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Things to do in the Dominican Republic

This colourful destination provides the perfect balance between relaxation, culture and adventure. Pamper yourself at the largest spa in the Caribbean, zip line through the jungle canopy or enjoy a day trip to a traditional coffee plantation.

There are so many things to do in the Dominican Republic – you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whatever your holiday type, the spectacular beaches will play a big part in your Dominican Republic getaway. From exciting water sports to outdoor spa treatments and thrilling speedboat experiences, it will provide an idyllic backdrop. Challenge yourself with a round of golf at the award-winning Teeth of the Dog course at the Hard rock Hotel. Take a day excursion to Santo Domingo and learn about the vibrant culture and fascinating history. Or slow down the pace with a visit to El Cortecito, a small fishing village with a lively artisan market.

Diverse shopping scene.

Diverse shopping scene

Shopping in the Dominican Republic is diverse to say the least, with the combination of shopping malls, open-air markets and souvenir shops creating a unique experience. You’ll find many authentic Dominican Arts and Crafts, ranging from native paintings to jewellery, featuring the exquisite blue Larimar stone. Pick up hand-made cigars in Punta Cana or one of the islands faceless dolls.

Daytime activities.

Daytime activities

It’s hard to resist the appeal of the flawless beaches and turquoise waters, whether you are snorkelling, sailing or just taking a dip. Take a boat trip to Saona Island, or on land visit Altos de Chavon, a re-creation of a medieval European village or practice your swing with a round of golf.

Eating out.

Eating out

With an unlikely blend of influences, Dominican cuisine is inspired by European, African, Native, Indian and Taino cultures. As a former Spanish colony, you can expect delicious dishes with a Latin American feel and a unique twist. Try Monfongo, Mangu and Locrio, washed down with a glass of Mamajuana.

Nightlife and entertainment.

Nightlife and entertainment

You’ll find plenty of ways to let your hair down, whether you fancy trying your luck in one of the casinos or partying in a nightclub. Embrace the Latino vibe and sample local rum as you learn the Merengue or enjoy a night spent at ORO, Hard Rock Hotel’s cutting-edge nightclub.

Flawless beaches.

Flawless beaches

The spectacular beaches are perhaps one of the Dominican Republic’s most prominent features, with Bavaro Beach seen as one of the best in the Caribbean. Stay in a carefully selected hotel in Punta Cana with a private beach area or explore the coral reef at the quieter Uvero Alto beach. The calmer Caribbean seas of La Romana make it an appealing area for families.

Great choice for golfing.

Great choice for golfing

One of the best Caribbean islands for golf, the Dominican republic is the ideal destination to improve those golf skills and enjoy some well-deserved downtime. The Teeth of the Dog course is ranked number one course in the Caribbean – no surprise with its captivating course and beautiful surrounds. While the 18-hole Championship golf course at the Hard Rock Punta Cana will provide a challenging round for every skill level.

Dominican Republic Sightseeing

Choose from our wide range of exciting experiences.

Punta Cana Seaquarium underwater adventure.

Discover a submarine wreck, reefs, sting rays, sharks and a great variety of colourful fishes, all without getting your hair wet, on The Seaquarium Underwater Adventure. There is no easier way to explore below the surface and discover what lies beneath the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Slip on the helmet, attach the air tube and you are ready to start exploring.

Enjoy an underwater adventure in Punta Cana

Catamaran cruise to Saona Island from Punta Cana.

White sandy beaches, coconut palms and crystal clear waters make for an unforgettable day of relaxation. Your first stop on the catamaran cruise will be for a cocktail at the amazing 'Natural Pool' lagoon - famous for its abundance of starfish. Continue to Saona Island by speedboat for a barbeque lunch, served buffet-style, under the shade of palm trees. Spend three hours of leisure on the island - lounging on the sand, playing beach games, exploring the island or receiving an introduction to Merengue dancing.

Book a catamaran cruise to Saona Island

Santa Domingo sightseeing tour from Punta Cana.

A full-day city sightseeing tour of Santo Domingo from Punta Cana. Explore cavern housing, Los Tres Ojos and discover three beautiful lagoons. View historical monuments in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Zona Colonial - the oldest district in the Americas. See one of Santo Domingo’s oldest buildings, the Columbus Alcazar, and  visit the Cathedral of Santa María la Menor - the first cathedral in the ‘New World’. Stop at the Columbus Lighthouse and venture down the Calle de las Damas.

Experience Santa Domingo

Punta Cana pirate ship cruise with dinner.

Enjoy an interactive evening of fun on a pirate ship cruise from Punta Cana. During your three-hour cruise you’ll feast on a buffet dinner on the pirate ship platform, surrounded by stingrays and nurse sharks in the middle of the ocean. Set sail with a pirate captain and crew as you are recruited on the high seas of the Caribbean. You'll take part in a live pirate show from the time you arrive on the beach, until you return to the pier. Enjoy a delicious dinner with complimentary rum and beer as you're entertained by fiery explosions and acrobatic sword fights.

Cruise on a Punta Cana pirate ship

ORO nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana.

Party like a rock star at the ORO Nightclub, located inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana. With a contemporary and chic design to rival Las Vegas and Miami's finest nightclubs. Dance the night away in the two-level nightclub - you'll have four hours to party, with three hours of unlimited domestic drinks from several full-service bars - including the first ever infinity edge bar. With hotel pickup and drop-off included, you can enjoy unlimited drinks from the domestic open bar without a worry.

Party at ORO nightclub Punta Cana

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