The Dominican Republic is attracting interest as a tourist destination for weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries and, why not, for the Day of Love and Friendship.
To experience a romantic moment with your partner in a dream place, you don’t have to cross borders or wait for a special date to do so.
At this time of the year, celebrating the Day of Love and Friendship goes beyond stuffed animals and chocolates, because the catalog of options is extensive and varied. This includes romance tourism, according to tourism journalist Salvador Batista, who, through his website Recorriendo con Salvador, shows the world adventure and nature tourism, as well as the historical, cultural and religious value of the many destinations he visits during the year. “Romance tourism is defined as trips that people make in order to celebrate a special occasion. The Dominican Republic, with its paradisiacal places, enchants in this category,” says Salvador, who is among the 25 most influential tourism journalists of 2021.
As in other latitudes, the Dominican Republic has places as if they were taken out of a romance novel, that is why Salvador points out that it is good to recognize that we have beautiful, historical, cultural and natural corners that mobilize thousands of couples to enjoy its attractions on a date to celebrate the month of love and friendship. To get to know these places, Salvador made for the newspaper elCaribe a selection of provinces and municipalities that are ideal for special dates such as Valentine’s Day, as well as for the celebration of wedding anniversaries, honeymoons, etc.
Puerto Plata with Sosua and Cabarete
An interesting destination for couples who love monuments and adventures. The Bride of the Atlantic has a Central Park that makes anyone fall in love, with beautiful Victorian houses that just looking at them motivates you to make any love celebration. There you find Sosúa and Cabarete, both places with extensive beaches, entertaining bars, restaurants, shows and discos that invite couples to enjoy love in a bohemian and informal atmosphere.
Samana with Las Terrenas
Another selected destination is Samaná. It is ideal for those couples looking for nature at 100 percent, as it has beautiful beaches to celebrate many February 14; and, what to say about the hotels, with a romantic atmosphere that everyone will fall in love with. A few minutes away you can find Las Terrenas, a small fishing village surrounded by beaches everywhere and a special place for couples.
La Vega with Constanza and Jarabacoa
Faced with the high temperatures of some of the points mentioned above, why not be more cozy and go to Constanza and Jarabacoa. They are charming places, with thousands of trees, tourist cabins and very nice people. In addition, they have excellent gastronomy and natural resources ideal for rediscovering.
Both Jarabacoa and Constanza, allow you to be between nature and love, thanks to a spectacular climate to enjoy, especially in company.
From the tropical and natural, lovers of love and friendship can go to the cultural and historical. That’s where Santiago de los Caballeros comes in to enjoy this type of tourism on such a special date. Santiago offers monuments, museums, art galleries and a community called Los Pepines whose main attraction is artistic murals.
Barahona and Pedernales
The Deep South is not left behind in this season of love and, for that, Barahona and Pedernales should be taken into account for their charming beaches and their peculiar atmosphere that motivates you to rediscover.
La Altagracia with Punta Cana
The Eastern zone, specifically Cap Cana and Punta Cana, are ideal for those who are looking for all-inclusive hotels and want to spend a day completely relaxed. Its beaches, its resorts, the security and tranquility offered by its hotel attractions move thousands of people for this season.