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Although Punta Cana is the most famous place in the Dominican Republic, the whole island is an incredible place to explore! It’s the most geographically diverse island in the Caribbean, and there’s much more than just white sand beaches! Here is part one of our guide to some of the most amazing places to visit in the Dominican Republic:

Base Camp: Airbnb, Cap Cana

Airbnb is one of the best ways to find accommodation in the Dominican Republic. Not only do you have more freedom to move around, but it’s a much more personalized experience! Many options are serviced or have property managers to help you, and you’ll be able to see things and meet people that even the best hotels don’t have access to. You’ll be sure to make lots of friends during your vacation should you want to, the Punta Cana community is always warm and welcoming!

We recommend you start your vacation in style in a luxury ocean front apartment in Cap Cana , located just 15 minutes from the airport! Cap Cana is a gated community with a marina, where you can rent a yacht and sail for the day! The apartment luxuriously furnished and is equipped with top of the range appliances and wine cooler. There’s a live in maid, and even a private chef if you’re too busy relaxing to cook! Included is the rental of a golf cart, so you can explore the famous Juanillo Beach or Api Beach Club.

Cap Cana is also home to the Punta Espada Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature course with eight holes right along the stunning coastline! Rated #1 course in the Caribbean and Mexico by GolfWeek, and with a world ranking by Golf Digest of #35, this is definitely on any golfers bucket list!

Road Trip: Samana Peninsula

Undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of the Dominican Republic, the Samana Peninsula is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Explore breathtaking waterfalls, or be transported to another world at Los Haitises National Park. From January to March, you can witness the annual migration of humpback whales, who visit the Samana Bay to mate and give birth!

From Punta Cana you can take day trips for the major attractions Samana has to offer, but to really experience the peninsular a road trip is definitely recommended. The drive itself is a sight to behold, and of course, the stunning beaches of the quaint town of Las Terrenas are absolutely gorgeous!

Adventure Time: Jarabacoa and Constanza

When planning a tropical vacation, mountain climbing is probably the last thing that springs to mind. Not in the Dominican Republic, which is home to the highest mountain peak in the Caribbean! Pico Duarte is an impressive 3,098m tall, and there are various hiking routes to the summit, which include mountain camping as part of the experience!

The surrounding areas of Jarabacoa and Constanza are adored by Dominicans for the fresher temperatures, clean air and crisp waters. Rafting and canyoning are popular sports here due to the fast flowing rivers and mountainous terrain.  The area is also home to much of the agriculture of the island such as strawberries, potatoes, garlic and flowers, as well as one of the most famous Dominican exports – coffee! Jarabacoa and Constanza are an eco-travelers dream! Remember to bring a coat, as temperatures can get so low even a couple of flurries of snow can be seen occasionally!

So far we’ve settled into our luxury apartment, explored Samana, and climbed the tallest point in the Caribbean! While we rest ready for part two, let us know your favorite places in the Dominican Republic in our Facebook Group!