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Dominican Republic see + do

Sightseeing in the Dominican Republic means, for most visitors, staking out a patch of sand and calling it a week; given the embarrassment of beaches spread across the country, you can hardly take issue with that approach. Unlike on other Caribbean islands, though, there's plenty of action to be had elsewhere in the Dominican Republic. The buzzing capital of Santo Domingo was the first European settlement in the New World; its colonial zone is worth a visit for its rich history as well as its more recent wave of restaurants, galleries, and nightclubs. Further inland, lush forests and mountains draw adventure seekers for canyoning and river rafting—though in truth, these excursions are best seen as a supplement to beach lolling rather than as destinations in their own right. The windswept north coast is gaining fame as the world's kiteboarding capital, but even if you're not inclined to adrenaline rushes, the mix of beaches, snorkeling reefs, gourmet restaurants, and nightlife in and around Puerto Plata is among the best in the country.

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Rafting, Cordillera Central

Thrill-seeking types tend to gravitate toward the DR's longest river, Río del Norte, in the Cordillera Central region. The Class II to Class IV rapids...more

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Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo

Some of the oldest and most beautiful historic sites in the DR—and in the Americas—are packed into 11 square blocks of the capital city. Here,...more

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Whale Watching, Samaná Peninsula

Between January and March, up to 5,000 humpback whales make their way to Samaná Bay to mate. During this time, you can see male humpbacks standing on...more

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Windsurfing + Kiteboarding in the Dominican Republic

Cabarete's morning breezes and stiff afternoon winds have made it the world capital of windsurfing and kiteboarding. March and April are the blowiest months,...more

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