Already, the Dominican Republic’s tourism sector is on track for another record year.
Visitors flocked to the beautiful vacation destination in 2017, with numbers reaching over 6 million, according to Travel Weekly. But, the first quarter of 2018 showed a 7.7% increase, indicating these numbers to climb even higher this year.
Travelers come from near and far to enjoy the sandy coasts, clear, blue waters, an exciting list of attractions, and a happening nightlife scene.
The Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro, one of the island’s favorited places to stay, offers guests all of these things and more.
When planning your trip to this all-inclusive island getaway, you’ll want to be sure to bring along our list of top travel tips.
Read on to find out everything you need to know to have the time of your life when you visit this majestic Dominican resort!
Top Tips for Your Stay at The Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro
The Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro is packed with amenities and activities for its guests. During your stay, you’ll have all-access to the resort’s exclusive beaches and three sparkling swimming pools, where you can take part in on-site snorkeling, kayaking, and sailing excursions.
After soaking up some rays and dining at one of the hotel’s eateries, you’ll be ready to venture out to one of these top island attractions.
For a truly unforgettable vacation, here are some spots you won’t want to miss.
1. Tour Santo Domingo
No visit to the Dominican Republic is complete without a tour of the historic capital city, Santo Domingo. A stroll down its cobblestone streets leads to buildings that date back to the 1500’s.
There are several lovely cafes where you can grab a bite before an afternoon of sight-seeing famous buildings and architecture, like the ancient cathedral and renowned art museums.
Want to make your visit to Santo Domingo even more special?
Book a private tour to the cultural site, complete with private transportation, a private guide, wifi, and special stops along the way planned just for you and your guest.
2. Take a Bus to the Samana Waterfall
Explore the beauty of the Samana Waterfall and Bacardi Island, where you’ll see jaw-dropping scenes of nature at its finest. After your private bus ride to this gem, you’ll have the opportunity to horseback along lush trails and native plants and wildlife.
Be sure to bring your camera along on this once in a lifetime adventure.
3. Party After Dark at the Imagine Disco Cave
One of the world’s best places to party, the Dominican Republic won’t disappoint visitors looking to have a good time after the sun sets.
The Imagine Disco Cave offers a unique after-dark experience in a setting of natural wonder and amazing acoustics.
4. Hang With the Monkeys
Visitors love hanging out with the locals. By locals, we mean local monkeys.
While you’re sure to meet plenty of friendly faces, the monkeys are sure to be among your favorites. There are several fun monkey-centered events to choose from, but the Monkeyland Zipline is one fun-filled adventure that the whole family will enjoy.
5. Fly in a Helicopter to Dreamy Saona Island
While you’re in the Dominican Republic, treat yourself to an experience like no other. This is the perfect excursion for those who want to take their island vacation to the ultimate level of luxury.
You’ll spend the day at the Island of Saona, but getting there will be half the fun. It’s not every day that you’re treated to your own private helicopter ride, but then again, this is one experience that’s meant to stand out.
Once you’re there, you’ll be treated to private beach access. Then, you and your date can sip on your choice of drinks and dine on a delicious meal of Angus steak or fresh lobster before heading back to the hotel.
6. Dive With the Dolphins
If you’ve ever wanted to swim with the dolphins, this is your chance. The Riu Punta Cana Dolphin Explorer tour is a special attraction off the shores of Bavaro Beach that’s sure to be a highlight of your trip.
You will have up close and personal access to the friendliest dolphins in the sea. It’s always a treat when you get to spend a day with dolphins.
Hang on, because you’re sure to be in for an exciting ride alongside our favorite friends with flippers, where you’ll get the chance to not only swim, but dance, and even kiss your own Riu Punta Cana dolphin guide.
Book Your Dominican Republic Dream Vacation Adventure Now!
Guests at the Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro never run out of things to do. In addition to the exciting adventures that top our list here, there’s plenty of others to choose from.
No matter what your idea of paradise, we’ve got a picture-perfect excursion just for you. You can choose from a wide range of activities and attractions, all within a short distance of all of your favorite Punta Cana hotels.
Once you’ve returned from your island getaway in the Dominican Republic, be sure to check out the other dream destinations featured on our site. We offer amazing options in Mexico, Jamaica, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas as well.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a week of family fun, there’s something for everyone when you book your adventures with us.
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