Caving

The Dominican Republic’s first inhabitants left behind signs of their presence in numerous underground caverns found across the country, where they once took refuge or performed rituals. Today, hiking into these mysterious chambers, marked with petroglyphs and pictographs, is a thrilling experience. From easy entry to Indiana Jones-style expeditions, there’s a cave to suit everyone. Southeast, Cotubanamá National Park reveals caves punctuated with emerald freshwater lagoons. Just outside of Santo Domingo, Los Tres Ojos National Park is an easy walk into one of the largest underground caverns in the country, linked by a series of lagoons. Near La Romana, Cueva de Las Maravillas reveals hundreds of pictographs. Scape Park, in Cap Cana, takes you into the tunnels of Iguabonita Cave, with its impressive limestone formations. Los Haitises National Park is home to caves that are reached by boat, and boast a high number of pictographs. The most challenging and adventurous of all is Cueva Fun Fun, as the name suggests, not least because you’ll have no option but to rappel into its entrance. The least visited, yet most impressive caves are in the southwest, including El Pomier, and Las Caritas de los Indios.

There’s a cave to match every age and fitness level.

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Dominican Republic 

Ancient Taino caves, tucked deep inside the DR’s rainforests and parks, offer the most adrenaline-filled spelunking adventures.

 
 
Part of the Cotubanamá National Park, Cueva de Berna ranks among the largest and most important Taino caves in DR for its high number of petroglyphs.
Boca de Yuma, Punta Cana
Tucked in the lush forests below the Bahoruco mountain range, a thirty-minute hike through a lush rainforest leads to this huge cavern and its emerald-colored pools.
Barahona
Tucked along the scraggly Atlantic coastline of Río San Juan, swim in the calm natural pool surrounding the cave or view its rock composition from ceiling to floor while you float on crystal clear turquoise waters.
Puerto Plata
This cave houses hundreds of well-preserved Taino pictographs and petroglyphs dating back thousands of years, and impressive samples of stalactites and stalagmites.
Bayahíbe, Juan Dolio, La Romana
Cueva del Chicho is one of the most outstanding underground caves; its aquamarine, sparkling fresh waters draw many hikers and it also holds numerous petroglyphs.
Bayahíbe, La Romana
The Caves of Peñón reveal the richest underwater marine life in Bayahíbe. The sea flows through this series of dramatic, rugged caverns lined along the western edge of Cotubanamá National Park.
Bayahíbe, La Romana
One of the most accessible caves, located inside the Cotubanamá National Park—there are over 400 of them— Cueva del Puente reveals a three-level chamber with stalactites, stalagmites, Taino pictographs, and numerous bats.
Bayahíbe, La Romana
Aptly translating as the “double fun” cave, adrenaline pumps are promised on this hiking and caving expedition to Cueva Fun Fun. You’ll rappel into an enormous chamber filled with stalactites, stalagmites, water in parts, and bats.
Hato Mayor, La Romana, Punta Cana
Tucked inside the forest of El Choco National Park, Cabarete’s caves reveal an underground network dating back millions of years. Cueva de Cristal rests underground with a fresh water pool, while other caves above ground are filled with stalactites and stalagmites.
Puerto Plata
El Choco National Park offers a world of nature for hikes, mountain biking, swimming in fresh water lagoons, and cave exploration. Stretching 78 square kilometers (30 square miles), a handful of hiking trails take you through thick tropical forest along cacao and coffee trees, and into caves dating back millions of years.
Puerto Plata

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The Ruins of the San Nicolás de Bari Hospital was built between 1503 and 1508 under the reign of Governor Nicolás de Ovando. This oldest hospital in the Americas was used as a model for other hospitals built in the New World.  Take amazing pictures in this colonial ruin, which are remains of a once splendid piece of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. It survived numerous historical events, including pirate attacks, earthquakes, and revolutions. 🕍🤳  📷: @sherlyn_cast  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #dominicanrepublic #opendr #wanderlust #caribbean #turizoneando #santodomingo #ciudadcolonial #nicolasdebari
Playa Esmeralda is an expansive oasis that offers more beach space than beachgoers, where you can relax under the shade of the palm trees. It is perfect for snorkeling to see the colorful fish that call it home. 🌞🌴  Miches was once a sleepy fishing village but has recently risen on the tourism radar thanks to its unspoiled beaches and stunning views from the top of Montaña Redonda.  📷: @aquaventureros  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #dominicanrepublic #opendr #wanderlust #caribbean #playaesmeralda #miches
Take amazing pictures at the bauxite extraction mine left on the way to Hoyo Pelempito, a deep gorge formed millions of years ago. ⛰🌲  Located a cool 4,265 feet high, the drive is an attraction in itself, and is unique to the Caribbean region. At the top are several mountain trails near the observatory, which overlooks the geological depression dropping 2,300 feet, nestled between the Sierra de Bahoruco mountains.  📷: @blonde.travel  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #dominicanrepublic #opendr #wanderlust #caribbean #pedernales #hoyodepelempito
Stating your day with views like this will guarantee an amazing day full of unforgettable experiences in Samaná. 🌴🌊⛰  Get the full countryside experience staying in a wooden cabin with beautiful gardens and saltwater pools. Take your time to enjoy the simple things in life like a magical sunrise and sunset while taking care of the environment. 
What do you think about this view?  📷: @tomstrickland @simplysantos @haciendacocuyo  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #dominicanrepublic #opendr #wanderlust #caribbean #samana #haciendacocuyo
Where are the roads taking you this weekend? The astonishing María Trinidad Sánchez province is a great place to start or to pass by on your way from Puerto Plata to Samaná to explore the north coast’s unique natural attractions.  In the coastal area of Río San Juan, Nagua and Cabrera, you will find endless beaches, cenotes, palm tree groves, waterfalls, and incredible caves.  What would be your ideal Dominican road trip? 🚙🌴🌊  📷: @dronepics_rd  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #dominicanrepublic #opendr #wanderlust #caribbean #mariatrinidadsanchez #nagua #cabrera
Bahía de las Águilas is a feast for your eyes. The beauty of this place has no comparison. You’ll be instantly taken aback and reach a complete state of relaxation. 
It is located within the Jaragua National Park in Pedernales and boasts five miles of white sand perfection and abundant marine life. 🌊🐠  Who would you like to share this stunning place with?  📷: @girlstraveler @karinivaldez @carlostorresrd  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #dominicanrepublic #opendr #wanderlust #caribbean #bahiadelasaguilas #pedernales
Salinas, Puerto Hermoso de Baní is the picture-perfect location for the most amazing pictures. 📷😎  The surprising dry landscape of the southwest of the country offers a great combination of salt mines, dunes, mangroves, lakes, and the Caribbean Sea, which makes it very picturesque.  📷: @jo.hero 
#godomrep #godominicanrepublic #mydr #opendr #bani #salinasbani
Relax at Cap Cana Marina with a cocktail and a panoramic sea view from one of its chic waterfront bars. 🚤🛥🍾  Marina Cap Cana offers over 130 slips, accommodating up to 150 ft. yachts. It is surrounded by an enchanting village with gourmet restaurants and elegant boutiques. Its coastlines and proximity are considered among the best spots in the world for fishing and deep-water diving.  📷: @carloshorton.a @marinacapcana @vivecapcana 
#godomrep #godominicanrepublic #mydr #opendr #capcana #visitcapcana #puntacana
Mornings in Jarabacoa are priceless. The beauty of its mountains is immense. ⛰🌲  This eco-tourism hub is easily accessed via modern highways. Jarabacoa means “place of waters” in Taíno language and boasts a variety of charming accommodations, from riverside ranches and eco-lodges to luxury vacation villas perched in the mountains.  Raise your hand if you’d like to wake up to this view!  📷: @dronepics_rd 
#godomrep #godominicanrepublic #mydr #opendr #jarabacoa #lavega
Ocean World Adventure Park is located in Cofresí, just over three miles west of Puerto Plata city. 🦜  Children and adults can enjoy a multitude of marine experiences, from shows with sea lions and nurse sharks to an exotic bird area and snorkeling in an artificial coral reef aquarium filled with hundreds of tropical fish.  📷: @flyfilmsdr @oceanworldrd 
#godomrep #godominicanrepublic #puertoplata #oceanworldpuertoplata #oceanworldadventurepark

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