outdoors won’t want to miss the opportunity to explore Jarabacoa and Constanza in central Dominican Republic. A world away from the beaches on the coast and the cosmopolitan vibe of the capital, central Dominican Republic is characterized by rolling green hills, panoramic mountain views and a cool, mild climate. Constanza—often referred to as the Switzerland of Caribbean for its verdant green countryside contrasted against mountains—is home to a family-friendly bike route on mostly flat terrain, offering an exhilarating ride through the country’s agricultural heart. The nearby Ébano Verde Scientific Reserve is a popular hiking destination that incorporates a real-life science lesson for the whole family, showcasing hundreds of species of native plants, flowers and birds. Reward yourself at the end of your hike with a dip in the cool waters of the lagoon that awaits near the Fernando Dominguez Visitors Center.
In Jarabacoa, explore some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls, including the renowned Baiguate and Jimenoa waterfalls, where you can cool off at the base of the falls while taking in some of nature’s most spectacular scenery. Local outfitters provide opportunities for nature exploration, horseback riding and other eco-adventures for families eager to conquer the great outdoors. Kick it up a notch with a river rafting excursion on the Yaque Del Norte River’s rushing white waters. The level-2 rapids are suitable for both novice and experienced rafters, and local outfitters provide guided excursions down the river, complete with all the necessary gear.
In the northwest region of the country, families can explore the coastal lagoons, beaches and mangroves of Montecristi National Park. To the south in Barahona, outdoorsy families can enjoy the spectacular Las Plazas and Cuevas de la Virgen trails, nestled between rivers and mountains and offering a peaceful reprieve from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Beaches, Sun and Fun for the Whole Family
Dominican Republic is best known for its beaches, and for good reason: The soft white sand and picturesque azure waters along the coast of Punta Cana and Bávaro have been recognized as some of the finest beaches in the world, with accommodations to match. All-inclusive resorts abound on the east coast, offering a dizzying array of amenities that provide endless entertainment for each member of the family.
Many of the region’s hotels and resorts have high-quality onsite kids clubs and excursions catering to children as well as spas, designer golf courses, nightlife opportunities and more for adults, making it one of the best destinations in the Caribbean for family vacations.
On the northeast coast, the Samaná peninsula is sprinkled with some of the best resorts and seafood restaurants on the island, tucked between private coves and bays. Families will find plenty to explore here, such as visiting the 618 square miles of caves, mangroves and islets in the famous Los Haitises National Park, viewing the thousands of humpback whales wintering in the Samaná Bay, and enjoying a refreshing post-hike dip in the pool of the peninsula’s breathtaking Salto El Limón waterfall. Puerto Plata is another popular north coast destination, best known as a hotspot for water sports enthusiasts. The choppy Atlantic waves are a dream for surfers and kiteboarders. Families eager to explore off the shore can also enjoy canyoning, rappelling or ATVing around the geographically-diverse area.
For a family-friendly VIP experience, La Romana offers luxe accommodations and private villa rentals on the southeast coast between Punta Cana and Santo Domingo. This region’s distinguished resorts provide sophisticated entertainment for adults and children alike, with activities ranging from horseback riding to sports. La Romana is also home to some of the finest golf courses in the world, including Pete Dye’s trio of courses at Casa de Campo: Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links.
To learn more and begin planning your family’s most memorable vacation, visit www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.
About Dominican Republic
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical and paradisiacal country boasts nearly 1,000 miles of coastline, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.
Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.
Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.
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