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ICONIC SIGHTS IN
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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ICONIC SIGHTS

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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When you get the opportunity to go to Punta Rucia, When you get the opportunity to go to Punta Rucia, DO IT! You can snorkel and experience the breathtaking coral reefs and swim with the fish, or just relax. 🐠 📸: @alexinwanderland
With fresh green plantains at the heart of this di With fresh green plantains at the heart of this dish, it’s no wonder mangú is one of the most popular dishes across Dominican Republic. #Mangú is made by boiling and mashing green plantains and it’s most often served alongside a traditional Dominican breakfast. Stay tuned for weekly Dominican recipes that you can make from the comfort and safety of your home. Check out the link in our bio for a great #MangúRecipe.
Planning an island adventure? Check out Cayo Levan Planning an island adventure? Check out Cayo Levantado, located just off the coast of Samaná. The island, located in the waters of Samaná Bay, is perfect for day trippers looking for some beach time, live music and amazing Dominican eats. 📸: @peluso_simone
~No te pongas tan ocupado ganándote la vida que t ~No te pongas tan ocupado ganándote la vida que te olvides de vivirla~ “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” Take the time to reflect and be thankful during this time of distancing. What are some things you’re grateful for? 📸:@thevacaygirl
After a long week, we’re #DRdaydreaming of loung After a long week, we’re #DRdaydreaming of lounging on the beach. Tag your beach buddy in the comments below! 📸:@maelle_8
Arepa can come in many forms in Latin America, but Arepa can come in many forms in Latin America, but Dominican Arepa is dense, sweet and made from cornmeal and coconut. The dense cake is typically seasoned with cinnamon and raisins and is best served with a warm coffee. Have you tried sweet or savory Dominican Arepa before? Stay tuned for weekly Dominican recipes that you can make from the comfort and safety of your home. Check out the link in our bio for a great #arepadominicana recipe.
Keep your head up! There’s light at the end of t Keep your head up! There’s light at the end of the tunnel and we will get through this together. #DRdaydreaming 📸: @leonardopicollo
Bursting with culture, a thriving baseball scene a Bursting with culture, a thriving baseball scene and a vibrant entertainment district, Santiago is a can’t-miss Dominican destination! Do you have the “Ciudad Corazón” on your DR bucket list? 📸: @volandodr
With travel on pause, we thought it fitting to ref With travel on pause, we thought it fitting to reflect on Puerto Plata where tourism in Dominican Republic all began. With bright architecture, stunning beaches, amazing rivers and plenty of adventures, what types of trips are you daydreaming about? 📸: @felix_olivo #DRdaydreaming 📍 Tubagua Plantation Eco Village, Puerto Plata
Swimming, sunbathing, kayaking and more, Cayo Leva Swimming, sunbathing, kayaking and more, Cayo Levantado has it all! What kind of adventure are you #DRdaydreaming of? 📸:@thetravelgift_
Stay home and stay healthy. The cascading waters o Stay home and stay healthy. The cascading waters of Río Partido will be waiting for you as soon as we can travel again. 📸: @carlostorresrd
The wanderlust is REAL in quarantine. Tag your tra The wanderlust is REAL in quarantine. Tag your travel partner below and let us know which Dominican Republic beach you’re #DRdaydreaming of. 📸: @unpasajeparados
Did you know the Samaná region in Dominican Repub Did you know the Samaná region in Dominican Republic has the highest density of palm trees in the Caribbean? The region produces TONS of coconuts and it’s probably why the combination of fresh coconut and seafood originates from the area. The popular dish can be made in endless combinations, but the most popular is sautéed grouper or snapper with a coconut sauce. Stay tuned for weekly Dominican recipes that you can make from the comfort and safety of your home. Check out the link in our bio for a great #coconutsauce and fish #recipe.
We’re #DRdaydreaming about a trip to Punta Rucia We’re #DRdaydreaming about a trip to Punta Rucia. The uncrowded, white sand beaches are calling to us. How gorgeous is this cotton candy sky?😍📸: @dani_the_explorer
Working on your bucket list? Make sure to include Working on your bucket list? Make sure to include the pristine beaches of Pedernales! 📸: @by.iris.sophia with @authenticchica & @larissabruin
Looking to brighten up your next video call? Add a Looking to brighten up your next video call? Add a piece of Dominican Republic to the background! Check out our most recent blog post for 17 amazing landscapes. From the cascading waterfalls of Jarabacoa to the pristine beaches of Pedernales, being inside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beauty of Dominican Republic. Which destination will you explore first? Be sure to tag us so we can follow along! Link in bio.
Stunning capture by @timphilippus of our Caribbean Stunning capture by @timphilippus of our Caribbean waters! How are you staying active, while staying apart?
Miches: “The most beautiful beach town you’ve Miches: “The most beautiful beach town you’ve never heard of”. Read more from @shermanstravel to learn about this untouched, off-the-beaten-path destination. Link in bio. 📸: @carlostorresrd
How do you like your passion fruit juice? Fresh pa How do you like your passion fruit juice? Fresh passion fruit is a popular staple all over Dominican Republic and is commonly used in drinks, desserts or even on it’s own. Stay tuned for weekly Dominican recipes that you can make from the comfort and safety of your home. Check out the link in our bio for a great #passionfruitcocktail #passionfruitmocktail #recipe.
Did you know Dominican Repubilc is a leader in eco Did you know Dominican Repubilc is a leader in ecotourism in the Caribbean? Most of our land and coastline are protected as national parks, reserves and sanctuaries. The best part is, it’ll be waiting for you once it’s safe to travel again. 📸:@hetisdemerckx

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