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.

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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.
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


Paulie the parrot is waiting for you in the lush mountains of Constanza. 🦜🌿  The Hispaniolan parrot, locally known as cotorra, is a species of Amazon parrot endemic to the island of Hispaniola.  It inhabits a variety of wooded habitats, from arid palm-savannah to pine and montane humid forest. It is becoming increasingly frequent in urban refuges, such as Santo Domingo.   Have you seen our lovely cotorras flying around? 🌞🦜
📸: @carloshorton.a
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #Constanza
Who’s up for an adventure to explore this marvelous waterfall hidden in the Samaná mountains?🏞  Whether you decide to reach El Limón waterfall by a strenuous hike or a by a horseback ride up the Sierra de Samaná, it’ll be worth it. You’ll be rewarded by this magnificent view and its refreshing water will revitalize you. 🌿🌞  📸: @sland_natalie @nonexistentjay
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #Samana #SaltoElLimon
Dominican Republic’s natural attractions are seemingly endless. 🌞🌴  In addition to the mainland’s sparkling beaches, the DR boasts multiple offshore cayes with an even more stunning sea and sand environment. Off the coast of Samaná, Cayo Levantado is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, kayaking and more.  What kind of adventure are you looking forward to in your next vacation?🐚🌊
📸: @claudiu.pep
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #CayoLevantado
Samaná: the IT place of inexhaustible surprises. 🐚  No matter where you go throughout the peninsula, you only have to walk or drive a short distance and the landcape will change completely, providing different experiences.  Playa Rincón is a perfect example: on one side mountains, mangroves, river and calm waves for snorkeling; on the oposite side bigger waves for bodyboarding, plus beautiful palm trees all along the bay. 🌴🌞  Who would you go to Samaná with?👯‍♀️🌊
📸: @domingobello
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #PlayaRincón #Samana
The sublime beauty of Barahona makes time stand still. The color of the sea matches its unique Larimar and its staggering mountains harbors the most crystaline rivers. 🌊🌞  Come discover the hidden natural gems of the “Pearl of the South”, one of the most astounding places of the Dominican Republic.  Will you be adding Barahona to your bucket list?📝🐚
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #Barahona
Merengue is our national music and dance💃  Merengue and Bachata music and dancing were 
declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2016 and 2019, respectively. Both musical genres are famous worldwide.  We salute Johnny Ventura, who has proudly represented the Dominican Republic internationally for over 60 years, playing merengue. May he rest in peace. He will never be forgotten❤️🙏🏽
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #SantoDomingo
Magical moments like this await you in Playa Salinas, Baní. You will feel as free as these American flamingos as you ride the waves in a kitesurf or in a pleasant boat ride along the stunning coastline. 🌊🌞 
Get ready to explore its magnificent surroundings, which are full of surprises. You will find the perfect socially distant getaway in Baní.🌿  📸: @antonioberges
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #Baní
Raise your hand if you would like to be here now!🙋‍♀️  
Playa Preciosa is a stunning beach located right next to Playa Grande in the María Trinidad Sánchez province. Take a dip in its warm turquoise water or a boat tour to the natural pool, the Cueva de las Golondrinas or the Gri-Grí lagoon. Top it off with an exquisite fresh seafood lunch on the beach. 🌴🌊  📸: @todo.dominicana @dronepics_rd 
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #RíoSanJuan  #MariaTrinidadSanchez
When you are enjoying yourself the moon shines brighter, palm trees dance to the rhythm of the sea breeze, the soft sand caresses your feet and everything feels just right.🌬 
The Dominican sky is beautiful day and night. As you explore our remote locations, you will be able to make out new constellations🌌🌴
Who would you share a magical moment like this with? 👯‍♀️
📸: @guillermoarmenteros 
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #JuanDolio
Did you know there are rainforests in the Dominican Republic? 
Los Haitises National Park is one of the crown jewels of the Dominican Republic’s national park system with magnificent 98-foot-high rock formations jutting out of the water.  Explore the park by boat from Samaná, hike its rainforest to view flora up close, or kayak along its lush mangrove system. 🚣🏼🌿🌊  📸: @felixbaezr 
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #Loshaitises #Samaná

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