Short Trips and Tours
Places of Interest in the Dominican Republic:
Cabarete/Sosúa: Part of the Amber (North) Coast, Cabarete has windsurfing and a boho feel, while Sosúa sports gorgeous beaches and a thriving expat population (including many displaced Jews from the 1940s).
Samaná: This easily accessible eastern peninsula has exquisite beaches and typical fishing villages with brightly painted houses. It’s a mecca for humpback whale-watchers (in winter) and game fishermen year-round.
Santiago/Cibao Valley:The D.R.’s “second” city boasts Victorian architecture, cigar factories, and museums. The region encompasses the country’s breadbasket and the “Dominican Alps” (Cordillera Central), including the Caribbean’s highest peak.
Barahona: The mountains here in the “Dominican Garden of Eden” bubble with restorative hot thermal springs shrouded by bougainvillea and orchids. Lush rainforest meets golden sand to a backdrop of birdsong.
Boca Chica/Juan Dolio: Both resort areas, the former accesses La Caleta National Submarine Park’s wrecks and reefs; the latter is near San Pedro de Macorís, a town famous for producing an inordinate number of major league ballplayers.
Juan Dolio: Located halfway between Santo Domingo y La Romana. This charming seaside town is relaxed and pleasant while great day trips can be found nearby including an excursion to La Romana or Santo Domingo. Other nearby activities to enjoy include diving and snorkeling the eco-rich coast, taking in a baseball game at San Pedro de Macorís’ Tetelo Vargas Stadium and exploring the many shops and restaurants.
Jarabacoa: is recognized as the birthplace of the country’s ecotourism industry. Situated in the mountains of the Central Cordillera, Jarabacoa is a great place for long horseback rides through beautiful pine trees. Although it can drop to 45 F (7 C) in winter, Jarabacoa nearly always has a pleasant temperature from 60 to 75 F (16-22 C). Locals call this steady climate the “city of eternal spring”, which is perfect for growing strawberries and flowers.
A visit to el Baiguate: Enjoy the best experience of your life on this fantastic adventure. Rushing across the Rio Yaque del Norte. The lower part of the walk is a big adrenaline rush, crossing ravines of caves, small streams, many obstacles and wonderful waterfalls.
Charcos Damajagua in Puerto Plata:It is nestled in the rolling hills of the Northern Range of the Dominican Republic and back of the sugar cane stalks placed a treasure that you will not find on any other part of this world. Mother Nature has produced twenty-seven beautiful pools, recorded by the limestone, for your enjoyment.
Galeras Samaná:Samana is one of the 32 provinces of the Dominican Republic with beautiful beaches and coconut palms creating one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Caribbean. Samaná has every year during the breeding season Samana is visited by humpback whales, which provide a magnificent spectacle for the visitors, the whale sanctuary is on the way to Cayo Levantado, which allows visitors who are whale watching can also visit the island of Cayo Levantado.
Haitises: Enjoy the beautiful mangroves of this magnificent National Park. Back in the prehistoric era, explore the caves where the Tainos lived. Visit a farm family on the road. The guide will show you the passion fruit plantations, cocoa, coffee, bananas and citrus. Lunch and drinks included. You can also visit Cayo Levantado which is a small island located a few miles from the coast of the town of Samaná..
Playa Las Galeras: A wonderful place for you to go snorkeling, diving, boat trips and excursions around the bay to watch humpback whales in the months of the year for this.
A Long Weekend in Santo Domingo:
Day One: Enjoy the best of town and country- Sightsee and shop in Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial and Plaza de la Cultura. At night visit a local restaurant and head for the club.
Day Two: Get ready for a short trip to one of the nearby major beach area – Juan Dolio or Boca Chica for plenty resort activities.
Planning a One /Two Weeks Trip to Santo Domingo
Drive east from Santo Domingo, admiring the magnificent 16th-century Mediterranean village, Altos de Chavón, before splurging on a night at hedonistic Casa de Campo. Finish on the sunrise coast at one of Punta Cana’s posh, family-friendly, all-inclusive resorts.
Two Weeks: Dedicate 3-4 days for sunbathing/golfing in Punta Cana; 2-3 for whale-watching/ fishing in Samaná; 4-5 days for shopping and visiting the historical sites on the Amber Coast. Take a scenic day trip through Cibao Valley and the “Dominican Alps.” Stop overnight at Barahona; finish with 2-3 days in Santo Domingo.
Airports: Most U.S. flights arrive at one of four international airports, Santo Domingo’s Las Américas (SDQ) and newer La Isabela aka Herrera (HEX), Puerto Plata’s La Únion (POP), or Punta Cana (PUJ).
Airlines: American Airlines/American Eagle, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Spirit, and US Airways all fly from the U.S. (only East Coast takeoffs fly non-stop and direct). Aerodomca, Caribe Air, and Takeoff Destination Service serve the smaller airports scattered through the country.
Flight Times: 8 hours from the West Coast; 5-6 hours from the Midwest, 4 hours from the Northeast, 2-3 hours from the Southeast. Allow an extra 1 to 4 hours for flights involving a change of plane.
Cigars: Connoisseurs rate Dominican cigars as highly as Cubanos, particularly the Fuentes robustos, handmade in Santiago. Other leading brands include Montecristo, Cojimar (sugar- tipped in such flavors as vanilla and amaretto), Romeo y Julieta, and Léon Jimenes.
Rum: Though the silken Dominican rums aren’t well-publicized, aficionados appreciate such brands as Brugal (whose Puerto Plata distillery offers tours), Bermudez, and Barceló.