Dominican Republic Maps
These free, printable travel maps of the Dominican Republic are divided into seven regions:
- Santo Domingo and Vicinity
- The South-Central Coast
- The Southeast
- La Peninsula de Samana
- The North Coast
- El Cibao
- The Southwest
Explore the Dominican Republic with these helpful travel maps from the latest edition of Moon Dominican Republic.
Santo Domingo and Vicinity
Known as one of the Caribbean’s most cosmopolitan cities, Santo Domingo offers fine dining, merengue-bumping dance clubs, cultural events with world-renowned acts, and top-notch accommodations. Rich with historical sights and restored colonial buildings, the central area of Ciudad Colonial is the bread and butter of Santo Domingo’s tourism industry. History and metropolitan comforts like art and shopping are the perks of being in this bustling hive of activity.
The South-Central Coast
Running east from Santo Domingo to San Pedro de Macorís, this coastal area is perfect for a low-key beach vacation. The towns of Guayacanes and Juan Dolio offer quiet charm and beautiful beaches protected by offshore coral reefs. Vacationers who come here enjoy comfortable resort amenities without the clogged mass tourism of the Southeast and north.
The Southeast region—including the popular La Romana, Bayahibe, Bávaro, and Punta Cana areas—offers affordable Caribbean vacations with manicured beaches, exceptional golf courses, and both luxurious and all-inclusive accommodations. Ecotourism is alive and well in this region, home to two large national parks: arid Parque Nacional del Este and the mangrove-lined and cave-rich Parque Nacional Los Haitises. Just offshore, the most popular day trip of the region is to the powdery white-sand beaches of Isla Saona.
La Peninsula de Samana
This small sliver of land has become the Dominican Elysian fields of expats and independent travelers. The major communities—Las Terrenas, Las Galeras, and Samaná—have an individualistic feel and shun the “cookie cutter” vibe typical of other regions. Humpback whales are the main draw to this region during winter months, when they come to the Bahía de Samaná to breed and give birth.
The North Coast
Stretching from the lowland lagoon in Río San Juan to the high cliffs and salt flats of Monte Cristi, the north coast’s undulating topography is famous for the all-inclusive resort trend of the centrally located Puerto Plata and Playa Dorada area. The windsurfing mecca of Cabarete and the snorkeling of Sosúa continue to draw tourists’ attention eastward. West of Puerto Plata is tiny Luperón, whose pretty beaches are the gateway to the less tourist-trodden northwest section, including Parque Nacional Monte Cristi, a diving purist’s dream.
The Cibao region has mountainous national parks, an eternal springtime climate, and scientific reserves that are home to endemic flora and fauna attracting nature lovers of all kinds. Outdoor activities abound, including parasailing, white-water rafting, and canyoning in Jarabacoa and Constanza. Amid all this natural beauty is the nation’s second largest city, Santiago, a vibrant metropolis rivaling Santo Domingo in cultural activity and nightlife.
Offering a diverse range of landscapes—desert terrain, verdant valleys, freshwater lagoons, saltwater lakes—this region is a perfect choice for visitors seeking a unique experience. At the largest park in the nation, Parque Nacional Jaragua, flamingo nesting grounds are just a boat ride away on the shores of Laguna de Oviedo. North of the park, the terrain turns to desert surrounding the salty Lago Enriquillo—where crocodiles and iguanas lounge about. At Bahía de Las Águilas, you will visit the most pristine beach in the country.
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