Dominican Republic is the second largest country in the Caribbean, and easily one of the most popular for family activity holidays. Its beaches are stunning, almost every region has at least one iconic national park, and there isn’t a coastline that doesn’t come good on adventure parks, water parks, eco-activities and unforgettable experiences.

It’s fun to plan a holiday here yourself, but a little local help comes in handy too. Have a look at four imaginative itineraries created by Dominican Republic Tourist Board with active families in mind.

Four thrill-filled family days in Punta Cana

Punta Cana is Dominican Republic’s most popular holiday area, home to major resort hotels, golf courses, and shimmering white sand beaches.

Day one – Scape Park, Cap Cana

Spend a day at Scape Park. It’s like an enormous natural playground where you can get up to anything from jungle trekking to tree canopy ziplining.

A seven hour Scape Park pass includes a choice of three activities, lunch, beach time and transport from your resort.

Day two – Isla Saona day cruise

Idyllic Isla Saona sits right at the tip of Del Este National Park, it’s famous for beaches and natural swimming pools. 

The Isla Saona day cruise takes about 10 hours, and transport is included from most Punta Cana resorts.

Day three – Bávaro Adventure Park

Another incredible Punta Cana eco-park with dozens of activities for kids of all ages.

Bávaro Adventure Plus covers an eight hour day and includes seven different activities, the waterfall pool and transport from your resort.

Day four – Marinarium Marine Park

Marinarium is made up of 40,000m² of protected marine park, where kids can try anything from power snorkelling to swimming with stingrays.

The six hour Sunny Day catamaran cruise at Marinarium is family friendly, great for kids of all ages, and includes snorkelling, sailing the Bávaro reef, and traditional Caribbean lunch.

Find out more about Punta Cana for family holidays

Three kid-friendly days in Santo Domingo

The oldest city in the New World, Santo Domingo is also one of the Caribbean’s loveliest capitals, and great fun to explore with older kids and teens.

Day one – Trikke Tour of historic Santo Domingo

Trikke are a cross between a trike and an electric bike, but more fun than either, and a great way to tour Santo Domingo with local guides.

Guided tours take about two hours and leave from Trikke on Calle Padre Billini. Take one in the morning, and then spend the afternoon checking out the historic quarter’s shops and cafés.

Day two – Los Tres Ojos

Los Tres Ojos is one of the city’s most famous natural wonders, and an easy day out, minutes from the centre.

Catch a taxi from the city centre and Los Tres Ojos is about 20 minutes drive east in Mirador del Este Park.

Day three – National Botanical Gardens

The National Botanical Gardens are about 20 minutes by taxi from the city centre.

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Three days of family fun in Puerto Plata

Framed by the backdrop of towering Mt. Isabel de Torres and looking out over the ocean, the north coast city of Puerto Plata is second only to Santo Domingo for grandeur.

Day one – Punta Rucia Marine Mammal Sanctuary

One of the few places to see manatee up close, Punta Rucia is an unforgettable experience with kids.

Guided tours of Punta Rucia take about seven hours and include lunch, snorkelling on transport from Puerto Plata. 

Day two – tour historic Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata’s 19th century historic quarter is one of the most photographed in the Caribbean. 

You’ll find guided tours of Puerto Plata, morning or afternoon, with a choice of walking or riding in a horse-drawn carriage.

Day three – Mt. Isabel de Torres cable car

One of the Puerto Plata highlights for kids is the cable car ride up enormous Mt. Isabel de Torres.

The Télérifico (cable car) station is 20 minutes west of the city centre. Open Monday to Sunday, from 8.30am to 5pm

Find out more about Puerto Plata for family holidays

Two eco-adventurous days in Semaná

Semaná Bay is right on the north east tip of Dominican Republic, home to Los Haitises National Park, and one of the world’s most spectacular natural playgrounds for kids.

Day one  Los Haitises National Park

One of the most admired national parks in the world, Los Haitises has family friendly eco-tours all year round, from whale watching in winter to summer jungle treks.

Guided eco-tours of Los Haitises are available all year round. Whale watching cruises from Semaná town run from January to March.

Day two – Semaná Whale Museum

If you miss overwintering humpbacks in Semaná Bay, the next best thing is a guided tour of the excellent Semaná Whale Museum.

You’ll find Semaná Whale Museum on the waterfront, minutes from Semaná town centre.

Visit Dominican Republic Tourist Board and have a look at dozens more great ways for families fill day after day all over the Dominican Republic. 

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