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5 Best Reasons For A Fun Vacation In The Dominican Republic

Best reasons for a vacation in the Dominican Rebublic
Dominican Republic [Image by RitaE on Pixabay]
The Dominican Republic offers idyllic beaches and luxurious resorts, perfect for a vacation on the beach. However, with its diverse geography and historic cities, this Caribbean destination has so much more to offer travelers looking for more than sunbathing on the sand. Here we briefly look at the five best reasons for a fun vacation in the Dominican Republic.

1. Beach vacation in Punta Cana

Punta Cana beach
Punta Cana [Image by DEZALB on Pixabay]
For those truly looking for a relaxing beach vacation, Punta Cana has everything they need and more. This area does have endless, white-sand beaches overlooking crystal-clear Caribbean waters. Meanwhile, Punta Cana has some of the best all-inclusive resorts for families, couples and solo travelers. Moreover, water sports of all kinds are available here.

Among the best beaches on the island, Punta Cana’s most impressive is Bavaro Beach, lined with excellent resorts. Here, you will have access not only to the beach but also to restaurants and shopping options all along the way. However, let’s rather have a look at other activities besides lying on the sand.

2. Whale Watching in Samaná Bay

Humpback whales in the Dominican Republic
Humpback whale [Image by Anne Smith/Pixabay]
While Samaná isn’t your usual tourist destination, the city does offer the chance to watch the visiting humpback whales. A number of companies offer half-day whale watching trips. There is nothing quite like heading out on a boat to watch these magnificent creatures swimming in the waves.

Meanwhile, it is also possible to book a 12-hour whale watching trip from Punta Cana. The best time to visit the Dominican Republic to watch the humpback whales is from January through March.

3. Visit Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo

 

Catedral Primada de América, Santo Domingo
Catedral Primada de América [Image by falco on Pixabay]
Santo Domingo is where Christopher Columbus first landed in the Americas. Nowadays, among the modern-day touches of the city, visitors can also see centuries-old buildings lining the streets. In fact, the local colonial architecture is nowadays used to house restaurants, shops, museums and charming hotels.

Most of the action in the city focuses around Calle El Condo, a popular street for dining and shopping. However, wandering the streets will reveal ruins, such as the Monasterio de San Francisco. Meanwhile, the city’s cathedral (Catedral Primada de América) has been carefully preserved and is still in use today.

4. Go kiteboarding at Cabarete’s main beach

Kiteboarding
Kiteboarding [Image by Antonio Esteo on Pixabay]
Among the many fun water sports available in the Dominican Republic, this one really stands out. In fact, Cabarete is world-renowned as a kiteboarding destination. A 20-minute walk along the main beach in Cabarete’s center is Kite Beach – a spot dedicated to the fun sport.

Meanwhile, the beach itself is unique, with quiet mornings where only walkers, swimmers and stand-up paddleboarding fans can be seen. However, in the afternoon, the winds tend to pick up making it a paradise for kiteboarders. In fact, Cabarete is home to the annual Master of the Ocean competition. Held in February, the event attracts the best in windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding.

While waiting for the perfect wind, there are a few restaurants along the beach serving casual food with a focus on healthy dishes. Meanwhile, if visiting with the kids, Friday afternoons see a free circus offering entertainment at the end of the beach.

5. Head to Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Pueblo Pescadores
Pueblo Pescadores, Las Terrenas [Image Wikimedia Commons]
The bustling city of Las Terrenas nestles on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Here, visitors will discover a quieter beach area, lined with palm trees for sun lovers. Meanwhile, the city itself has winding narrow streets featuring cafés and shops, ideal for window shopping and browsing.

Las Terrenas is one of the best locations to learn more about the Dominican culture, including a visit to Pueblo Pescadores, the fishermen’s village.

Make a plan to take a Caribbean vacation in the Dominican Republic, which offers these and many more attractions for travelers.

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Anne Sewell

Freelance writer and travel writer who has lived in Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa, now living happily on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain.

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