Our tourist maps
Cradle of Latin America, the Dominican Republic is a sought-after destination, and not only by beach lovers! The Dominican Republic is also a paradise for nature lovers. There are numerous national parks that boast an abundance of intriguing wildlife. Of course the country also counts among one of the best Carribean islands in terms of nightlife with a unique vibe that appeals to many party-goers. As for the cultural side, Santo Domingo is the main place of interest: Known as "the oldest city of the New World", it has kept a strong colonial heritage. Discover our different maps that will help you to organise your trip and make sure you don't miss out on the best places to see.
Just like its history and culture, the Dominican Republic is a cosmpolitan country with varied landscapes. Towards the south-east, near Punta Cana, there are beautiful stretches of white sand, like Bavaro beach. Make the most of your time there to try out different water sports, discover the nightlife or sail around the neighbouring islands. Centrally located, the capital of Santo Domingo boasts a charming colonial city centre, registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The region of Samana offers untamed nature and unspoiled landscapes with waterfalls, coves and bays, great for snorkeling or whale-watching. The Cordillera Central, located towards the southwest, attracts less tourists but is just as charming.
Overview of 5 tourist regions
The Dominican Republic is the cradle of Latin America and combines both wild natural environments and fantastic festivals. Go back in time 500 years ago and discover Santa Domingo's colonial zone, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Further east, the city of Punta Cana welcomes you to its beautiful paradise beaches. This seaside resort offers modern comfort with grand hotel complexes, tourist attractions and a buzzing nightlife. There is plenty to do and something to satisfy everyone's desires. Cigar lovers will enjoy visiting the Romana region while others will prefer snorkeling around the islands of Catalina and Saona. The Samana region is another great place to visit and is one of the country's natural treasures. Located to the north-east of the island, this region is home to untamed nature and wild animals, dream beaches, lush green mountains, waterfalls, national parks and whale-watching spots! The coastal city of Puerto Plata is a blend of old and new, giving it a modern yet authentic aura. The Victorian houses with their colonial charm contrast with the ultra modern theme park, Ocean World Adventure.
The centre and the southwest attract less tourists but those who venture there are pleasantly surprised by the Jimenoa waterfalls and Lake Enriquillo. This lake is in fact the saltiest of the Carribean and is home to incredible wildlife, such as crocodiles and iguanas. The town of Barahona and its beautiful beaches are also not to be missed. Tourists travel there from all over the world to purchase larimar, otherwise known as blue pectolite. This semi-precious stone is a very rare mineral excusively found in the Dominican Republic.
Routes and distances maps
There are a number of different ways to travel in the Dominican Republic, the most comfortable of which is renting a car. The road network is reliable and in good condition however you will probably need a jeep if you go off the highway. There are plenty of local agencies that offer car rentals at reasonable prices.
Otherwise you can choose to take public transport : taxis, buses or guaguas.There are taxis in most cities but remember to negociate prices beforehand as they rarely have a meter.
Guaguas are local buses that allow you to hop and off as you like, just flag down the driver. A cheap and cheerful way of travelling, albeit slightly uncomfortable if the driver fills the van up with as many people as possible. Another possibility is getting a “motoconcho” (motorbike taxi) but it's highly discouraged for tourists. Travelling by bus through the Dominican Republic is a great way to discover the country. Three major companies claim the lion's share and have invested massively into making their buses cheaper, cleaner and more comfortable. The Dominican Republic is a vast country so travelling by plane or helicopter will save you precious time!
As for the maritime routes, there are daily boat trips from Punta Cana to Samana Bay or from Romana to Saona Island. And of course the Santo Domingo Metro that serves the country's capital. Built in 2009, it has two routes that conveniently cross the city: one that goes from north to south along the Maximo Gomez Avenue, the other from east to west along Correa y Cidron avenue.