The Dominican Republic has long been a massive draw for North American sun-seekers. The Caribbean island is an idyllic destination strewn with white sand beaches, beautiful crystal waters, and lots of fantastic all-inclusive resort properties. No one would blame you if you planned a vacation to the Dominican Republic and did nothing but sit on the beach the entire time. However, if you’re looking for more than the Dominican all-inclusive relaxation, there are a number of really cool activities you can take in as well. Check out some of these travel ideas for the Dominican Republic.
Grab a Baseball Game
To those who follow baseball, it should come as no surprise that baseball is the #1 sport out here on this half of Espanola Island. A massive percentage of major league baseball players hail from the Dominican Republic. To name a few, Jose Reyes, David Ortiz, and Jose Bautista are all Dominican. The Dominican Republic is baseball crazy. If you’re lucky and the Dominican league is in session, do your best to get out and see a game. The atmosphere is nuts, and there is such great energy to the stadium. It is a really surreal experience.
Tour Santo Domingo
Well most visitors stay pretty settled in their resorts, so you would be very well served to try to get into the capital to explore on a day trip if you can. Santo Domingo is home to more history than you could ever imagine. From the pre-European settlers to “the Goat” and beyond, there is so much that you don’t know about the Dominican Republic. In the city, it’s more than just sand; it’s architecture, lively streets, and some really good food as well.
Go Scuba Diving
The Dominican Republic doesn’t get enough credit for the quality diving sites. Within a short drive or boat trip from just about any all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic, you’ll find really high-quality dive sites. There are old sunken ships as well as lots of really lively coral reefs. Moreover, if you’re new to the world of scuba diving, there are quite a few PADI-certified dive schools operating as well.
Those who get off the resorts in the Dominican Republic quickly find that life is far from perfect beyond the gates. Poverty is a real issue in the Dominican Republic and there is a lot that could be done. If volunteering is something you’re interested in, there are plenty of opportunities in this nation. Although bordering Haiti gets plenty of attention from the world of volunteers, the Dominican Republic could also use your help.