The Caribbean island of Hispaniola boasts the firm favourite of the Dominican Republic to the west. Popular amongst tourists for it’s all inclusive resorts, sun-kissed beaches and golf courses, the Dominican Republic has fast become an attractive choice. Catering for both families and couples, this Caribbean marvel is perfect for those who seek relaxation and time amongst nature. Sandy beaches and national parks line the coastlines, whilst a trip to the Dominican Republic’s cities and towns conjures up a historic touch, which isn’t afraid to showcase its culture. With Dominican Republic holidays, there is more than enough to keep you entertained. So, have a look at all you can look forward to…
Things to do in Punta Cana
Punta Cana is one of the island’s most well-known destinations, attracting a huge number of tourism each year. Why? Well, there are plenty of all inclusive resorts to go around offering direct access to the beach, large outdoor swimming pools and comfy, tropical-inspired accommodation. One of the top areas within Punta Cana is Bávaro which is home to glorious golden beaches like Playa Bávaro. Swaying palm trees line the beaches as crystal-clear waters roll into the shoreline. Plus, with some sea exploration, you can discover the colourful coral reefs which lay along Bávaro’s coastline. On top of that, golfers will love a holiday in Punta Cana thanks to the Cocotal Golf and Country Club. This 27-hole golf course puts up a challenge for keen golfers as you try your hand at putting.
Things to do in Santo Domingo
The Dominican Republic’s capital is always worth a visit! Its Zona Colonial has a number of historic landmarks including Parque Colon – the city’s central square. The centre of the square boasts a statue of Christopher Columbus after whom the square was named after in 1887. A walk around Parque Colon no doubt enhances the colonial feel of Santo Domingo as well as being a place of rest and relaxation.
Furthermore, visit the fortified gate of Puerta del Conde. This significant monument acts as a symbol of Dominican independence due to their defence and coup against Haitian forces. Finally, the Alcázar de Colón remains one of the top museums within Santo Domingo. There is a tremendous amount of history behind this palace as it once was the home of Christopher Columbus’ son. Amazing views of the Plaza de España and Ozama River surround the palace, whilst the museum house a range of art, furniture and weapons.
Things to do in Puerto Plata
Located in the north of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata is yet another resort which is perfect for family-friendly fun. Visit the Ocean World Adventure Park to grasp the opportunity to get up close and personal with marine life. Swim with dolphins and sharks or enjoy feeding the sea lions. If you’re eager to spend the day on the beach, head to Playa de Long Beach or Playa Dorada, perfect for topping up your tan or taking a dip in the sea.
Take a trip to Fort San Felipe for a real historical essence of Puerto Plata. Self-guided tours are made easy with headsets available on site. As you make your way up to the top, you’ll get to enjoy wonderful panoramic views. If you don’t mind heights, take a ride in the Teleferico Puerto Plata Cable Car which transports visitors to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres. At the very top, you can enjoy Puerto Plata from a different angle as you experience breath-taking views from above. There are also many attractions to explore at the top of the mountain too like a lagoon, botanical gardens and a cave. In addition, a restaurant is available which is perfect for refuelling during your trip.