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  • 1 Isla Catalina Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • The Redonda and Limón L agoons, two shallow inland bodies of water are home to an ecosystem of red, white and black mangroves. This protected nature site attracts many water birds, some of which are endangered species. From Montaña Redonda, between t..

  • 3 Fun Fun Cueva Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 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 Don Tomás Morel Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    174 C/ Restauración

    Located in a pretty painted wooden house fronted by columns, the Museo Folklórico Don 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 atmosphe..

  • 6 Centro León Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    146 Av. 27 de Febrero

    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

    The Pico Diego de Ocampo is the highest summit in the Cordillera Septentrional (1 249m). It affords a splendid 360° panoramic view over the Cibao Valley, part of the Cordillera Centrale, the Cordillera Septentrionale and the Atlantic.

  • Two handsome roads cut across the Cordillera Septentrional, one from Santiago and one from Moca. As you admire the landscape. To go to Puerto Plata from Santiago, take the Carretera Turística, via La Cumbre. It is in this region that the amber mines ..

  • 9 Victorian houses of Puerto Plata Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Parque Duarte

    The finest Victorian mansions of Puerto Plata can be seen in the old town along Calle Duarte, Calle Separación, Calle Beller and Calle Ariza. Since the early 2010s, these brightly coloured wooden houses have been undergoing renovation to enhance the ..

  • 10 Mt Isabel de Torres Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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 Monte Cristi National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Poised between the sea and the mountains, the Parque Nacional de Monte Cristi boasts a wide variety of landscapes - coral reefs, beaches, lagoons and mangroves - and all the flora and fauna found in these habitats. Hiking enthusiasts can follow paths..

  • 12 Seven Brothers Islands Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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

    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 Humpback whale watching Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The waters of the bay of Samaná are the elected winter "sanctuary of humpback whales". They can be observed by boat from mid-January to mid-March, when they are the main tourist attraction of the area. The courting acrobatic males parade, b..

  • 15 Bahía de Rincón Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 16 Route 44 Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 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..

  • 18 Hoyo de Pelempito Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    In the Parque Nacional Sierra de Bahoruco, don't miss the Hoyo de Pelempito, a huge depression several kilometres long. This natural curiosity, now a sanctuary for many endemic animals, lies at the end of a road of spectacular landscapes (departure f..

  • 19 Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Isla Cabritos, a 24km2-long stretch of earth, stretches out in the centre of Lago Enriquillo and is now a national park. Devoid of drinking water and unsuitable for human life, the island is a paradise for wildlife. It is in particular home to two en..

  • 20 Calle Padre Billini Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Calle Padre Billini

    The chruch on Calle Padre Billini, Iglesia del Convento Regina Angelorum (16C) is characterised by its blind arcaded façade and late-Gothic ribbed vault. The fine Quinta Dominica, a lovely old house, has an exhibition area. Built in the 18C, the Jesu..

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