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    Cascada El Limon

    4.5
    11 reviews

    Horseback ride into Cascada El Limon. Enjoy the beautiful countryside. You may wade in the waterfall or just gaze at its splendor. Spend some time there. Flora Tours in Las Terrenas can book this for you and escort you the whole way or you may drive to the waterfall yourself (about 25 minutes from Playa Bonita Beach Residences). Be sure ...

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  • 2

    Playa del Macao

    4
    13 reviews

    Macao Beach is the only public beach in the Dominican Republic's Punta Cana region. It's not far from the area's multitude of all-inclusive resorts, but you'll feels worlds away. Towering palm trees line a few miles of unfettered white sand and lots of locals kicking back and relaxing. There aren't poolside waiters with free pinacoladas, but there are several fresh ...

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  • 3

    Zona Colonial

    5
    8 reviews

    Ciudad Colonial (Spanish for "Colonial City") is the historic central neighborhood of Santo Domingo and the oldest permanent European settlement of the New World. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.[1] It is colloquially known as "Zona Colonial" (Colonial Zone). The Ciudad Colonial is located on the west bank of the Ozama River, which bisects the city. ...

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  • 4

    Parque Colon

    4
    9 reviews

    I have a soft spot for public squares in Latin America--places where people of all ages meet up, shoot the breeze for a while, feed the pigeons, eat a churro (or elote or cotton candy or....), and watch little kids in big sneakers chase each other around. Parque Colon is all this plus a historic cathedral, street performers, tour guides, ...

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  • 5

    Plaza España

    4
    8 reviews

    This is a great place to chill out at any number of open-air cafes, especially at sunset; you'll see locals and tourists doing the same pretty much year-round. If you're travelling with kids, you can let them run loose for awhile while you relax--it's open and huge and often closed to traffic. At night, head here if you're looking for ...

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    Altos de Chavón

    5
    8 reviews

    Kind of medieval town overlooking Rio Chavon and Dye Four Golf Course where you can visit San Etanislao Catholic Church, enjoy a variety of restaurants, shops, museum and shows at the amphitheatre.

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    Playa Rincon

    5
    12 reviews

    Playa Rincon is a 1hour and 45 minute drive from Playa Bonita and well worth the effort to get there. Stunning, gorgeous, relaxing, fun, completely beautiful. Leave early in the morning, drink fresh juice or other libations and eat wonderful fresh fish and Dominican food right there on the beach. Swim, wade, sunbathe. You may want to drive to Las ...

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  • 8

    Playa Grande

    4.5
    11 reviews

    One of the Top Beaches in the World according to Conde Nast Traveler is less than 5 miles from the door of our luxury villa rental. Our guests often visit there to take in the beauty, enjoy a fantastic meal right on the beach and knock back a few ice-cold beers. A great place for an afternoon while the others ...

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  • 9

    Playa El Valle

    4.5
    8 reviews

    Have lunch at the beach, swim (can be a bit dangerous at times), hike or take the zip line to Lulu Waterfall. Spend a night in a tree house!

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  • 10

    Centro Cultural de Espana

    4.5
    3 reviews

    This is a gorgeous cultural center offering free concerts, art exhibits, and film festivals year round. It also has a cozy library offering everything from Spanish-language newspapers to novels--perfect if you're looking for reading material or just a place to chill out for awhile.

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  • 11

    Casa de Teatro

    5
    2 reviews

    This is a great cultural locale with everything from a fabulous art gallery and a boho performance space (complete with a bar and lots of small tables) to a full-on theater. Definitely head here for a cool night on the town. Consider stopping by during the day to check out the schedule of events or to buy tickets in advance, ...

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  • 12

    Museo Mundo de Ambar

    4
    4 reviews

    Of all the ambar museums on the island, this is arguably the best. Yes, you have to walk through an enormous jewelry store to get to it but once inside, it has excellent exhibits and gorgeous pieces--I learned tons just wandering through the rooms, reading informational placards here and there (Spanish and English language). Fortunately, there's no hard sell on ...

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  • 13

    Playa El Cortecito

    4.5
    6 reviews

    This is a great little beach if you're an independant traveler looking for a bit more action--there are plenty of spots to lay down a towel and just people watch. It's also a great place to book a parasailing (or fishing or snorkeling) trip--vendors walk the beach offering tours though there also are store fronts offering the same in tiny ...

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  • 14

    Museo del Larimar

    4
    4 reviews

    This is well-thought out museum with excellent exhibits--in both English and Spanish--on the discovery, mining, and use of larimar in the DR. The only bummer about the museum is that you have to walk through an extensive jewelry store to access it; there's no hard sell but it's just so in your face, it can be off-putting.

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  • 15

    Quinta Dominica

    4.5
    3 reviews

    This is a nice little gallery to pop into--there is often an interesting exhibit or a lecture going on. It also has a beautiful, leafy courtyard towards the back, which is open to the public--a perfect place to catch up on postcards (old school, I know) or to relax for a while with a cool drink....

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    Saona Island

    4.5
    16 reviews

    Thursday was micks excursion...he chose the caribbean cruise we met the coach at the lobby at 7:00 on the dot... our guide was called Roberto... he talked to us about the agriculture eg sugar cane mangos grown in the punta cana area... the island of Saona that we visited that day and looked after us very well throughout the day. ...

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  • 17

    Dolphin Explorer

    4.5
    13 reviews

    I'd never swam with dolphins, and wasn't quite sure what to expect. I was worried it'd seem like a zoo, and they'd be stuck in small unhappy enclosures. But, man, I'd love to be a dolphin here. I can't even begin to describe how fun this is. First, the location is beyond gorgeous -- white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, the ...

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  • 18

    Cabarete

    4.5
    11 reviews

    Wonderful place. Small enough to enjoy with all the basics - good base for island touring on by or moto bike treks - good local seafood yummie !

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    Boca Chica

    4
    13 reviews

    BEST PLACE FOR FRIED FISH AND YANIKEKES,COLD BEER,FOOT MASSAGE WITHOUT LEAVIN YOURE BEACH CHAIR

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    Monumento a los Heroes de la Restauración

    4
    10 reviews

    The Monument of Santiago (formally Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration) is the monument erected in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros. Originally built under the dictatorship of Trujillo in his honor, named the Peace Monument of Trujillo. It was designed by architect Henry Gazón Bona. Its construction began in the centenary year of National Independence 1944, and ...

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