Beaches of the Dominican Republic

Visit the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has several unique characteristics that set it apart from other Latin American countries. Nearly all staple foods are produced in the lush country. You can expect that majority of meals served at breakfast, lunch and dinner are all domestically grown and prepared.

The Dominican Republic is also the oldest colonial settlement in the Americas and is home to the "New World Landing Point" of Christopher Columbus from 1492.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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After landing in the capital city of Santo Domingo and getting settled into your hotel, put on your walking shoes and head out for a tour of Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial, the partially-barricaded center of town accented with stunning baroque architecture and quaint cobblestone streets. Enjoy dinner in one of the area’s many restaurants, then return to your hotel for your first night in Caribbean paradise.

Rise early and catch a cab to Santo Domingo’s tranquil Los Tres Ojos National Park. Only five miles from the center of town, the tropical park houses three stunning limestone caverns, each featuring a subterranean lake. Explore the caverns by foot or by boat to discover the natural magic that lies within. Return to town and spend the rest of your day wandering the waterfront Malecon district, a picturesque seaside collection of restaurants, shops and casinos.

After breakfast, hop a morning shuttle to the east coast town of Punta Cana. Check in to your hotel and spend the rest of your day exploring the palm-studded beaches that draw throngs of visitors each year. For miles of unspoiled white sand beaches, visit the popular Playa Bávaro. Rent a paddle board, go on a parasailing adventure, or don your snorkeling gear and head under the crystal clear water. End your day sipping a piña colada from an open-air beachside restaurant while the sun goes down.

Begin another day in tropical paradise with a catamaran tour of the Bávaro coast. Discover the area’s incredible underwater beauty and impressive variety of colorful sea creatures that make their home on the Cabeza de Toro reef. After lunch, head out to discover the subtropical rainforest of the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. Take a segway tour through lush forest trails to freshwater lagoons and explore the reserve’s petting zoo, sugarcane gallery and iguana habitat. For dinner, head back to the resort area of town to try some Bandera and fried plantains, the most popular dish in the country.

Enjoy a leisurely beachside breakfast then head to Bavaro Plaza for some last-minute souvenir shopping before hopping a shuttle back to Santo Domingo for your flight home.

​El Paraíso Espera!​

Spend five perfect days in the unexpected tropical paradise of the Dominican Republic, a country known for its warm people, lush mountain scenery and of course beaches galore. Wander charming cobblestone streets and discover the history of Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the Americas. Explore the country’s mysterious caverns and lush subtropical rainforests. Play in the sand on miles of pristine beaches and discover the underwater beauty of lively coral reefs. Steeped in history, with a delightful blend of traditional and modern, it’s a no-brainer why the Dominican Republic has become a hotspot for tourists from all over the world.


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