Dominican Republic has more golf courses than most other islands and several operators include golf in their stays. The most famous golf courses are Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo, Playa Dorada near Puerto Plata and Playa Grande near Rio San Juan.
Visit the atmospheric and lively restaurants and bars in Santo Domingo.
Wander around the Zona Colonial and enjoy the many historical buildings dating back to the 16th century. Don’t miss the Museo Mundo de Ambar where you can see insects and many other creatures and plants perfectly preserved in Amber.
Watch the humpback whales near the island at Bahia de Samana between January to March, when they come here to give birth.
Pico Duarte Hike
Hike to the top of Pico Duarte (3087m) for the views from the top and enjoy the birdwatching on the way up. Guides are essential and mules are available to carry your belongings. There are two routes (46km trail from La Cienaga) and 90km route from Mata Grande near San Jose de las Matas.
Visit the huge hill top fortress of La Citadelle overlooking the northern region.
Watch the windsurfers and kiteboarders at Cabarete on the north coast.
Faro a Colon Lighthouse
Visit the huge Faro a Colon lighthouse in the shape of a cross, east of the Rio Ozama.
Tour the botanical gardens with hundreds of different orchid species and a Japanese garden.
Cigar Factory Tour
Watch cigars being rolled at the Leon Jimenez Tobacco Factory which dates back to 1903 It can be found in Santiago de los Caballeros, the second largest city on the island.
Visit Constanza north of Santiago and imagine you are in the Alps. Remember to dress for the cold in the winter as it can drop below zero here.
Jarabacoa is the centre for adventure sports so basing yourself here will give you a good introduction to all the activities you can enjoy in this area aswell as the spectacular waterfalls.
Fortalez de San Felipe
Visit the oldest colonial fortress in this part of the world at Fortaleza de San Felipe at Puerto Plata.
Cable Car Trip
Take the cable car up to the summit of Loma Isabel de Torres.
Nature Boat Trip
Enjoy a boat trip across the Laguna Oviedo to see the flamingo colony in the Parque Nacional Jaragua plus herons, spoonbills and frigate birds.