Did you know that the Dominican Republic is the cheapest destination in the Caribbean? Here you can stay from 50 USD per person per night in an all inclusive hotel, enjoy beers for 1 USD and a proper meal for just 3 USD. Also, the Dominican Republic is full of free things to do, in this overview you can find all major free things to do per destination.
1. Free things to do in the Zona Colonial
The Zona Colonial is the historic heart of Santo Domingo and the oldest city of the Americas. Absolutely one of the best free things to do in the Dominican republic is visiting this neighborhood of beautiful streets and small squares containing some of the oldest colonial buildings in the Western Hemisphere. Walk through Calle de las Damas to retrace the steps of the first Spanish conquistadors, who used Santo Domingo as a base to conquest Latin America. This district is not only a museum piece it’s dotted with shops, restaurants, free archeological sights, free museums, free churches, cafes, bars, terraces and colmados (mini supermarkets) many housed in colonial buildings. Visiting this magical area is a must see when searching for free things to do in the Dominican republic. Here you will find more things to do in the Zona Colonial.
2. Free things to do in Bavaro
Also known as the Coconut Coast or Punta Cana, with its reef-protected white beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters. This is the country’s major tourist hotspot and one the greatest free things to do in the Dominican republic. Some 45 miles (40 km) of stretched beach sweeps up the southeastern tip of the country, the endless sea views, white sand and Caribbean coconut trees, spectacular hotels and villas mainly in the Punta Cana and Bavaro area. Since the 1990s Bavaro is a bonanza of construction that has seen huge resorts rise up along the water’s edge, with varied attractions and facilities cut off from the rest of the world. It is possible, should you wish, to escape the luxury of the hotel enclave and to explore the dramatic beaches, visit the Cap Cana Resort, Blue Mall Punta Cana, Downtown Punta Cana, go snorkeling along the coast or go for a beach walk; all of the mentioned options are great free things to do in the Dominican republic. Here you will find more things to do in the Bavaro Area.
3. Free things to do in Santo Domingo
Beyond the Zona Colonial is a fast-moving metropolis of over three million people, knows as the largest city in the Caribbean, where upmarket suburbs rub shoulders with bleak-looking shanty towns, skyscrapers, luxury shopping malls, high-end hotels and where beautiful parks and museums provide a respite from the capital’s traffic. The city radiates inland from the river and coastline, moving from compact 18th-century barrios to the commercial districts of the modern uptown.
Spanish and Caribbean influences, expressed in wrought iron balconies and ornate gingerbread-style woodcarving, give way to functional concrete office blocks and suburbs. The city offers a great variety of free things to do. Visit some of the beautiful free things to do in the Dominican Republic like Parque Mirador Sur or Parque Iberoamericano, Faro a Colon or the Malecon Boulevard.
4. Free things to do in Constanza
Also known as the Dominican Alps; the cool country’s interior is a world apart, only 90-km away from the tropical heat of Santo Domingo, this is a world apart. Dominated by the towering Cordillera Central, the mountain range that forms the island’s spine, the central region is a nature lover’s paradise of protected national parks, streams, waterfalls, spectacular views and valleys. The cooler climate encourages crops such as strawberries, and at high-altitudes frosts aren’t uncommon. The green meadows and pine forests are far from the usual image of the Caribbean, and Pico Duarte, the highest mountain in the Caribbean with a height of 3098 meters and the only spot in the Caribbean that has seen snow. Climbing the Pico Duarte is a great and free adventurous activity (one the of the best free things to do in the Dominican Republic).
5. Free things to do in Santiago
Santiago de los Caballeros, also known as (Santiago of the Gentlemen) is the Dominican Republic’s second largest city. From its founding in 1494 by the 30 Spanish noblemen (caballeros), this busy metropole considers itself wealthier and harder-working than the capital. Set in the beautiful Cibao Valley, Santiago has historically always been the most important hub of the country’s agricultural riches, and its millionaire families largely owe their fortunes to the sugar and tobacco grown nearby. The city is calmer than Santo Domingo, but lively enough to have a good time. With major free highlights like Calle del Sol and the Monument to the Heroes which both are must visits when searching for free things to do in the Dominican Republic.
6. Free things to do in Puerto Plata
The “Silver Port” is located between the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and the imposing Mountain Pico Isabel de Torres. The city roots goes back to 1494, but it was during the 1980s that this once-sleepy provincial city was rejuvenated by the mass tourism. The nearby resorts of Playa Dorado and Sosua attract legions of visitors each year, but a visit to Puerto Plata’s colourful city center, complete with Victorian-era architecture, galleries, and restaurants should not be missed. Take a walk on the romantic boulevard and go up the mountain for some stunning views. A tight grid of central streets dates to the brief tobacco boom in the 19th century. Puerto Plata is the best place to soak up the atmosphere of the golden age, an the best thing is you can do this totally for free.
7. Free things to do in Las Terrenas
A small fisherman village only 30 years ago, Las Terrenas has developed itself into one of the Domincan Republic’s most popular tourist centers. A mix of expatriates from North America and Europe has brought a wide array of guesthouses and restaurants, tailored to the independent traveler.
Development has not ruined this welcoming seaside community’s relaxed atmosphere, which makes this village a unique laidback must see when searching for free things to do in the Dominican Republic. Located at the North Coast of the Samana Peninsula, the town is blessed by the proximity of some of the country’s most beautiful beaches and most spectacular countryside with green lush forests, lagoons, waterfalls and natural parks. Click here to find more things to do in Las Terrenas.
8. Free things to do in La Romana
“King Sugar” still shows its influence in the southern port city of La Romana, a place dedicated to cutting, milling and exporting sugar since the early 19’s. The huge sugar mill still dominates the town, and you are very likely to see cane-filled trains trundling through the surrounding countryside. Tourism rather than sugar is now the town’s main economic income, with its pride and joy is the nearby Casa de Campo resort. This Luxury tropical playground of beach, sports facilities and exquisite gardens offers the most sophisticated choices of activities, restaurants, bars and nightlife in the Caribbean. The best free things to do are visiting the beaches, the beautiful surroundings and the city center of La Romana.