9. Climb to the Mountain Town of Constanza
Leave the beaches behind and head inland where you’ll make your way upwards into the mountains to view a unique town called Constanza. You’ll find the town nestled between fields of strawberry plantations and apple orchards, and instead of the tropical humid heat, these mountains offer a cool and relaxing breeze. The area is wonderful for hiking and biking, and for those looking to just relax, take the time to explore the immense Japanese culture that has taken over this town.
10. View the Breathtaking Waterfalls at Damajaqua Cascades
Just south of Puerto Plata is a lovely location known as Damajaqua Cascades. This is an incredible series of twenty-seven separate waterfalls that splash below into beautiful pools. The area is wonderful for hiking and viewing this incredible natural feat as well as the lush jungle that surrounds the area offering colorful birds and many exotic creatures to view.
11. Party at Coco Bongo
This is a massive nightclub style arena that blasts techno music set to laser shows as well as smoke, flamenco dances, incredible tribute acts, trapeze performances, explosions of confetti and cabaret performances. This is known as one of the most popular club spots in all of the Dominican Republic and generally the party goes on through the night and into the morning.
12. Ride a Board at Cabarete
This little stretch of land is just east of Puerto Plata, and features a beach that is broken into three different sections. Along the shores, surf schools have set up shop and make the most of the waves that crash into the sandy shore. Here, beginners are taught how to ride the waves and experienced surfers love the location that offers incredible waves to ride.
13. Visit the Basilica of Our Lady in Higuey
This amazing structure features an incredible art deco style and is quite something to see. Named the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia, she is most often referred to as the Basilica of Our Lady in Higuey. Built in 1971, this building has become one of the most important pilgrimages for Catholics who live in the area as well as those who visit.
14. Look Down at Hoyo Azul
While most of the area is covered in lush greenery, here you’ll see sheer rocky cliffs that plunge down 75 meters to crystal blue waters. Visitors look down from the walkways built above and are even invited to take a refreshing dip in the beautiful waters. Following that, just a short distance away in the forested area is an incredible zip line course that takes you flying through the trees.
15. An Unforgettable Meal at La Yola Restaurant
While there are plenty of places to eat in Dominican Republic, this one sets itself apart from the competition. Located in the waters of the Cap Cana, the building sits atop timber stilts. The views are incredible and the food is even better. You’ll sit in tables lining the shore with the lights of Punta Cana in the distance as you dine on Mediterranean dishes creatively twisted with Latin flare. While there is much to choose from, seafood is often one of the most popular things served here.
There clearly is no shortage of things to do in the Dominican Republic. The area offers beaches, forests, nature, history and so much more. Take some time and explore the many different facets of the area and find out why people flock to this tourist destination.