7 Reasons To Visit The Dominican Republic

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Dominican Republic? I’m guessing beaches and all-inclusive resorts are high on the list. While the DR does have some stunning beaches and a wide selection of resorts, the country has a host of other attributes that make it a special place to visit.

The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean’s most geographically diverse countries, offering visitors stunning mountain scenery, desert scrublands, historic colonial architecture, vibrant city life, and famously warm people. Where do you start?

Here are seven reason to visit the Dominican Republic.

1. Descending the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua

dominican republic waterfalls

A short drive from Puerto Plata is the famous 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua. Experiencing this series of waterfalls involves wading through clear pools, swimming through narrow canyons, hiking through forest, and climbing rocks, ropes and ladders through the roaring falls themselves. Visitors make their way up the falls and then can slide and jump their way back down.

2. The Beaches

Yes the beaches obviously have to be mentioned, and for good reason, they are spectacular! The Dominican Republic has nearly 1000 miles of coastline on its north, east and southern borders, a third of which is beckoning soft white sand. DR beaches are a great places to relax, enjoy a feel-good rum drink and play in the crystal clear water.

3. Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, is the oldest new-world city in the Americas. Founded in 1594, Zona Colonial has beautiful colonial buildings and more than 500 years of history. The City of Santo Domingo is also a vibrant urban city, known for its active nightlife and wide variety of bars, clubs, restaurants, and hotels.

4. The Resorts

Dominican Republic resorts

The Dominican Republic is arguably the leader in Caribbean all-inclusive resorts. With more than two dozen all-inclusive properties ranging from budget to luxury. These resorts (a lot of them are located in the Punta Cana area) are based in breathtaking locations and offer world class facilities including golf, spas, weddings and any type of water sport you can imagine.

5. The Food

Rich and flavoursome, the Dominican food scene is dominated by Creole cuisine. Though it varies throughout the island, the staples are rice, meat, beans, fresh vegetables and seafood. The dishes are also influenced by Spanish, African and Taino cuisine.

Dishes not to miss include Mangu (boiled, mashed plantain with onion, cheeses, scrambled egg and salami), casaba (cake made from yucca) and La Bandera, which comprises of meat, rice and red beans. This dish is traditionally served with fried plantain.

6. Whale Watching

Whale watching Dominican Republic

People aren’t the only ones that migrate south to the Caribbean to escape the winter. Every year, thousands of Humpback whales congregate off the Península de Samaná to mate and give birth. Charter with whale-watching boats and watch (from a respectful distance) as these amazing animals relax in the Caribbean blue.

7. Nightlife

If you like to party, and what Castaway doesn’t, the Dominican Republic doesn’t disappoint. A wide range of bars and cafes cater to visitors and locals alike. Whether you’re looking for casual beach bars, sophisticated lounges, or dance clubs–the DR has it all.

While most resorts offer live music and shows, Santo Domingo is the place to be if you really want nighlife! The Dominican Republic’s capital is the hub of the country’s nightlife. It enjoys arguably the greatest entertainment in the Caribbean, with a wide range of trendy and happening bars, clubs, casinos and restaurants.

The Dominican Republic is a big piece of Caribbean paradise that many of us seek. Relaxation and excitement awaits you and your family – and with all the above reasons to go, what are you waiting for?!

Cheers,
RumShopRyan

By | 2017-10-17T07:33:34+00:00 February 9th, 2015|Dominican Republic|5 Comments

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5 Comments

  1. DominicanRepublicGuide April 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    i would stratch off the food from that list…as just after some time it is terrible.

  2. Ken Smith July 19, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    @DominicanRepublicGuide As with all places, sometimes food is terrible where you go, you have to know the right places to go. In the Capital (Santo Domingo) we take our clients on a day trip to explore the city and for lunch, we take them to Encuentro II Restaurante. It is a basic restaurant but the food is amazing. We usually take them there and introduce them to a little of everything by eating family style. Dominican food when prepared correctly is amazing. If anyone needs suggestions on where to eat, just let me know what part of the country you are in and I will do by best to recommend a great and inexpensive restaurant close to you. You can email at http://www.SantoDomigoTaxi.com

  3. Ken Smith July 20, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    o know the right places to go. In the Capital (Santo Domingo) we take our clients on a day trip to explore the city and for lunch, we take them to Encuentro II Restaurante. It is a basic restaurant but the food is amazing. We usually take them there and introduce them to a little of everything by eating family style. Dominican food when prepared correctly is amazing. If anyone needs suggestions on where to eat, just let me know what part of the country you are in and I will do by best to recommend a great and inexpensive restaurant close to you. You can email at http://www.SantoDomingoTaxi.com

  4. Melissa October 5, 2017 at 2:31 am

    hi! you don’t mention another important reason to visit Dominican republic- destination wedding. As for me, I went to my sister’s wedding there. Surrounding nature is incredible, they made lots of beautiful photos. if you want to book professional photographer you can use this link http://www.wedgo.net/country/dominican-republic.html

  5. Melissa199 October 9, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Hi! i agree that all these places can be the best for wedding destination for every person and every year. I think that all-inclusive hotels in Punta Cana the most comfortable place for just-married couple. Also it has splendid views for wedding photos. If you’re looking for a great photographer, you should go to the website http://www.wedgo.net/photographer-in-dominican-republic.html

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