Widely popular for its white, sandy beaches, luxurious resorts, vibrant nightlife, and five-star golf courses, the Dominican Republic is also home to lush jungles, breathtaking waterfalls, tropical savannahs, and mountainous landscapes.
One of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has a rich history, culture, and tradition. As multifaceted as the Dominican Republic is, it’s no surprise this small country provides ample opportunities to get away from the coastline and stroll into beautiful inland areas. If you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled adventure, be sure to add these adventurous things to do to your Dominican Republic vacation checklist!
By Valentin Valkov
Go on an outback safari
Fully immerse yourself in the Dominican way of life and book a tour. Perfect for solo travelers and families alike, tours through Punta Cana pull you out of city life for an entire day to explore the countryside. Navigating inland, you’ll have the opportunity to dive into Dominican culture and learn from a multilingual guide.
As you trek through the jungle, you’ll come to your first stop at a local family’s home. After getting to know them over a cup of coffee, you’ll continue on your journey to pass through local villages, explore a chocolate and fruit plantation, visit a rum shack, and enjoy a traditional Dominican lunch in the great outdoors. Ending near the beach, you can hop on a boogie board or simply relax on the beach, reminiscing about the day in the jungle.
By Lars Christensen
Go zip lining through the trees
Looking for an adrenaline rush? Zip lining in the Dominican Republic will not only give you your fix but will also give you the chance to see the lush rainforest and unparalleled views from a bird’s-eye view. There’s something incredibly invigorating about flying above beautiful landscapes, leaving you speechless.
Be prepared for the ride of your life and be sure to check out company reviews ahead of time to verify their reputation and to ensure a safe experience.
By Khairil Azhar Junos
Go on a terracross adventure
For those who might be new to terracross, think of a dune buggy with four-wheel drive capabilities. Now that we have your attention, this is an experience you don’t want to miss out on during your visit to the Dominican Republic.
Tours are available to take you through back roads, fields, and the countryside in the coastal town of Sousa. The half-day tour allows visitors to meet locals along the way and take in some of the beautiful scenery the rural areas have to offer.
With various seating arrangements available, the tour is perfect for solo travelers and families. Just be prepared for a wild ride and certainly don’t wear your Sunday best.
By Khairil Azhar Junos
Go horseback riding on the beach
A quintessential experience to have while in the Dominican Republic and for good reason. Apart from taking in the stunning coastal views and wandering in and out of shady mangroves, you can climb aboard the magnificent creatures on the beach to have the fresh sea breeze in your face and the waves at your feet.
One of the best places to go horseback riding is in Puerto Plata, home to some of the prettiest beaches in the Dominican Republic.
By Benny Marty
Go windsurfing or kiteboarding
Located just 20 minutes from Puerto Plata, the coastal town of Cabarete is bustling with outdoor enthusiasts. Known as the windsurfing capital of the Caribbean, Cabarete’s calm waters and breezy conditions are perfect for a variety of outdoor sports.
For any newbies out there, windsurfing combines the concepts of surfing and sailing, making it excellent exercise. Kiteboarding, on the other hand, combines wakeboarding, windsurfing, paragliding, surfing and sailing in one. Rest assured, if you’ve never tried either sport before, you can take a lesson before heading out to the open water. Or, if you’re looking for something a little less exhilarating, you can also rent a stand-up paddleboard.
By Irina Klyuchnikova