Dominican Republic Attractions

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 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.



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 several beaches to choose from in the area. Regardless of whether you prefer people watching, or you prefer a more secluded spot, you can find what you want. Just click on the name of the beach for a detailed review of that part of the coast.

If you love to snorkel, a beach offering that 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 place that beach-goers can 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.

Needless to say, the area has a nice selection of choices for beaches in the area. For a better look at this topic, visit this guide.

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.

A common landmark for vacationers is Museo Mundo De Ambar. It is located in Zona Colonial, in central Dominican Republic. Each piece of amber at the museum has a data card within information about when it hardened and what fossilized inside it.

A second choice is Taller Publico Silvano Lora. It's a art museum near the center of 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: At the bottom of the University Library, the museum if primarily academic, so you can expect to find plenty of information on the pieces you see. In addition to the Taino relics, the museum also has several colorful Carnival costumes that are has fascinating as the old centuries-old Taino finds.

That's not all -- you'll find a variety of other landmark attractions. Visit this extended discussion about other interesting places to visit in this area if you'd like to find additional details.

Natural Attractions

Dudu Lagoon Park

Dudu Lagoon Park is one of the outdoor attractions that's a popular stop for vacationers. 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.

A second local attraction to consider visiting 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.

These examples are only some of the places worth checking out For more information about this specific topic, visit this article.


In the mood for some action? Guests interested in testing their luck in some gaming action can find plenty of venues where they can do so in this area.

Casino Aloha Sol is located in Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. To set itself apart from most casinos in the Dominican Republic, Casino Aloha Sol offers its guests a loyalty program called the Sun Club. Through this program, regular customers, and even vacationers visiting only for a short while, can earn extra rewards as they play.

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

Barceló Santo Domingo Casino has a collection of games for guests to try out, including Blackjack, Blackjack - Multi Action, Poker, Poker - 3 card, and Poker - Pai Gow. The casino is open from noon through 5:00 am.

Of course, there will be plenty of additional choices too. Go to this extended discussion about gaming on Dominican Republic if you want to find some more 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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