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Cabaret, beach, Dominican Republic

Photo by The Ministry of Tourism of The Dominican Republic

Cabarete Beach

Cabarete, Dominican Republic

An ideal place to explore Dominican Republic’s rich offerings, the village of Cabarete is also the country’s epicenter for adventure sports. This once-laid-back fishing village, famed for its golden beach and reef line, is now bustling with hotels and restaurants. Watch the world-class windsurfers take flight from shore, explore the cacao farms of the Cordillera Septentrional foothills, or rev up your adrenaline on a canyon tour to Ciguapa Falls.


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It doesn’t get much more luxurious than the Dominican Republic's Tortuga Bay resort. Designed by Oscar de la Renta, each room at Tortuga Bay also includes a private golf cart, so you can make your way from the pool to the beach in minutes. 960 1280

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El Faro a Colon, or the Columbus Lighthouse, is an enormous, cross-shaped monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus – the Americas’ most celebrated explorer. The monument is located in Santo Domingo, the first permanent European settlement in North or South America. Dedicated in 1992 on the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the Americas, the Columbus Lighthouse is said to house the remains of its namesake. 960 1280

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Casa de Campo

Casa de Campo, which means “country house” in Spanish, is one of the most prestigious resorts in the Dominican Republic. Its golf course is the only Caribbean course that’s consistently recognized as one of the world’s top 100, and the resort was the backdrop for the 1971 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. 960 1280

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The Majestic Colonial is a family-oriented resort that offers more than 600 rooms in a laid-back atmosphere where people come from all over the world to relax and enjoy a pina colada or 2. 960 1280

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Playa Boca Chica

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In addition to its white sand and glass-like waters, Playa Boca Chica is home to vendors peddling silver jewelry, paintings or other wares out of their shops that run parallel to the beach. 960 1280

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The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real

The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real

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Punta Espada Golf Club

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Tee off with amazing picturesque views of the Caribbean Sea at a close distance when you play a round of golf at the Punta Espada Golf Club. This world-class course is the first of 3 Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses developed at Cap Cana, a gated luxury resort and real estate community next to the Punta Cana International Airport. 960 1280

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Los Haitises National Park

Los Haitises National Park

Head 2 hours northwest of Punta Cana and spend a day at Los Haitises National Park. The park is a popular eco-tourism destination, but a limited number of tourists are allowed to visit in an effort to preserve the area. Go on a guided horseback ride or hike, or rappel into the park’s caves to see pictographs and petroglyphs. 960 1280

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Dolphin Island Park

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Swim with dolphins in their natural habitat at Dolphin Island Park. In addition to spending time with friends of Flipper, guests can go snorkeling with sharks and stingrays. Punta Cana’s Seaquarium is another popular park that allows guests to take a dive to explore the animals and marine life that call the Caribbean Sea home. Swimsuit and towel not included. 960 1280

  

Manati Park Bavaro

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Uvero Alto Beach

Uvero Alto Beach

Located the farthest north of Punta Cana’s beaches, Uvero Alto Beach is ideal for travelers who enjoy basking in the sun without the noise and crowd. Bavaro Beach is busier and has calmer waters, so head here instead if you’re looking for big waves without a lot of foot traffic. 960 1280

  

Plaza Higueyana

Plaza Higueyana

Tourists don’t have to go too far to shop for souvenirs and local crafts when visiting Punta Cana. Higuey, a small town west of Punta Cana, is home to Plaza Higueyana. This artisan market sells souvenirs, cigars, rum, T-shirts, jewelry, crafts and ceramics. 960 1280

  

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve

Hop on a Segway and explore Punta Cana’s wildlife when you visit the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. This 1,500-acre property has several trails, 12 freshwater lagoons and an array of birds, reptiles, insects, and flowers and plants indigenous to the Dominican Republic. Take your binoculars — nature lovers may spot the Ridgway’s hawk, a rare bird that the Puntacana Ecological Foundation has taken steps to breed and protect from extinction. 960 1280

  

Imagine Club

Imagine Club

Dance into the early morning hours at Imagine Club. This hip nightclub offers patrons a multi-cave experience while they listen to some of the hottest resident and international DJs playing everything from Top 40 music and techno to bachata and merengue. In addition to the Main Cave and Electro Cave, Imagine also hosts concerts and conventions in its Universe Cave, as well as exclusive VIP parties in the Private Cave. 960 1280

  

La Posada de Gladys

La Posada de Gladys

Go where the locals go. Grab a bite to eat at La Posada de Gladys, located across the street from Hotel Merengue. This modest eatery serves traditional Dominican dishes, including sancocho. Guests don’t have to worry about spending too much here: It’s only 175 pesos, or about $4, for a crispy fried chicken dinner that comes with rice, beans and a salad. It’s good eating for cheap! 960 1280

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