- Book a flight to Puerto Plata to discover the north of the island first. From here you can visit Cayo Arena which you can see in the picture above, Punta Rucia and the mangroves. The next day you can visit Puerto Plata itself, which has a lot to offer. Take the Teleférico on top of the Pico Isabel de Torres (800m) and get a great view over the area. Visit the Brugal rum factory, buy Del Oro Chocolate at the factory and don’t forget to eat the typical empanadas at Amparo’s Deli. Take awesome pictures in the pink street Paseo de Doña Blanca and the streets close by because they have nice street art.
- On your way to Cabarete, stop by at Playa Sosúa. Stay in Cabarete for a few days, enjoy the awesome beaches Playa Encuentro, Kite Beach & Playa Cabarete and go surfing or do any of the other sports’ activities.
- Visit the Dudú Lagoon on your way to Las Terrenas and Samaná and visit some caves.
- Go for a few hikes in the Los Haitises National Park.
- Climb up the Montaña Redonda and swing on the giant swing on top or chill in a hammock.
- Visit Higüey, one of the most important places of pilgrimage in the Caribbean and its basilica Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia.
- Avoid Punta Cana and all the tourists but visit the Scape Park, a natural amusement park with ziplines, slides and more. Also, visit the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park close by.
- Drive all the way up to Altos de Chavón, a replica of a 16th century style village in the province of La Romana. From the amphitheatre you have an amazing view.
- Now you’re not far from Isla Saona so you should take a boat and chill on the island for a day.
- On your way to Santo Domingo you can stop at the famous beach of Boca Chica and visit the 3 Ojos National Park.
- In Santo Domingo you’ll need less than one day to visit the Zona Colonial, the old town with the first fortress, university, pharmacy and cathedral in the Americas. There’s a few interesting museums about the history as well.
- Spend your last day visiting the Las Salinas salt mines in Bani. If you visit around January the salt lakes look pink on your pictures, if not it looks like white snow which is also fun.
- You can take a plane back home from Santo Domingo now OR you can drive towards Pico Duarte (3098m) , the highest mountain in the Carribean and go for a three days hike to the top – but only with a local guide please!
Dominican Republic Travel Route
You might have read my last post about traveling the Dominican Republic during the elections and corona. If so, you already know that I had to change my travel plans a bit. I couldn’t do any of the things that I planned but I spent two weeks on research and planning the trip. I don’t want to keep all that information from you so here’s my travel route for the Dominican Republic! You can either get around with a rental car or by buses/taxis but the second option will be more expensive and inflexible.