5 Things to Do in Dominican Republic That You Shouldn't Miss

August 7, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Dominican Republic from Caribbean region, is best know for Islands. Discover best things to do in Dominican Republic with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!

1. Isla Saona

Parque Nacional del Este 23000, Dominican Republic +1 809-760-1660
Excellent
67%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Isla Saona

Reviewed By terry s

Here is what the local Delta Vacations Rep Antoine sold us:
Adults only day:
We boarded our bus and wound our way through various properties picking up unsuspecting vacationers.
If they only knew what was coming. AND, we chose adults only day. Which was supposed to be every other day.
this happened to be a Saturday 3/17/2018
Travel to a fishing port:
all 12 of our party hopped on the bus and winded our way through the local landscape
and made our way to Bayahibe. Edgar, he was our Guide, hired by Trafic Tours/Delta Vacations
He managed to stand up on the 1hour bus ride and tell us that today was Saturday and that Bayahibe is where
all the locals spend their weekend. Now, at this point i was wondering why Antonie didnt tell us that bit of information. Nothing else from Edgar.
hop on a speed boat:
We arrived and parked our bus. Enough people in the immediate area to fill a major league sporting event arena
As soon as we were off the bus, the locals were shoving souvenirs into our faces hoping to sell something.
We walked for about 7 city blocks to the departure. Again, most of the way and while we waited, we had vendors literally shoving items into our face to purchase. Right up in your personal space.
They packed us like sardines onto this "speed boat" and away we went.
We got the to spot to
stop and interact with fish and see starfish:
The water was this beautiful Turquoise and deep blue colors.
Awesome sights. Very Beautiful. We hopped into the waist deep waters to interact
with fish. NONE to be found. No Star fish either. The crew handed out shots of rum
from the back of the boat. Then we loaded up and headed for the island.
Just as we were getting to full steam, the crew yells, "Hey, here are the Star fish"
All you could see was a tan blur in the turquoise water.
stopping at the island for open bar and buffet lunch:
Very pretty island, with big rolling waves hitting the beach areas. Very great spot for looking for sea shells.
You could walk out about 100 yards into the ocean and the water was only 4' deep. Very fun playing in the surf and waves.
Not to mention the color of the turquoise water. The buffet was about what you could expect. Ours was grilled chicken and it was awesome in flavor. Then there was typical cold pasta. No disappointment with the food as the expectation was very low to none.
hop on a catamaran and sail and snorkle:
Loaded our group up on the Catamaran. As we boarded and looked around
we did not see any snorkle equipement. As we sailed back to the "port" and paying attention to the boats in front of us, no one was stopping to do anything. By this time our guide Edgar, was pounding the Rum and pop form the bar. Did no hear anything from him on the island, except line up for lunch at 12:55pm .
Sailed back to the port, with no snorkling.
Once back on the beach, here come the souvenir vendors, looking for that last dime.
Back on the bus heading back to Punta Cana, was pretty somber. Alot of us disappointed that we didnt get to snorkle and see the star fish as promised. Edgar, he was snoring not long after we left the port. Poor dear had a long day, in the heat. Surely wasnt the rum. We even had an extended stop on our trip so Edgar dear could relieve himself. What about the paying customers.???
In My opinion, this was not worth loosing 1 entire vacation day, spending$$ tip money for no services,
and not getting to snorkle and see the star fish up close and personal. And the photos on the brochures, is not even close to where we stopped. I could have sat in my beach chair at the resort, had service and tipped them, along with the award winning food! I really didnt appreciate how up in your face the vendors got either.

2. Bavaro BeachDominican RepublicBreathtaking Beaches

Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic +91 44 6531 5613
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Bavaro BeachDominican RepublicBreathtaking Beaches

Reviewed By maryke9 - Viljandi County, Estonia

Overcrowded and full of Russians. A lot of different water sport activities. A lot of sellers who want to sell you absolutely everything

3. La Aurora Cigar Factory

Tamboril Free Zone | Santigo Tamboril Road, Santiago de los Caballeros 51000, Dominican Republic +1 809-734-2563
Excellent
90%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 314 reviews

La Aurora Cigar Factory

La Aurora Cigar factory is a global tour around a Premium cigar factory, from seed to packaging. Our visitors obtained in less than an hour a complete view of the intricate process of making a cigar and about the history of La Aurora, the original cigar factory in Dominican Republic, opened in 1903.

Reviewed By weakglovehand - chicago

An excellent factory tour and great attraction. From the cruise ship port it's a a bit of a haul, almost 90 minutes. The labor intense process of growing tobacco to making cigars is explained before entering the factory, in a video display room appointed with the tools used. Our tour leader then led us into a hall where machine made cigars are manufactured. From there we moved into a "rolling room" where a dozen "rollers" made as many different cigars. Samples were handed out, cut, lit, and enjoyed with proper lighting technique demonstrated. After about 30 minutes the tour moved into the sales store for some "souvenir" shopping. Decent prices as compared to online retailers. Education, fun, coffee, and a good cigar, what's not to like?

4. Bahia de las AguilasDominican RepublicBreathtaking Beaches

Jaragua National Park, Pedernales, Dominican Republic
Excellent
88%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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5 based on 282 reviews

Bahia de las AguilasDominican RepublicBreathtaking Beaches

Reviewed By Jonathan G

This is an untouched, almost pure, beach at the middle of the Caribbean. It has miles and miles of white sand and the most common way to get there is by boat.
This place is part of natural reserve whitin the Dominican Republic, and although is far from Santo Domingo, you will not regret once you get there.

5. 27 Charcos

Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic +1 809-760-1660
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

27 Charcos

Reviewed By Oliver B - New York, New York, United States

This was a bit of a hike from our AirBnB, but it was completely worth it. The guides were great and the gear / process seemed pretty good.
There also seemed to be an option to avoid any jump which may have been to scary for some.

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