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

 
 
Tucked inside Scape Park, in the Cap Cana area, this “blue hole” cenote offers a refreshing swim in natural, cool spring waters. Surrounded in lush rainforest, Hoyo Azul sits at the foot of a 75-meter (246-foot) tall limestone cliff covered in vegetation.
Punta Cana
Laguna Dudú’s series of turquoise, freshwater lagoons surrounded with caves and lush forest will keep you swimming all day long. Rent a kayak to navigate the waters, explore one of the caves on foot, or brave the makeshift zipline at your own risk.
Puerto Plata
Climb a series of sturdy wooden steps and explore the large number of petroglyphs across the walls, faces suggesting the presence of Tainos thousands of years ago.
Barahona
One of multiple cenotes tucked inside Scape Park, Las Ondas sits in an ancient, underground cavern with just a sliver of sunlight, but magical fresh waters. A leisurely eco trail through a dry forest leads towards a steep, wooden staircase that descends into the cave.
Punta Cana
Los Haitises National Park is one of the crown jewels of the Dominican Republic’s national park system. Los Haitises attracts numerous visitors who come here by boat to see its magnificent series of high rock formations; also, it boasts extensive mangroves along its bay, dotted with keys and caves.
Samaná
Take a nature break around ancient Taino caves and lagoons.
Santo Domingo
Reached by boat from Las Galeras, Playa Frontón’s stunning shoreline is a sight for sore eyes. Its brilliant fine white sand sits at the foot of a 90 meter (300-foot) metamorphic, rocky cliff, with its shoreline dotted with bright green coconut trees.
Las Galeras, Samaná
Part of the Jaragua National Park, a series of three river fed natural pools tucked in a partially open cave, and hugged by rocky formations.
Pedernales

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Barahona is known for dramatic landscapes like this.  🌊🌴
 
You’ll never stop getting surprised the more you explore this outstanding destination filled with majestic mountains, some of the most beautiful rivers in the country, thermal waters, pristine beaches, and even a magic road with an optical illusion.  
 
Are you ready to find out what Barahona has in store for you? 🌞🐚
📸: @jmpprd 
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Punta Cana’s miles of stunning beaches have all kinds of accommodations for every type of traveler. From large resorts to small boutique hotels and everything in between, one thing’s for sure: you will have an unforgettable vacation.  🌞🌴
  
Make sure to venture outside the hotel to try some of the various fun activities, like snorkeling, catamaran sailing, zip lining, countryside excursions, caving and nighttime shows, just to name a few. 
  
Will you join us? 🐚
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Endless adventures await you at Arco Divino Waterfall in Río Blanco, Bonao. It’s the perfect 
combination of excitement and relaxation. 🌊🧘‍♀️  This stunning waterfall is set amidst trees and rocks. You will cross the confluence of four rivers, some of which are among the coldest in the region. The hike is strenuous, but once you reach Arco Divino it’ll all be worth it.🪨🌞  Who’s up for the adventure?🙋‍♂️  📸: @alele2285 @wanderlustdomrep
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If you’re looking for unparalleled Zen on your next visit to the Dominican Republic, be sure to set your alarm for sunrise.  🌞🌊
 
Breathe in the fresh air and feel the gentle ocean breeze to find complete tranquility. We promise Dominican beaches will never disappoint. After you feel completely relaxed in your morning yoga session, you’ll be ready for many adventures in our diverse destinations and for lots of fun. 🧘‍♂️🕊
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Rainy days and Mondays won’t get you down in Santo Domingo. The right company and the stunning backdrop are the perfect combination for a blissful mood. ☔️👫 
  
The Colonial City of Santo Domingo has many picturesque monuments that date back to the 16th century and are very well preserved, making it an excellent choice for a memorable photo shoot.   ⛪️🌿
📸: @fotochera 
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This 18th century wooden church is a cultural heritage site. Its beautiful Gothic design is a structure shipped directly from England in the early 20th century to replace its prior version.  
 
“La Churcha” name is a Dominican twist on the English word “church”. It practices the African Methodist Episcopal faith, and its attendees are descendants of African Americans. To this day, the eldest citizens still speak English, and their influence is present in the gastronomy of Samaná. ⛪️🌷🌿
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Catalina Island: a piece of heaven that’s waiting for you! Popular for diving and snorkeling, its pristine beach amazes with its powder-fine white sand and calm waters. 🐚🌞
  
Coral reefs are abundant, including a “Living Museum of the Sea” following the discovery—after three centuries—of Captain Kidd’s shipwreck at 70 feet, right off the island. Popular dive sites include the over 100 ft. Catalina Wall, and the Aquarium. 🐠🌴  📸: @domcaklimova 
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