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Dominican Republic

Known as the cradle of the Americas, the Dominican Republic is full of iconic sights across its cities and provinces. Visit world-famous beaches—such as Playa Rincón, in Samaná. Walk through the first buildings and monuments in the Americas lining the streets of Santo Domingo’s Colonial City. Hike the ruins of La Isabela, in Puerto Plata province, where Columbus built his first and only home on land in the Americas, perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. Hike the DR’s sole UNESCO Biosphere in the southwest, the most biodiverse in the country. Hear the history of merengue in a small village in Puerto Plata, said to be its birthplace. Visit cathedrals and religious shrines, key in Dominican culture.

The majority of iconic sights are easily reached from the country’s main tourist destinations, and remain open year-round.

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Tour the Caribbean’s largest botanical gardens, visit the first established city of the New World, Columbus’ home, hike nature reserves hiding Taino caves, and stroll world-famous beaches.

 
 
Near the Sans Souci Port Terminal, the National Aquarium has a long shark tunnel and manatee petting area. Located beside the sea, there are benches to sit and enjoy the view. Av. España.
Santo Domingo
See large domesticated fish in their natural habitat as they swarm around the coral gardens in this aquarium off the Grand Paradise Resort in Las Galeras.
Samaná
One of the most popular museums in the Colonial City. Completed around 1512, this Gothic and Renaissance style palace was the home of Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus, and his wife María de Toledo, niece of King Ferdinand of Spain.
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Sculpted entirely of stone, Altos de Chavón —a model 16th century Mediterranean village—is a delightful place to tour for its charming medieval feel, including plenty of shopping, fine dining, and bars.
La Romana
Designed like a Grecian amphitheater, this breathtaking 5,000-seat open-air facility hosts concerts and performances from major Dominican and international artists year-round. Seeing a concert here, under the stars, is a bucket list item.
La Romana
A modern basketball facility hosts the tournaments (usually in the spring) that pit different sections of the city against each other in an all-out battle for the city championship. Regional and national championship games are played here during the summer. The local basketball team is called the “Metros”.
Santiago
The scenic Samaná Bay wins over every photographer’s eye. This seaside promenade is the heart and pulse of the town of Santa Bárbara de Samaná. Residents and visitors relax on shaded benches facing the bay waters to take in views of anchored boats, ready to whisk visitors and fishers.
Samaná
The city of Barahona is ideally located near beaches, cold rivers for swims, and is less than an hour away from an array of biodiverse parks, lakes, and mountains.
Barahona
The drive down the Barahona Enriquillo Coastal Highway shows off a sparkling turquoise Caribbean Sea on your left, while the mountains of Barahona tower on the not-so-distant right.
Barahona
Visit the historical center of one of the top rum brands in the country. Know the history of rum making in DR, its role in the culture, Barceló’s manufacturing process, tour the rum barrel storage areas, get to taste the various Barceló varieties of rum.
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There’s plenty of reasons to explore outside of the resorts and tourist hubs, and the mysterious bridges of Samaná are a prime example. Halted construction in the 1970s left behind these gorgeous structures for tourists and locals alike to explore. 📸: @simonzouain
Grab your suit, lace up your shoes and head north to Río Rejoya, where you’ll find six cascading waterfalls. Don’t wait another day to experience one of Puerto Plata’s hidden gems. #OpenDR💃🏻: @chantyvargaspr 📸: @jonasshots @_kendrii
2020 was a long year but 2021 is here and we’re waiting to welcome you for a trip full of rest & relaxation under the palm trees at Isla Saona. #OpenDR 📸: @littlewanderbook
Is there anything better than a beach day with your best friend (or fur best friend)? ❤🐶📸: @koffer.kind
In search of an off-the-beaten path destination for your 2021 travels? Look no further than Pedernales! From exploring neighboring Lago Enriquillo, the largest hypersaline lake in the Caribbean and the region’s lowest point, to hiking Jaragua National Park, one of the most important natural reserves in the country and part of the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Dominican Republic, Pedernales boasts endless beauty and adventure. Check out our guide to Pedernales via the link in our bio! 📸: @carlostorresrd
Pack your bags, it’s time to explore the birthplace of tourism in Dominican Republic: Puerto Plata! We promise you’re sure to fall in love with this charming, sea-side city. 📸: @cbezerraphotos
We want to wake up to this view every morning. 😍 Who would you want to share breakfast with on this terrace? Tag your travel partner in the comments! 📸: @karinivaldez
We all earned a vacation this year. 💕 Dominican Republic has activities for every sort of adventure, whether you want to get out and explore or relax by the pool. Our award-winning resorts are waiting to welcome you with a poolside lounge chair, sunny weather and tons of pulse pumping activities at your beck and call. ☀ Book your trip! #OpenDR 📸: @theadrenalinetraveler @zoetryresorts
Looking to recharge and reset this new year? There’s no better way than kicking back along Punta Cana’s white sand beaches and turquoise waters. 🌴#OpenDR 📸: @kitkat_ch
There are hidden gems all around Dominican Republic. A multitude of beaches allows for blissful moments of solitude to relax and enjoy the beauty of Dominican Republic. Are you ready to Go Dominican Republic? 🏝 📸: @celia_tichadelle @carlostorresrd
Lush, green forests and cerulean blue waters are waiting to give you the adventure of a lifetime. Are you ready to explore with us in Las Terrenas? #OpenDR 📸: @carloshorton.a
Swimming, hiking, riding ATVs, ziplining; whatever you’re looking for, Dominican Republic has it all. For an adventure to remember, head to La Plaza in Barahona where you can venture through crystal-clear blue pools surrounded by limestone rocks within a jungle. #GoDomRep 📸: @theadrenalinetraveler
Planning for a 2021 adventure? Look no further than Punta Cana! Not only are there beautiful beaches, but you’ll also find heavenly nature hotspots, like this lagoon. Fun fact: According to a report from @expedia, Punta Cana ranks among the most-searched vacation destinations for 2021!  Use the link in our bio to visit our website and start planning. www.GoDominicanRepublic.com 📸: @kitkat_ch
As we reflect on 2020, we are beyond grateful for this community and to have the opportunity to share the beauty of Dominican Republic with fans from all over the world. Cheers, we’ll be waiting to welcome you and yours in 2021! 📸: @carloshorton.a
Dreaming of a 2021 Caribbean getaway? Dominican Republic is open, ready and well prepared to welcome you! Learn more about our world-class safety measures which includes extended access to our free health coverage plan until March 31, 2021. Learn more via the @travelpulse article link in our bio. #OpenDR 🇩🇴✈️ 📸:@robertvasquez
Rock formations and calming blue waters, endless adventures await you at Río Partido in Jamao al Norte! Are you ready to dive in?✈️#OpenDR 📸: @carlostorresrd
Take the leap and plan your trip to Dominican Republic today! Deep blue lagoons, white sand beaches and unparalleled cuisine are waiting for you. #OpenDR 📸: @ariadnatb @scapepark
Rise and shine, it’s time to soak up the last few days of 2020 with another showstopping sunrise over the mountains of Samaná. Tag someone you want to enjoy this view with in 2021! 😎 📸: @timphilippus
The holidays may look different this year, though we hope yours are still just as magical. Merry Christmas Eve to all! ✨📸:@skyzonerd
The perfect cove does exist and it’s waiting for you in Samaná! Double tap if you’d embark on a soak within this stunning natural pool located within the Cap El Limon property. #OpenDR 📸: @elincapellan @capellimonsamana

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