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  • 1 Isla Catalina Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - La Romana

    Isla Catalina, uninhabited, is paradise for scuba diving and snorkelling. The area protected by the coral reef is particularly stunning, with its turquoise water and warm temperatures. The variety of brightly coloured fish is amazing. It isn't easy t..

  • 2 Reserva Científica Lagunas Redonda y Limón Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - La Mina

    By the edge of a beautiful pristine coast of sandy beaches and transparent waters, this scientific reserve is home to an ecosystem of mangroves. Large quantities of water birds nest on the lagoons Redonda and Limón, including the magnificent fregate,..

  • 3 Fun Fun Cueva Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Hato Mayor

    Fun Fun Cueva is the best-known grotto of the region and the flawlessly well-organised tour is carried out by a single operator: Rancho Capote. The programme, which is only suited to the fit includes a horse ride, rappel descent, hiking in the grotto..

  • 4 Fundación Hermanas Mirabal Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    DOM - Conuco

    The Fundación Hermanas Mirabal is devoted to the memory of the three Mirabal sisters who died by order of the dictator Trujillo in 1960; they have come to symbolise the martyrs who died during this dark era of repression. Bélgica, the fourth sister, ..

  • 5 Museo Folklórico Tomás Morel Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    174 C/ Restauración DOM - Santiago de los Cabarellos

    Located in a pretty painted wooden house fronted by columns, the Museo Folklórico Tomás Morel illustrates the latter's passion for folklore. Right from the doorstep, the huge masks hanging from the walls immerse the visitor in a carnival atmosphere. ..

  • 6 Centro León Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    146 Av. 27 de Febrero DOM - Santiago de los Cabarellos

    The Eduardo León Jimenes Cultural Centre has been entrusted with the mission of revealing Dominican culture through a prism that is both ethnographical and artistic. A rich collection housed in an ultra-contemporary edifice ranging from Taíno objects..

  • 7 Pico Diego de Ocampo Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Arroyo de Agua

    Pico Diego de Ocampo is the highest summit of the Cordillera Septentrional (1,249m). Walk for 1.5km from the north entrance to the watchtower, which commands a splendid panorama of Cibao Valley (3.5km from the south entrance).

  • 8 Crossing of the Septentrional Cordillera Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Santiago de los Cabarellos

    Two handsome roads cut across the Cordillera Septentrional, one from Santiago and one from Moca. As you admire the landscape, watch out for potholes in the road. To go to Puerto Plata from Santiago, take the Carretera Turística, via La Cumbre. It is ..

  • 9 Victorian houses of Puerta Plata Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Parque Duarte DOM - Puerta Plata

    The finest Victorian mansions of Puerta Plata can be seen by Parque Duarte, at the corner of C/Separación C/and Beller, and on the surrounding main streets. One of the most handsome houses, Casa de Cultura (house of culture; corner of C/Duarte and C/..

  • 10 Parque Nacional Isabel de Torres Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Puerta Plata

    For a fantastic view of Puerto Plata and the surrounding countryside, take the often-packed cable car up to the peak of Isabel de Torres. The vista is best in the morning, because from midday, clouds tend to form over the peaks. Beneath the outstretc..

  • 11 Parque Nacional de Monte Cristi Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Los Icacos

    Poised between the sea and the mountains, the Parque Nacional de Monte Cristi's wide variety of landscapes and flora and fauna includes coral reefs, beaches, lagoons and mangroves. Hiking enthusiasts can follow paths to Morro, which dominates the tow..

  • 12 Seven Brothers Islands Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Los Icacos

    The paradisiacal cluster of islands lost in the middle of the ocean, known as the "Seven Brothers", are a major breeding site for seabirds (gaviotas and boobies in April and May), and four species of sea turtles that live on the Dominican c..

  • 13 Dajabón Market Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    DOM - Dajabón

    On Mondays and Fridays, the border town market of Dajabón provides an astonishing picture. Hundreds of Haitians cross over the border to set up their booths. Wheelbarrows, tricycles and baskets overflow with an indescribable variety of wares. The Hai..

  • 14 Plantación Tropical Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Carretera Turística de La Cumbre DOM - Tubagua

    Founded by a Frenchman, the Plantación Tropical hugs the hillside and stretches over several acres. Amateur botanists will adore the varied tropical flora species, including bromelias and magnificent orchids, while bird lovers can admire the multicol..

  • 15 Humpback whale watching Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Samaná

    The waters of the bay of Samaná are the elected winter "sanctuary of humpback whales". Over 3 000 of these mammals come here to find refuge and a safe breeding ground. They can be observed by boat from mid-January to mid-March, when they ar..

  • 16 Bahía de Rincón Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Las Galeras

    Bahía de Rincón is one of the most enchanting spots of Hispaniola; it can be reached by boat (15min), 4WD, motorbike or horse. Picnic tables to sample the fresh fish. To the northwest (to the left when looking at the sea), you can see the mouth of th..

  • 17 Route 44 Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Enriquillo

    Route 44, towards Parque Nacional de Jaragua as far as the village of Enriquillo, plays hide and seek with the sea and mountains. It is one of the country's most beautiful roads, showcasing sheer cliffs, white pebble stone beaches, balnearios (natura..

  • 18 Coastal road Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - San Rafael

    Continuing south after Bahoruco, the road continues to play hide and seek with the sea and mountains. At San Rafael, pools created in a waterfall by the roadside make up a balneario that is extremely popular. Lay-bys command superb views of the sea b..

  • 19 Hoyo de Pelempito Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Charco de la Palma

    In the Parque Nacional Sierra de Bahoruco, don't miss the Hoyo de Pelempito, a huge depression several kilometres long that has formed in the place of an old grotto. This natural curiosity, now a sanctuary for many endemic animals, lies at the end of..

  • 20 Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - La Descubierta

    Isla Cabritos, a 24km2-long stretch of earth, stretches out in the centre of Lago Enriquillo and is now a national park. An information centre is open to the public. Devoid of drinking water and unsuitable for human life, the island is a paradise for..

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