I want to go to Colombia Dominican Republic, what do you have of travel tips?
The DR is a beautiful country, and seeing as you’re an MNC Keyholder,
I’m going to presume you’re not interested in the all-inclusive resorts of Punta Cana. Most of the area and the airport is owned by Europeans (but if your goal is to relax on a nice beach and have an affordable vacation, and not have to worry about anything because our hotel will do that for you, that’s a good place for it).
– Our recommendation is to fly straight to Santo Domingo (be sure to have 10$ cash for the visa when you arrive) and explore the city for a day or two.
– Santo Domingo’s colonial district is historically very interesting and your best bet for a music scene.
– Don’t miss the cuban sandwiches and chinola at the Conde restaurant.
– If you do Airbnb, we like these apartments in the Ciudad Colonial: one and two. For hotels, we’d recommend the 154 H Boutique.
– El Meson de la Cava is a great restaurant, tucked in a cave once occupied by buccaneers.
– Check out the 3 eyes Caves National Park, a beautiful micro rainforest in the city.
– Meet the locals and enjoy a traditional Dominic bonfire dinner (info here) or take a cooking class with a charming grandmother.
– Walk through the ruins of San Nicolás de Bari Hospital
– The Museo del Ron y la Caña (Museum of Rum and Sugar Cane) is also worth a visit. Alcázar de Colón, after Christopher Columbus died, his son built a fancy house to rule from and though only about half of the original rooms have been restored, the place is now a museum. It’s part of the Ciudad Colonial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You could take a shuttle bus from the airport to Samana and Las Terrenas where you’ll find kilometers of pristine beaches, great hostels, excellent surfing, nightlife, good food, whale watching, waterfalls local culture, etc. You could go for the simple like in a little bungalow like this (plenty of good options on airbnb) or really treat yourself at a spot like the Sublime Samana.
– Playa El Valle is a beautiful virgin beach surrounded by mountains, 15 minutes from the town center of Samana.
– A couple of Eco Hotels nearby but the beach itself has just the local selling food and beer in wood houses. Las Terrenas and Rincón also have great beaches.
– Go inland to the small town of El Limon where you can ride horseback to the El Limon waterfall where you’ll find a beautiful swimming hole at the bottom. You can book the experience with a local tour company in Samana who will make sure you’re packed with a picnic etc.
– Take a day trip to Cayo Levantado island, also something you can book with a local company in Samana.
– If you’re looking for some outdoor adventure, check out a local company called RoadTripMaker.
– Take a bus to La Romana and visit the largest handmade cigar factory in the world. If this is something that interests you, Vega Fina is also open to visitors.
– Also fun to check out in La Romana, the Altos de Chavon, a replica medieval European village built by a Hollywood set designer.
– Take a taxi to Bayahibe the little village where the boats leave from. Here you’ll find some wonderful scuba diving and snorkeling, from some of the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean, to underwater museum exhibits to the real shipwreck of Captain Kidd’s Cara Merchant.
– Also recommend an excursion to Saona Island.