Attractions on 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 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'll discover a large number of beaches to visit in the area. Regardless of whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer a more secluded spot, you should find some appealing options. You can click on the beach names to get additional information concerning that part of the coast.

One 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.

A second alternative 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: Playa Palenque is littered with palm trees and resting kayaks, and the rougher, darker waters does not exactly satisfy the criteria of a tropical beach. However, the beach does draw less crowds and is an option for those looking to be further away from the tourist areas.

These examples are just a sample of what's on the island. Click on this link to find our page dedicated to beaches for Dominican Republic.

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 located in Zona Colonial, in central 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.

A second choice is Taller Publico Silvano Lora. It's a art museum in 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: 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.

The area has many other places to see. For a more detailed look at other interesting places to visit on Dominican Republic, check out this page.

Natural Attractions

Dudu Lagoon Park

Dudu Lagoon Park is one of the most enjoyable outdoor tourist attractions. <p>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.</p>

Cueva Las Marvillas is a second place you might want to visit. <p>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.</p>

Fortunately, there are quite a few other choices. Click this link to visit our guide to natural attractions in this area.


Looking for a bit of action? Visitors hoping to try their luck will discover lots of venues where they can do so in this area.

Casino Aloha Sol is situated 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 offers a selection of games for visitors to play, 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.

Of course, there are a wider range of choices. Follow this link to see our page concerning gaming on 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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