Attractions in the Dominican Republic

Vacationers will love the allure of the Dominican Republic's great attractions

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The expansive Dominican Republic is a traveler's dream come true. No matter what kind of vacation you desire, this island holds something for you.

With its rich history and culture, the the Dominican Republic has plenty of places for visitors to explore. But the breathtaking beaches are a major attraction of the island, drawing travelers from all over the world.

Beaches

Bayahibe

The Dominican Republic boasts about 800 miles of amazing shoreline, with the warm waters of the Caribbean lapping lazily against the pristine white sands of the coast. Each beach features a beauty all its own, as well as its own human element and atmosphere. From small secluded beaches to expansive stretches of sand dotted with sunbathers, the island's beaches vary in their appeal. At most of the more popular beaches on the island, vacationers can enjoy a number of watersports and aquatic activities, including windsurfing, which is particularly popular here, especially in Cabarete.

A number of amazing coral reef formations are located just offshore of several beaches. The reefs are home to an array of ocean life, which you can explore on a snorkeling or scuba diving excursion.

You will find a large selection of beaches to consider visiting in the area. Whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you prefer a quieter stretch of sand, you should be able to find just the right beach. Just click on the beach names for a detailed guide to that section of the coast.

If you are looking for a snorkeling spot, a location where that's an option is Boca Chica. Located near the capital city of Santo Domingo, Boca Chica is a mile long stretch of white sand beach. The shallow water is crystal clear, filtered by underwater springs and protected by a natural coral reef about 1/4 mile off shore.

Another alternative for beach-goers to consider is Bayahibe. Bayahibe is a large half-moon shaped expanse of beach that is lined with majestic palms and powdered with soft whit sand. The beach is a popular tourist destination because of the clear, calm aquamarine waters and is lined with hotels and resorts.

Playa Palenque: Heading southwest along the Santo Domingo coast will eventually have you leaving the city and heading south. Doing so will bring you to Playa Palenque.

These examples are merely a few of the available choices. To find out more about beaches available, read this page.

Landmark Attractions

Museo Mundo De Ambar

The wonderful thing about visiting a country that is home to the oldest city in the new world is that there are dozens upon dozens of sites to see. Santo Domingo alone is filled with historic structures, from the homes of prominent citizens to ancient churches, and the fortresses that protected the island, Fortaleza Ozama and Fuerte De San Lazaro are not to be missed. For broader looks at the history and culture of the island, visit one of the Dominican Republic's museums.

Many travelers choose to visit Museo Mundo De Ambar. It is found within Zona Colonial, in central the Dominican Republic. Amber is not only a stone fit to be set in jewelry, but it also gives a geological picture of the area is it found in. At the Amber World Museum, you can view pieces of amber which within them have a number of fossilized creatures and vegetation.

Another option is Taller Publico Silvano Lora. It's a art museum in the center of the Dominican Republic. This nonprofit center is for the promotion of cultural and artistic materials that is open to the public who can always benefit from the unique world of local art.

Museo Regional de Antropologia: The small museum in collaboration with the University in San Pedro de Macoris features a collection of Taino artifacts that guests can explore and learn about.

This area has a more extensive selection of places to see. Those needing to get more information about other interesting places to visit in the Dominican Republic by following this link.

Natural Attractions

Dudu Lagoon Park

Within one country, vacationers can experience 27 different climactic zones, and the varied terrain that accompany them. Rainforests, barren desserts, underground caves, and marine parks can all be explored in the Dominican Republic. Bird watching is especially popular, and can be done at most natural parks and reserves, particularly Lago Enriquillo, which is a bird sanctuary.

Dudu Lagoon Park is one of the most enjoyable local attractions. Tucked away and surrounded by the forest, Dudu Lagoon Park is a great place for guests looking for an easy to reach eco-attraction. The park is mostly known for its swimming hole, though there are also plenty of other opportunities to have fun.

Another option that provides a nice way to spend some time outdoors is Cueva Las Marvillas. Unique rock formations and ancient cave drawings make this underground lair a can't miss attraction. Cueva Las Marvillas is both a natural and historical site.

Luckily, you'll be able to find additional choices too. To learn about more natural attractions in this area, click here.

Casinos

Feeling Lucky? Visitors who'd like to try their luck in some gaming action will discover plenty of places to do so in this area.

Casino Aloha Sol is located in Santiago De Los Caballeros, the Dominican Republic. Guests are invited to try their luck at Casino Aloha Sol every day of the year from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Casino, a part of Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, is eastern the Dominican Republic. Barcelo Bavaro Palace Casino features yellow and black stained glass ceiling fixture that brightens up the room.

Barceló Santo Domingo Casino provides a selection of games for guests to try out, including Blackjack, Blackjack - Multi Action, Poker, Poker - 3 card, and Poker - Pai Gow. Located at the Barceló Santo Domingo, the casino gives guests the opportunity to test out their poker face with a whopping 15 table games. These include six black jack, six roulette, and three poker tables.

These examples are only a few of the options worth consideration Take advantage of this article dedicated to gaming in the Dominican Republic if you're interested in learning additional specifics.

There are plenty of things to see and do while visiting the Dominican Republic. Visitors can fill their days with landmarks, monuments and museums that commemorate the country's fascinating history and culture. The nightlife on the island is particularly exciting, with vibrant nightclubs and bars. With so many options, you'll never have a dull moment in the Dominican Republic.

 

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