The Dominican Republic is a treasure trove of beautiful destinations beyond Punta Cana, each offering its unique charm and attractions. Here are some other must-visit places in the country

Explore Beyond Punta Cana

The vibrant capital city, Santo Domingo, is rich in history and culture. It's home to the Zona Colonial, the oldest European settlement in the Americas, filled with historic landmarks, cobblestone streets, and beautiful colonial architecture. The city's modern side offers lively nightlife, international cuisine, and shopping.

On the northern coast, Puerto Plata boasts golden beaches, lush mountain backdrops, and the impressive Mount Isabel de Torres. The city is known for its Victorian architecture, the Amber Museum, and the Ocean World Adventure Park. A cable car ride to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres offers stunning panoramic views.

The Samaná Peninsula is a paradise for nature lovers, with its secluded beaches, waterfalls, and the humpback whale mating season viewable from January to March. The highlight is the Whale Museum of Samana, where you can discover the interesting world of cetology including a massive humpback skeleton.

Known as the Dominican Alps, these mountain towns are a haven for adventurers and those looking to enjoy cooler temperatures. Activities include hiking, mountain biking, white-water rafting on the Yaque del Norte River, and visiting beautiful waterfalls like Salto de Jimenoa.

Bayahibe and Isla Saona

Bayahibe is a charming fishing village turned tourist destination, known for its superb diving sites and beautiful beaches. From here, many take day trips to Isla Saona, a part of the Cotubanamá National Park, famous for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and natural beauty.

La Romana

La Romana is home to the luxurious resort area of Casa de Campo, the impressive Altos de Chavón (a recreation of a 16th-century Mediterranean village), and one of the Caribbean's best golf courses, Teeth of the Dog. It's also a gateway to Isla Catalina, known for its snorkeling and diving.


In the southwest, Barahona offers a more off-the-beaten-path experience with its breathtaking landscapes, including beaches with turquoise waters, mountain ranges, and Larimar mines, the source of the unique blue gemstone found only in the Dominican Republic.

For those looking to explore remote natural beauty, Pedernales provides access to Jaragua National Park, Bahía de las Águilas (considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world), and the Oviedo Lagoon, with its large population of American flamingos.