Region & Time Zone: Caribbean, Atlantic Time Zone (GMT -4)
Passport Required: Yes
Languages Spoken: Spanish, English
Currency: Dominican Peso
Power: Two-prong, non-US plug at 110 volts
A little background
The Dominican Republic has been a popular vacation destination for years - and with pristine beaches, friendly locals, and so many warm sunny days a year, it's no wonder why. Of course, there's more to do in the Dominican Republic than just hit the beach - attractions include zip lines, great golf, and casinos. Each city in the DR has its own unique vibe, so you may need to return more than once. Explore the rich history of Santo Domingo (Spain's first city in the "new world") or relax on the beach in Punta Cana - whatever you choose to do, you will have a great time. The Dominican Republic sits on the eastern half of the island of Hispaniola in the West Indies (the western half of the island is home to Haiti). JetBlue serves every major city in the Dominican Republic with daily nonstop flights from multiple US cities.
Hidden at the base of a 200-foot cliff near the town of Cabrera, Hoyo Azul is a "must-do" for everyone on their vacation to the Dominican Republic. At the end of a short hike through Scape Park, this breathtaking freshwater lagoon filled with turquoise, crisp-cool waters awaits. The hike itself offers stunning panoramic views of the park and opportunities to learn about native plant and animal species on the island, including wild orchids.
Zip through the forest
Anamuya Mountain, while home to many indigenous species of plants and animals, is also home to the Dominican Republic's longest zipline! A zipline trip offers great views and spectacular photos - the experience takes you through a tropical rain forest and high above Anamuya Lake. With no experience needed, this is the perfect adventure to get your adrenalin pumping.
Some of the biggest fish in the Caribbean are found in the waters off of the Dominican Republic. The island enjoys a seven-month marlin-fishing season, with many fishing charters available through resorts. White marlin tends to be abundant from March to July, while blue marlin frequent the area from July to September. Fishing charters typically last about 4-8 hours, and are available for all expertise levels - from beginner to expert.
A private land reserve owned and maintained by the Ecological Foundation, Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve spans 1,500 acres just outside Punta Cana. The reserve is home to 12 freshwater lagoons, which provide great habitats for local wildlife, including birds and reptiles, many of which are only found in the Dominican Republic. The reserve also features a petting zoo, sugarcane plantation exhibit, and a fruit tree garden.
Step out of the resort life for a day and experience the Dominican Republic's local culture and the Dominican way of life through tours provided by many local operators. Highlights include nearly deserted remote beaches, picturesque fishing villages, and lush rain forests. The tours also include unique local shopping opportunities which are perfect for picking up souvenirs.
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