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Everyone knows the Dominican Republic offers crazy high-end resorts, all-inclusive package deals and plenty of fat Americans but if you find yourself on this island paradise with a bit of effort you can see the other side of this very cool place.

If you come to the Dominican, avoid the same old story and experience some of the oldest historical buildings from the first European excursions to the Americas.  Of course there are numerous gorgeous beaches., you can also get active with some cracking water sports or better still get your climb on and summit Pico Duarte, the highest mountain in all the Caribbean. Top it all off with some dancing and shake your thing in one of the many seasonal festivals, or buy some local crafts and practice your bargaining skills at the local markets.  The Dominican Republic is a vibrant place, teeming with life, filled with history and fun activities. 

Here are the Top 5 things to do in the Dominican Republic:

Climb the Mountains – Pico Duarte or La Pelona: There are several hiking routes, each 2 days or more to either of the two highest twin peaks in the Caribbean.  The priceless reward of reaching the summit is complemented by a spectacular view of the ocean beyond both the north and south shores (on a clear day that is). Worth every bead of sweat it cost you to get to the top (all 6 litres of it!)

Pico Duarte

Adventure sports on the beach: Boogie Board, Surf, Windsurf, or Kitesurf in Las Tarrenas.  Shake off last night cocktails with a bit of death-defying watersports. The Canal Kite Club offers lessons and rentals ranging from $40 for a 2 hour surfing lesson- $200 for a 6 hour kitesurfing lesson (pricey but awesome).  If you’ve never tried kitesurfing, this could be your chance. Or play it safe and cheap and just rent a boogie board either way it’s a great way to spend a day or too.

If you want to experience a more chilled, undiscovered beach check out either Playa Limon to the east or Playa Bonita to the west of Las Tarrenas.  Playa Limon has a beautiful waterfall and giant lagoon.

Playa Limon

Damajagua and Ciguapa Falls: You can’t come to paradise without a trip to a waterfall or two. And you won’t be disappointed with these badboys. It’s said that both are not easily accessible without an experienced operator, but  forget that. Get your hiking boots on and off you go.

Damajagua Falls

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Explore the secluded paradise of Bonao:  Just before the small village of Los Quemados lies Bonao.  So far Bonao has remained untouched by the rapidly encroaching tourist trade so this is your chance for a bit of ‘off-the-beaten-track’ love in a country which doesn’t offer much of it.  Go trekking, horseback riding, or swimming, in Bonao’s and be sure to check out the beautiful Yuna River that flows through the town.  Rent a motorbike and cruise around the country roads, or grow a beard and go camping on the mountain. Photo op galore.


Boiling Lake: Jump on your bike and give those calves a work out on the 6 mile hike along the mountain ridges, when you reach the very awesome boiling lake, it’ll all have been worth it. This 207-foot diameter lake is a unique natural phenomenon.  The steaming, bubbling, grayish lake is what’s left of a volcanic eruption that occurred in 1880.  You might get a bit dirty but you will also get to experience, up close, the power of Mother Nature.  Awesome.

Boiling Lake Dominican Republic

Next trip to the Dominican Republic, make sure you hit up these 5 destinations. Holidays to the Dominican Republic can be something different from the dorm, make sure your is too. Happy travels!


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16 thoughts on “Top 5 Things to Do in the Dominican Republic

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  2. Hey dude,

    Did you actually climb Pico Duarte yourself..
    Because it’s not as easy to get to as it seems, also with having to hire guides and shit.

    Cheers Maurice

  3. It looks beautiful there! I love this post. I always love to do things that are little less touristy when I’m visiting places. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I am loving this list! There’s a lot of locations here I’d love to see. That boiling lake sounds like an amazing site. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Hey there!! I just discovered your blog and found a couple of articles about the Dominican Republic, my beautiful country! You have written about a “Boiling Lake”, which is not in my country, but in Dominica, another island in the Caribbean. Besides from that, your blog seems to have very interesting information, I will keep checking it out.

  6. Thank you for such a great article!
    I just noticed that you mention as #5 the Boiling Lake.
    I just one to let you know that this is not in Dominican Republic.

  7. Sorry guys! There is an error…no boiling lake in DR..that is Dominica, another island! Still DR is all this and a zillion things more. Love it!

  8. Last month i visited the Dominican Republic with girlfriend and really great fun and this is very beautiful city to see. Before going to Dominican Republic, i have read your post and noted the main things to do in Dominican Republic and really its works . Thanks and the pics you have clicked are

    really awesome clicks.

  9. It appears that Boiling Lake is in Dominica, which is a different island than Dominican Republic.

  10. You’ve acquired quite great stuffs here and I like the particular style in the site and exactly how well you prepared the information. I love falls too and they look truly amazing. It’s really a wonderful work!

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