Top Places To Visit In The Dominican Republic

by Djulia Montana de Veyra

With its long stretch of beaches and buzzing Caribbean coastal culture, Dominican Republic has a lot to offer. While studying in the Dominican Republic, make sure you don’t miss out on the top five destinations in the country.

Grand Bahia Príncipe La Romana
Grand Bahia Príncipe La Romana. Photo courtesy of Daniel

Puerto Plata.

Coined “the fairest land under heaven” by the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, Puerto Plata boasts of unspoiled beaches and turquoise waters, rich green valleys, and magnificent coastal mountains. With a sublime combination of resplendent sceneries, alluring Latin American culture, and heartwarming kindness from the locals, Puerto Plata is understandably a favorite destination for anyone studying abroad in the Dominican Republic. Among the favorite activities in the area are whale watching, windsurfing, diving, and white-river rafting. Visitors also like to take a free tour of the Brugal Rum Distillery and to enjoy the bars, restaurants and casino in the Ocean World Adventure Park.

Punta Cana.

With 50 hotels along a 50-kilometer stretch of splendid white beaches, Punta Cana has been drawing in hordes of tourists for years. A major resort area, Punta Cana is an incredible place to enjoy water sports. Have fun scuba diving and snorkeling, or riding in one of the glass-bottomed boats that let you watch the thriving undersea marine life without getting wet. There are casinos, spas, golf courses, and a vast array of restaurants. Make sure you drop by the Basilica Catholic Monument. Designed by French architects and built in 1962, the structure is a well-known cultural attraction and a must-see for those studying abroad in the Dominican Republic.

La Romana.

Visit La Romana and be mesmerized by 7,000 acres of splendidly beautiful hills. Going eastward will bring you to an art and culture area in a seemingly 16th-century Mediterranean village. Perched on a cliff that overlooks the Rio Chavón, the place offers numerous shops and restaurants, a 5,000-seat amphitheater, and a museum. Visitors in La Romana usually take an excursion to the Isla Catalina, an island located just 2 km offshore with an impressive coral reef that offers great opportunities for diving and snorkeling. La Romana is also graced with polo grounds, equestrian stables, shooting stations, golf courses and private villas.


This is a favorite destination for adventurers and nature lovers. The lush green mountains, long stretches of beaches, and lively solitary towns of Samana are a treat to the eyes. The place also abounds with activities like diving, snorkeling, sailing, swimming, and horseback riding. With French, Spaniards, and Italians setting up businesses in the area, Semana has a distinctly European flavor to it.

Santo Domingo.

The oldest city in the Americas, Santo Domingo offers a good dose of history. In fact, many people studying abroad in the Dominican Republic find that trips to Santo Domingo are built into their program. Formerly the site for the first European settlement in the New World, Santo Domingo is now a buzzing city and is the capital of the Dominican Republic.

Take a break from the beaches and experience the historic buildings, through the likes of Alcázar de Colón (the oldest home of a Viceregal in the Americas, and currently the most-visited museum in the city), Cathedral Basilica Santa Maria la Menor (the oldest cathedral in the Americas), Museo de las Casas Reales (the Museum of the Royal Houses, a cultural monument built during the colonial era), and the Ozama Fortress (a 16th-century castle overlooking the Ozama River).

You will never run out of interesting things to do in this beautiful Caribbean country!