Best Places to stay in Dominican Republic
Punta Cana lies on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, where the waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet. Punta Canta is known for its never-ending stretches of beaches and clear waters – we are talking a whopping combination of 48 kilometers in the shape of glorious exploration that awaits you. Tourists experience the Bávaro area and Punta Cana as an area known as La Costa del Coco, or the Coconut Coast. This is an area of lavish, all-inclusive resorts. It's popular for zip-lining, windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing.
Families enjoy miniature entertainment centers and water parks for children, while couples-only enclaves boast dream wedding locations, with secluded beachside lodging for an ultra-romantic stay – that is just how amazingly versatile this destination is.
But it’s not only about fun in the sun, soft sand brushing against your toes, and iridescent, clear water to swim in, go fishing, or dive for underwater life and shipwrecks. Punta Cana is also a golfer’s destination, with 10 courses located all along the strip, a seaside escape with luxurious marinas and fine dining, and a wellness corner home to the country’s top spas, including the only Six Senses in the Caribbean.
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Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and one of the Caribbean's oldest and of course vibrant cities. Its walled, cobblestoned historic core, the Zona Colonial, has buildings that date to the 1500s, including the cathedral, which was the first-built in the New World. The bustling cafe-lined Plaza de España is also home to the Alcázar de Colón palace – a must-see museum displaying notable medieval and Renaissance art.
It is easy to forget that Santo Domingo is in the Caribbean. This is an intensely urban city that does offer some escape to resort living, but other than that, it is a place for a great night out that includes the hottest clubs and elegant restaurants. Santo Domingo might be a great place for those seeking a carefree experience as the sun goes down, but it is also a place that offers more than enough in cultural experiences to fill up your stay.
Santo Domingo might be the best point to start your vacation if you are traveling with your family. It is not the easiest place to tag your kids along for days on end, but it is a great way to feel the warmth and vibrancy of the Dominican Republic. Solo travelers, groups of friends and honeymooners; however, will find this to be an easier option where they can revel in the pulsating energy of the city’s nightlife and enjoying lazy afternoons by the beach after an outdoor excursion or two.
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Las Terrenas is a resort town on the Samaná Peninsula, in the northeastern part of the Dominican Republic. It’s a location best known for the central Las Terrenas Beach which is very popular and usually welcomes quite a large number of visitors who opt for a day of watersports and frolicking in the crystal clear waters. Other popular beaches include Bonita, Cosón and Las Ballenas.
A stay in Las Terrenas is not just about watersports; it is the perfect opportunity to learn about and to observe the whales and dolphins that frequent the waters near the coast. There are guided boat tours available in various languages in Las Terrenas that provide the best information about these creatures you will be sharing the ocean with.
There are cays that lie off the coast of Las Terrenas, which are a must-visit. Underwater caverns like Dudu cave are a popular daytime excursion among visitors. Despite being a resort town, accommodation in Las Terrenasnot only includes resort options but also caters to families and friends who wish to enjoy the ease of home and beach condo rentals. Many bars and restaurants in the area offer open-air seating along the strip of Pueblo de Los Pescadores near the water, which is a perfect way to unwind after a magical day of outdoor fun in the sun.
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Bayahibe is a yet another glorious resort town on the Caribbean coast of the Dominican Republic. It's known for its sandy beaches, dive sites and plenty of options for outdoor fun that caters to all ages. The beautiful palm-fringed playa Pública Bayahibe beach has a boat launch and is home to the Playa Dominicus - a beach with long stretches of sand that seep back into coral reefs which are perfect for snorkeling.
To the eastern part of Bayahibe, you’ll find the mainland area and the Del Este National Park, which is a must-add to your itinerary. It’s dotted with the most gorgeous caves, ancient rock art and its Saona Island also offers fantastic beaches filled with diverse marine life waiting to be explored.
This popular tourist destination caters to sun worshippers, scuba divers, snorkelers, and of course adventure seekers. In terms of accommodation, Bayahibe’s upscale hotel chains line the magical coastline of the calm and clear waters of the Caribbean Sea and its white, powdery white sands. This small fishing village has everything a holidaymaker can ask for and scores big with beautiful beach bars and options for outdoor excursions that will keep you busy all day long.
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Joining the likes of Bayahibe and Las Terrenas, Cabarete is another one of the Dominican Republic’s resort towns off the northern coast. A massive coral reef and usually calm waters protect Cabarete Bay, while the breezy conditions make it the center for water sports. Encuentro Beach is a spot that is known for its surf breaks and the popular Calle Principal forms a cluster of restaurants and bars near the waterfront.
Cabarete was once a booming fishing and farming town, but is now, without a doubt the adventure-sports capital of the country. Cabarete is an ideal spot to base yourself for exploring the area – you’re within two hours’ drive of the best that the coast has to offer, and if you want to go surfing, or windsurfing, or kitesurfing.
This is a beach town that has a very raucous vibe to it and is booming with condos and new development. Furthermore, it is a good place to practice your horse riding – A wide range of trips on horseback along the privileged natural environment of Cabarete is offered here. It must be highlighted that Cabarete is not only an interesting water sports location, but it is also an excellent place for a relaxing stay in a luxury hotel that welcomes families, honeymooners, surfers and thrill-seekers from all over the globe.
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San Felipe De Puerto Plata
San Felipe de Puerto Plata is the capital of the Puerto Plata province that lies just off the Dominican Republic’s Atlantic North Coast. Like so many other destinations known in the Dominican Republic, this is also a city known for its beaches. Playa Dorada’s beachfront is lined with resorts and an exquisite golf course. This agricultural hinterland is also a major tobacco-producing area, and bananas, sugarcane, and dairy products are economically significant as well.
Although the beaches offer a myriad of activities to keep the whole family entertained, tourists who are ready to venture beyond the resort confines will find many things to do in and around Puerto Plata. There are museums, natural areas, the historic Fort San Felipe, an interactive water park (Ocean World Adventure Park), restaurants and cafés to explore and experience.
San Felipe is a prime location for family vacations thanks to its wide variety of outdoor excursions available and is a great place to keep the kids entertained. Accommodation caters to the family too, but if you wish to look for something that it is not resort-based, the does offer condos and holiday rentals for those who wish to enjoy a stay that is closer to home.
Hotels in San Felipe de Puerto Plata