Made it to the Dominican Republic? Excellent! The island is currently undergoing a magnificent resurgence on the world travel stage as well as experiencing something of a renaissance when it comes to tourist activities. Having said that, there are a slew of things to do for any type of traveler, but if you’re the kind that likes to swing, jump and swim their way through a destination, the Dominican Republic has plenty of outdoor activities to tantalize you.
Within the Dominican Republic’s Puerto Plata province lies a coastal area known as Malecon, which means boardwalk. Visitors to Malecon will find a part of Puerto Plata that is vibrant and exciting with many elements that showcase the authentic side of Puerto Plata.
La Romana is the third largest city in the Dominican Republic and is a good starting base for travelers to explore the Caribbean island’s southern coast. Here are some south coast Dominican Republic gems that you don’t want to miss out on seeing and which are easy to get to from La Romana.
Ever signed up for an excursion expecting only one experience and returned surprised by all you got to see and do in a day? I signed up for a day trip from Puerto Plata to Cayo Paraíso or Paradise Island, off the shores of northern Dominican Republic. A blissful day on a deserted plot out at sea–who wouldn’t want to do that? I was prepared for a two-hour drive, followed by a short boat ride to the offshore caye where we would spend a day snorkeling, swimming and enjoying yet another gorgeous Dominican beach. What I didn’t expect, however, was to pass through and get a solid glimpse of the north coast villages along the way, along with views of a lush, mountainous countryside.
Samana is both a town, a bay, and a peninsula. It’s also perhaps the most desirable place within the Dominican Republic. Essentially a microcosm of the Dominican Republic in whole, here you’ll find unspoiled beauty, raw jungle, secluded beaches, and the true nature of the Dominican People. There are wild jungles to explore via horseback, fish to be caught, ziplines to be traversed, villages to encounter, and a whole lot more awaiting you in the Samana Peninsula. If you’ve only got two days to do it, here’s how it should be done.
By all rubrics, the Dominican Republic is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean – heck, it’s part of the Greater Antilles, right? But if you decide to visit the beautiful Dominican Republic, you’ll likely spend your time in a relatively small area. It’s nothing against the Dominican Republic – it’s the nature of things, you know; you get a limited time to see a place, and when there are so many fun things to do in the Dominican Republic, you tend to stay a while. So if you find yourself tramping around on this beautiful Caribbean paradise, consider spending some of your brief time in the little peninsula called Samana.