When you think of the Caribbean, usually the first things that come to mind are great all-inclusive resorts, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. But what most people don’t realize is that the most popular destination in the Caribbean is the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic is on the island of Hispaniola, which is also shared with the country of Haiti. The DR sees over 6 million visitors a year, resulting in 2 million more visitors than Cuba. This destination has a lot more to offer visitors than your run-of-the-mill resort and is great for trips of all kinds.

Below are a few of the great things you can see on your trip to D.R.

Scenic Locations

Lake Enriquillo

Lake Enriquillo is the only saltwater lake throughout the Antilles. It is located in the center of the Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos and is a haven for wildlife. It is one of the largest natural reserves for the American crocodile.


Jarabacoa is best known as an area ripe for ecotourism and the location of the Dominican Republic’s only whitewater river, the Rio Yaque del Norte. The terrain, rivers, and waterfalls make it perfect for adventurous activities like hiking, climbing, and mountain biking.

National Parks

Eastern National Park

This World Heritage Site is one of the largest marine parks in the Caribbean. Rhinoceros iguanas, bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, and manatees are just some of the fantastic wildlife that visitors will get to experience when they visit Eastern National Park.

Bahia de las Aguilas and Jaragua National Park

The picturesque turquoise waters that line this 6-mile stretch of beach is best accessed by boat from the small village of La Cueva. Its marine life and incredible views will make for memories that you couldn’t possibly forget anytime soon.

Samana Peninsula and Bay

Lined with beautiful mangroves, caves, rock formations, Samana peninsula and bay also boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. It is home to the Parque Nacional Los Haitises where marine life is present year-round. This includes mother humpback whales giving birth in January and February.