Dominican Republic places to visit
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Learn more about our beautiful country and find the best places to go and visit in the Dominican Republic. Visit interesting local places and delight yourself with delicious Dominican gastronomy.
If you’re looking for even more adventure during your time in the Dominican Republic, Take a look at our Punta Cana tours and Excursions.
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Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia
Located in nearby Higüey and inaugurated in 1971, this cathedral ranks among the most important religious sites in the Dominican Republic. Honoring the Virgin of La Altagracia, patron saint of Dominicans, it’s a standout for its 69-meter or 225 feet high arch, with a bronze and gold entrance.
The altar holds a framed painting of the Virgin Mary dating back to the 16th century, the centerpiece of devotion. One legend says that a sick child was healed after seeing the Virgin Mary appear at this site, near an orange tree, and that he later found her painted portrait under it. Every January 21, pilgrims from around the country flock here to pay their respects, lining up before the altar and making their requests. The celebrations continue around the cathedral with local food and drinks thus making this cathedral a very important part of Dominican culture and history.
The National Aquarium of the Dominican Republic
Located in Santo Domingo, was founded on July 22, 1990, by President Dr. Joaquín A. Balaguer Ricardo. This aquarium exhibits 250 different species of marine animals and more than 3,000 freshwater and seawater specimens, which are mostly tropical.
The Manuel Valverde Podestá National Zoological Park
It is a zoo located in Santo Domingo and it is one of the largest in Latin America. It was inaugurated on July 5, 1975. This zoo has about 82 species of different plants and exotic and endemic animals.
Eat Like the Locals
It’s a restaurant by SBG is a colorful place in Punta Cana where the decor and menu is inspired by the famous dominican artist Juan Luis Guerra. Located in Blue Mall Punta Cana, La Altagracia.
Noah Restaurant & Lounge
Mix of flavors and gastronomic options that are true works of art in the kitchen. Mediterranean and Asian food. Located on Barcelo Road, Plaza Paseo San Juan, Bávaro, La Altagracia.
Specialties of Italian cuisine, made with the best and freshest products. Located on Barcelo Road, Plaza Paseo San Juan, Bávaro, La Altagracia.