Dominican Republic

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Dominican Republic

27 Falls of Damajagua

This remarkable excursion in the Rio Damajagua National Monument offers a series of hikes, jumps and rock- and rope-climbs ranging from easy to arduous to adrenaline-packed. Make sure to wear shoes with closed toes, such as old sneakers, and a surfing rash guard if possible (helmets and lifejackets are provided). Guides will explain folkloric medicinal uses of plants along the way and are positioned strategically throughout the river to pull and push you through the trickiest spots. Some tour companies only take you to 12 of the 27 charcos, or pools, but Iguana Mama, based in Cabarete, is the only one that takes you to all 27.

Iguana Mama,
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Altos de Chavón

Since 1983, this nonprofit educational and cultural institution has fostered the arts through exhibitions, workshops, and art/design programs. Visit the ateliers and restaurants along the cobblestone streets.

La Romana, 3 miles east of Casa de Campo, 809-523-8011,
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Watch the country's sports stars compete in extensive (34 teams!) minor league games during summertime. Come winter, catch international players, hot prospects and, on occasion, greats like Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.

Liga de Béisbol Stadium, 809-567-6371,
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Centro León

This well-respected, post-modern museum showcases everything from contemporary art to cultural and historical exhibits. Be sure to head to the fourth floor to watch rollers produce handmade cigars at the tabacalera (cigar workshop).

Villa Progreso, Santiago de los Caballeros, 146 Avenida 27 de Febrero, 809-563-1111,
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The most famous of the D.R.'s 21 greens is resort Casa de Campo's "Teeth of the Dog" course. Designer Pete Dye crafted the top-rated layout's challenging bunkers and seven oceanfront holes.

Casa de Campo, La Romana, 800-877-3643,
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Los Haitises National Park

Across the bay at Samaná, Los Haitises is a wonderland of mangrove swamps filled with birdlife and whimsical rock formations. Taíno pictographs and petroglyphs can be discovered throughout its three cave systems. Hire a professional tour operator in Samaná, who will be able to guide you through the caves.

The Dominican National Parks Office, 809-472-3717
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National Park Isla Cabritos

The largest of three islands in the vast saltwater Lago Enriquillo hosts one of the world’s largest populations of caiman (a near-extinct alligator cousin). Tour the lake by boat with a guide from the visitor’s center.

The Dominican National Parks Office, Lake Enriguillo, 809-472-3717
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Pico Duarte; Parque Nacional Jose del Carmen Ramirez

The Caribbean’s highest peak, perpetually snowcapped at 10,127 feet, is located in Cordillera Central. Purchase a permit to climb the mountain (depending on your route, trips can take from two to seven days) or take a half-day to hike well-marked trails through varied microclimates and ecosystems.

The Dominican National Parks Office, Cordillera Central, 809-472-3717
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Salto del Límon

This 150-foot waterfall, accessible via Samaná, is bit of a tourist spot, but the spectacular view and adrenaline rush of the hike to arrive there make the hassle worth it. A 30-minute horseback ride that crosses the Rio Límon several times puts you at the foot of the falls, where you can swim and explore several nearby caves. There are several local guides who hawk their services, but you can also arrange for a trip at several nearby hotels.

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Zona Colonial

Get lost in this UNESCO World Heritage Site's twisting cobblestone streets and plazas bordering the Ozama River, all overflowing with restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries.

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