Of all the destinations in the Caribbean, there are few with such a variety of things to do than

the Dominican Republic.

From thick, lush jungles teeming with life, to cities and towns endowed with over 500 years of

colonial Spanish, Afro-Caribbean and indigenous cultural history, to some of the best beaches

in the region, your biggest problem will be figuring out where to start.

To help you make this decision, we have assembled a list of common day trips you and your

family are sure to enjoy.

One thing, though: if you are going to go on multiple day tours throughout your time here, it is

a good idea to have a comfortable place to return to at the end of the day.

Instead of booking a resort, think about getting your own private place. Across the island,

there is a Dominican Republic villa out there with your name of it, so surf through a couple of

listings and see how spending a little bit extra can give you a place that feels more like home

rather than just a room to sleep in.

With that point covered, here are some day trips you should definitely do while you are in the

Dominican Republic.

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1) Dominican cultural safari

While the Dominican Republic has plenty of amazing natural highlights, its multi-layered

society and cultural attractions makes a tour of its towns and villages a great way to spend a

day away from your beachside villa.

You’ll get the chance to meet actual Dominican families, smoke authentic Dominican cigars,

visit coffee and cocoa plantations, taste rum, and visit local schools.

At the end of the day, you’ll head back to your accommodation with an appreciation of this

country as a sovereign nation, rather than simply as a destination with beautiful beaches.

2) Horseback riding

Want to see what a day in the life of a Dominican cowboy is like? Sign up a horseback riding

tour, as they will take you back into the pasture country of the Dominican Republic. With rides

lead by guides who have worked in the fields for years, they will fill you in on how they live

their lives from day-to- day.

If you are lucky, they will take you out on a cattle drive, after which they will treat you to a

hearty lunch which can include Dominican mainstays such as fried chicken and squash soup.

If you are looking for a cultural tour with a physical component, signing up for this activity is

well worth your while.

3) Ziplining

Need a surge of adrenaline on your holiday in the Dominican Republic? There are dozens of

adventure operators across the country that will allow you to soar high above the canopy of its

tropical rainforests, beaches, and inland waterways.

If you are seeking the ultimate thrill, be sure to drop by the zip line in Bavaro, as it is one of

the longest in the Caribbean.

4) SCUBA diving and snorkeling

With over 1,288 kilometres of coastline, there are plenty of coral reefs ringing the coastline of

the Dominican Republic, making it a paradise for avid SCUBA divers and snorkelers.

There are countless operators that will take you out to the best spots, many of which can be

found a short distance away from resort areas like Punta Cana, Bavaro, and Puerto Plata.

While many of the coral formations you’ll find are otherworldly and noteworthy by themselves,

keep your eyes open for major aquatic animals such as humpback whales and sea turtles,

both of which can be sighted reliably during certain times of year.

5) Boat tours

Not into the previously mentioned aquatic sports? No worries, as there are plenty of boat

tours which focus primarily on swimming, sunshine, and beer suds.

Think exquisite lunches, floating bars, and fancy catamarans – for a reasonable fee, all of this

can be yours for one day of amazing fun. Round up some friends and family and do it – you

won’t regret it.

6) ATV rides

Those wanting to get out into the wild of the Dominican Republic without having to commit to

a sweaty hike have the option of jumping on an ATV and racing along the back roads that few

tourists ever visit.

You’ll get to splash through puddles on your way to discovering hidden waterfalls and

beaches, all without to wear yourself out in the process, making it a great way to see amazing

sights in this country.

7) Rum factory tours

With a long history of farming sugar, the Dominican Republic has become well-known

throughout the world for its rum.

Taste it at the source by going on a tour of one of its distilleries. The Pirate Rum factory is one

of the most famous in this island nation, as not only does it have a distinctive taste, but each

of its bottles are hand-painted, making each quart you purchase a treasured collector’s item.

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