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CAYO ARENA ISLAND AND BEACH

There are places like this and there is only this place in the world.

Get ready to create some unforgettable memories while snorkeling there and remember to send us a postcard!

Off these northwestern shores, boats depart to the offshore Cayo Arena–also known as Cayo Paraíso–offering exceptional diving for beginner levels, starting at five meters (16 feet). Schools of tropical fish can also easily be seen in shallow turquoise waters, making this spot a paradise for snorkeling fans. This area boasts some of the most abundant marine life in the DR, with corals and sponges that surround the caye, where octopuses, crabs, schools of surgeonfish, sergeant majors, damselfish, angelfish, and yellowtail snappers all swim around your feet. This tiny sandbank is also a dreamy spot to relax and take plenty of beach selfies.

Contact us to learn about our add-on Cayo Arena Tour.

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SANTO DOMINGO, THE OLDEST EUROPEAN-BUILT CITY IN THE AMERICAS

If something like strolling around the oldest street , cathedral , town hall in the continent sounds like you, then this included visit in our core packages is for you. A variety of museums, buildings, streets and the like that date back as far ago as the 15 TH century can be seen in the Colonial zone. Not to mention  riding bikes , taking photos are among the possibilities while there.

The Dominican Republic’s capital city, Santo Domingo is also the most modern and dynamic metropolis in the Caribbean. La Capital—as it is affectionately called—epitomizes the pulse of Dominican culture, where the old and the new converge seamlessly from centuries old architecture and history, to large shopping malls, art galleries, an electric nightlife, and a booming gastronomy scene.

Exploring the Colonial City—the first European settlement of the Americas and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990—is a recommended experience for all travelers. This historic neighborhood consists of a pedestrian-friendly maze of narrow streets brimming with 16th to early 20th century architectural wonders. They lead toward colonial buildings turned museums, shops, hotels, restaurants, and sidewalk cafés. Hop on the Chu Chu Colonial train for a 45-minute tour of the area, hire a guide who will walk you down the first paved road of the Americas while sharing tales, or rent a bike and meander on your own. For a nature break, picnic on the lawns of the National Botanical Garden, the largest in the Caribbean, or stroll down the Malecón at sunset for sea views, roadside snacks, and people watching.

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VISITING "CAVE OF WONDERS"

Located between San Pedro de Macorís and La Romana, this enormous cave system houses hundreds of well-preserved Taino pictographs and petroglyphs dating back thousands of years. This is one of the most accessible caverns in the DR, thanks to an excellent lighting system, ramps, a footpath and a modern elevator. Stroll amid impressive samples of rock art, stalactites, and stalagmites, all of which earned the sight its name, “cave of wonders.”

Explore the Maravillas Cave and contemplate the incredible rocky formations it has. It is completely prepared for comfortable visits, featuring a perfect network of ramps, paths, and even a modern elevator.

The excellent lighting system will allow you to contemplate the wonderful show of stalactites, stalagmites and geologic columns in reef limestone. Standing out from the rest, there are the coral formations and animals which lived in the place at the end of the Pleistocene.

You’ll also find hundreds of petroglyphs, pictographs, and engravings by Taínos Indians, who inhabited these caves between 800 and 500 years ago. Despite this, diggings have shown archeological and human remains from between 4000 and 5000 years ago.

Three different kinds of bats live in these natural spaces, being the most characteristic fauna inside the cave. Moreover, inside the caves, there can also be found snakes, millipedes, centipedes, toads, amblypygids, spiders, worm and lizards among other animals.

Don’t miss the chance to visit this 800 meters nature museum at 25 meters deep which was created from the underground water activity. It is 4,5 Km2 of wonders of nature and men declared national park in 1997. BeachScape Tours can take you there.It's a sightseeing tour included in all of our packages,