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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.
Santo Domingo
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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The deep southwest of the Dominican Republic, dubb The deep southwest of the Dominican Republic, dubbed “El Sur Profundo,” is geographically removed from the country’s primary tourist destinations – but its remoteness has its perks: The most biodiverse reserve and parks in the country, fresh water cascades turned natural recreational swimming parks and plantations producing some of the country’s finest coffee. Are you ready to explore? 📸: @theclumsytraveler
Pro tip: Take the leap! This natural diving board Pro tip: Take the leap! This natural diving board can be found on a river hike in Barahona, nestled among dense rainforests and beautiful blue ocean. Many adventure travelers and ecotourists can find beautiful hidden treasures like this one within these one-of-a-kind tropical landscapes. 📸: @georgeswims
Rise and shine, it’s time to explore the tides o Rise and shine, it’s time to explore the tides of Samaná! Wherever you end up on our Atlantic shoreline or in the Caribbean Sea, you’ll enjoy our year-round Dominican winds and waves.📸: @braianpadilla2 @terezamunnigh
Adventure, relaxation, amazing food and so much mo Adventure, relaxation, amazing food and so much more – if you’re looking for the ultimate vacation destination look no further than Las Terrenas. Use the link in our bio to check out @si_swimsuit’s overview on this incredible charming fishing village from their time with us capturing content for the #SISwim2020 issue which launched last month! 📸: @katepowerslovesyou with @camillekostek & @mj_day
Did you hear the news? @forbes recently named Cayo Did you hear the news? @forbes recently named Cayo Arena one of the best Caribbean beaches for 2020! It’s easy to see why, with its endless white sand beaches and deep blue waters, there is beauty everywhere. There is also bountiful marine life and coral reefs that can be explored while snorkeling and scuba diving. Do you have Cayo Arena on your travel bucket list? 📸: @aquamanrd
“From the country’s rich history to the wonder “From the country’s rich history to the wonderfully diverse cultural mix, to the truly amazing beaches, there will always be a special place in my heart for the island,” says Luciele Tranzer Hugo in British Vogue. Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, and @britishvogue agrees.
 
Use the link in our bio to check out their top 10 reasons of why Dominican Republic should be on your must-visit list. What other reasons come to mind for why YOU love Dominican Republic? Share in the comments below or tag @GoDomRep in your own photo so we can share! 🇩🇴❤️💙 Stay safe and be well, we look forward to welcoming you back when the time is right. 📸: @robertmichaelpoole
Whether you’re a pro on a surfboard or have neve Whether you’re a pro on a surfboard or have never stepped foot on one, you need to check out Playa Macao. With prime swells and lessons available all year round, @macaosurfcamp Playa Macao near Punta Cana is the place to be! 🏄‍♀️ 📸: @iamelliott
We can’t get over this stunning photo from @blon We can’t get over this stunning photo from @blonde.travel✨ Would you brave the heights for this pic, or are you a fan of keeping your feet on the ground?
On the lookout for your next family adventure? Set On the lookout for your next family adventure? Set your sights on Puerto Plata! History, white-sand beaches, pulse-pumping adventures and much more, it’s perfect for all travelers alike. 📸:@theadrenalinetraveler
Looking to disconnect and unwind? Set your sights Looking to disconnect and unwind? Set your sights on Jarabacoa. This scenic mountain resort town is a favorite escape of Santiago and Santo Domingo city dwellers. 📸: @alejateconale
Walking through the streets of Ciudad Colonial on Walking through the streets of Ciudad Colonial on a summer day is just one of our favorite things about Dominican Republic. What are some of your favorite things to do in this beautiful area of Santo Domingo? 📸: @alexandermorilloo
Can you imagine a more beautiful spot for a picnic Can you imagine a more beautiful spot for a picnic?🍽 📸: @apolo_ph
Crystal-clear waters, a nearby Marine Mammal Sanct Crystal-clear waters, a nearby Marine Mammal Sanctuary offering manatee sightings and deep blue skies are just three of the reasons why Punta Rucia should be on your bucket list. The fishing village and nearby island, Cayo Arena, offers an abundance of fresh fish, snorkeling and scuba diving for every level and excursions on both land and sea. We hope to see you soon in Punta Rucia! #DRdaydreaming 📸: @moises.arias06
Can we talk about this view?😍Amazing capture, @ Can we talk about this view?😍Amazing capture, @joel_at! Do you have the Samaná Peninsula on your travel bucket list?
Enjoying the shade of a palm tree on the coast of Enjoying the shade of a palm tree on the coast of Punta Cana is exactly where we want to be right now.🌴🌴 📸: @hannakgys
Jaragua National Park is one of Dominican Republic Jaragua National Park is one of Dominican Republic’s most prominent natural reserves. From sea to land, lagoons to isles and Taíno caves, there’s a multitude of scenery to explore. Tag your travel partner in the comments below! 📸: @andreita17 @surfingmanny
To experience some of the world’s most beautiful To experience some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, head to Las Galeras! Home to Playa Rincón, Playa Madama and Playa Frontón, these white-sand beaches and pristine clear waters are so breathtaking you should definitely add it to your travel list. #DRdaydreaming 📸: @timphilippus
Do you enjoy pop music? Then you’re going to lov Do you enjoy pop music? Then you’re going to love our LIVE virtual concert with Dominican pop artist, @coviquintana, this Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m. EST. No need to leave your house, just use the link in our bio to visit our new platform DR Virtual Country for a night to remember! 🇩🇴 🎤
The Malecón at sunset is absolutely stunning.🧡 The Malecón at sunset is absolutely stunning.🧡💛 What’s your favorite way to enjoy sundown in the Colonial City? 📸: @robertvasquez
Today is the day, the launch of the 2020 Sports Il Today is the day, the launch of the 2020 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition! Guess which destination is on full display? Samaná, Dominican Republic! For more head to @si_swimsuit’s social channels and be sure to grab your own #SISwim2020 copy to see all the beautiful destinations featured in this year’s issue. Online ordering available here: https://bit.ly/39cTXBo

📸: @si_swimsuit @katepowerslovesyou with @kelseymerrit & @mj_day

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