Nestled amid Cuba, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico in the heart
of the Caribbean archipelago, the island of Hispaniola
(Little Spain) is divided between Haiti, on the westernmost
third of the island, and the Dominican Republic, which
has a lush landmass about the size of Vermont and New
Hampshire combined. In the Dominican interior, the fertile
Valley of Cibao (rich sugarcane country) ends its upward
sweep at Pico Duarte, the highest mountain peak in the
West Indies, which soars to 3,125m (10,417 ft.).
What you notice first about the Dominican Republic is
its size. This is not just another tiny Caribbean island
with a beach and a straw market. Instead, it's a big
country with spectacularly varied scenery that includes
the tallest mountains in the region, stretches of white
sand that run unbroken for miles and the Caribbean's
oldest and -- some claim -- most cosmopolitan city,
The people of the Dominican Republic are among the friendliest
in the Caribbean, and the hospitality here seems more
genuine than in more commercialized destinations. The
weather is nearly perfect year-round.
The combination of low prices and beautiful terrain
has made the Dominican Republic one of the fastest-growing
destinations in the Caribbean. Don't expect the lavish,
spectacular resorts (although excellent) that you'll
find on Puerto Rico or Jamaica, but do expect your vacation
to be that much less expensive.
Dominican Republic has seven international airports.
The most used airports are:
Las Américas International Jose Francisco Peña
Gomez Airport, 20 minutes east of Santo Domingo
Puerto Plata International Gregorio Luperón Airport,
15 minutes from Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata and Sosúa
Punta Cana's International Airport (have a look at the
María Montez International in Barahona
La Romana International
Santiago International Airport
Herrera Airport in Santo Domingo
El Portillo Airport in Samaná
The Arroyo Barril International Airport in Samaná.
Flying Times: from New York (3-1/4 hrs), from Miami
(1-3/4 hrs), from San Juan (35 mins), from Toronto (5
hrs), from Santiago de Chile (8 hrs), from most European
cities (8-10 hrs).
nationalities are required to enter Dominican Republic
with a VALID PASSPORT (minimum 6 months validity).
travel to the Dominican Republic, many people will need
a Visa. Others, however, may be from countries who have
signed agreements with the Dominican Republic so that
they only need a Tourist Card. This, of course, only
applies to visitors who are tourists.
Tourist Card is a US $10 tax on incoming tourists that
can be purchased at the airport when you arrive.
There is more than one type of taxi in the Dominican
Republic. When you step off a plane or out of your hotel,
you will almost certainly find a "tourist"
taxi. A few years ago the government funded new taxis.
They are now Hundai minivans or cars. All are sand colored.
They replace the 70's vintage American gas guzzlers
that used to transport tourists. Tourist taxis fiercely
protect their territory against other forms of transport.
Not surprising since their prices are double those of
the vintage Japanese cars that the city taxis use. In
the large cities you will find "carro conchos"
who cruise the main streets like buses, constantly stopping
to take on or disgorge passengers.
They only charge a few pesos and are practical for short
rides along the same street. Don't look for a taxi meter
in the Dominican Republic. Tourist taxis usually have
posted rates at the entrance to resorts.
Known as "moto conchos" they abound except
for downtown Santo Domingo. They charge double at night
which means 20 or more pesos instead of 10 for a fairly
short ride. They are not practical for long trips and
are involved in lots of accidents.
In contrast to car rentals and taxis, buses are cheap,
safer, and fun. You will come in contact with real Dominicans.
Metro Tours, Terra Bus and Caribe tours are for long
trips, for example Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata. Clean
modern and comfortable they are a bargain. They work
by reservation except on Holidays.
Other intercity buses offer express and air conditioned
services. If the bus is not express it will make lots
of stops. Fine if you have all the time in the world.
Local buses (guaguas) will take you to the next town
for a dollar or so. The only problem with buses is that
they stop operating at about 9 PM, so you can't use
them at night.
Major car rental companies have airport and city locations,
such as Honda, National, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar,
Nelly Rent-a-Car, Dollar and many others. A valid driver's
license and major credit cards are required to rent
a car for up to 90 days. Driving is on the right hand
side and the speed limit is 60 kph in the cities and
80 kph or 100 kph on the highways, unless otherwise
There are only two problems with this, cost and safety.
You will find that the cost of car rentals is higher
than you are used to in your home country. Safety is
not a problem if you learn and apply the Dominican rules
of the road. Simply stated; there are none! It is a
big free for all. Most traffic police are on foot and
almost nobody stops on their signal. With no radio and
no pursuit car, it is a mismatch. In other words traffic
law enforcement is close to zero. If renting a car can
be hazardous, renting a motorcycle is doubly so, but
it is cheaper. Be very careful.
The peso is the national currency, however many businesses
would rather get paid in American dollars if they can.
The exchange rate is pegged to the US dollar and has
been fairly stable in recent years.
You should exchange as little as possible in your home
country, as well as at the airports where the rates
are generally slightly less favorable. Exchange bureaus
in the Dominican Republic are your best bet to get a
good exchange rate, which are usually slightly higher
than the official rate, particularly for US dollars.
Most tourist areas have bank machines from which you
can withdraw D.R. pesos directly from North American
or European bank accounts at the current official exchange
rates (ask your bank for details). VISA and MasterCard
are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and businesses,
and American Express is accepted often but less commonly.
Cash forwarding servicing can be obtained at all Dominican
banks. Travelers checks of all major currencies can
be readily exchanged for pesos at all banks. Don't forget
to bring your passport along if you want to avoid difficulties
in using either traveler checks or credit cards.
You can choose between two services. The official postal
service will send your postcard to your friends within
10 days. The private postal services send your mails
via Miami within 7 days (25 pesos per postcard). The
private postal service is more performant. Some people
using the official postal service receive their mails
within... 2 months ! The best way is to give your mails
to your local correspondent. He will send them in good
It is perfectly safe to walk around tourist areas and
towns during the day. Criminality rate is lower than
in European cities. Most resorts have security personnel,
and the beaches are also patrolled periodically. When
going into town, or out of the resort area at night,
use common sense, just as you would anywhere else. Don't
wear expensive jewelry or flash large sums of money
Topless sunbathing is quite common. It's not a Dominican
custom, just the fact that many of the tourists are
European, and topless sunbathing is natural for them.
Many hotels do not allow topless sunbathing around the
pool areas. The best way is to choose a sunbathing place
at the end of the beach area in order to not disturb
families and people who don't want to see topless bodies...
The D.R. uses 110 volts, the same as in North America
(including outlets) so North Americans can use their
appliances as usual. Transformers are necessary for
European appliances. One of the main problems in the
country are the recurrent power shortages which often
occur for several hours at all hours of the day or night,
so it may be a good idea to bring along a small flashlight
for sudden power cut-offs. Most hotels have generators
to make up for this deficiency, but some of the smaller
ones may not and you never know when it may cut off.
DR has a tropical climate with an average temperature
of 82 in summer, 78 in winter. Remember to use plenty
of sunscreen. If however you plan to make a trip into
the mountains, bring warm clothes as there can be frost
in the upper altitudes.
There are no time changes in the D.R. over the year,
which stays on Atlantic Standard time (Greenwich Time
-5) throughout the year. So in the winter, the time
is one hour ahead of New York/Montreal, while in the
summer it's the same.
NEVER DRINK WATER FROM THE TAP which has not been thoroughly
boiled. Fresh, bottled drinking water is sold everywhere.
The country's area code is 809, and you can dial directly
to and from the USA and Canada by first dialing 1 and
then the number. There are numerous telecommunications
centers for direct international calls or to send FAXs
in all towns and cities, and especially in the tourist
centers. Prices are very competitive between the national
phone company CODETEL, and other long distance providers
such as TRICOM, TURITEL and ALL AMERICAN, with charges
usually calculated on the spot by computer.
The government charges a 5% extra tax on hotel rooms,
and an 8% sales tax on food and drinks. In most tourist
centers, prices for food are usually quite moderate
(except for the occasional high scale places) because
of fierce competition. Restaurants typically also charge
a 10% service charge, but wages in this sector are very
low and most employees rely on extra tips to survive.
Generally customers should pay an additional 5 to 10
%, especially if the service has been good.
It is a tradition in the Dominican Republic. You have
to haggle, especially in gift shops and in the street.
Of course, don't try to haggle the price of your room
in a luxury complex ! If you don't know how to haggle,
just say no when the merchant proposes his first price.
He will propose a new, cheaper rate. Dominican people
are very proud.
Don't haggle too much, it's a lack of respect. Don't
refuse to talk with them as if they were begging something.
Just smile and say "no gracias", they will
kindly answer "okay", and they will leave
Haggle using pesos, not dollars (you will pay more because
prices are more expensive when haggling using dollars).
When the price is defined, you can pay using dollars,
but only use 1,2,5,10 dollar bills.
Dress is casual in most of the country. Pack plenty
of loose-fitting cotton clothes. If you want to blend
in, don't wear shorts. And save your swimsuit for the
ocean or the pool. Like most other Latino societies,
the Dominican Republic tends to be formal, and the importance
of good dress cannot be overstated. If you plan to dine
at nice restaurants and visit the nightclubs in Santo
Domingo, be sure to include some semiformal attire.
Los Dominicanos, as the residents are known, dress with
class when they go out. Men wear suits and ties (or
at least slacks and a collared shirt) and women wear
Medical Services and Facilities
Most resorts have a doctor on call or in-house. Hospitals
and doctors expect immediate payment in cash or credit
card after providing care. Receipts are given for re-imbursment
by your insurance company.
In Puerto Plata the "Clinica Dr. Brugal" has
a 24hr emergency room, as does the "Centro Medico
Sosua" in Sosua. In Santo Domingo there is the
"Centro Medico Universidad Central del Este",
"Clinica Abreu" and "Clinica Gomez Patino"
which all have 24hr emergency rooms.
Note: Make sure to obtain medical insurance before your
Remember to pack all medication you use. Medication
should be packed in your carry-on just in case your
luggage is lost. Though there are doctors that will
prescribe medication for you, chances are they might
not have the same medication as you are taking or will
not prescribe it without a medical history.
The tradition of a long lunch, which is the major meal
of the day, is generally observed, and so many shops
close from 12:30 to 2:30 PM.
Here you can discover dominican specialities (rum, cigars,
craft, amber, larimar, haitian art) you'll be able to
buy when you'll be there. Never forget to haggle (have
a look at the money section). If you don't, the seller
will be upset, and you'll pay up to 10 times more.
There are 23 golf courses in the Dominican Republic.
The golf courses are open all year round. There is no
handicap-limitation except for tournaments. Teetime
and Protime reservation are recommended and esential
from december to march. 9 holes can be played everywhere
at a reduced green fee.
There are many possibilities for hiking in the Dominican
Republic, especially in the Central Highlands. Not only
do most of the DR's national parks lend themselves well
to wilderness treks, but the country's many miles of
unprotected beaches make for interesting places to explore.
There are some excellent spots for surfing, especially
along the north and east coasts. Some of the best breaks
crash just west of Sosúa, and there is also good
surfing south of Bahía Samaná.
Bicycling is a great way to take in the country's natural
splendor, and there are usually places to rent bikes
in major urban areas. Even better, consider bringing
Offshore, the Bahía Samaná has been the
preferred breeding area for humpback whales for may
millions of years. Several boating companies offer whale-watching
tours in season.
Trail and beach riding are available. An excellent way
to reallly admire the beauty and ruggedness of the Dominican
The Dominican Republic is a great place to begin diving,
and it is also a haven for serious divers. The country's
undersea world has excellent reef diving, good visibility,
warm waters, wrecks, caverns and marine life offering
a wealth of diving experiences around the island.
Bordered by reefs on three coasts (only has 3, Haiti
is situated to the west), the Dominican Republic is
part of the second largest island in the Caribbean.
Among the most popular dive sites are more than 400
wrecks situated in the surrounding waters.
Water Temp Average: Summer 84F 29C Winter 77F 25C -
Visibility: 60 - 100 ft 18 -30 m
Additional Watersports Activities
Many other watersports and activities are available.
Parasailing, windsurfing, kayaking and jet-skiing just
to name a few. Check with your hotel to find out what
is available in your chosen area.
Sights and Activities
Cabarete Beach, Puerto Plata
Although most known for windsurfing, this beach and
its surrounding area play host to a variety of outdoor
Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana
Saona Island, Dominican Republic
A half hour off the Dominican Republic, Saona Island
offers some of the Caribbean's most beautiful shallow-water
Mount Isabel de Torres, Puerto Plata
This mountain, which looms high above Puerto Plata,
has a cable car ride to the top.
Altos de Chavon, La Romana
This small arts town offers a wide range of eclectic
Fort San Felipe, Puerto Plata
One of the first European forts to be constructed in
Alcazar de Colon, Santo Domingo
Built by Christopher Columbus's son between 1510 and
1514, this restored building was one of the first structures
built in the oldest remaining European city in the Americas.
Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Colon), Santo Domingo
This multi-million-dollar lighthouse was built in 1992
to celebrate the 400 year anniversary of Columbus's
landing in the Americas and is the site of the explorer's
Amber Museum, Puerto Plata
This two-story Victorian museum holds the largest collection
of amber in the world.
Santa Maria la Menor Cathedral (Catedral Basilica Menor
de Santa Maria), Santo Domingo
The first cathedral built in the Americas was the site
of Christopher Columbus's bones until they were discovered
Boca Chica, Santo Domingo
This scenic beach is one of the closest beach resorts
to Santo Domingo.
Sosua Beach, Dominican Republic
This often crowded beach features white sand and turquoise
Zona Colonial (Colonial Zone), Santo Domingo
Still a vibrant part of town, this compact area contains
many museums and other historic buildings documenting
the Caribbean's earliest history, both Indian and European.
Malecon, Santo Domingo
This popular thoroughfare is home to luxury hotels and
casinos as well as historic monuments and statues.
Jose del Carmen Ramirez National Park (Parque Nacional
Jose Le Carmen Ramirez), Dominican Republic
The park that is home to Pico Duarte, the highest Caribbean
Museum of the Royal Houses, Santo Domingo
This museum contains artifacts and other historical
exhibits on Santo Domingo from 1492 to 1821.
Park of Three Eyes of Water (Parque Los Tres Ojos de
Agua), Dominican Republic
A group of interconnected caves near Santo Domingo.
San Rafael, Dominican Republic
A popular beach location for swimming in the Caribbean.
Tower of Homage, Santo Domingo
This imposing structure has been in use since the early
16th century and was used by Generalísimo Trujillo
to imprison and torture his enemies in the 1950s.
Playa Grande, Dominican Republic
This all-inclusive golf resort has been called the Pebble
Beach of the Caribbean for its stunning ocean landscape.
Teleferico, Puerto Plata
Parque Colon, Santo Domingo
One of Santo Domingo's main gathering places, this plaza
has a bronze statue of Columbus at its center.
Lake Enriquillo (Lago Enriquillo), Dominican Republic
This rural 13-mile-long lake near the Haiti border is
the lowest point in the Caribbean and is a popular tourist
attraction for spotting crocodiles.
Cofres Beach, Puerto Plata
This small beach has good views of Puerto Plata.
El Conde Street (Calle El Conde), Santo Domingo
This street is Santo Domingo's most popular shipping
Chapel de la Altagracia, Santo Domingo
This gothic-style chapel stands in Santo Domingo's Colonial
The Whales (Las Ballenas), Samana Peninsula
This group of various-sized rocks creates a series of
interconnected tunnels for divers.
House of Bastidas (Casa de Bastidas), Santo Domingo
This sixteenth-century mansion was built for Rodrigo
de Bastidas, one of the most powerful men in the early
days of the colonial era.
The Cord House (Casa de Cordon), Santo Domingo
One of the first Spanish-style houses in the New World,
this building now serves as a cultural center.
Manati Park Bavaro, Punta Cana
This popular zoo is home to a wide variety an animals,
birds and marine life.
Museo de las Casas Reales, Dominican Republic
National Pantheon (Pantheon Nacional), Santo Domingo
This 18th-century Jesuit church is the resting place
for many of the greatest Dominican heroes.
Los Haitises National Park, Santo Domingo
Pico Duarte, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic's tallest mountain sits at 10,000
feet and is a popular destination for hikers.
Gri Gri Lagoon, Dominican Republic
This freshwater lagoon is covered with a canopy of mangrove
Goat Island (Isla Cabritos), Dominican Republic
The largest island in Lake Enriquillo many be a two-hour
drive from civilization, but the potential to see crocodiles
and two endangered iguana species makes it well worth
the trip for nature enthusiasts.
Polo Magnetico, Dominican Republic
Legend has it that at this mysterious site objects,
including parked cars, appear to roll uphill.
La Isabel, Dominican Republic
The remains of one of Columbus's earliest New World
Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park, Punta Cana
Convento de los Dominicos, Santo Domingo
This convent is the site of the first university constructed
in the Americas in 1538.
Golden Beach (Playa Dorada), Puerto Plata
The most popular beach in Puerto Plata is located on
the Dominican Republic's famous Amber Coast.
Calle El Sol, Dominican Republic
Santiago's most popular shopping area.
Fort Ozama (Fortaleza Ozama), Santo Domingo
The construction of one of the oldest forts in the Americas
was completed in 1507.
Bayahibe, La Romana
This quiet beach in La Romana is ringed with palm trees.
La Sirena, Dominican Republic
This group of interconnected underwater caverns that
makes for an unforgettable diving experience.
Basilica de la Virgenita, Dominican Republic
A Catholic cathedral near Santo Domingo.
Las Caritas, Dominican Republic
This cliff has petroglyphs and cave paintings that were
inscribed on it by the native people who inhabited the
area before the arrival of the Spanish.
El Pomier, Dominican Republic
This isolated cave near La Toma is filled with Tamno
Lago Oviedo (Lake Oviedo), Dominican Republic
A small saltwater lake inhabited by flamingos in the
Jaragua National Park, Dominican Republic
This extremely large park has a dry landscape full of
cactus and is the home to Lake Enriquillo, several different
kinds of exotic birds and four species of sea turtles.
Lago Rincsn, Dominican Republic
The island's largest freshwater lake is a popular place
among bird watchers.
Juan Ponce de Leon Home (Casa de Juan Ponce de Leon),
Once the home of Ponce de Leon, the famous 15th-century
European explorer and Dominican governor.
Dulce Maria, Dominican Republic
A shaman who lives in El Naranjo and is a representation
of how little rural Dominican villages have changed
since the 16th century.
Monte Cristi National Park (Parque Nacional Monte Cristi),
This desert park near the Haitian border is also called
"El Morro" for the tall mesa within it which
overlooks the ocean.
Parque Nacional Los Haitises, Dominican Republic
This 78-square-mile park is known for the numerous small
tropical islands within its borders.
Folk Art Museum, Dominican Republic
This museum has an impressive collection of native Dominican
Tobacco Museum, Dominican Republic
Located in Santiago De Los Caballeros, this museum has
a collection of tools, art and photographs related to
the tobacco industry.
Hickory, Dominican Republic
This long shipwreck, which has rested on the ocean bottom
since 1986, is covered with corals and sponges and is
home to schools of fish.
El Limon, Dominican Republic
This dive site is a 69-foot-long tugboat that sits intact
on the seafloor.
Tanya V, Dominican Republic
This popular dive site is a recently sunk 120-foot-long
Gabriela, Dominican Republic
This 50-foot-long boat sits in shallow water and is
popular among divers.
St. George, Dominican Republic
This 170-foot-long steel ship is home to a plethora
of interesting marine life, including the occasional
Cibao Valley, Dominican Republic
This remarkably fertile region is reputed for its excellent
agriculture and friendly, hard-working people.
Monument of the Restoration of the Republic, Dominican
This 220-foot marble structure houses a collection of
Vela Zanetti murals and offers great views of Santiago.
Catedral de Santiago Apostol, Dominican Republic
Free admission is offered to this nineteenth-century
cathedral which houses the tombs of several Dominican
heroes and also includes beautiful stained-glass windows.
Parque Duarte, Dominican Republic
This small plaza in Santiago is popular among the locals
and contains the Catedral de Santiago Apostol.
Museum of the City of Santiago, Dominican Republic
This museum explores the history of the area from the
ninth century through modern times.
Church of San Felipe, Dominican Republic
This simple church, which sits in the center of Puerto
Plata, is known for its white towers.
Guarapito, Dominican Republic
There is plenty of cool shade to relax under at this
less crowded beach located to the west of Puerto Plata.
La Playita, Dominican Republic
One of Sosúa's more secluded beaches.
Playa Chiquita, Dominican Republic
This small beach is located next to a casino and resort
that share the same name.
Samana Bay, Dominican Republic
This bay is best known for the frequency with which
humpback whales and dolphins are seen here.
Playa Galera, Dominican Republic
This beach has stunning scenery with impressive cliffs
looming overhead and a forest serving as the background.
Mercado, Dominican Republic
Tourists bargain for local arts and crafts at this popular
Santiago shopping locale.
Numismatic and Philatelic Museum, Dominican Republic
This museum has one of the largest collections of historic
coins, paper money and stamps in the Caribbean.
Charon River, Dominican Republic
This river is a popular boating destination for wildlife
Runway, Dominican Republic
This dive site features three huge underwater coral-covered
The Caves, Dominican Republic
This group of connected rocks and boulders provides
an interesting site for divers.
Tropical Garden, Dominican Republic
One of Sosúa Bay's deepest dive sites.
The Canyon, Dominican Republic
This reef drops from 15 feet to 60 feet.
El Acuario, Dominican Republic
A shallow dive site, featuring narrow passages and caverns.
Enriquillo Lake, Dominican Republic
Modern Art Museum (Museo de Arte Moderno), Dominican
Museo Arqueologico Regional, Dominican Republic
Long Beach, Puerto Plata
This mile-long beach is one of the most popular in Puerto
Museum of Taino Art, Puerto Plata
This museum features works of art and an excavated tomb
of the native people who inhabited the island before
Concepcion de la Vega, Puerto Plata
The ruins of the once thriving fortified city that Columbus
built to protect the gold supply of the island's interior.
Calle de Las Damas, Santo Domingo
This cobblestone street, the first ever built in the
New World, is known for its numerous beautiful structures
from centuries past.
Gazcue, Santo Domingo
A quiet residential neighborhood that exudes a suburban
atmosphere with its shaded trees and attractive middle-class
Avenida Mella, Santo Domingo
A crowded downtown shopping strip.
Plaza de la Cultura, Santo Domingo
A stretch of the city known for its cultural influence
and the museums and galleries that constitute it.
Museum of History and Geography, Santo Domingo
One exhibit at this museum, which focuses on Dominican
history, is dedicated to Generalísimo Trujillo
and includes the car in which the dictator was assassinated.
Avenida George Washington, Santo Domingo
This popular thoroughfare is home to luxury hotels and
casinos as well as historic monuments and statues.
Fray Anton de Montesinos, Santo Domingo
A 150-foot statue of Fray Antón de Montesinos,
the priest who protested Spanish treatment of the natives.
El Obelisco, Santo Domingo
A sculpture of a male figure next to the female La Obelisca
constructed on the Malecón during Trujillo's
La Obelisca, Santo Domingo
A sculpture of a female figure next to the male El Obelisco
constructed on the Malecón during Trujillo's
Monasterio de San Francisco, Santo Domingo
The ruins of the first New World monastery lie here,
destroyed by two different earthquakes.
National Palace, Santo Domingo
The lavish building that has been the home and offices
of the Dominican president since 1947.
Museum of the Dominican Man, Santo Domingo
Set in the beautiful Plaza de la Cultura, this museum
has exhibits on the Tamno natives that inhabited the
island before the arrival of the Spanish.
National Botanical Garden, Santo Domingo
Full of flowers and plants native to the island, the
gardens offer tram tours of the facilities.
National Zoological Park, Santo Domingo
Visitors can view exotic African animals roaming freely
in their natural habitats.
Chapel of Our Lady of Remedies (Capilla de Nuestra Senora
de los Remedios), Santo Domingo
A small stone sixteenth-century chapel.
Chapel of the Rosary, Santo Domingo
One of the oldest churches in the Americas, this chapel
was built in 1544.
House of Gargoyles, Santo Domingo
Once the home of Jesuit monks and now the home of the
Institute of Hispanic Culture, this sixteenth-century
building has a facade covered with gargoyles.
Gate of San Diego, Santo Domingo
The old entrance to Santo Domingo from the city's port.
Gate of the Count (La Puerta del Conde), Santo Domingo
Once part of the city's original walls, this gate is
an important landmark in old Santo Domingo.
Gate of Mercy (Puerta de la Misericordia), Santo Domingo
Once part of Santo Domingo's original city walls, the
Gate of Mercy provided protection for the island's natives
from natural disasters.
Cathedral of Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo
This impressive cathedral, one of the earliest built
in the Americas, is known for its dramatic architecture.
House of Tostado (La Casa de Tostado), Santo Domingo
The former house of Francisco de Tostado, the first
native professor at the local university, has been transformed
into the museum of the Dominican Family.
Juan Dolio Guayacanes, Santo Domingo
This beach area to the east of Santo Domingo is filled
with fishing villages and less crowded beaches.
La Atarazana, Santo Domingo
This area is home to a collection of 16th-century houses
that now serve as art galleries and jewelry stores.
National Museum, Santo Domingo
This science park features an aquarium.
Arawak Art Gallery, Santo Domingo
A collection of original works of art by the island's
native Arawak Indians.
National Theater, Santo Domingo
Hosts frequent drama, dance and musical performances.
Theater of Fine Arts, Santo Domingo
The home to frequent art exhibits.
Quisqueya Stadium, Santo Domingo
Many of Major League Baseball's biggest stars got their
start in this stadium of the prestigious Dominican League.
National Aquarium, Santo Domingo
Jardin Botanico Nacional, Santo Domingo
Bellapart Museum (Museo Bellapart), Santo Domingo
Altos de Chavon School of Design, La Romana
Located in a small Mediterranean-style town, this school
trains top Dominican artists in a wide array of fields.
Minitas, La Romana
This small beach makes for a relaxing afternoon in a
La Aleta, La Romana
Numerous Taino artifacts were uncovered at this ancient
Indian site following a 1996 excavation.
Metamorphosis Spa, La Romana
The Tower, Samana Peninsula
This huge underwater rock structure rises over 150 feet
to just under the surface and is an interesting place
for divers to explore.
Bay of Punta Tibisi, Samana Peninsula
This quiet bay is popular among divers seeking to avoid
more crowded areas.
Cabo Cabron, Samana Peninsula
This uninhabited region on the island's northern coast
is one of the most remote spots on the island.
Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island), Samana Peninsula
A short boat ride off the north coast will take you
to the island of Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island), with
its beautiful white sand beaches.
Playa Grande Beach, Samana Peninsula