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7 Most Underrated Places In The Dominican Republic To Visit In 2024

Known for its astonishing beaches, lush landscapes, and cultural heritage, the Dominican Republic is the ideal destination for any passionate traveler. There is so much to see that it’s hard to choose, but sticking only to the most popular spots would be a pity.

We like to go above and beyond to find the most unique places, so you don’t have to. Here is a list of the 7 most underrated places in the Dominican Republic to visit in 2024.

Bahia de las Aguilas

Bahia de las Aguilas is probably one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. Yet, it’s often overlooked, and therefore perfect if you’re after unspoiled natural beauty. 

As a part of Jaragua National Park, it boasts a lush mangrove forest, where you can observe iguanas, various bird species, and rich marina life. For that, it’s also a fantastic option for snorkeling or diving. All that without hassle, away from the crowds.

Can’t get enough of the tranquility of Bahia de las Aguilas? You can spend a night under the stars glamping at the nearby La Cueva.

Playa Grande

Set on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, Playa Grande is an amazing option to soak in the sun and enjoy surfing. Thanks to consistent waves, it’s suitable for all levels, from pros to complete newbies.

Even though Playa Grande is off the beaten path, all the necessary amenities for a comfortable stay are there, including parking, bathrooms, and showers. There is also a place to grab a bite. How about their signature rice, beans, or freshly caught fried fish with a chilled drink?

Peravia

Peravia is a province nestled in the southern region of the country, not far from Santo Domingo. It offers fantastic beaches, and scenic landscapes, as well as plenty of activities to engage in.

One of the hidden treasures of Peravia is Baní, its capital. If you come in June, you can experience the legendary mango festival, which will allow you to taste the best varieties of this fruit. Also, in less than 30 minutes, you can reach some great beaches, such as Playa Salinas, or the iconic Baní sand dunes.

El Seibo

If you prefer the mountains over the beach, El Seibo is a must-see. This province located in the west of the Dominican Republic is blessed with stunning landscapes and a great way to discover them is by hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding.

It’s also home to natural spas, waterfalls, and beautiful national parks, such as Los Haitises or Cotubanamá National Park. Love chocolate? Don’t forget to visit a local cocoa plantation. To get out the most of your visit, we recommend you take a guided day tour.

Neiba

Even though it’s not much talked about, Neiba is a cute little town with plenty to offer visitors. It’s located near Lake Enriquillo, home to diverse wildlife, such as American crocodiles, flamingos, and iguanas. You might spot them from the shore or take a boat tour to learn more. Surrounded by hilly terrain, it’s also perfect for hikes.

Wine lovers, alert! Neiba is the leading wine production region, and it hosts the Neiba Grape Fair – the only event of its kind in the Dominican Republic. Put it on your itinerary, it’s in August.

Isla Saona

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway where you can truly disconnect, Isla Saona is the right place for you. This beautiful beach oasis is known for postcard pictures, gorgeous water, and laid-back vibes.

It’s easily accessible from Punta Cana. The whole journey including a scenic boat ride takes about an hour and a half. Then, you can immerse yourself fully in the tropical atmosphere by strolling the beach, birdwatching, or snorkeling – vibrant coral reefs and rich marine life surround the island creating amazing conditions.

Altos de Chavón

With its cobblestone streets, stone buildings, and terracotta roofs, Altos de Chavón is a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village that provides an excellent insight into the culture and history of the Dominican Republic. It’s set in La Romana province and there are plenty of cultural attractions to admire, such as the St. Stanislaus Church, the Archeological Museum, or a stunning open-air amphitheater.

Altos de Chavón is also a popular quaint refuge for artists. Around the town, you will find many art galleries and workshops where you can purchase unique handmade crafts, paintings, and sculptures. On top of that, it’s home to Altos de Chavón School of Design, an affiliate of the Parsons School of Design in New York City

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