This exhilarating 10-day itinerary takes you beyond the Dominican Republic's famous beaches to discover an island of diverse landscapes and unforgettable adventures. Hike to waterfalls on the Samaná Peninsula, take your pick of world-class watersports in Cabarete, then head to the mountains to discover the rushing rivers and rugged canyons of Jarabacoa. Your journey ends in the historic capital of Santo Domingo, where you'll tour the Americas' oldest European settlement and visit the ancient caverns of Los Tres Ojos.

Highlights

  • Unwind on on the white sand beaches of Las Terrenas
  • Hike to waterfalls & swim in the Caribbean on the Samaná Peninsula
  • Get your adrenaline pumping in the adventure capital of Cabarete
  • Explore the rushing rivers & pine forests of Jarabacoa
  • Tour the historic capital of Santo Domingo

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Las Terrenas Samaná
Day 2 Hiking Adventure to El Limón Waterfall Samaná
Day 3 Day Trip to Playa Rincón Samaná
Day 4 Day Trip to Los Haitises National Park Samaná
Day 5 Transfer to Cabarete via Playa Grande & Laguna Dudú Cabarete
Day 6 Free Day in Cabarete  Cabarete
Day 7 Transfer to Jarabacoa via Santiago de los Caballeros Jarabacoa
Day 8 Free Day in Jarabacoa  Jarabacoa
Day 9 Transfer to Santo Domingo, Guided City Tour Santo Domingo
Day 10 Depart Santo Domingo  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Las Terrenas

Colorful houses in Las Terrenas

Welcome to the Dominican Republic! Upon arrival, your private driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Las Terrenas. Located on the Samaná Peninsula, Las Terrenas is an earthly paradise of enchanting beaches, turquoise waters, and mountains blanketed in coconut palms and rainforests. The town's beach is connected to the Pueblo de Los Pescadores on the west side, and for the best swimming, head to the Playa Las Ballenas. Popular highlights of the region include Cayo Levantado, a small island in the northeast of Samaná Bay, Cascada Limón, a beautiful waterfall nestled in a majestic natural forest, and the spectacular Los Haitises National Park

After settling into your hotel, the afternoon is free to explore. Start with a walk around the village, where you can stop into the many craft shops for handmade souvenirs, then head to one of the many breathtaking beaches to soak up some sun.

Day 2: Hiking Adventure to El Limón Waterfall

Hike or horseback ride your way to the stunning El Limón Waterfall

After breakfast today, you'll set out on an exhilarating hike to the stunning El Limón Waterfall. Trek through lush jungle landscapes to reach an idyllic waterfall that plunges from the top of the Sierra de Samaná at 130 feet (40 m). At the end of the 1.5-mile (2.5 km) journey, you'll be rewarded with a refreshing dip in the cool water and plenty of free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.  After making your way back down, finish today's excursion with a traditional Dominican lunch. You can also choose to make the journey on horseback! 

The rest of the day is free to relax on the beach.

Day 3: Day Trip to Playa Rincón

Crystal clear seas at Playa Rincón

Today's full-day excursion takes you to the breathtaking Playa Rincón, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Start the day with a refreshing dip in the warm waters of the calm Caribbean Sea and soak up the sun on pristine white sands. You'll also visit the Caño Frío, located at the northern end of Rincón Bay. This river boasts crystal clear waters that flow into the beach itself, and the riverbed is surrounded by lush, perfectly preserved tropical vegetation. Other highlights of the excursion include a visit to the Samaná market, where you can sample local products like coffee, cocoa, tropical fruits, and mamajuana, and panoramic clifftop views from the observatory in Punta Balandra—a prime viewing spot for humpback whales. 

After a full day of sightseeing, your driver will return you to your hotel for the evening.

Day 4: Day Trip to Los Haitises National Park

Explore the mountains, islands, and caves of Los Haitises

After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to Los Haitises National Park. One of the jewels of the Dominican Republic's national park system. Los Haitises, which translates to “mountainous land” in the Taíno language, attracts multiple visitors who come here by boat to see its magnificent series of rock formations that rise out of the water. The park also has lush mangroves along its bay, which is adorned with keys that are home to native bird colonies and a series of caves known for having the largest number of petroglyphs and pictographs in the country.

Upon arrival, your guide will show you around this magical place on a guided tour. After the tour, you'll return to your hotel in Las Terrenas.

Day 5: Transfer to Cabarete via Playa Grande & Laguna Dudú

Discover the stunning Playa Grande en route to Cabarete

Today you'll bid Samaná farewell and transfer north to Cabarete, stopping en route at Playa Grande & Laguna Dudú. Playa Grande, as its name implies in Spanish, is a vast stretch of spectacular beach, perfect for taking long walks, sunbathing, or enjoying a plate of local lobster accompanied by a cold beer. Nearby you'll find Laguna Dudú, a remarkable and biodiverse ecosystem where natural tunnels connect two freshwater lakes. 

After visiting these two magical spots, your journey continues to Cabarete, the Caribbean capital of water and adventure sports. Located in the province of Puerto Plata, very close to Sosúa, this municipality is the best destination in the Dominican Republic for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. This unique town, nestled in the Bay of Cabarete, is perennially popular for the best waves and the best winds on the entire island.

Upon arrival at your hotel, you the rest of the day to relax or explore at your leisure.

Day 6: Free Day in Cabarete

Choose your own adventure today—from zip lining to kite surfing. 

Today you have a free day to explore Cabarete on your own. Choose from any number of aquatic activities, adventure sports, or day trips on offer. Popular highlights include zip lining in Puerto Plata, exploring the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua, off-road buggy tours through the countryside, and kitesurfing classes at the beach.

Day 7: Transfer to Jarabacoa via Santiago de los Caballeros

The Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration of the Republic in Santiago

In the morning, your driver will pick you up for a transfer inland to Jarabacoa. On your way, make a stop in Santiago de los Caballeros, a city full of history that's often missed on tourist itineraries. Located in the lush Cibao Valley, Santiago was one of the provinces created by the first Dominican Constitution in 1844 and it has been witness to many of the country's pivotal historic events.

Consider a stop at the León Jimenes Cultural Center. The first floor of the center features a beautiful series of permanent exhibits showing Dominican history and culture dating back to Taíno times. You'll also find a room dedicated to visual arts where the winning pieces of the Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest, created in 1964 to promote art and encourage new generations of Dominican artists, are exhibited. In an adjacent building, you can browse an exhibition focused on tobacco, which tells of the heritage of the premium tobacco industry of the Dominican Republic.

After your visit to Santiago de los Caballeros, you will continue your journey to Jarabacoa, where you'll check into your hotel and rest up for another day of adventure in the morning.

Day 8: Free day in Jarabacoa 

Go horseback riding in the mountains around Jarabacoa

Today you have a free day to wander around Jarabacoa or join an optional activity. Located in the mountains of the Central Cordillera, Jarabacoa is a popular eco-tourism destination known for its thick pine forests and rugged rivers. Popular activities include hiking, horseback riding, river tubing, canyoning on the Saltos de Jimenoa and Baiguate, rappelling down the river canyons, or rafting down the Yaque River. For lunch, stop by the Aroma de la Montaña Restaurant, which boasts 360-degree views over the spectacular countryside.

Day 9: Transfer to Santo Domingo, Guided City Tour

The historic city walls of Santo Domingo

After breakfast, your driver will transfer you south to Santo Domingo to enjoy your final day in the Dominican Republic. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and get ready to start exploring the city with a local guide. 

Founded in 1496, Santo Domingo is the Dominican Republic's capital and the site of the Americas' first European settlement. On today's tour, you'll see the city from a different perspective, as your charismatic local guide reveals interesting facts about the history and culture of the capital. Explore the fortified historic colonial center which dates back to the 16th century, and pass highlights like the Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, the Monastery of San Francisco, Fortaleza Ozama, the Hospital San Nicolás de Bari, and Colón Lighthouse. If you are looking for a more active excursion, you can also tour the city by bike.

In the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the nearby Los Tres Ojos National Park. Located just a few minutes from central Santo Domingo, this natural wonder is a series of open-air limestone caverns and colorful lakes formed thousands of years ago. There are indications the caves were once inhabited by the early Taíno people, and it was an important sacred site to the island's indigenous tribes.

Day 10: Depart Santo Domingo

Say your goodbyes to Santo Domingo today

After breakfast, your trip draws to a close as your private driver takes you to the airport to catch your departing flight. Safe travels!

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