We have not been to the Dominican Republic ourselves, but we have booked clients there. As we were planning a getaway for early this October, we were considering the D.R., but flight prices were not favorable, so we chose a different destination. It remains on our bucket list for an unknown date sometime in the future.
We sent a young honeymoon couple this June and they absolutely loved the trip. While they were there, they celebrated their honeymoon, but we also arranged a symbolic wedding ceremony and a photography session. They were in a butler service swim-out suite at an all-inclusive resort.
The trip started out uneventful, then it took a turn. Our bride found out on Facebook that the resort we had them booked at was closing under emergency pretenses and would not be open until November. We had to scramble to get them moved to a sister resort and move the ceremony. When it was all said and done, everything worked out and they had a fabulous time.
When many people think of the Caribbean, they think of great resorts, Jamaica, and Cuba. But what they don’t realize is that the most popular destination in the Caribbean is the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic is on an island that is shared with Hispaniola and Haiti, and it sees over 6 million visitors a year. This results in 2 million more than Cuba. This Caribbean destination has a lot more to offer visitors than your run-of-the-mill resort. The Dominican Republic has so much more.
Here are some great things to see on your trip to D.R.
Scenic Locations And National Parks in the Dominican Republic
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.
Eastern National Park– This World Heritage Sites 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.
Jarabacoa– 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.
Samana Peninsula and Bay– This peninsula and bay are lined with beautiful mangroves, caves, rock formations, and one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. It is also home to the Parque Nacional Los Haitises. Marine life is present in this area year-round, including mother humpback whales giving birth in January and February.
Must Try Dominican Dishes
- Sancocho (7-Meat Stew)
- Mangú (Plantain Mash)
- Arroz Blanco (White Rice)
- Habichuelas Guisadas (Stewed Beans)
- Pollo Guisado (Braised Chicken)
- Ensalada Verde (Green Salad)
- Tostones (Twice-Fried Plantains)
- Habichuelas con Dulce (Sweet Cream of Beans)
- Bizcocho Dominicano (Dominican Cake)
- Morir Sonando (Milk and Orange Drink)
Follow THIS LINK to be taken to the recipes for all of the above foods. For more information on the Dominican Republic or to start planning a trip, send us an email or text message, message us on Facebook, schedule a free consultation or request a quote using the button below.