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  • Writer's pictureNicole Lawrence

The Dominican Republic: More Than Just Resorts

When many people think of the Caribbean, they think of great resorts in Jamaica and Cuba. But what they don't realize is that the most popular destination in the Caribbean is the Dominican Republic.

Imagine spending your honeymoon hiking to a waterfall to enjoy a picnic with your significant other. Or celebrating your next special occasion exploring caves to see spectacular marine life. No matter the occasion, the Dominican Republic has so much to offer.

The Dominican Republic is on an island shared with Hispaniola and Haiti, and it sees over 6 million visitors a year, which is 2 million more than Cuba. This Caribbean destination has a lot more to offer visitors than your run-of-the-mill resort. The Dominican Republic has so much more.

Here are great scenic locations and national parks to see on your trip to the Dominican Republic.

Lake Enriquillo- Lake Enriquillo is the only saltwater lake throughout the Antilles. It is located in the center of the Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos and is a haven for wildlife. It is one of the largest natural reserves for the American crocodile.

Eastern National Park- This World Heritage Sites is one of the largest marine parks in the Caribbean. Rhinoceros iguanas, bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, and manatees are just some of the fantastic wildlife visitors will get to experience when they visit Eastern National Park.

Bahia de las Aguilas and Jaragua National Park- The picturesque turquoise waters that line this 6-mile stretch of beach is best accessed by boat from the small village of La Cueva. Its' marine life and incredible views will make memories that you couldn't possibly forget anytime soon.

Jarabacoa- Jarabacoa is best known as an area ripe for ecotourism and the location of the Dominican Republic's only whitewater river, the Rio Yaque del Norte. The terrain, rivers, and waterfalls make it perfect for adventurous activities like hiking, climbing, and mountain biking.

Samana Peninsula and Bay- This peninsula and bay are lined with beautiful mangroves, caves, rock formations, and one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. It is also home to the Parque Nacional Los Haitises. Marine life is present in this area year-round, including mother humpback whales giving birth in January and February.

The Dominican Republic has a beautiful landscape and wildlife that is just as diverse as anywhere else. Take time to look into what is around you, and you may find some memorable experiences. Expand your horizons past just a resort and see all the things that the Dominican Republic has to offer.

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