Hiking

Being the second largest territory in the Caribbean, and the most diverse in topography, means a plethora of hiking opportunities. Our national parks offer the perfect setting to start. Hike the Cotubanamá National Park, and hear the history of the Tainos as you pass along their caves. Explore Los Haitises National Park on land, a rarely visited part of this natural gem. For more challenge, Jarabacoa is home to the roof of the DR and of the Caribbean region: 3,087-meter (10,128-ft) high Pico Duarte. Overnight expeditions lead to the peak at sunrise. Constanza offers a surprising side of the country few get to see, with breathtaking hikes through Valle Nuevo’s protected pine tree forests. Puerto Plata and Cabarete’s hills also offer plenty of organized hiking opportunities, through national parks, private ranches, and small villages such as Tubagua.

Hiking knows no season, although summer rains can make trails muddier but more adventurous.

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Hike beaches to your heart’s content, walk through flora-filled rainforests, and climb to the summit of 3,087 meters (10,128 feet) high Pico Duarte.

 
 
Look out for manatees at the Marine Mammal Sanctuary, where a couple of hiking trails lead you towards a protected lagoon, home to the largest number of endangered herbivore West Indian Manatees in DR.
Montecristi
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
Just like its adjacent Armando Bermúdez National Park, yet less explored, this is one of DR’s first national parks and protected areas. Stretching across three provinces at 764 square kilometers (295 square miles), it provides an alternative entry point to Pico Duarte.
Jarabacoa
A charming coastal fishing village, La Ciénaga offers the opportunity to experience an artisan marmalade making workshop, using fresh fruits collected from the Sierra de Bahoruco, and hiking trips to surrounding caves and rivers.
Barahona
Head to this waterfront park, located a mere ten minutes from downtown Jarabacoa, where two of the area’s rivers merge and create mini pools amid the rocks.
Jarabacoa
Kayaking, fishing, hiking, boating, and bird watching through a tunnel of mangroves: these are a handful of activities to enjoy on the Laguna de Bávaro-home to reptiles and flora.
Punta Cana
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
Hike your way up or hop on the only cable car in the Caribbean to reach Mount Isabel de Torres, flanked by a giant statue of Christ the Redeemer–one of the province’s iconic landmarks–and standing 793 meters (2,600 feet) above Puerto Plata.
Puerto Plata
Hike through a lush, protected forest where you can bird watch, spot native plants, and dip in cool fresh springs in underground caves.
Bayahíbe, La Romana

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With views overlooking Plaza de España on one side, and the Ozama River on the other, Alcázar de Colón is the oldest vice regal residence in the Americas, and the first fortified palace, turned into a museum showcasing 16th century furniture, art, musical instruments, and weapons.  🌃🏛
  
Winding staircases lead towards the couple’s well-preserved bedrooms, and to the lavish crystal chandelier-lit reception hall where events were hosted for the Spanish aristocracy. 🌀⚓️  📸: @nelsonguzman01 
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The Dominican Republic is full of dazzling landscapes! The lush mountainous region of the San Cristóbal Province offers great and unique views. 🏞🌿
  
Take a hike through various puddles and trails surrounded by nature to explore Los Charcos de Nizao. Its rock formations make it the perfect natural playground to jump into the refreshing water.   📸: @sirenomanrd  @jfidelio__cruz  
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Tucked inside Valle Nuevo National Park, in an area known as La Nevera, this pyramid-shaped monument sits at an altitude of around 7,500 feet. ⛰🌿 
Spanish artisans from the communities of Constanza and San José de Ocoa carved the two cone-shaped structures as a symbol of their gratitude for the completion of the San José de Ocoa-Constanza road in 1958. 🌬🧣  📸: @carlostorresrd  
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Dominican gastronomy is a symphony of colors, textures and flavors.  🍛❤️
  
Every Dominican meal is a celebration of friendship and family unity cooked with love. Our rich cultural heritage provided the right mix of ingredients and cooking methods to make the most scrumptious and varied cuisine. 
  
What’s your favorite Dominican dish? 🍽   📸:@cositafrita   
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Get ready to be stunned by Catalina Island’s powder-fine white sand, calm waters and abundant marine life. 🌞🌴
  
This small island is surrounded by a marine coral reef nature preserve, at its center a tropical forest encircled by fine white sand and calm waters. The island is easily accessible by boat and excursions are provided by the surrounding hotels.  🌊  📸:@depauladrone    
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Bahía de las Águilas is the definition of beauty. Your eyes won’t believe that shade of blue is real. There is absolutely no other place like it. 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? 🐚👯‍♀️   📸: @jmpprd   
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Cayo Levantado is not only known just for its pristine white sands, but its authentic vibes and delicious gastronomy make it the perfect day trip! 🐚🌊
  
Cayo Levantado is sometimes referred to as Barcardi Island. It earned that nickname thanks to its location use as a paradise beach in Bacardi ads. It’s one of the prettiest spots in the Dominican Republic. 🌴🌞
  
Raise your hand if you’d like to be there right now!🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️  📸: @maripilimendoza 
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Sans Souci Terminal is on the east side of Santo Domingo, across the Ozama River. Tourists landing there are next door to the attractions of the Columbus Lighthouse, the National Aquarium and Los Tres Ojos Nature Park. ⚓️
  
Its facilities receive a ferry from Puerto Rico and there is a convention center with a capacity for 7,000 people.  🐚🌿  📸: @naturalfeelsrd 
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Feel the authentic Punta Cana vibe and let yourself be captivated by an electrifying world full of surprises, adventures, daring, and full participation. 👯‍♀️  @cirquedusoleil brings us #KOOZA an experience that is not just incredibly fun, but an exciting experience that will be the best part of your vacation.  🎪💃🏻  Shows every week until April 10 under the Big Top in Downtown Punta Cana! 🙌   #GoDomRep #MyDR #PuntaCana #GoPuntaCana
What time is it? It’s yummy o’clock! Every meal prepared by loving Dominican hands it’s just delightful and it turns into a joyous occasion. If Dominicans are present, fun is to be had. 🍽🍗
  
Tostones, crispy, fried and flattened plantains, are the perfect side dish that go with almost every meal. Fried chicken, or chicharrón de pollo, as it’s locally known, is very popular around the DR and its flavor is enhanced with the delicious Dominican sobrito. 🌀  📸: @cositafrita 
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