Endless white sandy beaches, palm trees, multi-colored shades of vibrant blue waters, tropical forests and alpine ranges are the dominating features of natural beauty to be found on private tours of the Dominican Republic.
Following on from that, the Dominican Republic also has a wealth of history and culture which you can learn all about on private guided tours of museums, galleries, cultural houses and stately colonial houses.
Due to the incredible and spectacular national parks, mountain ranges, rivers, beaches, Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea there are endless adventures, activities and tours to thrill and excite anyone who chooses the Dominican Republic as a tourist destination.
It is the most diverse and second largest county in the Caribbean and ideally located. To travel from most European countries, it will take 8 hours, 4 hours from New York and only 2 hours from Miami. It is not surprising then that the Dominican Republic is among the top 10 countries to visit in the world. Read More...
One of the top places to visit in the Dominican Republic on a guided tour is Jarabacoa. This is an eco-tourism destination that lies in Cordillera Central. Due to the pine forests, waterfalls, rivers and highest Caribbean peaks, the list of adventures is ongoing from riding the rapids, mountain biking to rock climbing not to mention the stunning scenery to admire.
Other activities popular in the Dominican Republic include bird watching safaris, cave exploring, outback safari tours, dune buggy tours, monkey land and plantation safari tours and every water related activity ever thought of.
Another reason why this country is so popular is due to the fabulous and delicious restaurants and a vivacious and entertaining nightlife that goes on till the sun comes up.
Top 10 Places to Visit in the Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's capital city, is a wonderful place to take private guided tours of the many historical and cultural places. It is the New World’s oldest city which has been lovingly preserved. Some of its main attractions are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic Colonial City and the Americas oldest existing Cathedral, First Cathedral of America. There is much to see and do in this fabulous city.
Eastern National Park
The wonderful Eastern National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, habitat for hundreds of animal, bird and plant species as well as home to the largest marine park in the Caribbean. It has a tropical forest, sandy beaches, limestone landscape, mangroves, sea grasses and dark caves for adventure tours and activities. Diving, fishing, snorkeling are just some of the water excursions to be enjoyed.
Take a sightseeing tour to La Romana located in the Dominican Republic’s southeast coast. This is where you will find a 16th-century replica artisan’s village Altos de Chavon, excellent craft shops, luxurious resorts, some of the Caribbean’s top golf courses with spectacular ocean views and Isla Catalina which is where cruise liners make a stop to enable their passengers to explore the part of the country on guided tours.
Samana Peninsula and Samana Bay
Samana Peninsula and Samana Bay is a place of natural treasure with coves, bays, mountains and waterfalls all to be explored on adventurous sightseeing tours. The beaches are popular for people to go wade-boarding and body-boarding or relaxing in the sun. However, among the most popular attractions here are the whale watching tours due to humpback whales calving during the months of January and February.
An attraction which offers many adventure tours is Jarabacoa which is among the Central Mountains or the Cordillera Central. There is a spectacular landscape of pine forests, waterfalls, rivers as well as it having the Caribbean’s highest peaks. Enjoy white water rafting in the only whitewater river in the Country, Rio Yaque del Norte. Other activities include rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking.
In the Dominican Republic, on the eastern tip is Punta Cana which is a very popular tourist location.There are many luxury resorts, world-class golf courses, beautiful beaches and popular surfing spots. In Scape Park there is much to do activity wise such as dune buggy tours, zip line tours or a visit to the Hoyo Azul Lagoon. For the quiet life spend some time in the charming fishing village El Macao.
Bahia de Las Aguilas and Jaragua National Park
A sightseeing tour to Bahia de Las Aguilas which is located in the protected Jaragua National Park should not be missed. This is one of the most idyllic bays with 6 miles of powder-soft sand and turquoise waters. The best way to access this unspoiled and undeveloped area is by boat from La Cueva. The shallow waters are full of marine life and the bay is home to many bird species.
Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia
Take a guided tour of the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia or Basilica of Our Lady in Higuey. This is among the finest examples in Latin America of modern religious architecture. It is also Latin America’s main pilgrimage center especially on 21st January each year which is known as Altagracia day. They visit to celebrate the Dominican victory over the French in the Sabana Battle in 1961.
An excellent sightseeing tour is to Lake Enriquillo in the south-west of the Dominican Republic. It is the largest saltwater lake and lowest point in the Antilles. Here you will see and abundance of iguanas and flamingos. There is an island at the lake's centre called Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos which has a large American Crocodile wild reserve as well as being home to over 100 species of flora and bird species.
Los Tres Ojos
Take a guided tour to Los Tres Ojos, the three eyes, which is located near Santo Domingo. It consists of limestone caves which are 50 foot tall with a series of freshwater lagoons in among them. These caves were once a native Taino Indian holy site but now home to plants, animals and fishes and famous for being the set for Tarzan movies. It is possible to reach the caves and lagoons through walkway and steps and a pulley ferry.