Collected by Kyle Ellison, AFAR Local Expert
I recently spent an adventure-filled week in various parts of the DR. From the watersports capital of Cabarete to the historic streets of Santo Domingo, the Caribbean nation made enough of an impression that I would easily visit again without question.
5, Cabarete 57000, Dominican Republic
In true beach town atmosphere, Cabarete trades swanky nightclubs for beach bars right on the sand. Palm trees and comfortable lounge chairs line the tropical shore, and you can sip Cuba Libres until the moon fades into the sea. Here, a full moon...
Kite Beach, Cabarete 57000, Dominican Republic
Thanks to its northerly-facing location and the pattern of Caribbean weather systems, the town of Cabarete has conditions for kitesurfing almost 300 days per year. More than just the consistency, however, what makes this such a dream destination...
Sosúa 57000, Dominican Republic
Thanks to its natural riches of the semi-precious gem, the northern coastline of the Dominican Republic has gained the moniker of "The Amber Coast." While the title has now come to reflect the sunshine, adventure, and recreation opportunities...
Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Cabarete, like innumerable beach towns across the globe, has its fair share of hawkers who stroll the beach in the hopes of selling souvenirs. While fruit, sunglasses, and homemade jewelry are staples across the globe, it's unique to find...
Calle Duarte 53, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
The modern day city of Santo Domingo dates back over 500 years, and is officially known as the first modern town to be established in the Western Hemisphere. This historic capital on the island of Hispaniola was the first place that Christopher...
Avenida Alemania, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
While there are numerous day trips from Punta Cana that offer adventure, sightseeing, and culture, life in Punta Cana itself largely revolves around the beach. Hobiecats and parasail charters ply the waters offshore, and hundreds of Vitamin-D...
Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
For first-time travelers to Santo Domingo there is no better sight than the Zona Colonial. Not only is this historic city a safe place for travelers to visit, but you are transported in time to the early-1500's when Spain was building its New...
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
It only takes about three minutes of standing on Bavaro Beach to quickly realize that parasailing is a popular Punta Cana activity. While I've never had the urge to parasail myself, hundreds of visitors take to the skies daily above the...
Sabana de la Mar, Dominican Republic
There aren't too many opportunities in the Caribbean to ride on horseback to a cave. In Los Haitises National Park, located three hours west of the resorts of Punta Cana, Fun Fun (pronounced "Foon Foon") Cave is officially known as the largest...
Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Sure, the Dominican Republic has all-inclusive beach resorts and fancy, modern eateries, but outside of the predictable tourist sprawl is the heart of the Dominican culture. At this roadside restaurant in the town of Cabarete, two lunch time...
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