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Things to do in Dominican Republic

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Dominican Republic. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Dominican Republic attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Dominican Republic to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Dominican Republic.

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  • Alcázar de Colón

    The former house of Columbus's son Diego is crammed with antiques. For a more thorough explanation of the sacristies, it's worth it to hire (for a ... More
  • Americo Melo & Co.

    Visit this plantation where you can watch craftsmen roast coffee beans. You get to sample the results in the adjacent café. More
  • Boutique del Fumador

    Factory workers hand-roll some of the world’s finest cigars at this two-level store on Calle el Conde, one of the major shopping streets in the Zon... More
  • Cabarete Surf Camp

    Cabarete, on the North Shore of the Dominican Republic, is known as the surfing capital of the Caribbean; it's also an ideal location for kiteboard... More
  • Calle el Conde

    Cheerful market street in the heart of the Zona with missable trinkets and unmissable atmosphere. (Handicrafts, other than cigars, are not the Domi... More
  • Catedral Primada de América

    The first cathedral to be built in the New World is grand and imposing, with a curious combination of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque features. More
  • Cygalle Healing Spa

    Celeb-favorite, Cycalle Dias opened this Dominican Republic spa that offers CHS Nourishing Facials, which includes a pistachio-mint energizing mask... More
  • Fortaleza San Felipe

    If you can tear yourself away from the cruising teenagers on Puerto Plata's neighboring boardwalk, pop into this colonial fort, built to protect pr... More
  • Galerías Puntacana

    Everything from swimsuits and housewares to Italian and Portuguese food, plus movie rentals and a full-service pharmacy. More
  • Lax Bar

    Beachside palm trees wrapped in red cloth and tiny white lights announce the presence of Lax Beach Bar along the Cabarete stretch. During the day, ... More
  • Marina at Casa de Campo

    The extravagant Marina blends well with the 7,000-acre Casa de Campo luxury resort along the southern shore of the Dominican Republic. Italian arch... More
  • Museo de las Casas Reales

    Once the seat of the colonial government, this museum houses everything from Taino artifacts to 16th-century armor to an old apothecary shop lined ... More
  • Parada 77

    Grungy but welcoming two-room bar and club with an attractive, bohemian crowd, plus a live merengue trio on weekends. More
  • Praia

    Located about a $5 taxi ride outside the Zona Colonial, this spot is where the children of sugar barons and visiting movie stars go to let their bl... More
  • Six Senses Spa at Punta Cana Resort & Club

    Sip a mango smoothie in an outdoor suite as you wait for a Tropical Fruit Body Smoother, an exfoliating blend of papaya, pineapple, watermelon, and... More

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