Dominican Republic is one of the most popular beach destinations in the Caribbean. The country is known for its beaches, lush landscapes, resorts and golf courses. Its capital city, Santo Domingo, is
a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of landmarks showcasing its Spanish heritage. Here, we list some of the best attractions of Dominican Republic, which you must visit on your next visit to the country.
Punta Cana is one of the most popular resort destinations not only in the country, but within the entire Caribbean region. The region is full of attractions to keep visitors on their toes at all times – it has world-class golf courses, luxurious resorts offering the best of facilities and its public beach is a popular surfing spot. You can also enjoy water sports at its public beach, which include kayaking and fishing.
The capital city of the country, Santo Domingo, is a must-visit for tourists interested in getting an insight in the cultural heritage of the nation. Visit Santo Domingo’s historical Colonial City, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore its cobblestone streets and marvel at its Spanish Colonial architecture. The city is home to the oldest existing cathedral in the Americas, the First Cathedral of America, and the Alcazar De Colón, which was built in early 16th century by Christopher Columbus’ son.
Eastern National Park
Nature lovers can head to the magnificent Eastern National Park to discover the natural bounties of the country. The national park is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to numerous species of plants and animals as well as around 112 species of birds. Visitors can spot exotic marine animals including sea turtles, manatees, bottlenose dolphins and several kinds of fish in its warm waters. The park is a good spot for diving, snorkelling or trekking.
Jarabacoa is being developed as an eco-tourism destination in the country. Jarabacoa is located in Cordillera Central (Central Mountains), which is a breathtaking landscape of pine forests, rivers, waterfalls and mountain peaks. Rafters can enjoy white water rafting in the waters of the country’s only white water river, Río Yaque del Norte. Hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing are other activities pursued by visitors here.
Basilica of Our Lady
The Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia, or the Basilica of Our Lady, is an important pilgrimage centre in Latin America. It is a fine example of modern religious architecture and draws people from all over the country on January 21 each year for the Mass at the church.