Though many travelers know that the Punta Cana and Cap Cana area of the Dominican Republic is ideal for a luxury vacation, it is not the only picturesque region of the country. There are many remarkably photographic spots in the Dominican Republic. Whether you are on a family getaway or hiding away in a luxury villa, these spots must be on your list of places to see and photograph.
Los Tres Ojos
Just outside of Santa Domingo, the “Three Eyes” is actually part of a national park known as the Mirador del Este. It is an open air limestone cave that is astonishingly beautiful and open to the public from 9AM to 5PM. It is illuminated in the later hours with a huge array of lights, and is a reason to plan a full afternoon or even a full day photographing from inside or above the beautiful cave. You will be sure to have a picture postcard perfect shot unlike anything anyone else has available.
Parque Nacional Los Haitses
Though this is an enormous, mangrove swamp that covers more than one thousand square kilometers, you can only see a small portion of it. Book a tour with one of the guides and enjoy almost three hours of sightseeing and learning about the astonishing history of the area. You will be able to photograph inside many caves and grottos, including those visited by the ancient Taino people. There are also abandoned sugar plantations, a hideout of a pirate (today a happy home to gorgeous sea birds), the ruins of an old banana wharf, and an ancient Taino temple. This is well worth the day it will take and will offer an endless range of photographic opportunities. Bring the backup battery and extra memory cards!
Punta el Ray Beach
Just east of Miches, and a few hours north of Punta Cana, the remote beach of Punta el Rey awaits. You can rent a 4×4 in Miches and drive to this long arch of unspoiled sands and stunning palms or book a private boat to take you along a tour of the Costa Esmeralda area.
This is a remarkably flawless stretch of white sand beach along the equally flawless Samana Peninsula. Northwest of Punta Cana, it is a fabulous spot for private hours of beach time, whale watching from the shore (during the months of Jan-March- and just taking in the stunning scenery in general.
El Salto del Limon
This waterfall is in Samana and it takes only 40 minutes to walk through the jungle to reach the peak of the falls. At 130 feet high, they are breathtakingly beautiful, but be prepared to make many stops along the way as the entire stretch of falls is highly photogenic, including the great natural pool at the bottom, popular with swimmers.
Views from the Puerto Plata Teleferico
For those unafraid of heights, a ride up the telefrico offers you stunning views from the peak of Mount Isabel de Torres. Do note that it can be hazy above the jungles, making it a matter of luck when you plan your day up the mountain.
In the La Romana area, this beach offers a nice crest of dazzling white sand, a remarkably picturesque lighthouse, and a guaranteed sunset that will dazzle and delight.
When you have a vacation in the Dominican Republic, it is easily going to become one of the most photogenic and unforgettable. It is a place of astonishing natural beauty. Whether you enjoy it from a luxury villa, one of the better beach houses, or a vacation home in a resort, you are sure to find many beautiful things to photograph.