When many people think of the Caribbean, they think of great resorts, Jamaica and Cuba. But what they don't realize is that the most popular destination in the Caribbean is the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic is on an island shared with Hispaniola and Haiti, and it sees over 6 million visitors a year. This Caribbean destination has a lot more to offer visitors than your run-of-the-mill resort. The Dominican Republic has so much more.
Here are some great scenic locations and national parks to see on your trip to the D.R.
Lake Enriquillo is the only saltwater lake throughout the Antilles. It is located in the center of the Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos and is a haven for wildlife. It is one of the largest natural reserves for the American crocodile.
Eastern National Park
This World Heritage Site is one of the largest marine parks in the Caribbean. Rhinoceros, iguanas, bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, and manatees are just some of the fantastic wildlife that visitors will get to experience when they visit Eastern National Park.
Bahia de las Aguilas and Jaragua National Park
The picturesque turquoise waters that line this 6-mile stretch of beach are best accessed by boat from the small village of La Cueva. Its' marine life and incredible views will make for memories that you couldn't possibly forget anytime soon.
Jarabacoa is best known as an area ripe for ecotourism and the location of the Dominican Republic's only whitewater river, the Rio Yaque del Norte. The terrain, rivers, and waterfalls make it perfect for adventurous activities like hiking, climbing, and mountain biking.
Samana Peninsula and Bay
This peninsula and bay are lined with beautiful mangroves, caves, rock formations, and one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. It is also home to the Parque Nacional Los Haitises. Marine life is year-round in this area, including mother humpback whales giving birth in January and February.
Plan your trip to the D.R. and enjoy all that it has to offer