Nature & Culture at Its Very Best
This Dominican Republic Vacation combines the classic grandeur of Santo Domingo with the pristine sands of the Samana Peninsula. Beach hopping, ATV riding, waterfall chasing, and resort luxuriating -- experience the best of the Dominican Republic with Ker & Downey.
Begin your Dominican Republic Vacation with two days in the country's capital of Santo Domingo. From your centrally located accommodations, explore the Old City with the country's only master historian and local expert. Proclaimed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Santo Domingo was the first European colony in the Western Hemisphere. You will therefore find the first monastery, the first university, and the first hospital built in the Americas here. Should your stay land on a Sunday, we highly recommend catching an Afro-Antillean concert by musical group Bonyé within the Ruins of San Francisco.
You will also have the chance to visit the Amber Museum with a second-generation local jewelry artist, who will also give you an exclusive peek into their creative process. For something extra special, they can show you how to polish your own amber stone.
Then continue your Dominican Republic Vacation with five days in Las Terrenas situated on the Samana Peninsula. From your luxury resort, you will have a wealth of natural wonders at your fingertips. Indeed, the very best of the Dominican Republic can be found here.
Spend an entire day on a speedboat discovering three virgin beaches, practically untouched by man. Embark on a Dominican culinary journey at a special farm-to-table chef table experience at a private restaurant in Las Terrenas. Finally, on your last day, set out on an ATV excursion through the authentic countryside. Along the way, meet a local family and a stop at a traditional cigar factory. Alternatively, opt for a private cruise to one of the largest and best humpback breeding sanctuaries in the world. During your journey, an expert naturalist guide will teach you all about their behavior and biology.
Of course, you will have plenty of time to soak in the setting with leisure time at the beach, resort pool, or spa.