Natural Attractions in the Dominican Republic

Map out the natural sports you plan to hit when you visit the Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic is home to diverse terrain that spans 27 different climatic zones, and a topography that ranges from tropical forest to mountain tops. This is great news for vacationers who want to spend their days in the great outdoors.

As man continues to take over lands that were once solely inhabited by flora and fauna, it becomes more and more important to set aside specific areas that allow both of these classifications of species to flourish. The the Dominican Republic does this with great success through a series of parks and natural reserves that still allow people to visit, but promote strict rules in order to protect the land and the animals that inhabit it.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Parque Nacional Valle Nuevo

Do you enjoy being under the open sky? You may be pleased to know the area has numerous nature preserves available.

La Caleta Submarine Park is a great nature preserve found in central the Dominican Republic. The Hickory was sunk 14 miles off the coast of Santo Domingo in 1984, and then shortly after The George was sunk nearby. The goal was to promote the proliferation of sea life, and scientists found it to be successful.

Travelers looking to find a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring places like Loma Quita Espuela. The Loma Quita Espuela Science Reserve was once so threatened by human development that the government knew something had to be done. So, it was declared a science reserve and now 60 waterways, plants, and animals are ale to thrive.

Isla de Mona Nature Preserve: The most common way of reaching the island is by private charter. You may be able to find a tour group going to the island, but it is a less common destination.

Look through the following table for more information about nature preserves.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In the Dominican Republic
Name Type Location Island
Adochef Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Anthropological Reserve of Cuevas del Pomier Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Cabo Frances Viejo National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.6 mi. East of Central Catalines Hispaniola
Del Este National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Granchorra Hispaniola
Ebano Verde Science Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
El Choco National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.2 mi. South West of Central Cabarete the Dominican Republic
Isabel de Torres National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.8 mi. South of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Isla Cabritos National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 6.1 mi. South West of Central Postrer Rio the Dominican Republic
Isla Catalina National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.3 mi. South of Central La Romana Hispaniola
Isla de Mona Nature Preserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.2 mi. West of Central Mona Mona
Jaragua National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 6.0 mi. West of Central Oviedo the Dominican Republic
José Del Carmen Ramírez National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 9.9 mi. Northwest of Central Arroyo Grande the Dominican Republic
La Caleta Submarine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Loma Quita Espuela Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Demajagual Hispaniola
Monumento Natural Miguel Domingo Fuerte Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 10.6 mi. South West of Central Barahona the Dominican Republic
Parque Ecologico Laguna De Itabo Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Nacional Jose Armando Bermúdez Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.0 mi. South West of Central Antonsape the Dominican Republic
Parque Nacional Valle Nuevo Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 9.3 mi. Northeast of Central Guayabal the Dominican Republic
Playa Marina Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Boca Chica, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Proyecto Agua Centros Turastico Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Sierra De Baoruco National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Puerto Escondido the Dominican Republic

Waterfalls and Caves

Cueva Fun Fun Cave

Although most visitors have heard about the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. the Dominican Republic offers some interesting options, including 9 waterfalls and 5 caves.

You might enjoy a visit to Cueva Fun Fun Cave, which is situated in Hato Mayor, the Dominican Republic. Secluded and dark, the cave at Cueva Fun Fun is the perfect place for any extreme eco-tourist ready to have some fun. The cave is often used for tour groups who rappel down, and explore the rocky cave.

An additional place to consider is Cueva Las Marvillas. It is located in the Dominican Republic. 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.

The table directly below provides you with some details regarding waterfalls and caves.

Waterfalls and Caves In the Dominican Republic
Name Type Location Island
Aguas Blancas Waterfall Waterfall 6.2 mi. Southeast of Central Constanza the Dominican Republic
Ciguapa Cascading Falls Waterfall 5.3 mi. South West of Central El Cerrazo the Dominican Republic
Cueva Fun Fun Cave Cave Hato Mayor, Eastern part of the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Cueva Las Marvillas Cave 3.4 mi. Southeast of Central Jagual Hispaniola
Cuevas De Cabarete Cave 3.5 mi. South of Central Cabarete the Dominican Republic
El Salto de Baiguate Waterfall 2.4 mi. Southeast of Central Jarabacoa the Dominican Republic
El Salto del Limon Waterfall 0.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central El Limon Hispaniola
Los Tres Ojos Caves Cave Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Pomier Caves Cave Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Salto Jimenoa Dos Waterfall 1.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Jarabacoa the Dominican Republic
Salto Jimenoa Uno Waterfall 3.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Jarabacoa the Dominican Republic
Saltos de Jima Waterfall Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Twenty-Seven Waterfalls of Damajagua Waterfall 10.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central downtown Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Zumbador Waterfall Waterfall Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Dudu Lagoon Park

Visitors can enjoy one of the many parks, or 3 botanical gardens in the Dominican Republic.

Dudu Lagoon Park is northern the Dominican Republic. 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 popular attraction in this category is Cueva Fun Fun. From the main center, guests will be able to choose any one of Cueva Fun Fun's many choices. Casual explorers can choose to go on a hiking trip through the dense jungles or try their luck horseback riding through the forest. Other guest may choose some more extreme options like repelling through caves or some advanced hiking tours.

The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are displayed below.

Parks and Gardens In the Dominican Republic
Name Type Location Island
Area Verde Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Cabrera's Central Park Park 0.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Cabrera Hispaniola
Campamento Nacional De Iglesia Evangelica Dominicana Park 1.3 mi. South of Central Bani Hispaniola
Cebya Park Park 1.1 mi. East of Central Mochos Hispaniola
Cerro De Las Bobedas Park 6.8 mi. South of Central Carmonices the Dominican Republic
Cueva Fun Fun Park 2.8 mi. Southeast of Central Manchado Hispaniola
Dudu Lagoon Park Park 0.7 mi. North of Central La Entrada Hispaniola
Ectopia Botanical Garden 0.4 mi. Northeast of Central Las Terrenas Hispaniola
Embajadas Provinciales Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Huertos Nacionales Botanical Garden Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Jardin Memorial Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Jardín Botánico Nacional Botanical Garden Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Juan De Dios Ventura Simo Park 0.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central San Francisco de Macoris Hispaniola
La Cañada Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
La Mata Central Park Park 2.2 mi. South West of Central La Bija Hispaniola
La Plazoleta Park 0.8 mi. Northwest of Central La Vega the Dominican Republic
Liga Del Atlantico Park 1.4 mi. West of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Lomas Verdes Park Majagual, Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Los Haitises National Park Park Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Mirador Parque Del Este Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Monte Cristi National Park Park 5.8 mi. South West of Central Monte Cristi the Dominican Republic
Monte de Oracion Park 3.6 mi. South West of Central Puerto Grande the Dominican Republic
Park Gregorio Luperon Park Downtown Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Park Or Plaza Of Fortelaza San Jose Park Zona Colonial, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Bautista Maguana Park 5.3 mi. South of Central Juan De Herrera the Dominican Republic
Parque Belice Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Brisas Del Mar Park 0.6 mi. South of Central Pedernales the Dominican Republic
Parque Calero Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Central Barahona Park 0.7 mi. Southeast of Central Barahona the Dominican Republic
Parque Central Cabral Park 8.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Barahona the Dominican Republic
Parque Central Constanza Park 6.9 mi. East of Central El Palero the Dominican Republic
Parque Central De Cristóbal Park 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Cristobal the Dominican Republic
Parque Central De El Llano Park 1.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Bani Hispaniola
Parque Central De Guaymate Park 3.8 mi. Northeast of Central Guerrero Hispaniola
Parque Central De Palo Alto Park 1.4 mi. East of Central El Penon the Dominican Republic
Parque Central Hostos Park 0.1 mi. South of Central Hostos Hispaniola
Parque Central Imbert Park 9.8 mi. West of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Parque Central Jarabacoa Park 0.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Jarabacoa the Dominican Republic
Parque Central Maguana Park 4.8 mi. South of Central Juan De Herrera the Dominican Republic
Parque Central Majagual Park Majagual, Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Parque Central Ocoa Park San Jose De Ocoa, Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Parque Central Pedernales Park 0.3 mi. South West of Central Pedernales the Dominican Republic
Parque Central San Cristobal Park San Cristobal, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Central West Park 6.6 mi. Southeast of Central Ferrier the Dominican Republic
Parque Centro De Los Heroes Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Colon Park 0.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Santiago De Los Caballeros the Dominican Republic
Parque Cristo Libre Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque De Bocacanasta Park 1.5 mi. South of Central Bani Hispaniola
Parque De Ciudad Modelo Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque De La Ciencia Park 0.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Barahona the Dominican Republic
Parque De La Restauracion Park Downtown Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Parque De Las Palmas Park 0.1 mi. North of Central La Vega the Dominican Republic
Parque De Los Sueros Park 0.7 mi. Southeast of Central Barahona the Dominican Republic
Parque De Olimpo Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque De Villa Estela Park 0.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Barahona the Dominican Republic
Parque Del Puente Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Del Silencio Park 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Arenoso Hispaniola
Parque Deseado Por Los Municipes Park 1.4 mi. West of Central Laguna Salada the Dominican Republic
Parque Duarte Maguana Park 4.9 mi. South of Central Juan De Herrera the Dominican Republic
Parque Duarte Romana Park 2.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana Hispaniola
Parque Duarte San Pedro De Macoris Park San Pedro De Macoris, Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Parque Duarte Seibo Park 0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central El Seibo Hispaniola
Parque Duarte Zono Colonial Park Zona Colonial, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Ecologico La Encantada Park 0.7 mi. North of Central Higuey Hispaniola
Parque Enriquillo Park Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Parque Eugenio María De Hostos Park Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Parque Eugenio Miches Park 0.2 mi. East of Central El Seibo Hispaniola
Parque Fray Bartolome de las Casas Park Zona Colonial, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Galicia Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Gautreaux Park 0.4 mi. West-Northwest of Central El Seibo Hispaniola
Parque Gesthemani Park 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central San Francisco de Macoris Hispaniola
Parque Imbert Santiago Park 0.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Santiago De Los Caballeros the Dominican Republic
Parque Independencia Park Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Parque Infantil Park 3.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Santiago De Los Caballeros the Dominican Republic
Parque Infantil Park 0.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Mochos Hispaniola
Parque Japones Park 0.3 mi. Southeast of Central Jarabacoa the Dominican Republic
Parque Juan Pablo Duarte Park Maimon, Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Parque Las Canquiñas Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Las Flores Park 0.4 mi. East of Central San Francisco de Macoris Hispaniola
Parque Los Amapolos Park Bonao, Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Parque Los Chachaces Park 0.6 mi. Southeast of Central Santiago De Los Caballeros the Dominican Republic
Parque Los Tres Ojos Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Marcos Cabral Park 0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Bani Hispaniola
Parque Mirador Del Este Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Mirador Del Norte Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Mirador del Sur Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Municipal De Haina Park Bajos De Haina, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Municipal Enriquillo Park 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central Los Cocos the Dominican Republic
Parque Municipal Miches Park 0.5 mi. East of Central Mochos Hispaniola
Parque Municipal Sabana Park Sabana De La Mar, Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Parque Otto Duverge Park 0.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central El Seibo Hispaniola
Parque Padre Fantino Park 0.3 mi. Northwest of Central La Vega the Dominican Republic
Parque Piedras Vivas Park San Cristobal, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Principal Park 0.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central El Penon the Dominican Republic
Parque Profesor Juan Bosch Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Radhames Park San Cristobal, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Regalado Park Downtown Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Parque República Del Uruguay Park Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Parque Res. Los Maestros Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Rincon Largo Park 1.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central Santiago De Los Caballeros the Dominican Republic
Parque San Felipe Park 1.1 mi. Northwest of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Parque San Miguel Park Zona Colonial, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Valerio Park 0.5 mi. South West of Central Santiago De Los Caballeros the Dominican Republic
Parque Verde Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Parque Villa Central Park 0.9 mi. Northeast of Central Barahona the Dominican Republic
Parque de Reloj Park 0.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Monte Cristi the Dominican Republic
Parque de la Libertad Park Downtown Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Parque de los Heroes Park Sabana De La Mar, Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Parque los Martires Park 0.5 mi. Southeast of Central San Francisco de Macoris Hispaniola
Parquecito De Los Cocos Park Cotui, Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Plaza De Espana Park Zona Colonial, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Plaza De La Cultura Park Bonao, Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Plaza Duarte Azua Park 3.2 mi. East of Central Los Jovillos the Dominican Republic
Plaza José Francisco Peña Gomez Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Plaza Pellerano Castro Park Zona Colonial, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Plaza de la Cultura Park Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Plazoleta Juan Pablo Duarte Park 0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Barahona the Dominican Republic
Plazoleta Padre Billini Park Zona Colonial, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Plazoleta la Trinitaria Park Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Santuraio De Las Aves Park 6.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Magante Hispaniola

Zoos and Aquariums

Entrada Parque Zoologico Nacional

If the thought of spending some time at the zoo tickles your fancy, you should visit Entrada Parque Zoologico Nacional. As the national zoo of the Dominican Republic, the zoo offers patrons fantastic sights of animals that you can only see up close at zoos or on a safari. Kids and adults alike should be able to stay entertained as they walk around the exhibits learning about the animals.

Another related option is National Aquarium. The National Aquarium has a variety of exhibits that will have any kid or marine enthusiast happy, and their main underwater clear-tunnel is exciting to go through no matter who you are. As you walk through the tunnel, you will be surrounded by a large tank with sharks, fish, and other animals swimming around; giving you a unique view of the underwater world.

You can look through this table to learn more.

Zoos and Aquariums In the Dominican Republic
Name Type Location
Entrada Parque Zoologico Nacional Zoo Central the Dominican Republic
National Aquarium Aquarium Central the Dominican Republic

Farms

Farms In the Dominican Republic
Name Type Location Island
El Seibo Sugar Cane Fields Farm 5.7 mi. West of Central La Higuera Hispaniola

Land Formations

Another idea is to visit some of the more popular area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in the Dominican Republic are provided down below.

Land Formations In the Dominican Republic
Name Type Location Island
Agua Prieta Mountain 4.9 mi. South of Central Juan Santiago the Dominican Republic
Al Otro Lado Mountain 2.2 mi. Northeast of Central Batey Higo Claro Hispaniola
Bahia de Anes Bay Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Bahia de Las Calderas Bay 3.8 mi. South of Central Cabana Buey the Dominican Republic
Bahia de Puerto Plata Bay 1.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Bahia de Samana Bay 0.8 mi. South of Central Samana Hispaniola
Bahia de San Lorenzo Bay Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Bahia de Yuma Bay 1.9 mi. Southeast of Central Boca De Yuma Hispaniola
Barahona Harbour Harbour 0.9 mi. East of Central Barahona the Dominican Republic
Catalinita Bay Bay 7.5 mi. South West of Central Granchorra Hispaniola
Estero Balsa Bay 1.5 mi. East of Central Pepillo Salcedo the Dominican Republic
La Zurza Hot Spring 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Canoa the Dominican Republic
Lago Enriquillo Lake 5.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Las Clavellinas the Dominican Republic
Laguna de Oviedo Lagoon 3.2 mi. Southeast of Central Oviedo the Dominican Republic
Luperon Harbour Harbour 0.4 mi. East of Central Luperon the Dominican Republic
Mount Isabel de Torres Mountain 2.6 mi. South West of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Puerto Santa Barbara Harbour 9.5 mi. South West of Central Arroyo Del Cabo Hispaniola
Punta Beata Point 15.0 mi. South West of Central Oviedo the Dominican Republic
Rio Macoris River Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Sousa Bay Bay 5.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Montellano the Dominican Republic

Bear in mind that The Dominican Republic has additional attractions. To see our guide to other attractions, click here.

From the deepest caverns in the country's cave systems, to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres, and everything in between, nature in the the Dominican Republic is truly astounding. Make it one your top attractions to visit to discover at least some of what Mother Nature has bestowed upon the island.

 

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