3 reasons to add the Dominican Republic to your travel bucket list

 In Destinations, Latin America

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Flying over the island of Hispaniola, home of the Dominican Republic, you see lush terrain and emerald-green water splashing over the white sand-filled beaches. Resorts and cities litter this tiny nation, and sometimes the tourists seem to run around like little ants along the beach. Obviously there is a reason for this Caribbean destination’s popularity. But what could it be?

For one thing it is one of the most affordable countries in the Caribbean, meaning your dollar can stretch a lot further here. Just go to any of the local restaurants (not the ones in a resort) and you can order a feast for your family for under $10; no added fee for the ocean view.

If you think all there is to do in the Dominican Republic is sit on the beach and enjoy some amazing local cuisine though, think again. There are numerous national parks to explore and one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean can be found here.

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Navigating the beaches

Some of the most popular beaches are around Punta Cana, which has more than a few all-inclusive, family-friendly resorts to choose from on the eastern shore. Playa Dorado is a big resort area on the North Shore you can also set up camp if you like to do more activities in the water instead of working on your tan, although you can do that there too.

The remote Bahía de Las Águilas on the southwest coast offers six miles of almost untouched sands. This part of the country is also home to the Jaragua National Park, which is where you’ll find one of the most undeveloped beach areas in the country.

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Explore the island’s natural beauty

The Dominican Republic is home to no less than 16 national parks. Over 25% of the country is made up of huge untouched and protected natural areas. Grab the kids and explore secluded coastal islands, trek through mountains and rainforests, and swim beside one of the many famous waterfalls, including Cascada Salto Limon near the town of Samano. There’s plenty of wildlife to check out including the American Crocodiles at the Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos and the colorful flamingos at the saltwater Lake Enriquillo. A visit to the Aguas Blancas (the white waterfalls) of Constanza and the amazing Cave of Wonders near San Pedro de Macoris are definitely a must.

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Dive into city life

Santo Domingo offers a vibrant mix of cultures, historic buildings and modern architecture. It’s here that you can sip a coffee made from locally produced beans in one of the many sidewalk cafes or visit the incredible Los Tres Ojos– three underground cave lakes that are illuminated at night and have been a tourist attraction since the 1970s. Step back in time by viewing the colonial buildings, like the 1520 El Alcázar de Colón as well as the Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, the oldest cathedral in the Americas.

Beaches, natural exploration and city life are just three of the reasons to add the Dominican Republic to your bucket list. Once you’ve arrived in the Dominican Republic you will find that your dollar travels a bit farther, creating cheap holidays and fun that never stops. Whether you take a week to explore or stay for a month, there is always a reason to love and come back to this small nation in the Caribbean.

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Keryn Means
Keryn is the founder and editor-in-chief of Walking on Travels, an award-winning site that gives hope to today’s active parents who don’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride. Keryn utilizes her project management background, along with a masters degree in journalism and an undergrad degree in photography to the team to create dynamic content and a vision that keeps up with the latest technology and trends. You can find Keryn dragging her 2 boys around the DC area most days and across the globe several times a year. Follow along on their adventures on Instagram and Pinterest.
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  • travelFREAK
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    The Dominican Republic is home to so many beautiful attractions! It’s the perfect destination for all travelers!

  • Sky
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    I had no idea there were so many parks on the Dominican Republic nor that it was the cheapest place in the Caribbean to travel. It was on my list but now I have a few more reasons to move it up a few spots! 🙂

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