New domestic tourist destinations: the other bet of the country

The Dominican Republic is world renowned for its beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters and white sands. It has more than that to offer to travelers eager for experiences. In recent years, special attention has been paid to the promotion of new tourist destinations that allow visitors to discover the cultural richness, biodiversity and natural charms of this Caribbean land.

This promotion comes from both the public and private sectors. One of the new tourist destinations that has gained popularity in recent years is the Cocoa Route. It offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of chocolate and discover the production process, from the planting of cocoa plantations to the elaboration of exquisite handmade chocolates.

Located in the southern region of the country, it includes visits to cocoa farms, chocolate workshops and tastings. Tourists can experience cocoa culture up close and learn about the historical and economic importance of cocoa to the Dominican Republic.

While Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone is not exactly a new destination, it has undergone significant renovation and promotion in recent years. This charming historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers visitors a trip back in time to the colonial era.

Cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, historic plazas and fascinating museums are just some of the attractions that can be explored in this area.

The Jarabacoa region, located in the Cordillera Central, has gained popularity as a destination for nature and ecotourism lovers.

With its majestic mountains, crystal clear rivers and lush vegetation, Jarabacoa offers a perfect setting for outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, paragliding and horseback riding. In addition, the region has coffee farms where tourists can learn about the Dominican coffee production process and enjoy high quality coffee tastings.

Rafting is an adventure activity that consists of descending turbulent rivers and rapids in an inflatable raft or boat, usually in a group and with the guidance of a whitewater expert. During the descent, participants paddle together to overcome natural obstacles such as rocks, rapids and strong currents.

In the extreme southwest of the Dominican Republic there are two natural treasures: Bahía de las Águilas and the town of Pedernales. Bahía de las Águilas is a paradisiacal beach considered one of the most beautiful in the world, with turquoise waters and white sands. And Pedernales is a picturesque town that has begun to receive more tourist attention due to its proximity to this natural jewel.

On the east coast there are two destinations that continue to gain recognition for their ecological value: Playa Rincón and Los Haitises National Park.

In the province of Peravia, there are the impressive Bani Dunes, a natural phenomenon that is not too well known, but amazing. This desert of white sand dunes stretches for several kilometers, creating a unique landscape in the Caribbean.

Visitors can explore this surreal environment, hike the dunes and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views. The promotion of the Baní Dunes seeks to highlight the geographic diversity and attract nature and adventure-loving travelers.

Music and dance are fundamental elements of Dominican culture, and the Merengue Route offers tourists the opportunity to experience them at their best. On this route, which covers several provinces, visitors can enjoy live concerts, merengue dance classes, visits to museums dedicated to this musical genre.

Quita Espuela, Oviedo Lagoon and Monte Cristi

The province of Barahona, on the southern coast, is a hidden treasure that has received more tourist attention. With its beautiful beaches, impressive waterfalls and national parks, it offers visitors the opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy unspoiled landscapes.

From visiting the Oviedo Lagoon, famous for its pink flamingos, to exploring the Loma Quita Espuela Scientific Reserve, tourists can discover the biodiversity and natural beauty of the region. The promotion of Barahona seeks to promote sustainable and responsible tourism, preserving the authenticity of this destination. In the Northwest there is a lot to see; part of that is in Monte Cristi. It has a rich history, breathtaking landscapes and pristine beaches.

Source: Mitur.gob.do

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