“There is no island more beautiful in the world” were the famous words of Christopher Columbus when he first arrived on the shores of Dominican Republic in 1492. Today, the country absolutely represents just that. A paradise to discover, the Dominican Republic boasts of its golden sandy beaches, majestic tall mountains, mysterious lush valleys, crystal clear turquoise waters, luxurious accommodations, vibrant nightlife, and wonderfully friendly people.
Things to do in Dominican Republic are vast and diverse; it caters to almost any interest and any taste of adventure and exploration whether on land or at sea. The unlimited water sports activities, adventure sports, trekking and hiking, horse riding, golf, and baseball are among the best things to do in Dominican Republic.
There are excellent opportunities for watersports lovers in the Dominican Republic, although some shores are rocky and rough, there are stunning stretches of beach suitable for swimming. Scuba diving and snorkeling fans will find warm waters, reef diving, good visibility, wrecks, caverns, and rich marine life in the waters of Dominican Republic. Great dive sites include Cabrera, Sosúa, Las Terrenas, Punta Rucia, La Caleta National Underwater Park, Catalina, and Saona Islands. Boat trips to the marine caves of the Gri Gri Lagoon are famous tourist attraction. Charter boats are also organized by hotels for offshore fishing for sailfish, marlin, benittos, Dorado, and other game fish. River fishing with guides in flat-bottomed boast can also be arranged at Boca de Yuma, La Romana, and on the north coast. For windsurfing aficionados, Sosúa is particularly good and hosts the Professional Windsurfing Association World Cup.
The country was fast to jump onto adventure sports bandwagon, thus has well-developed facilities for the usual array of adrenalin-generating sports and is one of the best things to do in Dominican Republic as well. This includes whitewater rafting, tubing, cascading, and canyoning. Whitewater rafting is on hand at Rio Yaque del Norte in Jarabacoa, the best places for tubing are on the Rio Jamao del Norte, Rio Yaque del Norte, and Rio Isabela in Santo Domingo.
Trekking and Hiking
Jarabacoa has the best places for trekking, the Nuevo valley, and the Constanza Valley. For hiking and climbing enthusiasts, joining the local’s yearly pilgrimage to the Caribbean’s highest mountain, the Pico Duarte, either on foot or riding a mule, is one of the unforgettable things to do in Dominican Republic. Comparable tours can also be made at Mount Isabel de Torres, El Mogote, Pico Yaque, and Sierra de Bahoruco.
The country offers some of the best horse riding in the Caribbean as Dominicans love horse riding. Visitors can join in the twice-weekly competitions of regular polo games held at Casa de Campo and Sierra Prieta.
There several golf clubs and golf courses on the island, most of which are edged by the ocean one side and the mountains on the other. Some of the best courses can be found at Grand Diablo Links, Deintes de Perro, Casa de Campo, Santo Domingo Country Club, Playa Dorada, and La Romana Country Club.
Baseball is one of the favorite things to do in Dominican Republic as it is the national sport and a national obsession as well; with even the smallest communities having floodlit stadiums. The core of the country’s baseball is San Pedro de Macoris.
So for the next trip, don’t miss out on experiencing the beautiful island that has it all, astounding places to explore and exhilarating things to do in Dominican Republic.