If your tax return is burning a hole in your pocket, it might be time to travel to Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is a beautiful escape that can be reached by plane or cruise ship, usually at a very affordable rate. Most visitors to the Dominican Republic flock to the beautiful beaches and fancy resorts. There is certainly a lot of fun to be had along the coast, but there’s a lot more to this beautiful, historical nation. If you’re planning a visit to the Dominican Republic, travel to some of these unique destinations:
Santa Domingo is the capital city of Dominican Republic. It’s considered the oldest city in the New World. (Did you know that Columbus landed in the Dominican Republic?) Here you can see the New World’s very first street, its first hospital, and its first university. You can also visit Maria la Menor, the oldest church found anywhere in the Americas. The city offers amazing opportunities to see 15th century buildings across the street from modern offices. It was named a World Heritage Site in 1990 and is absolutely worth the visit.
Pico Duarte and La Pelona
These two peaks are the highest found in the Caribbean. Both offer challenging hikes for experienced climbers as well as more approachable trails. With several different hiking routes, you can expect to summit either peak in two days. The trip won’t be easy, but at the end you’ll be left with amazing views of the surrounding ocean and of the Dominican Republic herself.
Beyond the mountains, Dominican Republic has a number of other amazing natural features to offer. You can visit the secluded rocky paradise of Bonao or hike up to the Boiling Lake, the reminder of a volcanic eruption that happened in 1880.
Play on the Beach
If you prefer to stick to the water’s edge, there is plenty to keep you entertained in the Dominican Republic. You can recline by the crystal-clear shores with a good book and a cocktail from your five-star resort, or you can be a bit more adventurous with a kitesurfing lesson. For something in between, you can give windsurfing a try or rent boogie boards or surfboards and play in the waves for hours.
If you’re visiting with a US passport, there’s no need to obtain a visa to Dominican Republic. Tourist and business trips of less than 90 days simply require a valid US passport with at least one blank page. If you don’t hold a US passport, we’d be happy to investigate what visa requirements you might be subject to. Simply contact the team at Swift for more information!