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Things to Do: Dominican Republic

Updated on January 15, 2017

Things to Do: Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is not just for beach lovers. This amazing country has so many things to see and do besides the beach. There are activities to suite everybody - from hiking in the mountains, countryside and national parks; rafting and kayaking in the rivers, and of course fishing, diving and snorkeling.

The Dominican Republic has so much to offer everybody. Beach goers, those who want to relax, golfers, thrill seekers - there is something for everybody.

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Views from Pico Duarte
Views from Pico Duarte

Hiking in the Dominican Republic.

With so many national parks in the Dominican Republic there is no shortage of hiking trails. Pico Duarte is the Caribbean's highest mountain. There are plenty of hiking trails up the mountain. The trails will lead you through various habitats and ecosystems. Hiking up the Pico Duarte is a very difference experience than relaxing on the beach and allows you to experience the real tropical interior of the island.


Video of the summit of Pico Duarte

Mountain Biking in the Dominican Republice
Mountain Biking in the Dominican Republice

Mountain Biking.

Staying with the mountain theme, mountain biking is one of the most popular activities on the island. The Dominican Republic has an extensive network of dirt tracks and trails that will suite all levels. For those who are less enthusiastic about riding up a mountain, half day tours are available for the downhill leg so you get the best of both worlds!


Mountain Biking in the Dominican Republic

Rafting in the Dominican Republic
Rafting in the Dominican Republic

Fun on the River

There is plenty of river action to keep the thrill seekers happy. Level 3 and 4 rafting is available on the River Yaque Del Norte with an abundance of rapids, gorges, rocks and boulders to add to the excitement.

Tubing is also available at various places but this is best attempted during the wet season (November to May) as the river height is higher and there is less likelihood of a collision with a rock or boulder.

Kayaking is available on the River Yaque del Sur. The location largely depends on experience levels. The river is suitable for both beginners and expert kayakers.

Photo: Ken Curtis

Video: White Water Rafting in the Dominican Republic

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Horse Riding Dominican Republic
Horse Riding Dominican Republic

Horse Riding.

Horse riding is available for those who want a more gentle adventure. There are horse riding tours that take place throughout the countryside, woodlands, tropical rainforest and through beautiful waterfalls and pools. Horse riding is mostly available along the North Coast, however, horse riding on the beach is available in Punta Cana.

Photo: Omniate

Horse Riding In the Dominican Republic


Golf is huge in the Dominican Republic with more golf courses than in any other Caribbean country. Many of these golf courses are attached to top class hotels and there are often great golf vacation deals available.

Golf In the Dominican Republic

Scuba Diving In The Dominican Republic
Scuba Diving In The Dominican Republic

Diving and Snorkeling.

The Dominican Republic is a great place to go diving and snorkeling. There are plenty of reefs around the coastline with a wide variety of sea life. On the North Coast there are special dive centers that are suitable for beginners and experts alike. Other popular dive sites are located around La Romana/Bayahibe on the South Coast.

Photo: Afivenson

Scuba Diving In the Dominican Republic

Vacations To The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic, quite rightly, is known for its spectacular beaches and top hotels. It does however offer so much more than just sun, sea and relaxation. There is a great deal of activities on offer for the more active and adventurous and many hotels offer these trips from their own hotels.


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      marie171 5 years ago

      @tophatpro: Thank you for your comment. I visited the Dominican Republic back in 2003. The flight from the UK was around 8 hours which sounds a lot worse than it actually is. It is worth it though, the country is amazing. Hot tip: if you are ever visiting the Dominican Republic try and visit the Samana peninsula. The beaches are spectacular and the area is hardly developed for mainstream tourism so you get those beaches more or less to yourself!

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      tophatpro 5 years ago

      My dad goes to the Dominican Republic every year to get away from the cold weather in the UK. He loves it. I'd love to go but I'm not great with long flights.

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      JudyRodgers 5 years ago

      I've always wanted to visit the Dominican Republic.

      Maybe some day.

      Nice lens!