Wonderful sandy beaches (one of the most beautiful in the world), crystal clear sea sparkling with all shades of blue and unusual exotic nature. This is what Dominican Republic is like, the second largest country in the Antilles archipelago. This place has been hailed the Pearl of the Caribbean for a reason. Here you will find everything you need for a blissful rest. So if you dream of an unforgettable vacation under the palm trees, this place is definitely for you. Find out from the travel guide below what are the must-see places in the Dominican Republic.

Bird's-eye view on Cayo Levantado - one of the must-see places in Dominican Republic
Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic

1. Isla Saona

Undoubtedly, no visit to the Dominican Republic would be complete without a cruise to the paradise island of Saona, which boasts the title of one of the most beautiful in the world. Soft white sand, calm waters of the Caribbean Sea and palm trees bent from the wind are just some of the showpieces of this place. The islet is located near the south-eastern coast, so you can easily get there by motorboat (0.5 h) or catamaran (1.5 h). I guarantee you that the picturesque cruise with the sounds of the merengue and a walk along the otherworldly beaches of the Saona will remain in your memory for a long time!

2. Los Haitises National Park

If you’re bored of sunbathing, be sure to visit Los Haitises National Park. This place is famous for its magnificent mangrove forests, mysterious Taino caves and diverse flora and fauna. What distinguishes this place is the unusual rock formations that majestically rise above the water surface. This wonderful marine park is the perfect spot for bird watching as it is home to many endemic species such as frigates, hawks and pelicans. If you are lucky, you can also find dolphins or manatees here. A visit to Los Haitises is a great adventure for the whole family.

3. Cayo Levantado

Another must-see place in the Dominican Republic is the extremely photogenic islet of Cayo Levantado, located in the Samana Bay. The uniqueness of this place is evidenced by the fact that it is here that the advertisement of the world-famous Bacardi rum was filmed. In my opinion, the island looks the most beautiful from a bird’s eye view. In addition to lounging on the beach, tourists also come here for the beautiful coral reefs. Despite its small size, this place is also very popular with the locals. It is worth keeping this in mind and not going here on holidays or weekends.

4. Montaña Redonda

Lovers of beautiful views should definitely go to Montaña Redonda, not without reason called the Mountain of Witches. This amazing vantage point offers great views of the surrounding mountains, the Atlantic Ocean and the Samana Peninsula. At the top, many attractions await visitors, including swings hanging in the sky, a photo session on brooms, as well as an adrenaline-filled zip-line ride. A trip to the Witches’ Mountain should be combined with a visit to the unspoiled Playa Limon.

5. Playa Bávaro

The last place on my list is the magnificent Bávaro Beach, located adjacent to the most popular resort on the island, Punta Cana. Due to the extensive hotel facilities, this place is especially liked by fans of all-inclusive holidays. And it does not surprise me at all! Who wouldn’t want to spend a vacation on one of the Caribbean’s best beaches? This place is even made for lovers of lazy relaxation, endless sea baths and walks along the ocean. Active people will also find something for themselves – the local climate is conducive to water sports, so it is impossible to get bored.

To sum up

Dominican Republic is a great place for a carefree vacation in the Caribbean. Sandy, white beaches, turquoise waters, always smiling locals and breathtaking views are just some of the reasons why you should come here (and I can assure you there are many more!). Hope the above places encouraged you to add Dominican Republic to your bucket list. And if you’ve been to the Dominican Republic, be sure to let me know below what places you recommend in this island paradise.

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