5 free things to do in the Dominican Republic

Visiting the Dominican Republic can be cheap, very cheap! So cheap that you could spend a big part of your holiday enjoying the many free things to do. The country has amazing beaches, cultural activities, mountains, panoramic viewpoints, and parties. Here you will find a small selection of some of the best free things to do in the Dominican Republic.

Zona Colonial for Free

The Zona Colonial is the historic heart of Santo Domingo and the oldest city in the Americas. Absolutely one of the best free things to do in the Dominican Republic is visiting this neighborhood of beautiful streets, colorful houses and small squares containing some of the oldest colonial buildings in the Western Hemisphere. Walk through Calle de las Damas to retrace the steps of the first Spanish conquistadors, who used Santo Domingo as a base for the conquest of Latin America. Then take a walk in the famous Calle El Conde full of live music, painters. This district is not just an open-air museum but it is also full of shops, souvenirs, restaurants, cafes, bars, terraces, and colmados (mini supermarkets) housed in colonial buildings. Visiting this magical area is a must see when searching for free things to do in the Dominican Republic.

Colonial Zone for Free

Bavaro for Free

Also called the “Coconut Coast”, with its reef-protected white beautiful beaches and crystal clear water, is the country’s major tourist hotspot. Bavaro has 40 km of stretched beach that sweeps up the southeastern tip of the country. The endless sea views, white sand and coconut trees, spectacular hotels and villas are a must visit. Take a long walk along the shore of Bavaro, letting the wind stroke your hair with the salty air. Should you wish to escape the luxury of the hotel enclave and to explore the dramatic beaches, visit the Cap Cana Resort,  the upcoming Blue Mall Punta Cana, Downtown Punta Cana. All of these activities are free things to do in the Dominican Republic.

Bavaro for free

Jarabacoa for Free

The Dominican Republic is not only sun, sea, and sand. El Cibao region is the cool country’s interior and a world apart, only 90-km away from Santo Domingo. Dominated by the towering Cordillera Central, the mountain range that forms the island’s spine, the central region is a nature lover’s paradise of protected national parks, streams, waterfalls, spectacular views and valleys. The gentle climate encourages crops such as strawberries, and at high-altitudes frosts are not uncommon. The green meadows and pine forests are far from the usual image of the Caribbean, and Pico Duarte ( 3098 m), the highest mountain in the Caribbean, dominates the scene. One of the most popular villages in this region is Jarabacoa. Ideal for the adventurers, for climbing, rafting, visiting beautiful waterfalls and natural parks. One of must visit place that we recommend is the Salto La Jimenoa. A magical place with brooks, waterfalls connected by rope bridges. Beautiful landscapes along the road. The perfect alternative weekend in the Dominican Republic.

Jarabacoa for free

Las Terrenas for Free

A tiny fishing village only 30 years ago, Las Terrenas has developed into one of the Dominican Republic’s most sought-after tourist centers. An influx of expatriates from North America and Europe has brought a wide array of guesthouses and restaurants, tailored to the independent traveler. But development has not ruined this welcoming seaside community’s relaxed atmosphere. Lying on the North Coast of the Samana Peninsula, a lush strip of land pushing out into the Atlantic, the town is blessed by the proximity of some of the country’s most beautiful beaches and by the spectacular countryside around. Enjoy the beautiful free access beaches such as Las Ballenas, La Bonita and Cosón. Las Terrenas is a must to visit when searching for free things to do in the Dominican Republic.

Playa Escondida, Las Terrenas

Snorkeling for Free

Diver’s mask, pipe, and flippers in the luggage! The waters of the Dominican Republic are the perfect deeps for snorkel passionates. Explore the marine life of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Bring your stuff and your GoPro to catch the unforgettable underwater moments!

Snorkeling in the Dominican Republic

There are plenty of free things to do in the Dominican Republic. This country is full of history, culture, tradition, beautiful nature, friendly locals, parks, museums, events and activities that are completely free of charge. What are you waiting for? Book your holidays with Getaway DR!

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