With its year-round sunshine, exquisite beaches, lush rainforests, dramatic mountainous landscapes and revitalising waterfalls, it’s really no wonder that the Dominican Republic has garnered an impressive reputation for itself as one of the leading tropical escapes in the world. Brimming with a vast variety of sights and sounds, this island paradise offers something for every kind of traveller, but if nothing gets your heart racing more than being out in nature, then the Dominican Republic should jump to the number one spot on your wanderlust list. With an abundance of natural splendour that will leave you breathless, lovers of the outdoors will not be disappointed. Take a look at our selection of some of the unforgettable nature activities waiting for you on your trip to the Dominican Republic.
Follow the trail
Discover the wonders of some of the island’s furthermost corners the best way you can – on foot. There are a number of hiking trails across different areas: choose from the hills around Paraíso, to the picturesque Paruqe Nacional Armando Bermudez, as well as the sensational Jaragua National Park, one of the best places to indulge in some bird watching. Guided tours are readily available to ensure you have the best possible hiking experience.
With some of the most beautiful scuba diving and snorkelling spots a short boat ride off the coast of Punta Cana, those who seize every opportunity to get lost in the watery depths are in for a treat when visiting the Dominican Republic. Add a catamaran cruise into the mix and the scene is set for a memorable day. Relax on board, enjoy a delicious meal and traditional entertainment, all in between taking refreshing dips in the turquoise waters. Snorkel alongside the boat and be blown away by the colourful underwater world below.
Added bonus: Inspired by the famous Cirque du Soleil, the Club Med resort at Punta Cana is also home to the incredible Creactive. It gives both children and adults the opportunity to participate in exciting acrobatic and artistic activities.
The Dominican Republic is nothing short of a waterfall wonderland. From the famous waterfalls of Jarabacoa to the awe-inspiring 27 Waterfalls located on the Rio Bajabonico, Mother Nature really weaved her magic here. Whether you’re looking for a way to escape the tropical heat, or perhaps something to get that adrenaline pumping, any one of the island’s watery wonders are sure to satisfy your needs. The crystal clear pools etched out of the limestone mountains provide the perfect place to cool off, with the naturally-formed waterslides giving daredevil travellers the thrill they’re after. Many tourists prefer to rappel down the cascading waterfalls (otherwise known as “abseiling”) but please do remember: it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Have a whale of a time
Whale watching is another popular outdoor activity on the island and, there’s nothing more special than seeing Samana Humpback Whales in their natural habitat. Getting up close and personal with these majestic creatures is something that will not soon be forgotten. Visitors to Samana Bay also have the option of going on a half-day tour with marine biologist Kim Beddall, who only enriches the experience as she explains the behaviour and activity of these mammals. Sightings are almost always guaranteed.
Explore the countryside with its endless sugarcane fields and small local villages while driving in an 8×8 monster truck. Get a taste of life in the Dominican Republic as you take in the sprawling countryside – safari style.
We’re sure that even before you’re done reading this, you’ll already be planning your trip to this exciting destination. Make sure you’re ready to greet the locals with the expected handshake, direct eye contact, welcoming smile and appropriate greeting for the time of day (“buenos dias”, “buenos noches” or “buenos tardes”) – that way, you’ll fit right in.
All images courtesy of Club Med.