This exhilarating 10-day itinerary takes you beyond the Dominican Republic's famous beaches to discover an island of diverse landscapes and unforgettable adventures. Hike to waterfalls on the Samaná Peninsula, take your pick of world-class watersports in Cabarete, then head to the mountains to discover the rushing rivers and rugged canyons of Jarabacoa. Your journey ends in the historic capital of Santo Domingo, where you'll tour the Americas' oldest European settlement and visit the ancient caverns of Los Tres Ojos.
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The Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful beaches and a multitude of resorts, but it's also one of the most diverse destinations you can visit and one that remains culturally rich. You'll want to dance the bachata and merengue, listen to live music, and speak with its hospitable people. Head outdoors for a land brimming with cacao and coffee trails, national parks with hiking trails and mountains, and tropical forests. From colonial cities to beach towns, offshore islands to lagoons, there's more to see and do than you can fit into one trip.
When is the best time to visit?
The Dominican Republic enjoys a tropical climate with high temperatures throughout the year. There is a dry and a rainy season, although even the wetter months see plenty of hot sunny days and rainfall usually comes in heavy showers that clear quickly. Generally, the best time to visit is between December and April when sunshine and temperatures are milder and rainfall is lowest.
How many days do you need?
While it's possible to have a fun trip to one of the Dominican Republic's cities over a long weekend, we recommend at least 5 days if you really want to experience much of what the country has to offer.
If you have 10 days, you could almost see the entire island from north to south on an adventurous trip that includes visiting the Las Terrenas beach area, Los Haitises National Park, the colonial city of Santiago, and Santo Domingo.
Getting Around the Dominican Republic
Most travelers fly into Santo Domingo and then travel around the island by private transfer. If you're up for it, you could also rent a car and discover the island in a more personalized way.
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If you are looking for an adventurous trip to the Dominican Republic, this itinerary is for you! Visit Santo Domingo on a bike tour and explore Santiago de los Caballeros. Finish your trip in Las Terrenas with its enchanting white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters.
Escape to a paradise of turquoise waters and white sand beaches on this unforgettable 15-day journey through the Dominican Republic. Tour the oldest colonial city in the Americas at Santo Domingo, explore underwater worlds in Sosúa, and head to the pristine Samana Peninsula to discover towering waterfalls, hidden beaches, and the spectacular Los Haitises National Park. End your trip in the tropical haven of Punta Cana, where you'll unwind at the beach in between adventurous excursions.
If you have less than a week to travel to the Dominican Republic, this is your trip. It's a five-day journey around the island that includes a guided bike tour of historic Santo Domingo, visiting the white-sand beaches at Bayahibe, learning about fine cigars at the VegaFina Cigar Factory, and much more. You'll get to know the real Dominican Republic with the help of the best local guides accompanying you on each activity.
This relaxed 12-day road trip checks off the best of the Dominican Republic's historic cities, idyllic beaches, and stunning national parks. Cycle through colonial history in Santo Domingo, explore breathtaking dive sites in Sosúa, discover the pristine beaches of the Samaná Peninsula, and kayak through the mangroves and islands of Los Haitises National Park.
Five days is more than enough time to embark on family-friendly adventures in the Dominican Republic. It begins in Punta Cana, with activities around the country's famous white-sand beaches. These include snorkeling at gorgeous Saona Island, diving into the famed Hoya Azul cenote, and heading beneath the water on a "Scuba Doo" adventure that both kids and adults are sure to love.
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Whether you're on a family trip or traveling solo, like beach holidays or mountain excursions, there's the perfect holiday to suit your interests in the Dominican Republic. Seven days is all you need to do it all, from island excursions to snorkeling trips to waterfall hikes and buggy rides on the beach. You can also embark on horseback excursions through tobacco country, river rafting adventures, and walking tours of historic Santo Domingo.
Enjoy the family trip of a lifetime over seven days on the Dominican Republic's south coast. You'll do it all, from snorkeling around offshore islands to visiting mysterious caves to off-roading around some of the most stunning white-sand beaches in the Caribbean. You'll also get active on a bicycle tour of Santo Domingo's historic sights, go starfish spotting in natural pools, and even spend time with playful squirrel monkeys.
This packed seven-day itinerary will take you to some of the most beautiful and remote locales in the Dominican. It includes relaxing on white-sand beaches, hiking through national parks, visiting remote farming villages, and experiencing hidden gems most tourists never see. You'll also spot plenty of wildlife throughout the adventure, from iguanas and exotic birds to crocodiles and pink flamingos.
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