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Best Times to Visit the Dominican Republic

It’s no surprise that the Dominican Republic now ranks as the most visited country in the Caribbean. While the blue waves, breezy palm trees, and sparkling sand are worth the trip, it’s the rest of the country that will make you fall in love.

Palm trees scattered along a wide golden beach with softly lapping waves.

Travel Itinerary: Best of the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a huge country—the second largest in the Caribbean—and the most diverse geographically. This 10-day itinerary will give you a solid glimpse into the DR’s beaches, culture, and adventure. It can also be used for a 4- or 7-day trip.

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Moon Aruba

Longtime resident Rosalie Klein gives travelers an inside look at Aruba, whether they’re diving to see Antilla or staying on land and exploring the country’s rich heritage and vibrant nightlife. Drawing on over 30 years of experience, Klein offers her expert advice on how to make a stay both memorable and affordable and which of […]

Arecibo Observatory. Photo © Frank Van Den Eijnden/123rf.

Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory

Many significant astronomical discoveries have been made at the Arecibo Observatory in the last four decades. Learn more about the significant history of space study at the site of this massive dish telescope.

Mouth of Las Cavernas del Rio Camuy. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Exploring Las Cavernas del Río Camuy

Puerto Rico is home to one of the largest underground river-cave systems in the world, and the easiest way to explore the island’s subterranean world is at Las Cavernas del Río Camuy. The park is a well-maintained, tightly run ship, and it’s a good thing; this place draws major crowds.

Picture-perfect beach in Piñones. Photo © Angel Xavier Viera-Vargas, licensed Creative Commons usage.

Fun in Bosque Estatal de Piñones, Puerto Rico

There’s no other place in Puerto Rico like the spectacular Bosque Estatal de Piñones. Stretching from the eastern tip of Isla Verde, San Juan, to the town of Loíza, this pristine reserve is a natural wonderland of deserted beaches; mangrove, pine, and palm forests; sand dunes; coral reefs; bays; salt flats; and lagoons.

Monumento al Indio. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Sights in Isabela, Puerto Rico

The area known today as Isabela was once ruled by Cacique Mabodamaca, one of the island’s most powerful Taíno chiefs. The town of Isabela features a charming little plaza anchored by a church, as are all town plazas, impressive cultural sights, ruins, and one of the most hair-raising mountain drives.