A destination of sun and beach par excellence, the Dominican Republic offers its visitors all kinds of fun experiences in the middle of nature for an unforgettable trip.
Who does not know at this point that in the Dominican Republic are some of the most impressive beaches on the planet? Or that its capital, Santo Domingo, is one of the first cities founded in the New World, owner of an extraordinary historical legacy? However, many will be surprised to discover that the Dominican Republic has the only desert in the Caribbean, a salt lake of 265 square kilometers or a replica of the Brazilian Christ the Redeemer, and that in this destination you can see crocodiles and iguanas up close.
Below we reveal 5 experiences that you can experience on your next trip to the Dominican Republic to see for yourself that what we say is true.
Surf the Dunes of Baní
The peninsula of Las Calderas, in the province of Peravia, houses a natural treasure of singular beauty that we would never expect to find in the middle of the Caribbean: the desert of the Baní Dunes, a unique phenomenon in the Antilles. Its official name is the Scientific Reservation of the Felix Servius Ducoudray Natural Monument, but it is popularly known as the Dunes of Bani because of its sand and sediments from the nearby mouth of the Baní River. This desert – sunless and immutable in appearance, like all deserts – stretches some 15 kilometers parallel to the seashore, creating an unusual contrast. Although not many tourists come to know him, in recent years some companies offer the activity of practicing sandboarding in their dunes. Undoubtedly, a new experience for travelers more athletes.
Live the adventure on 4 wheels in buggy
One of the novel tourist attractions that are offered in the area of Bávaro / Punta Cana are the buggy tours through the eco-ranch Flintstones Buggy Adventure, where all the electricity is supplied by solar panels and wind energy. With this off-road vehicle it is possible to experience the adventure of driving cross-country, making routes off public roads. Donkeys, cows, horses, sheep … all the local fauna will come out to us while we pass through the exuberant vegetation and the rocks. The tour includes several stops to visit a spectacular cave with huge stalagmites and illuminated stalactites, and to know a typical grocery store where you can taste an authentic Dominican coffee.
See crocodiles in their natural habitat
Between the Sierra de Neiba and Bahoruco, in the southwest of the Dominican Republic, is the Hoya del Lago Enriquillo, the largest of the Antilles (265 km2), whose name is due to the indigenous chief Enriquillo. This ecosystem is the home of a large colony of American crocodiles, which we can observe in their natural habitat, along with other striking animals, such as rhinoceros iguanas. As a curiosity, it should be noted that Lago Enriquillo is the only neo-tropical ecosystem with three universally recognized categories: the National Park, the RAMSAR Wetland and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. And on the way to the largest reservoir of water in the Dominican Republic – by the way, water that is saltier than that of the sea – it is recommended to stop for a refreshing dip in a cenote, such as the Las Marías spa in Neiba.
Ascend in a cable car 800 meters from the Loma Isabel de Torres
The Loma Isabel de Torres Natural Monument is considered one of the most attractive ecotourism points for visitors in the region of Puerto Plata, in the north of the country. It has the only cable car in the Caribbean, which runs a length of 2.7 kilometers to rise up to 800 meters high in this mountain range. All an aerial walk on the rich local vegetation, that includes coastal forests, ombrófilos, cloudy, of wide leaves and forests «enanos». This protected area has about 600 species of different plants and an impressive botanical garden at the top, as well as a replica of the statue of Christ the Redeemer.
Discover the secrets of SUP in Cabarete
Water sports fans know well that SUP stands for stand up paddle. This sport invented in Hawaii consists of using a surfboard as a boat and move on it with the help of an oar. Those who practice it say that it is hilarious, but that it requires a bit of technique and skill. The first one can be acquired and the second one can be practiced in Cabarete, the new water sports mecca in the Dominican Republic. The crystal clear waters and the fine white sandy beaches make up the perfect setting for learning to take place in the most instagrameable setting you could imagine.