Happy New Year! Or, as they say in the Dominican Republic: ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! The country is the ultimate destination for all your 2020 travel plans, with all inclusive Dominican resorts, outdoor adventures, luxurious indulgences, authentic cuisine, family friendly attractions and much more. Discover 20 essential Dominican Republic travel experiences for 2020 — and start planning your escape now.
This pristine destination, located off the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, is pretty close to heaven on earth. Saona Island is packed with a postcard-worthy sights: lush mangroves swaying in the breeze, crystal clear waters (perfect for snorkeling), and brilliant white sand beaches.
Try your luck! Casino Bávaro, located in Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort, is a 24-hour adult playground. For an ideal Dominican Republic travel experience, enjoy American Roulette, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em and much more.
The Lakes Golf Course
Playing on this P.B. Dye-designed golf course – onsite at the Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort – is one of the best Dominican Republic travel experiences. The meticulously manicured course features rolling fairways that traverse through a lush mangrove forest, with 25 inland lakes and 122 strategically positioned bunkers.
Guests at Barceló Bávaro Palace and Barceló Bávaro Beach are just steps from the 1.5 mile-long Bávaro Beach – one of the Dominican Republic’s most beloved stretches of sand.
Punta Cana spas
Get ready for pure Punta Cana indulgence. At Dominican Republic resorts, you’ll discover state-of-the-art spas that are designed to deliver ultimate peace of mind. The rejuvenation experts here offer treatments that will leave you completely refreshed.
Like its diverse population, Dominican Republic cuisine is a wonderful blend, with Spanish, African and indigenous Taíno influences coming together to create flavors like nowhere else in the world.
Dominican whale watching
Every year between December and March, thousands of humpback whales gather off the coast of the Dominican Republic to mate, give birth and nurse their young. It’s truly one of nature’s greatest spectacles. Learn more about Dominican Republic whale watching season.
Authentic Dominican rum
You can’t experience Dominican Republic travel without trying some of the country’s signature spirit. Rum is a key ingredient in a variety of tropical cocktails, from the Mai Tai to the mojito. But for many Dominicans, you can’t beat it straight up and simple, perhaps with a splash of water or ice.
Deep sea fishing
Punta Cana is one of the world’s best destinations for deep sea fishing. The deep waters, long coastlines and vibrant coral reefs here offer up all kinds of treasures. On a Punta Cana fishing trip, you may catch billfish, prize-winning-sized wahoo, mahi mahi, and much more.
Imagine Punta Cana
When it comes to Dominican Republic nightlife, you have plenty of options. But Imagine Punta Cana is a particularly unique destination; it’s a series of interconnected caves, each one with a different theme and vibe.
With shallow waters and gentle breezes, Playa Blanca is a favorite Punta Cana spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing. But even if you don’t try those watersports, it’s a great spot to visit anyway, with soft sands and swaying palm trees.
Los Haitises National Park
With lush mangroves, teeming rainforests, sparkling blue cenotes, craggy cliffs shaped over the centuries by the wind and waves, Los Haitises National Park is one of the Dominican Republic’s most exciting ecotourism destinations.
At Punta Cana’s ChocoMuseo, you can discover the Dominican Republic’s rich chocolate heritage – and taste plenty of Dominican chocolate, too, of course! Located in the Mundo Auténtico shopping complex, ChocoMuseo gives you a crash course in everything chocolate, from tree to bar.
Cueva de las Maravillas
Cueva de Maravillas (Cave of Marvels) is a sprawling network of underground cave network located just a few miles from La Romana. Cueva de Maravillas was a sacred spot for the Taíno people, the area’s original inhabitants.
Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve
Owned and operated by the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation, Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve is a 1,500-acre natural wonderland in the heart of Punta Cana. Here, intrepid outdoor explorers will find a dozen freshwater lagoons — and you can take a plunge into five of them.
Macao Surf Camp
The Dominican Republic is one of the best places to learn to surf! At Macao Surf Camp, you’ll get the necessary skills from seasoned surfers. You’ll be hitting the waves in no time …
Playa El Cortecito
Located right next to Occidental Punta Cana, this Dominican beach is one Bavaro’s most fun and funky stretches of sand, filled with friendly locals and visitors. Here, many of the shops and restaurants are located right on the sand, with the waves rolling right under many of them.
On a Hoyo Azul Eco Tour, you’ll go into the heart of the jungle to discover rare orchids, bromeliads, fern, cactus and endemic plants. It all leads to the Hoyo Azul Cave, a natural swimming hole with crystal clear blue water, where the adventurous can try a little cliff diving!
Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone
Take a day trip to the Colonial City of Santo Domingo and make your friends back home think you’ve traveled back in time. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was the first permanent establishment of the “New World,” and provides an astonishingly clear window into Dominican history.
27 Waterfalls in the Dominican Republic is one of the most unforgettable sights in the Dominican Republic. Here, you’ll find – you guessed it – 27 beautiful waterfalls and sparkling pools. Take a dip and bliss out.07