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    Your Dominican Republic vacation

    A sugary-white sand coastline, sparkling bays and a lush, mountainous interior create a magical backdrop for a Dominican Republic vacation. Find "endless summer" weather and Merengue tunes wherever you land on this tropical island paradise.

    From Punta Cana and La Romana to the pristine Samana and the capital of Santo Domingo, you can have your pick of world-class resorts and affordable hotels. The beaches are a favorite, but secluded prairies, rivers and high-mountain cliffs also make for remarkable stays. Go all-inclusive for family fun, choose something romantic and luxurious, or aim for adventure among nine ecological zones.

    Our Orbitz travel guide will highlight the best time to go, top 10 highlights and hidden gems from Dominican Republic insiders.

Flights to Dominican Republic

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
San Juan Punta Cana Sun, Aug 31 - Wed, Sep 3 $253
San Juan Santo Domingo Wed, Sep 17 - Mon, Sep 22 $216
Newark Puerto Plata Thu, Jul 24 - Tue, Jul 29 $262
San Juan Santiago Tue, Oct 14 - Wed, Nov 12 $273
San Juan La Romana Wed, Oct 8 - Wed, Oct 15 $341

Best time to take a vacation to Dominican Republic

  • With warm, tropical temperatures typical of a Caribbean island, the Dominican Republic weather has been dubbed "endless summer" because of the typically sunny and warm conditions. Some months are warm and sticky (August) while others promise rain and the threat of hurricanes (June through November).

    Winter through Spring (December to April) is the most popular time to visit, as travelers flock here for winter and spring break. But if you're looking for the best deals, wait for September, October and May.

Insider tips for Dominican Republic travel

  • Samana

    Still somewhat untouched, Samana is recognized as one of the best bays in the world. The crystal clear beach at the islet of Cayo Levantado is a must see.

  • Colonial City restaurants

    For a variety of great restaurants serving everything from French to Mediterranean, head to the center of Colonial City in Santo Domingo.

  • Shopping tip

    Price bargaining is a must when shopping from local merchants. Most items are overpriced at the start to allow for some marginal negotiation.

  • Try local dishes

    When visiting the Dominican Republic, be sure to at least try a local dish once, like a breakfast of Mangu (smashed plantains) with friend cheese and eggs.

  • Hotels

    When choosing a hotel, don't be too focused on the distance or travel from the airport since many fantastic hotels (and deals) are a bit farther away.

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Punta Cana

Punta Cana Vacation Packages

Hotel only $251

Comfort, luxury and convenience on the pristine beach of Punta CanaGuests at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe – All Inclusive benefit from a calm, picturesque location and a wide range of modern conveniences and services. This elegant resort provides guests with a... More

Hotel only $247

Melia Tropical All Inclusive

4 stars
3.9 / 5 709 reviews

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All-inclusive Punta Cana beachfront resort with 10 swimming poolsThe perfect getaway for couples and families, Melia Tropical All Inclusive fronts the famed white sands and gentle water at Playa Bavaro, in Punta Cana. The all-inclusive resort features more than a dozen... More

Hotel only $170

Barcelo Punta Cana - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.3 / 5 948 reviews

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22% OFF

Mediterranean-style Punta Cana hotel spoils with all-inclusive luxury Barcelo Punta Cana – All-Inclusive, a beachfront resort on the eastern shores of the Dominican Republic, accommodates travelers with a taste for restaurant hopping, gambling, water sports and simply... More

Hotel only $308

Luxury Punta Cana all-inclusive beachfront resort with 9 restaurantsFind balance between nature and luxury at Paradisus Punta Cana Resort, on the exquisite Bavaro Beach. Open-air architecture, native mangrove forests, soaring coconut trees, a white-sand beach and... More

Hotel only $257

RIU Hotels & Resorts brings you a totally new Palace resort on the beautiful destination of Punta Cana. The Riu Palace Bavaro Hotel on beautiful Arena Gorda Beach is located just 30 kilometers from Punta Cana International Airport. Right on the beach of Arena Gorda,... More

Hotel only $260

Romantic, all-inclusive Punta Cana hotel on the oceanfront Steps from the powder-white sands of Bavaro Beach is the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana. The hotel attracts everyone from families to couples looking for a romantic getaway. Facilities include beach cabanas and... More

Hotel only $295

Excellence Punta Cana Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.4 / 5 1230 reviews

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HONEYMOON SPECIAL

Enjoy gardens and a quiet beach at this Dominican adults-only resortFor an adults-only getaway in the gorgeous, sunny Dominican Republic, the Excellence Punta Cana resort can't be beat. Stroll through coconut groves and lush green landscapes, and be sure to visit the... More

Hotel only $395

Paradisus Palma Real Golf and Spa Resort - Luxury All Inclusive

5 stars
4.2 / 5 391 reviews

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SAVE 35% - EARLY BOOKING BONUS

All-inclusive Punta Cana hotel wows with lush landscape and luxe spaThe palatial grounds of Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort sweep guests away in contemporary luxury. A visual feast infiltrates every corner of the 554-room property, which incorporates theatrical... More

Hotel only $164

Kid-friendly Punta Cana resort captures luxury in all-inclusive setting With 780 suites on the grounds, Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana Resort – All Inclusive is accustomed to entertaining large groups, from parents with tots in tow to honeymooners. Guests might enjoy a... More

Hotel only $223

Punta Cana hotel enchants with Arena Gorda address, multiple eateries Located within the Riu resort complex, Riu Palace Punta Cana All Inclusive towers over Arena Gorda, a pristine stretch of white sand dotted by palm trees. The palatial resort beckons with 612 rooms... More

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo Vacation Packages

Hotel only $163

Enjoy the beach next to the city at this All Inclusive Resort. The BE LIVE HAMACA GARDEN features 321 spectacular rooms, is located just 10 minutes from Las Americas International Airport and 30 minutes from Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's cosmopolitan capital... More

Hotel only $133

Barcelo Capella Beach - All Inclusive

3 stars
3.2 / 5 254 reviews

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SPECIAL OFFER

Tropical haven sparkles in the Dominican RepublicThe Barcelo Capella Beach - All Inclusive offers guests a stunning location in Juan Dolio, known for its beautiful Caribbean beaches. This beach resort provides ample space to play, including swimming pools, a disco,... More

Hotel only $112

Be Live Hamaca Beach- All Inclusive

3 stars
2.4 / 5 215 reviews

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SAVE 35%

Boca Chica resort and casino on dazzling beach near Santo DomingoThe all-inclusive Oasis Hamaca sits along the palm fringed, dazzling white sands of the Dominican Republic’s south coast. The Boca Chica Beach features calm, turquoise waters protected by a coral reef. It is... More

Hotel only $88

Barcelo Santo Domingo

5 stars
4.0 / 5 68 reviews

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40% OFF

Stylish hotel and casino in Santo Domingo business and historic centerSurrounded by lush, tropical gardens, the 5-star Barcelo Santo Domingo offers stylish accommodations in the business and historic heart of Santo Domingo. Guests stroll to the bustling commercial area or... More

Hotel only $20

Plaza Real Resort

3 stars
3.2 / 5 87 reviews

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SPECIAL OFFER

Santo Domingo apartment-style hotel on pristine beach with spa services The Plaza Real Resort is surrounded by lush tropical gardens on the palm-fringed Juan Dolio beach, a short drive from Santo Domingo. Rooms include fully-equipped kitchenettes. Guests relax in a... More

Hotel only $98

Coral Costa Caribe - All Inclusive

3 stars
3.0 / 5 94 reviews

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SAVE 61%

Breathtaking beachfront resort with white sand near Santo Domingo The recently-renovated Coral Costa Caribe is nestled in lush tropical gardens on Juan Dolio's pristine beachfront, close to Las Americas International Airport. Five specialty restaurants offer children's... More

Hotel only $85

All-inclusive resort near Santo Domingo, steps from Boca Chica beachThe BelleVue Dominican Bay all inclusive resort is located in Boca Chica, about half an hour east of Santo Domingo. The Boca Chica Beach with its white sands and crystal-clear, reef-protected... More

Hotel only $108

Crowne Plaza SANTO DOMINGO

3 stars
4.2 / 5 86 reviews

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Understated elegance with superb views and prime Santo Domingo locationThe 4-star Crowne Plaza Santo Domingo offers understated elegance, Caribbean vistas, business convenience and tropical island entertainment in the heart of Santo Domingo. The state-of-the-art... More

Hotel only $126

Don Juan Beach Resort - All Inclusive

3 stars
2.9 / 5 87 reviews

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50% OFF

Don Juan Beach Resort is located on the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of Boca Chica Beach just 15 km (9 miles) from Santo Domingo Airport and 25 minutes drive to the colonial capital city of Santo Domingo. This beach front resort is reminiscent of an old... More

Hotel only $75

BQ Santo Domingo Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 89 reviews

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FREE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS

Stunning Santo Domingo views from rooftop pool and Jacuzzi The 3-star BQ Santo Domingo Hotel is located in the central Bella Vista district of Santo Domingo. The Bella Vista shopping mall and many tourist attractions are an easy stroll away. The hotel has eight floors... More

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La Romana

La Romana Vacation Packages

Hotel only $278

Dominican Republic all-inclusive resort along Caribbean with poolsSituated along the sparkling Caribbean waters on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, Dreams La Romana Resort and Spa - All Inclusive exudes luxury with three pools, eight restaurants and endless... More

Hotel only $284

Luxury Bayahibe all-inclusive with Jacuzzis, spa and white sand beachLocated in the fishing village of Bayahibe, the Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus All Inclusive is a short drive from the La Romana International Airport. Stays at the luxury property include all meals,... More

Hotel only $152

Grand Bahia Principe La Romana - All Inclusive

3 stars
3.9 / 5 101 reviews

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HONEYMOON SPECIAL- 1 BOTTLE OF RUM AND MORE

All-inclusive, lively Dominican Republic resort with full spaAn idyllic, all-inclusive property along the Caribbean waters, Gran Bahia Principe La Romana - All Inclusive has pools for adults and children as well as a mini-club for kids, a spa, tennis courts and merengue... More

Hotel only $159

Be Live Canoa - All Inclusive

3 stars
3.6 / 5 20 reviews

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SAVE 40%

All-inclusive Bayahibe property with water sports, pool and nightlifeSituated on the beach overlooking sparkling Caribbean waters, Be Live Canoa - All Inclusive is a tropical paradise with a meandering, lagoon-style pool, a spa offering massages and an on-site mini golf.... More

Hotel only $161

Catalonia La Romana - All Inclusive

3 stars
3.8 / 5 59 reviews

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34% OFF SEMMI-ANNUAL SALE

All-inclusive Dominican Republic resort on beach with balconies and spaSituated on a white sand beach overlooking turquoise Caribbean waters, Catalonia Gran Dominicus - All Inclusive features stays that include breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks, domestic... More

Hotel only $110

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach - All Inclusive

3 stars
3.2 / 5 54 reviews

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KIDS 12 AND UNDER STAY FREE

Scenic, all-inclusive Bayahibe resort with five restaurants and shuttleSituated in the charming fishing village of Bayahibe, Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach - All Inclusive appeals to all ages with a pool and Jacuzzi, a club for kids, babysitting services and a business... More

Hotel only $232

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.3 / 5 88 reviews

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KIDS 12 AND UNDER STAY FREE

Posh all-inclusive La Romana resort with Caribbean views and poolPerched upon white, sandy shores, luxurious Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace - All Inclusive is an elegant companion to nearby Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach. Situated nearby Playa Dominicus, its on-site... More

Hotel only $375

Casa De Campo

4 stars
4.5 / 5 19 reviews

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Posh, amenity-laden La Romana resort with spa, golf course and poolSet amid a 7,000-acre Caribbean paradise, Casa de Campo has one of the top, Pete Dye-designed golf courses in the area as well as a full-fledged marina, equestrian center for riding and polo, and camps for... More

Hotel only $228

Los Altos Club

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

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SUMMER DAYS

Los Altos Condo Residences is a luxury vacation club consisting of rental residences with an award winning design that is a perfect blend of Caribbean architecture melding the tropical style with Asian influences. Los Altos blends into the environment with the liberal use... More

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Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata Vacation Packages

Hotel only $203

Iberostar Costa Dorada All Inclusive

4 stars
4.0 / 5 147 reviews

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8% OFF PER NIGHT

Spacious and uncrowded, all-inclusive resort with an endless blue poolWith a giant, sparkling blue pool that seems nearly as large as the ocean, the impressive Iberostar Costa Dorada all-inclusive hotel sits on the beach of Costa Dorada. Tall palms sway over grounds... More

Hotel only $142

No need to leave the grounds at Dominican Republic all-inclusive Gran Ventana Beach Resort offers a distinctive blend of sophisticated design with Dominican Republic charm and hospitality with all-inclusive service. The lobby rewards visitors with a view of the ocean... More

Hotel only $125

Be Live Grand Marien - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.6 / 5 92 reviews

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SAVE 20%

Cocktails and dining 24/7 at Puerto Plata all-inclusive resort with spaCross a bridge over the enormous, free-form pool and meander through tropical foliage to the beach at the Be Live Grand Marien - All Inclusive. Set on Costa Dorada, the resort sets the tone for... More

Hotel only $98

Barcelo Puerto Plata - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.2 / 5 188 reviews

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30% OFF - SUMMER OFFER

Beachfront All-Inclusive ResortSwim, sun or stay active at the large oceanfront Barcelo Puerto Plata - All Inclusive. Settled on a golden-sand beach along the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, the hotel offers the warm, wide ocean out its doors in addition to two... More

Hotel only $78

Blue Bay Villas Doradas Adults Only Resort -All Inclusive

3 stars
3.6 / 5 225 reviews

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LAST MINUTE OFFER

All-inclusive property outside Puerto Plata BlueBay Villas, located on the coast just outside the city of Puerto Plata, offers all-inclusive resort living for guests over 18. The resort is especially popular for wedding parties, recently married couples, or... More

Hotel only $115

All-inclusive comforts in windsurfing capital of Cabarete Viva Wyndham Tangerine, located on the Sosua-Cabarete Road, 20 minutes from Puerto Plata International Airport and only a 3-minute drive from Cabarete, attracts kite surfers, windboarders, and anyone interested... More

Hotel only $223

Family-friendly beachfront all-inclusive in Dominican Republic Grand Paradise Playa Dorada offers all-inclusive beachfront comfort in 424 rooms and suites 25 minutes from the international airport and 15 minutes from Puerto Plata. As part of the Playa Dorada complex,... More

Hotel only $131

Riu Bachata All Inclusive

3 stars
3.7 / 5 173 reviews

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SPA CREDIT AND GOLF DISCOUNT

Riu Bachata is a modern resort with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. This luxury resort is located on the shores of beautiful Maimon Bay in a quiet location, surrounded by stunning mountainside scenery just outside of Puerto Plata - right on the beach. An all-inclusive... More

Hotel only $180

All-inclusive Dominican resort catering to families and couples Casa Marina Beach and Reef is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort built on a private reef with two ivory-sand beaches. The 678 air-conditioned guest rooms feature balconies or patios with garden, pool,... More

Hotel only $229

Presidential Suites by Lifestyle - All Inclusive

5 stars
3.9 / 5 57 reviews

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Free Ocean World Admision

Discover the luxurious experience of Presidential Suites. Step into an unforgettable, All Inclusive, vacation in paradise. Situated near the beach, Presidential Suites By Lifestyle - All Inclusive is in Puerto Plata, on Cofresi Beach, Ocean World Adventure Park, and Fort... More

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Samana

Samana Vacation Packages

Hotel only $349

All-inclusive Samana resort on an exclusive island with outdoor poolsSituated on the small island of Samana, Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - All Inclusive houses a casino, two outdoor pools and a full-service spa. It is also home to several dining venues, including... More

Hotel only $154

Beachfront, all-inclusive Samana resort with balconies and spa tubsLocated 90 minutes from Santo Domingo, Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa - Adults Only- All Inclusive is near Playa Las Flechas and Cayo Levantado Beach in the Dominican Republic. Among the highlights of the... More

Hotel only $159

Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo - All Inclusive

3 stars
3.7 / 5 11 reviews

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HONEYMOONERS SPECIAL

Quiet, all-inclusive Las Terrenas beach resort with lush flora and poolGuests at the remote Gran Bahia Principe El Portillo - All Inclusive enjoy a quiet getaway, where all meals and beverages are included in stays. A beachfront paradise, it features tropically adorned... More

Hotel only $236

Samana Bay all-inclusive with day and night activities and restaurantsLocated amid the natural beauty of Samana Bay, the beachfront Grand Paradise Samana - All Inclusive encourages guests to relax at the pool or engage in activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling,... More

Hotel only $113

Hotel Alisei

3 stars
4.0 / 5 10 reviews

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Luxury beach front apartments, located right on the magnificent and famous “Las Terrenas Beach”, with many kilometers of golden sand beaches, crystal clear waters and coral reef banks. For short or long stays, meal plans are available in our restaurant “Baraonda”.... More

Hotel only $195

Sublime Samana is located on prime beach front facing the turquoise blue ocean framed by signature palm trees characteristic to this area and surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. Secluded in the impressive Bahia de Coson in Las Terrenas the complex is bordered by the... More

Hotel only $177

The Bannister Hotel

5 stars
4.0 / 5 5 reviews

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LAST MINUTE SALE

With superb views across one of the most beautiful bays of the world, Samana Bay; a famous sanctuary for humpback whales. Peaceful, relaxing, and totally exclusive, The Bannister Hotel overlooks a stunning full service marina in Samana Bay. It is a paradisaical place that... More

Hotel only $233

Balcones Del Atlantico

4 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

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Balcones del Atlntico is situated along nearly a mile of beautiful white sand beaches in the village of Las Terrenason the north coast of the SamanPeninsula in the Dominican Republic. Las Terrenasis renowned for its eco-tourism and outstanding whale watching. Balcones del... More

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Dominican Republic highlights

  • Dominican Republic
  • Altos de Chavon

    Don't let your eyes deceive you – this medieval village replica was only built yesterday, from 1976 to 1980, to be exact. That's when former Paramount studios set designer Roberto Copa and business mogul Charles Bludhorn had the idea to use remnant stones from a nearby bridge blast. A beautiful rendition complete with a church and sparkling fountain, Altos de Chavon is also home to art galleries, a design school, an archeological museum, restaurants and shops, and a Roman-style amphitheater.

  • Colonial Zone

    Founded in 1498 and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Colonial Zone (also dubbed "Colonial City") is both the oldest city in the New World and the most happening in modern-day Santo Domingo.  Walk 11 historic blocks within this walled city and spy America's first cathedral, monastery, universities and hospitals -- all built on the original grid system. Unique restaurants, hotels, clubs and nightlife keep the area bumping.

  • 27 Waterfalls of Rio Damajagua (27 Los Charcos de Damajagua)

    Ready for some adventure? Head to the Northern Corridor mountain range beyond the sugar cane, where a spell-binding natural treasure awaits: 27 crystal pools, waterfalls and slides created by the Damajagua River. Anyone can play here, but a tour company can help guide you up the mountain through falls and channels. The real fun begins as you jump, swim and slide your way back down.

  • El Limon Waterfall (Cascada del Limon)

    Trek about two hours from Samana through a tropical rainforest  that opens up to a glorious sight: a 55-foot waterfall crashing down a greenish wall into a cool, natural pool. Swim in the blue waters or head to the top of the falls for a daring leap back down. The hike is mucho strenuous, so sign up for a horseback ride or tour-supported adventure.

  • Bahia de las Aguilas

    Find the bluest-of-blue waters in Jaragua National Park, southwest of Pedernales. Deemed the most majestic beach by many Dominicans, it takes some work to get there. The secluded bay is only reachable by boat or via 4x4 down a steep incline. But the payoff is big with stunning waters, soft white sands, seashells and great snorkeling. Stop at the restaurant by the park entrance for a reasonable lunch.

  • Lago Enriqullo

    Big is the word at Lago Enriquillo, the largest lake in the Caribbean and one of few lakes in the world inhabited by crocodiles. The behemoth measures a dramatic 102 square miles and is located in a rift valley formed by a 79-mile fault. Three islands span the lake, but the largest Isla Cabritos is the highlight. Splurge on a boat tour for a closer look at the park's crocodiles, flamingos and exotic birds.

  • Ocean World Adventure Park

    Take a step closer to nature in all its wild glory: Here you can feed exotic birds, meet tigers, snorkel in a tropical reef aquarium, and see shark and sea lion shows. But the real draw is the chance to swim and interact with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, all while learning about these playful ocean creatures.

  • Catedral Primada de America

    Located in the Colonial City, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Menor is considered the first cathedral of the New World. Built after the arrival of Christopher Columbus, the cathedral pays tribute with a giant statue just outside the front entrance. With fine stained glass, a facade made of coral rock, and late Gothic and Romanesque characteristics, this important monument is a must-see.

  • Dominican Amber Museum

    In honor of the country's national gem, this museum also showcases an impressive collection of amber from around the world. Learn the makeup and origins of the amber found in the Dominican Republic, which ranges from 25-40 million years old. The collection includes fine jewelry plus the necessary critters and bugs. If not for the amber, come for the epic story of Villa Bentz, the historic structure that house the museum.

  • Isla Catalina

    Catch a tour from the dock at Altos de Chavon, Punta Cana, to Catalina Island for an unforgettable dive. Part of a national park and considered one of the Caribbean's best dive sites, Isla Catalina also offers great snorkeling right in from the white-sand beach. Explore the spectacular Wall (dropping over 330 feet), the Aquarium for a vibrant display of fish and a recently discovered sunken 17th-century ship.