Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and its largest city – indeed, it has the largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean. Founded in 1496 on the Ozama River, it is the oldest European settlement in the Americas. It also holds a number of other New World firsts: capital of the Spanish empire, castle (Alcazar de Colon), monastery, cathedral (Cathedral Santa Maria la Menor) and university. The best place to take in this rich history is, of course, the historic district where you’ll find majestic buildings reflecting Middle Ages architecture.
Suitable for families, couples, and divers alike, La Romana is an ideal destination for a getaway for a wide variety of travelers. Known for its upscale and chic accommodations, beautiful beaches, and plenty of options to choose from when it comes to things to do, La Romana is an island hopper’s dream. You’ll find many all-inclusive resorts to choose from in La Romana, not to mention the fascinating history and plenty of exciting activities to choose from.
Puerto Plata translates to “port of silver” and for good reason. When you visit make sure to take note of the beautiful silver color the sunset creates on the coastline of this stunning beach town. Puerto Plata neighbors the more well-known Punta Cana (a hot spot for all-inclusive lodging and destination weddings) and is more laidback and relaxed. In addition to the magnificent beaches of the Dominican Republic’s north coast or the fun and lively vibe you’ll find on the Malecón boardwalk, Puerto Plata also carries a rich history. This can be seen in the remains of the colonial architecture that can be found in Puerto Plata’s historic district. Relax on the beach, hit up the boardwalk, and take in the magnificent scenery. Puerto Plata is the perfect getaway, has some of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic, not to mention it’s only a short flight away from the capital, Santo Domingo and most North American east coast cities.
Get ready to relax in luxury on the white sand beaches of Punta Cana. The sunsets and views from the beach will leave you breathless further cement your love story with the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana is known for its all-inclusive resorts and is what usually comes to mind when people think of the perfect Caribbean getaway. It certainly lives up to its reputation and you’re guaranteed to leave tan, happy, and totally relaxed.
Samana, capital of the province with the same name, is a pretty, historic town located on northern Samana Bay. Its main claim to fame is that it’s the last stop Christopher Columbus made the New World in 1493 before heading back to Spain. In more modern times, it’s a great place to go whale-watching, since thousands of humpback whales head to the bay to give birth between January and March. During these months, Samana is the tourism capital of the Dominican Republic.
In a country that is known for its beach destinations, the resort town of Bayahibe is no exception. The former fishing village is now one of the top places to visit in the Dominican Republic. Bayahibe Beach is located less than a mile from town, but you’re more likely to visit here to catch a boat to Saona and its fabulous beaches located within a national park. Bayahibe also is the best scuba diving locations in the country, with more than 20 dive sites.