Now THIS is Paradise: What to Do in the Dominican Republic

With such a wide range of landscapes, from dense forests to white-sand beaches, the Dominican Republic offers an experience for everyone.

From romantic escapes to family getaways, from cultural experiences to ecological adventures, the Dominican Republic is the perfect destination for any group or occasion. Located on the island of Hispaniola — the most populous island in the Caribbean — the Dominican Republic is one of the most popular tropical destinations in the world, attracting guests from all over the globe to the villas in Punta Cana, Cap Cana, and Casa de Campo. And with cactus-filled deserts, dramatic waterfalls, stunning mountain ranges, lush rainforests, and over 800 miles of pristine coastline with beautiful, white-sand beaches, there’s no shortage of experiences in the Dominican Republic.

Playa Boca Chica, one of the Dominican Republic's most popular beaches for families


Teeth of the Dog Golf Course

The Dominican Republic has a reputation as the Caribbean’s premier golf destination, with good reason — as home to many world-class championship golf courses, the Dominican Republic has long been a prime destination for both veteran and amateur golf enthusiasts alike. However, when it comes to the Dominican Republic’s plethora of phenomenal courses, Teeth of the Dog golf course in Casa de Campo is a cut above the rest. Rated the #1 golf course in the Caribbean and #39 in the world, Teeth of the Dog was designed by Pete Dye and is set right on the edge of the Caribbean Sea. The course was meticulously handcrafted from the rugged rock and coral that make up the Dominican coastline, and each hole is more stunningly beautiful than the one before it, clearly illustrating why the Dominican Republic is such a golfer’s paradise.

Teeth of the Dog golf course at Casa de Campo


Altos de Chavón

One of the most unique attractions in the Dominican Republic, Altos de Chavón is a replica 16th century Mediterranean village situated in the heart of the countryside. Today, the village serves as a multi-purpose cultural center for artisans from all over the world, with shops lining the cobblestone streets to display their wares. The site is also home to the Altos de Chavón School of Design, which is affiliated with the Parson’s School of Design in New York. Thinking about tying the knot? What could be better than saying “I do” on the steps of a Mediterranean amphitheater set against the spectacular backdrop of the Caribbean Sea?

Altos de Chavón, a 16th century replica Mediterranean village


Saona Island Boat Tours

A pristine paradise set just off the coast of the Dominican Republic, Saona Island is so close to the mainland, but it feels like it’s a world away. Visitors flock from around the world to visit the island’s perfect beaches, or to float in the shallow turquoise water that stretches as far as the eye can see. But that’s not all, far from it…join a game of volleyball on the beach, dance Merengue until you drop, nap on a hammock in the shade of a palm tree — even take an exhilarating speedboat ride to a natural shallow swimming pool in the middle of the ocean! And when you’re hungry, enjoy a tantalizing barbecue lunch, and indulge in delicious tropical drinks that keep on coming.

Picturesque Saona Island off the coast of the Dominican Republic


ATV & Buggy Adventures

Strap in — it’s going to be a bumpy ride! Along with your English-speaking guide, you’ll embark on an exciting off-road adventure, driving through Cap Cana’s awesome landscape behind the wheel of your own buggy. Speed through muddy trails, discover lush tropical forests, and marvel at the awe-inspiring El Cabo Beach, where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean — all on a half-day excursion that will leave you begging for more.

Punta Cana ATV adventure


Punta Cana Zip Line

What better way to take in the beauty of the Dominican Republic than soaring through the air at 40 mph? Well, on a Punta Cana Zip Line excursion, you’ll do just that! With platforms set high on a natural cliff, this sturdy and secure zip line offers breathtaking views of the Caribbean coastline and lush vegetation below as thrill-seeker fly through the air just above a canopy of trees. And the fun doesn’t end there — the tour also includes the opportunity to explore several nearby ecological trails, as well as a hanging bridge.  

Punta Cana zip line


Ready to experience the Dominican Republic for yourself? Any of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences can be booked for you by your personal concierge — browse our selection of private luxury villas, and start planning your next escape today.