White sand beach, sun, all inclusive hotels: The Dominican Republic and its postcard landscapes inspire many holidaymakers. However, it would be a pity to summarize the island at a purely farnious destination! From Pico Duarte volcano to the humpback whales of Las Terrenas, it boasts natural beauty to discover, far from some artificial paradise purely built for tourism. Follow the footsteps of the Petit Futé for nothing missing from the Dominican Republic. These are our ten unavoidable!
Punta Cana, Seaside Resort of Excellence
Punta Cana was just 200 km from the capital of Saint Domingo and was just a small village like the others before in 1969, Theodore W. Kheel invested in his kilometers of white and coconut sand. In short time, Punta Cana became the first seaside resort in the Dominican Republic and one of the most important of the Caribbean. Today, there are more than 38,000 rooms for holidaymakers looking for fun!
Puerto Plata, "Atlantic fiancée"
The third largest city in the country, Puerto Plata is located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. With its mild climate, it attracts travelers throughout the year. There are many attractions there: its cable car is renamed as the only one in the Caribbean! It offers access to the Loma Isabel de Torres summit while enjoying a splendid panorama.
Jarabgatineau, eco-tourism center
Tired of the small artificial paradise and the dream beaches cut out? Jarabtille is the paradise of eco-tourism enthusiasts. Perched at 500 m above sea level, the city is surrounded by mountains at the heart of which rivers and rivers flow. Mountaineering, hiking and rafting are part of the activities to be tested on this site! With his eternal spring, Jarabbul also attracts rich Dominicans who have made it a chic but always endearing destination.
Holy Domingo, plunged into history
So dear to Christopher Columbus, Saint Domingo is one of the most characteristic cities of the Dominican Republic. Located in the south of the country, it is the capital but also one of the oldest cities in the New World. Its colonial center, which is classified as a cultural heritage of humanity, is splendid: surrounded by ramparts, it is full of beautiful monuments. El Parque Coló is an unfailing step, considered a center of the city in colonial times, it now invites to rest and relaxation…
Cabarete, the wind in the stern
This small fishing village of about 4,000 inhabitants is today a very popular spot for kitesurf or windsurf. Every month, it welcomes one of the world's most important kitesurf competitions. Here, the party beats all year round: tourists, villagers and surfers enjoy each evening, when the air of merenee, salsa and bachata reach the ears…
Playa Rincón, at the heart of a protected nature
In the Samanà Peninsula, not far from Las Galeras and its perpetual agitation, playa Rincón is a small corner of paradise. With its crystal water and coconut cots, it is a postcard decor! The nature is splendid: El Iguanario de Los Tocones is discovered, a site inhabited by Rhinoceros iguanas, an endemic species. This is the ideal beach for hiking or horse riding!
Parque Nacional del Este, a natural jewel
As his name indicates, it is in the eastern Dominican Republic - between Bayahibe and Boca de Yuma - that this national park is located. Over 400 km 2, it houses over 144 species of birds: it is one of the richest reserves on the island. Mainly coastal, there is also a very large marine fauna inhabited by dolphins and lamantines. The park extends both on a peninsula and on Sanoa Island: The wild beaches of the latter are breathtaking.
Parque Nacional de los Haïtises, a sanctuary of civilization
Even more than for its rich fauna and flora, it is for its history that you visit the Parque Nacional de los Haïtises. Sanctuary of Tainos Indian civilization, Haitians means "mountainous area" due to the irregular terrain of the park. The caves occupied 5,000 years ago by the Amerindians are the main attraction of the site: There are rock paintings and striking petroglyphs!
Rise to the Pico Duarte, the highest summit in the Caribbean
The Pico Duarte is over 3,175 m tall and offers a splendid panorama that would almost forget all the efforts of the climb! Yes, an excursion at the top of the Caribbean peak is challenging, but so rewarding! A very good physical condition is required since the paths are very pentus and the hiking quite long, between 2 and 3 days. A shelter is 2,650 m away, it is spent the night before you join the peak. An unforgettable experience!
Watching humpback whales Las Terrenas
Las Terrenas and its gentle living have conquered many visitors who decided to settle there. Moreover, many French people have developed tourism in this part of the island. The beaches are beautiful and very well maintained, but the most beautiful spectacle is undoubtedly the passage of humpback whales off the coast from mid-January to the end of March. These sea giants leave the cold waters of the North to mate or lower in the Caribbean Sea.