Shared with Hispaniola and Haiti, the Dominican Republic sees over 6 million visitors a year. While the DR is known for its exceptional all-inclusive resorts and over 50 miles of pristine white sand beaches, this Caribbean destination has a lot more to offer visitors than one might think.
For a change of scenery, step outside the glamorous resorts and explore these beautiful locations and national parks:
Lake Enriquillo – This is the only saltwater lake throughout the Antilles. It is located in the center of the Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos and is a haven for wildlife. It is one of the largest natural reserves for the American crocodile.
Eastern National Park – This World Heritage Site is one of the largest marine parks in the Caribbean. Rhinoceros iguanas, bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, and manatees are just some of the amazing wildlife that visitors will get to experience when they visit Eastern National Park.
Bahia de las Aguilas and Jaragua National Park – The picturesque turquoise waters that line this 6-mile stretch of beach is best accessed by boat from the small village of La Cueva. The abundance of marine life and incredible views will make for memories that you couldn’t possibly forget anytime soon.
Jarabacoa is best known as an area ripe for ecotourism and the location of the Dominican Republic’s only whitewater river, the Rio Yaque del Norte. The terrain, rivers, and waterfalls make it perfect for adventurous activities like hiking, climbing, and mountain biking.
Samana Peninsula and Bay – This peninsula and bay are lined with beautiful mangroves, caves, rock formations, and one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. It is also home to the Parque Nacional Los Haitises. Marine life is present in this area year-round, including mother humpback whales giving birth in January and February.
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