The 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 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 discover a large number of beaches to enjoy in the area. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you'd rather have more of the beach to yourself, you're likely to find what you want. Just click on the name of the beach for detailed information about that individual beach.

A local beach where snorkeling is popular is Boca Chica. Boca Chica's shallow waters are great for swimming and snorkeling, especially around the coral reefs -- in fact, this beach is the largest reef protected bay in the Caribbean. Water sport equipment is available at stands along the beach, so visitors should find plenty to keep them busy.

Another location worth considering is Bayahibe. Set in a town of the same name just 10 miles east of La Romana, the beach at Bayahibe is great for swimming and snorkeling because the waters are so calm, but simply relaxing under the shade of a palm is a popular option as well. Excursions to the pristine islands of Saona and Catalina for snorkeling and diving regularly embark from Bayahibe.

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.

The Dominican Republic offers a wider range of beaches to choose from. To navigate to our detailed page about beaches, 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.

A landmark worth visiting is Museo Mundo De Ambar. It is located in 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.

An alternative landmark could be Taller Publico Silvano Lora. It's a art museum in the heart 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: 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.

The region has plenty of additional places to see. For more in formation concerning other sites worth seeing in the Dominican Republic, read this article.

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.

Cueva Las Marvillas is a second place that needs mentioning. 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 can find a nice selection of nature attractions. To navigate to our detailed guide to natural attractions in this area, use this link.


Looking for a bit of action? Vacationers wanting to try their luck in some gaming action will discover lots of alternatives in this area.

Casino Riu Palace Macao, on the premises of Riu Macao, is eastern the Dominican Republic. Guests staying at the Riu Palace Macao Resort enjoy free entrance into the on site casino as a perk for boarding with them, however, this casino is privately owned and not an extension of the hotel itself. Nearly 50 slot machines and 12 table games fill the building, giving guests plenty of opportunity to try and hit the jackpot.

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Casino, 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 offers a collection of games for visitors to enjoy, 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 are just a sample of the choices you'll find. Click on this link to visit our page about gaming in the Dominican Republic.

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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