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Gran Bahia Principe, Dominican Republic
Gran Bahia Principe, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is located on the eastern portion of island of Hispanola in the Greater Antilles of the Caribbean. Haiti occupies the western portion. Cuba and Jamaica are located to the west, while Puerto Rico is located to the east. The Dominican Republic covers 18,000 square miles and has a population of 10 million. This makes it the second largest island in the Caribbean, with only Cuba having a larger area or population.  The Dominican Republic was occupied by Tainos when Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492. After Spanish, French and Haitian rule, the Dominican Republic became an independent nation in 1821. Spanish is the official language and the capital is Santo Domingo. In the past the Dominican Republic was best known for its sugar production, but now it has become the largest tourist destination in the Caribbean and is best known for all its golf courses.

Attractions in Punta Cana:

Things to see and do:

  • The beaches of Punta Cana

  • Snorkel and Scuba

  • Catamaran Cruise to Isla Saona from Punta Cana

  • Manati Park – lots of animals

  • Altos de Chavon

  • Jurassic Safari

  • Marinarium Shark and Ray Experience

  • Catamarans, Boats, Kayaks 

  • Bavaro Splash Speedboat Ride

  • Punta Cana Zipline Canopy Adventure

  • Adventure Day Trip to Fun Fun Cave

Punta Cana Tours:

Hotels in Punta Cana:

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Things to see and do in Santo Domingo:

  • Zona Colonial - Old Town

  • Catedral Primada de América - The Cathedral

  • Los Tres Ojos - The 3 Eyes National Park

  • Faro a Colón - Columbus Lighthouse 

  • Acuario Nacional - The Aquarium 

  • Jardín Botánico - Botanical Garden

  • Plaza de la Cultura Santo Domingo 

  • Museo de las Casas Reales - Royal Houses Museum 

  • Parque Colon - Columbus Square

  • Calle El Conde - El Conde street

Hotels in Santo Domingo:

Gran Bahia Principe, Dominican Republic

Gran Bahia Principe, Dominican Republic

Things to see and do in San Felipe de Puerto Plata:

  • Ocean World Adventure Park - Swim with dolphins, pet and feed sharks or play with sea lions. See stingrays, tropical fish, exotic birds, reptiles and tigers.  This is the most popular attractions in Puerto Plata.

  • Fort San Felipe - built by the Spanish in 1564 to protect the city.

  • Take a cable car ride up Isabel de Torres Mountain.

  • Amber Museum (Museo de Ambar Dominicano)

  • City of Cabarete - This small, laid-back Caribbean beach village is the perfect place for relaxing or for sports such as mountainbiking, scuba-diving and wakeboarding.  It's also one of the world's premier wind surfing sites.  Restaurants and bars line the beach, such as Lax Beach Bar.  Cabarete enjoys a popular night club scene too.

  • Bay of Sosua Catamaran Cruise and Snorkeling

  • Santiago, Jarabacoa  and Damajagua Waterfalls

  • Bravissimo Cabaret Show - Enjoy dinner overlooking the Ocean World Marina. The meal is followed by the Bravissimo show, which offers Caribbean rhythms and costumes.  After dinner, visit the casino.

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