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These Growing Dominican Republic Destinations Are Trending As Cultural Hotspots This Year

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Several inland destinations in the Dominican Republic are exploding in popularity thanks to their diverse cultural heritage, stunning nature, and endless opportunities for exploration.

Mountain scenery in the inland part of the Dominican Republic

While it’s resort hotspots like Punta Cana that have put the Dominican Republic on the world map, travelers are constantly discovering new exciting destinations with fewer crowds and more adventures.

As travel to the Dominican Republic skyrockets this year, here’s why travelers are adding these trending destinations to their itineraries.

Cacao production in Espaillat province

Unspoiled Nature And Breathtaking Scenery 

Despite its reputation as a beach and sun destination, the Dominican Republic offers travelers a lot more than what meets the eye. Boasting some of the oldest cities in the Americas, the tropical island is teeming with culture and life, and many destinations are slowly starting to open up to mass tourism. 

Many of the trendiest destinations for culture this year in the Dominican Republic can be found in the country’s inland regions, characterized by lush rainforests, towering mountains, and gorgeous valleys dotted with humble towns bursting with life. 

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Offering countless opportunities for exploring the country’s verdant nature and diverse wildlife, these destinations are popular among adventurous travelers but are increasingly attracting more casual visitors as well.

Savor High-Quality Chocolate On The Cacao Route 

Cacao plantations make up a whopping 10% of the Dominican Republic’s green area and are an invaluable part of the country’s identity and culture. Cacao Tours in the province of Cibao has been making waves in recent years as one of the best family-run plantations in the tropical nation.

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The company offers several popular excursions that allow travelers to explore one of the country’s top exports with all of their senses. The Classic Cacao Tour teaches participants the basics of chocolate production, including stages like harvesting, fermentation, and drying.

Of course, travelers get to try samples of some of the world’s top-rated chocolates. Costing just $63 per person, the tour is competitively priced.

Explore The Oldest Capital In The Americas

Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic’s vibrant capital, is experiencing a tourism revival after officials wrapped up a massive renovation of the city’s old town. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ciudad Colonial (Colonial City) boasts some of the oldest structures on the content, including the 16th-century Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación cathedral. 

Santo Domingo street with old buildings

Travelers in Punta Cana can book a range of top-rated tours of the old town, including this $96 per person full-day excursion, which covers all of the must-see attractions. Travelers are provided a complimentary lunch while they enjoy the historic views, and air-conditioned transfers are included. 

Experience The Purity Of Nature In Jarabacoa 

The Dominican Republic is gaining popularity among nature lovers thanks to several regions that offer untouched nature, dramatic landscapes, and eco-friendly accommodations that are beautifully integrated with lush surroundings. 

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One of the fastest-growing destinations in Jarabacoa, located in the geographical heart of the Dominican Republic. A hotspot for adventure-seeking travelers, the mountains region is famous for its crystal-clear rivers and dense vegetation.

The region’s tourism infrastructure is surprisingly solid, with a handful of tour companies offering outdoor activities that are perfect for adrenaline junkies as well as casual travelers.

Waterfall in the Dominican Republic with blue water

One of the best choices for travelers seeking new experiences is Jarabacoa Eco Adventures, a small company specializing in horseback riding and mountain treksFlying Tony is another top-rated firm offering everything from rafting to canyoning and is an excellent chance to dive deep into the Dominican Republic’s exotic nature.

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