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The five best day trips in the Dominican Republic

Ditch the hotel for the day and discover the best things to see and do around the island

By Time Out in association with British Airways

Explore the Colonial City of Santo Domingo

Visit the oldest European city in the New World, with its Alcázar de Colón (the Columbus palace), the old Atarazana customs buildings, the National Pantheon and the first cathedral. Pause in the cafés of El Conde, Santo Domingo’s main shopping street, and soak up the atmosphere.

Track down Moby Dick’s mates

The 40-kilometre bay enclosed by the Samaná Península on the north shore is the Caribbean’s liveliest mating and calving ground for humpback whales. Early in the year you can see them diving, breaching and slapping their massive fins. If you’re really lucky you might even hear their calls on the on-board hydrophone.

Samaná Península,


Go canyoning on the Damajagua River

Canyoning is the sport of descending a river gorge by scrambling, wading, slithering, sliding, swimming, abseiling and – if all else fails – jumping. The four-hour Iguana Mama Canyoning Supremacy Tour down the Damajagua River takes in a dozen 20-metre jumps and some 50-metre abseils. Lots of (very wet) fun.

See a home run

Baseball is the national sport and is followed avidly by the Dominicans, and a number of Dominican nationals play in the major leagues in the USA. Check out the noise and passion for an evening in La Romana, at the home stadium of local team Toros del Este (The Bulls of the East).

La Romana,


Get down with the locals

Get a taste of true Dominican life on a day out in the countryside: visit a colmado (a corner shop, centre of gossip and occasional disco), have a meal in a local home, see how sugarcane is crushed and how cigars are rolled, and finish up on the beach for a swim.


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