Is there one Caribbean destination that could possibly be all things to all people? Where vacationers and adventurers alike find what they’re looking for, and are surprised, delighted and amazed along the way? Where all the requisite “brochure” elements – gorgeous tropical scenery, soft sandy beaches and crystal blue waters – are present in the exact right proportions, along with a rich abundance of local culture and heritage?
It sounds to us a lot like the Dominican Republic. And with three distinctly different destinations, you can truly choose your own adventure and find an unforgettable experience that’s uniquely Dominican – and uniquely yours. Our Dominican destinations offer everything from luxurious resort relaxation to adventure travel that truly pushes the envelope – with many remarkable sights, sounds and experiences in between.
Puerto Plata is Spanish for “Silver Port”, and you’re sure to mint indelible memories when you visit this wonderful city on the Dominican Republic’s north coast. A journey to the Dominican Republic is a study in wonderful contrasts, and Puerto Plata is no exception. The city and the surrounding area are rich in history and culture, against a backdrop of natural tropical beauty.
Yes, there are plenty of options should you simply want to enjoy beach life and excellent meals of fresh local seafood. But really, there’s so much to do: Ocean World Adventure Park is the most complete entertainment in the Dominican – swim with dolphins, or even sharks; feed the toucans; in the evening, unwind with dinner and Show Bravissimo, the number one music and dance show in the Dominican Republic. If you decide on a day trip or a little adventure, you’re sure to be rewarded. Sightseeing options include mountain cable car excursions in Isabel de Torres National Park and relaxing shopping tours of the Sosua markets, while the more active adventurers will find world class windsurfing nearby, as well as championship golf – including Playa Dorada and Playa Grande, the “Pebble Beach of the Caribbean”.
Punta Cana is the answer, particularly when the question is “which way to the beach?” On the Dominican Republic’s east coast, Punta Cana is made up of nine incredible beach areas stretching for 60 km. Where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic, these crystal blue waters and soft, sandy beaches are pure paradise for aquatic adventurers. Snorkelling, scuba, sport fishing and sailing all beckon. There’s truly a beach experience for everyone, from the gentle, family-friendly waters of Bavaro to the surfer’s paradise that is Macao. Jungle adventure awaits as well: Outback Adventures will show you “the real Dominican” with an Outback Safari by jeep or truck; or you can go for the true tropical bird’s eye view of the lush landscape with a Canopy Adventure zipline tour. Trust us, “exhilarating” barely begins to describe it.
The people of Samana take pride in offering an authentic Caribbean experience conveyed with genuine hospitality. The Samana peninsula is located on the north east coast, and considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places in all the Caribbean. Even the air here seems special. It’s truly a place where your stress and cares melt away, where you can fully enjoy each moment, and embrace and savour every experience. Relax and enjoy the laidback pace of Caribbean life. When the spirit to explore moves you, an expedition into Los Haitises National Park with Flora Tours ranks as an absolute must. With incredible tropical scenery at every turn, including centuries-old cave paintings and lush mangrove forests, venturing into Los Haitises is almost like travelling back in time. For a trip that’s sure to move you quicker, Samana Zipline Tours & Excursions will take you over and through the jungle.
You can’t really sum up the Dominican Republic experience in a blog entry. It’s that amazing. Whether you’ve got specific notions about your ideal getaway, or you just know that you simply want to get away, the Dominican Republic is the place where you can find what you’re looking for, where you can seemingly have it all, and be one with everything.